Vancouver Velocity Cars

Storefront of Vancouver Velocity Cars

The weather could not have been worse for my visit to Velocity Cars in Burnaby BC but I had a great time anyways visiting the JDM powerhouse in the suburbs of Vancouver. Japanese Domestic Market or JDM cars are imported to Canada after they are 15 years old. This means that every few years an entirely new generation of vehicles is available to Canadians. These cars are often Right Hand Drive as Japan is another country like England where you drive on the right, however many of the German cars there like BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Porsche are still Left Hand Drive, LHD. These cars offer a unique automotive experience for people looking to have something a little different than the everyday. Check with your local insurance company as some can be particular about the Right Hand Driving experience. Photography with the snow and rain was tricky so it was a only a short visit.

2001 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Bug eye in Vancouver Velocity Cars Burnaby

Canada didn’t get the Subaru Impreza WRX until 2002, and the STI until 2004, so we never enjoyed the Bug Eye variant of the legendary world rally car.

2001 Nissan Skyline R34 Coupe Green
2001 Nissan Skyline R34 at Vancouver Velocity Cars

R34 Nissan Skylines are now available as early examples are 15 years old and this one was a beautiful dark green colour.

1998 Toyota Chaser Tourer V 1JZ VVTi Turbo at Vancouver Velocity Cars
BMW Z3 Roadster with M Package Blue Interior
1998 Honda CR-V at Vancouver Velocity Cars

Here you see the Right Hand Drive Honda CRV which is often used for Rural postal mail delivery.

Nissan Stagea in Vancouver at Velocity Cars

I found this Nissan Stagea curious because it’s the USDM Infiniti G35 but in a Wagon format with a smaller 2.5 liter V6 engine. It’s only recently passed the 15 year mark allowing it to be imported, meaning I’d never seen one in Canada until today.

1998 Alfa Romeo GTV in vancouver at Velocity Cars
Mitsubishi Space Gear at Velocity Cars
Storefront of Vancouver Velocity Cars
Vancouver Velocity Cars

License Plates of British Columbia

So far I’ve seen 4 different styles of license plates for cars in British Columbia, but I’m sure there are more options. Personalization options provide an additional stream of revenue for the province by offering consumers more choices in how they express themselves on their license plate. Vanity or personalized plates are an option as well for those who truly want a custom experience.

These lovely pink and blue plates with a more photorealistic interpretation of the mountain peaks of the Rocky Mountain Range on a Volkswagen Jetta spotted at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal in Victoria British Columbia
This Stingray sports the vanity custom license plate SEE YAH in white, blue, and green.
This Stingray sports the vanity custom license plate SEE YAH in white, blue, and green. The basic line drawings symbolize the mountain ranges of British Columbia
Corvette stingray with green british columbia license plate with a grizzly bear
This Corvette Stingray is sporting the wilderness themed green license plate with a grizzly bear.
Land Rover with blue and white bc license plate
This Land Rover has the traditional, off the shelf, blue and white plate with the BC flag insignia in the middle.

Cars of British Columbia

Here’s a running gallery of the sweet cars I’ve spotted in British Columbia, where there is no salt on the roads in the winter and more moderate temperatures all year round. There are many cars there that I haven’t seen in Ontario in 15 years. These relics would have long since rusted away with our salt and brine. The exposure to JDM Japanese Domestic Market vehicles is also greater with the access to the Pacific. There is a unique car culture in British Columbia that is worthy of study. All of these photos shot by Timothy Felsky with a Canon60D and processed with Adobe Lightroom.

 

Alfa Romeo Twin Spark Quadrifoglio in Victoria
Alfa Romeo Twin Spark Quadrifoglio in Victoria British Columbia
Death Dealer at the Breakwater in Victoria British Columbia
Jaguar Mark in Vancouver British Columbia
Jaguar Mark in Vancouver British Columbia
Lexus LX 450 in Vancouver British Columbia with updated Toyota TRD Pro Wheels
Lexus LX 450 in Vancouver British Columbia with updated Toyota TRD Pro Wheels

While I’m particularly sensitive to it, it seems that almost everyone drives a Toyota truck of some kind in British Columbia it seems. From Tacoma, to 4Runner, to Lexus GX and LX variants. They really show that they last when not exposed to the terrible corrosion that afflicts Ontario Tacomas. True 4 wheel drive and likely affinity to Pacific brands aids in their significant capture of the light truck market. There are enough that I will do a separate post just of the Toyota trucks I spotted.

Volkswagen Super Beetle in Vancouver British Columbia
Volkswagen Super Beetle in Vancouver British Columbia
Audi 90 Convertible in Vancouver British Columbia
Audi 90 Convertible in Vancouver British Columbia
Trans Am Totem in the Vancouver Open Air Museum
Trans Am Totem in the Vancouver Open Air Museum