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Northwest Deuce Days

By Chick Koszis

Northwest Deuce Days in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is the largest gathering of 1932 Fords on the planet. It's held every three years since about 2000 and has grown from less than 50 to over 450 Deuces. The total car attendance this year, including cars up to 1951 totaled over 950 entrants. Chick Koszis and his well-travelled Bare Bones blown '32 roadster made the trip to Deuce Day in Victoria three times previously. This time the trip was made in the new "More Bones" hemi-powered '32 roadster. This was its first big road trip since its completion and participation in the America's Most Beautiful Roadster competition in January.

 

Victoria is a beautiful venue to hold a car show in and the area around the Inner Harbour is especially beautiful. "32's line the streets around the Inner Harbour and non-'32's are parked on all of the streets feeding those. Only four awards are presented at Northwest Deuce Days and More Bones was honored being chosen as "Malcolm's Pick". Malcolm's Pick is a memorial award dedicated to the memory of Malcolm King who was one of the significant volunteers who made Deuce Days happen since its inception. Malcolm passed away unexpectedly before the 2010 event and his family select a '32 that best represents what Malcolm liked in a Deuce. More Bones met their criteria and went home with one of the unique, hand-crafted Deuce grille trophies.

 

More Bones was designed and built to drive, and drive - it did. California's Central Valley, Lake Shasta, Mount Shasta, the Siskiyou Mountain Range, the Olympic Peninsula, the Strailt of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, the Cascade Mountain Range, Mount Baker, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, the high desert of eastern Washington and Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge, the ornate Victorian homes of Eureka, the Giant Redwoods of California's northern forests, the Golden Gate Bridge all were viewed through More Bones' windshield.  Over three thousand miles were racked up and we're ready for more.

 

Just enjoying the beautiful weather in Victoria surrounded by over 450 other Deuces of all varieties.

 

On the way to Victoria we paid a quick visit to one of the oldest continuously-operated speed shops in the country, Salem Speed Shop in Salem, Oregon.

 

The Malcolm's Pick trophy is hand-cast specifically for this event and is one of only four produced. The others were awarded to "People's Choice Best '32", People's Choice Best non-'32", "Long Distance", and "Malcolm's Pick."

 

We were honored to be one of only thirty cars who were selected to be allowed to park their cars on the lawn of the British Columbia Legislative Building. This is the equivalent of the state capitol building here in Sacramento, California.

 

The awe inspiring redwoods in Humbolt Redwoods State Park in northern California.

 

My wife, Sue Ann and I posing with the Malcolm's Pick trophy on the Legislative Building lawn.