In an impressive display of grandeur, history and passion, almost a kilometer of classic and vintage cars were lined up along Gas Towns historic attraction, Water Street, the street with the Steam clock, a street with Vancouver history reaching back so many years. It was, once again, the Steamworks Concours d'Elegance, classic car show.
Laurel Gurnsey, wife of Colin, an avid car collector (a co-chair of the Steamworks Concours d'Elegance, also one of the judges), with a flair for history acted as a veritable dynamo and catalyst in creating this fashion event for the ladies.
Colin Gurnsey was a huge part of the team that planned the car event and has worked tirelessly to support Eli Gershkovitch (the host of the Steamworks Restaurant < http://www.martiniboys.com/Vancouver/Steamworks-Brewing-review.html
I was concerned that many of the ladies who come to the event with their husbands often don't know each other and also have nothing special for them to do during the day. So I initiated a ladies' event. Last year we had Holt Renfrew bring models down and had a modern fashion show...
Laurel Gurnsey helped to organize the Vintage Fashion show, in fact in her own words
I contacted Ivan Sayers, found the sponsor, coordinated the food with the caterer, signed up the ladies, provided some of Ivan's requests (mirrors, water, etc.), and okayed the venue. (She managed lot) but it was impossible to carry out without the backing of so many other people. And nothing without Ivan's vitality and incredible knowledge. A very cool guy
So the connection with the fashion show and the car show is an historic one. One that brings the beauty and elegance of ladies' fashions together with the beauty and elegance of the heritage automobiles out on Water Street
Restoration is also an important linkage. Ivan has done an amazing job of preserving and restoring fashion. The entrants in the car event love their cars/bikes. There was a 1911 car on the street which has had only 2 owners. There was an 1896 steam motorcycle which belongs to the curator of the Guggenheim Museum in Chicago. There were Bugattis and Bentleys and a Horch. Cars from all over the Pacific Northwest. Many cars up from Seattle
The food and actual location of the event were provided by the Steamworks Restaurant, especially the host, Eli Gershkovitch and his catering manager Marnie Burnett and the fabulous chef.
I also have to remind you that the actual payment for Ivan came through the sponsorship of Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine and their vice-president of operations, Julie Hamilton. They were very generous in their support and I mentioned them at the end of Ivan's show