Cowichan car club of a fine vintage
It’s not old, it’s vintage. That’s what Ron Jeskey will tell you about his Oldsmobile truck that his grandfather bought.
As the president of the Cowichan Valley chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, Jeskey is into old cars. He and the other members of the club have turned a passion into a thriving and growing club on the island.
“It’s basically a lot of fun, we have tours and we try to do something every month. It’s camaraderie of getting together with people of the same interest — mingle with other car enthusiast in the Cowichan Valley,” he said.
Since Jeskey planned more events and switched up the meetings the club has seen some revival.
“We try to keep each month interesting and different, we do community things. Some of the ladies weren’t interested in going to someone’s house and looking at cars so we are trying to make our monthly meeting more interesting,” said Jeskey. “We are seeing growth and we are getting good attendance at our meetings.”
While the club has experienced growth, membership retention remains a challenge. As many of the members are ‘vintage’ themselves, the club is looking to recruit some younger models.
“There’s an awful lot of grey hair and we are losing members. We are trying to get younger members...but it’s hard they have different things they like to do. They like muscle cars,” said Jeskey. “I don’t really have an idea about how to do it but we want to get a couple involved. There are young people who like old cars.”
Jeskey became interested in vintage cars because his neighbour kept some ole beauties in his driveway. His neighbour helped him find an old convertible and the rest is vintage.
But this isn’t a hobby for penny-pinchers. Restoring an old car can be fun, but pricey.
“Getting them to the restored point can be quite expensive but generally parts can be found some where and there is a huge interest in old cars. But to get them there, people put alot of money to get their car in good shape. Very few people use it as a money making thing.”
And what does his wife think of his expensive hobby?
“She’s behind me all the way. Isn’t that neat? She’s the one who wanted me to get the old truck running. I think my wife married me for my old Mercury.”
To have a car registered with the club it must be 25 years or older. Owning a vintage car is not mandatory for membership, just an appreciation will do. But Jeskey warns potential members that this hobby can be addicting.
“A lot of the times you get one and you want another one. A lot of the members have a car and some have six. I suppose the challenge is buying the gas for my convertible, it’s terrible on mileage but that’s not the point, the point is to have fun.” He said.
The Vintage Car Club of Canada Cowichan Chapter is always accepting new members. For more information contact Jeskey at 250-246-3630.