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JUST IN FROM JEEVES

Backseat Driver
By: Jeeves and Kathy Dorsey
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Jeeves has a cousin.

His cousin’s name is Brad Velema.

Brad lives about 40 miles north of Toronto, Canada.

There was a time when Jeeves could only see Brad every couple of years.

Brad came to visit Jeeves during two business trips.

He stopped in Lincoln on his way home from Pebble Beach.

Jeeves would love to travel.

And he would love to see Pebble Peach.

Alas, when Jeeves travels, he usually sees the world from the end of his leash or from the backseat of a new Buick.

Jeeves was happy to see Brad during both visits.

And Jeeves was also happy to see the two vintage cars that he was transporting.

The first time that Brad stopped in Lincoln, he was transporting a 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe.

The second time that Brad stopped in Lincoln, he was transporting an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Pinin Speciale.

Both automobiles had been on display during the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.

Brad works for The Guild of Automotive Restorers which is based in Bradford, Ontario.

The guild recreated the Bugatti and restored the Alfa Romeo.

More information about these automobiles can be found on the guild’s website, guildautorestore.com, or through its Facebook page.

As a result of The Guild of Automotive Restorers’ efforts, both automobiles were good enough to be displayed at one of the most well-known and respected car shows in the world.

The Bugatti has also attracted the attention of former late-night talk show host Jay Leno, who featured it in an episode of Leno’s “Garage” television show.

Jeeves is grateful that he and his Sun City Lincoln Hills neighbors got to see these cars too.

Jeeves likes automobiles, even a new Buick.

But his favorites are older cars that have been brought back to the original glory.

Thanks to the Velocity television station, he can watch all kinds of shows about cars both old and new.

More importantly, Jeeves can see Brad on a weekly basis.

Brad has been appearing in episodes of “Restoration Garage,” which has returned to television for its third season.

The show is all about the guild and its approach to automobile restorations.

The guild was established in 1991 by David Grainger and Janice Stone in the town of Bradford. 

From their facility, about 45 minutes north of Toronto, Grainger and Stone have made the guild a world-renowned repair and restoration operation.

In addition to classic and antique cars, the guild has worked on more than 2,000 vehicles that include VW bugs, American Muscle as well as 1930s classic cars.

During this season’s second episode, Brad and a coworker checked out vintage Can Am race cars.

And, during this season’s third episode, Brad was tasked with finding out why a Ferrari 328 GTS was overheating.

Jeeves would have liked a ride in any of these cars.

But he discovered that none have back seats.

Ironically, this third season of “Restoration Garage” has not yet aired in Canada.

So Jeeves is seeing Brad before Brad can see himself on television.

Brad has worked for the guild for 15 years.

During this time, not only has he traveled to Pebble Beach but he has accompanied the 1935 Bugatti to car shows in Kuwait and Amelia Island.

Jeeves wondered what kind of vehicle Brad drives to and from work at the guild and as a volunteer firefighter for East Gwillimbury Fire Department.

He was surprised to discover that Brad’s “daily driver is a 1998 Chevy Z71 pickup truck.”

In addition, Brad reports that “my nice day driver is a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle 454.”

Jeeves would love to see the world from the back seat of either vehicle.

But the pickup doesn’t have a backseat and the many miles between Jeeves and Brad make it impossible for a spin in the Chevelle.

Thankfully, Jeeves can look forward to checking out the backseats of many cars during the Rods & Relics annual car show.

This year, the show takes place June 2 at Thunder Valley Casino and June 3 in downtown Lincoln

Road & Relics are accepting registrations and seeking sponsors and donations to this year’s show.

Registration and application forms can be found at rodsnrelic.net.

If this year’s show is anything like previous shows, Jeeves knows that it will be fantastic.

Jeeves will be downtown Lincoln bright and early June 3.

From the end of his leash, he looks forward to seeing lots of classic American cars that were built on or before 1975.

As a result, Jeeves doesn’t expect to see a Bugatti nor does he expect to see an Alfa Romeo.

He also knows that the show will not be anything like Pebble Breach’s Concours d’Elegance.

But he does know that Rods & Relics will put on a car show that doesn’t take a back seat to any other car show of its type.

And he’s also keeping his paws crossed and his eyes wide open.

With a little luck, Jeeves hopes that he will get to sit the backseat of a vintage Buick.

Just In From Jeeves is by Jeeves and Kathy Dorsey. Their column appears twice a month. Jeeves is a Yorkshire terrier bred and born in Lincoln. He spends most of his time in downtown Lincoln around the fountain in Beermann Plaza. Kathy is a 12-year resident of Lincoln and a former downtown business owner. To contact Jeeves or Kathy, e-mailJustinfromJeeves@gmail.com.