By LeRae Haynes
Vehicle collectors and enthusiasts from around BC are on their way to Williams Lake this weekend for a unique ‘cash and carry’ car and truck collection sale put on by Wayne Ball and Ben Judd. Acres of ‘project’ vehicles from the 1930s to the 1960s will be on site, as well as other miscellaneous vehicles, including motorbikes, tires, car parts, doors, fenders and more.
There is a $2 admission fee, with proceeds going to the Child Development Centre, and there will also be a concession on site.
Buyers will be able to wheel and deal on the vehicles that catch their eye, according to Wayne’s sister, Lynn Ball. “Some came from the Chilcotin, some came from auctions throughout BC and some came from times when Ben and Wayne were out walking around and something caught their eye,” she said.
“The plan is to clear off the property, which is seven acres of prime-placed heavy industrial land with easy access to Highway 97, in order to sell it. It’s really a ‘moving sale.’”
Car clubs from Merritt to Quesnel were invited and are coming to the sale, and with prices as low as $200 and two-for-the-price-of-one deals, there is something for almost any collector.
Wayne has been collecting for over 30 years. “When you’re a collector, you look for the age of the vehicle. A lot of people feel the appeal of a vehicle from when they were a kid, or a teenager with their first car. Most guys are drawn to the car they had in high school, or the car they always wanted. Sometimes it’s the favourite car that they rode in when they were kids. A woman will be drawn to the 1965 Mustang her dad drove, for example,” he explained.
“You don’t buy them to make money—you buy them for the love of having them. Some people do them up the way they want and others do them ‘stock.’”
He said that an example of creating your own vehicle out of a ‘project’ car is his green 1956 Mack pickup. “It was a wrecked 2000 Dodge pickup—I added an old cab and used two front fenders to make the back ones,” he continued.
“Everyone remembers cars. From the moment we turn 16 years old, they’re our world.”
The sale will take place from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, at 1280 Dixon Road, Williams Lake, Fox Mountain turnoff on Highway 97 North.
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