Alex Green drives a cab, but he won't be stopping to pick up riders at the curb in Langley.
Green's ride, which he showed off in the Concours d'Elegance section of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In, is a classic-style London cab.
The London cabs, also known as black cabs, only came in a few designs and were remarkably consistent over the decades. Green's cab is a 1996 design, but it's only by small details or peeking under the hood that you could tell it apart from any cab from 1948 to 1998.
"This is the original black cab design," said Green.
He saw a friend's 1975 London cab a few years ago and became interested in the vehicles. When he found the 1996 model for sale last summer, he bought it quickly.
"Because I'm nuts," he said of his reason for getting the car.
"My wife says, 'You're an idiot,'" Green said. "But she loves it now."
The cabs used to be on the market fairly frequently, because they were typically replaced every 15 years due to London regulations.
However, that means the pre-1998 models using the old-style design are now becoming hard to find.
Green's own cab is totally stock, he said. He's got to work on the some rust, but otherwise it's in excellent running order.
It runs on a four-cylinder Nissan diesel engine, and isn't that fast.
"It's a fun car, that's all," said Green.
There aren't any luxuries in it, but driving it around town is fun.
"You get a lot of turned heads," he said. British expats and recently returned tourists recognize it right away, he said.
Green's son Daniel is thinking of getting a license to drive the cab as a limousine, for couples on their wedding day or other special events, but it won't be a proper cab in the future.
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