It can be hard to measure greatness but by most standards Vancouver BC's ABFM (All British Field Meet) must be one of North America's finest British car shows. The number and variety of automobiles (more than 600 in 61 classes), the uniqueness and rarity of some of those cars, the commercial displays, the lovely setting of Van Dusen Botanical Gardens; all combine for a very special day. For 2013 that date is Saturday, May 18th and it's one not to be missed if you enjoy British cars and live in British Columbia or nearby Washington.
Like most great car shows, the ABFM has its own official poster. This year it's as unique as some of the cars featured in the show, for the poster features four new paintings by Vancouver artist Bill Richards: an Aston-Martin, a Morris Minor, an Austin Healey, and a Vincent motorcycle. Widely known for his automotive paintings and drawings, Richards uses a mixed-media technique combining ink and watercolour on paper to produce a luminous effect. Examples of his recent work will be on display at this year’s Vancouver ABFM vendors area.
Featured marque at the ABFM this year is Aston Martin plus "A Century of Morris Motors, 60 Years of Austin Healey, and 85 Years of Vincent Motorcycles." It should be fascinating to discover the cars and bikes that will appear in those categories and I suspect that among them will be vehicles you and I have never seen before nor even knew existed. Personally I'm looking forward to that magic moment when the best of British cars bloom amid the beauty of Van Deusen Gardens on May 18th.