Posts by Huw Evans

CIAS 2020 Classics: Back to the Future

The Cobble Beach Classics display featured 20th Century Disruptors, among them, Bill Mitchell's 1959 Chevrolet Stingray Racer prototype.
Oldsmobile's 1901-1906 Curved Dash Runabout was the first car built on an assembly line and a bestseller in its day.
1913 American Motors Company Underslung Scout Type 22A features an inversed frame, creating the long, low look that predominated a half-century later.
The Rolls-Royce 40/50 was named the Silver Ghost, due to the colour most were finished in and its ultra reliable and nearly silent six-cylinder engine. The model 40/50 was built from 1907 until 1926.
In a bid to upend rival Packard, Cadillac introduced its magnificent V16 for 1930. Although a loss maker, it raised the bar for engineering excellence and luxury standard. Production ended in 1940.
Bugatti's milestone Type 57 debuted in 1934. This Atalante Coupe, was one of four-body styles offered. Only 35 were ever made.
The 540K represented the pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz's power and prestige when it was launched in 1936. This rare, coachbuilt example, was ordered by Swedish Olympic Gold Medalist Max Gumple in 1937.
This 1938 Delahaye 135 MS sports Figoni et Falaschi coachwork, the very essence of the celebrated "French Curve."
Packard introduced dramatically restyled models for 1948 which helped the luxury marque outsell Cadillac until 1950.
The Stingray racer was privately funded by GM's VP of Design Bill Mitchell. It previewed the styling of the production 1963 Corvette Sting Ray-a milestone in automotive design.
The Anglo-American Shelby Cobra 289 was highly competitive in sports car racing. This one won the 1963 SCCA Championship.
Porsche's iconic 911 was introduced in 1963. Highly competitive in motorsport, it is still in production to this very day and still boasts a rear-mounted engine.
Pontiac's 1964 GTO was an option package on the Tempest that circumvented the rules and ushered in the muscle car era.
Introduced in 1966, the Lamborghini Miura re-defined the concept of the supercar with its mid engine configuration and sensational styling. This Miura S dates from 1969.
Oblivion display celebrated cars and culture from the transformative 1980s and ’90s. This Saab 900 SPG dates from 1990.
It doesn't get more ’80s than this. 1986 Subaru BRAT shares display space with period game boxes and cereal packets.
Who can forget the Knight Industries Two Thousand from NBC's Knight Rider? This true-to-form replica is based on a 1983 Pontiac Trans Am.
Mk II VW Jetta's were once a common sight on our roads. This one of 500 1989 Trophy Editions boasts just 21,000 km.
Jeep's SJ Grand Wagoneer was offered from 1984-91, though the original design dates back to 1962.
Chevrolet's Camaro IROC-Z was built from 1985-90. This final year model boasts the desirable 5.7-litre V-8 engine.
1997 Acura Type R was one of only 320 imported to North America that year.
No 1980s auto exhibit is complete without a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, especially one with a Flux Capacitor.
Signifying the start of a new decade, CIAS 2020 chose to not only showcase innovation taking place today, but that which advanced progress in the golden age of the automobile. Transformative Times was the theme of the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. If you believe mainstream media reports, we…

CIAS 2020 President’s Preview Celebrates Innovation Past and Present

Huw Evans, Canadian International AutoShow, President’s Preview, Susan Gubasta, 20th Century, Disruptors,
Cobble Beach Classics 20th Century Disruptors display, provides the ideal setting for kicking off the 2020 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS). The theme for this year’s CIAS was Transformative Times, providing an insight into the perceived changes happening across the entire automotive industry What better way to start this prestigious annual…

CCIF Toronto 2020: Fresh Perspectives

Past Chair Patrice Marcil, Current Chair Paul Prochilo, Keynote Speaker Craig Dowden and CCIF Director Caroline Lacasse at CCIF Toronto, January 31, 2020. (Photos: Huw Evans and Sukanya Ray Ghosh)
Steve Trapp from Axalta conducted the first CCIF Business Development Series workshop at CCIF Toronto 2020.
CCIF Director Caroline Lacasse welcomes attendees to the event.
The opening remarks were presented by current CCIF Chair Paul Prochilo of Simplicity Car Care.
Past CCIF Chair Patrice Marcil provided updates on CCIF’s Industry-Education Connection project.
Rhett Holland and Jean-Luc Sauriol showcased the latest offerings from ALLDATA.
Justin Jakubiak discussed legal issues associated with collision repair work.
The Enterprise team take a break from networking to pose for Collision Management’s camera.
John Turner of SATA presents the custom design SATAjet gun that was auctioned on Thursday evening for $3000 to Doug Roberts from Fix Auto Barrie North.
Visitors had the opportunity to network while enjoying the delicious food-spread.
The Axalta team pose for a group photo during the Thursday evening showcase.
Daniel Chudy from Centennial College tested the knowledge of the audience on various aspects of collision repair.
Jason Moseley from IBIS offered insights from a global collision repair industry perspective.
“The Voice.” As always, the audience used clickers to respond to several questions posed during the event.
Sebastien Rivard (left) and Massimo Pecchia provided demos at the Audatex booth.
Les Pawlowski from Symach and Josh Kazdan of Better Image Collision had an in-depth conversation regarding Symach equipment.
The Sherwin Williams team pose for a group photo.
James Curry and Trista Anger from BASF Canada attended the event.
Dustin King and Andrew Tabone showcased Norton St-Gobain’s product portfolio.
Russell Duncan poses with popular Pro Spot i4s smart welder.
Another successful edition of CCIF Toronto came to a conclusion at the end of January 2020. The Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) hosted CCIF Toronto 2020 on January 30 (Thursday) and 31 (Friday) at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The 760 attendees, 54 exhibitors and 6 speakers made the…
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