Old classics need a chance

Writer upset with council decision in regards to vehicle (mess) on business and residential property

Dear Editor;

With regard to the two properties of Geoff Hudson in Princeton:

I would like to say first “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”  Also, that Mr. Hudson will be paying plenty in taxes to this town.

Regional districts and town councils have, in recent years, been getting after many people who are collectors of vintage and special interest vehicles in a rather unmerciful manner.  This has led to the crushing out of many collector type of vehicles.  Those very yards are the source of parts to restore or build street rods from.

I have noticed our mayor rather proudly driving a restored 1934 Ford fire truck while obviously not understanding how or where parts to do this restoration come from.  During parades dignitaries, politicians, pageant contestants and other seek out vintage classics in which to be seen, but when in office develop a N.I.M.B.Y. (not in my backyard) attitude.

This town and hundreds of others all around Canada and the U.S. hold old care shows on their main streets every year.  These are widely enjoyed events profitable to local business.  In order to set up a car collection one must first save some from the crusher, otherwise 100 per cent are gone.  Mr. Hudson has mentioned a classic vehicle showroom and display.  This would be an attraction to Princeton.  Instead he is getting dumped on by a MYOPIC town agenda.

Jim Hodge, Princeton, B.C.