Hundreds come out to Otter Co-op each spring for the Country Car Show. This year’s event happens Sunday, April 30. (Langley Advance files)

Collectors converge on Langley for fifth annual Otter car show

For the fifth year running, the co-op and vintage car club are hosting a show-n-shine.

by Ashleigh Beaudoin

Special to the Langley Advance

Fraser Valley is getting ready to host the fifth annual Country Car Show, and collectors and car lovers alike are going to be seeing old and new technologies on display.

For John Jackman, the show at the end of the month is a personal project, and also a chance to engage others in his favourite pastime – cars.

Jackman has been a member of the Vintage Car Club of Canada since 1959, and four years ago he played an instrumental role in launching this new annual Country Car Show.

“We wanted to hold the show in the Fraser Valley, it’s nicely situated and rich in history,” he said.

Jackman, whose great-grandfather Philip Jackman founded Aldergrove as a royal engineer, has always been a hobby mechanic and has been actively involved in the Central Fraser Valley Chapter of the Vintage Car Club.

He has been working on his own car, a 1970 Dodge A100 Cab over pickup for 14 years.

The process of restoring the vehicle was not easy, he said, but he now has it back to its original condition.

“When you first get a (vintage) car, you want to see what it’ll look like when its finished, but its not easy getting there,” he said.

When he first started working on this vehicle, he started from scratch, sandblasting down to see everything he had to work with.

Jackman’s 1970 Dodge will be on display at this year’s Country Car Show, happening at the end of the month.

Working on his cars at his home is a great hobby, but when he goes to car shows, Jackman enjoys meeting people from all around the province and the country who come to see the work he has done.

“It’s just a great hobby, and it is something that brings people together,” said Jackman.

Car show open to all

This car show will bring people from all-around to learn about the history of electric cars and see the displays, according to Jackman.

Members of the Central Fraser Valley Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada come from Abbotsford, Mission, Langley, and other areas of the Lower Mainland to showcase their vintage cars and share the history behind each year’s chosen subject.

“Electric cars are not a new technology, but they are making a comeback,” Jackman said, offering a bit of insight.

In 1898, electric cars represented 34 per cent of all cars sold.

“What comes around goes around,” said Jackman.

The show will display a 1912 Detroit Electric car, a 2017 Tesla, and a few other vintage models from the years in between.

Jackman is looking forward to the showcase this year because it brings people together to enjoy and share in the passion for historic vehicles.

For the fifth year in a row, the car show is organized by the Vintage Car Club of Canada.

The Country Car Show will take place on Sunday, April 30. Food and drinks will be available for sale, and there will prizes, entertainment, and facepainting for the kids.


John Jackman is an avid car collector who loves to share his passion for classic and vintage automobiles with others. He’s doing so April 30, with the fifth annual Otter car show. (Langley Advance files)

Hundreds come out to Otter Co-op each spring for the Country Car Show. This year’s event happens Sunday, April 30. (Langley Advance files)

Hundreds come out to Otter Co-op each spring for the Country Car Show. This year’s event happens Sunday, April 30. (Langley Advance files)

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