IN addition to their vintage rides, the Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) celebrated one of its long-standing members at their outing to The Vineyards in Manchester on Sunday.
Executive member, (ret'd) Major Victor Beek was feted for turning 90 on August 19.
"I'm grateful to the president [Nigel McFarlane] and the club and hope they remember my 100th birthday," Major Beek joked after his cake-cutting.
JCCC members lauded him for his commitment to the club, indicating that not many entities in Jamaica still have an active 90-year-old on their board. For Major Beek that activity continues through his significant love for cars since his first ever, a 1938 Ford Anglia.
"I bought it when I was serving in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II."
Even with all his experience, the major is most recognised in aviation circles flying a small plane under the old Portmore Causeway bridge in St Catherine.
Still an active pilot by providing evaluation services to the Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing, the only thing outpacing his love for flying is his motorcar ownership history: 22 Mercedes-Benzes, seven Morris Minors and three Rolls-Royces, one of which was recently purchased.
"I found a 1972 Rolls Silver Shadow with only 32,000 miles on it," said Major Beek.
After the cutting of the cake, those present were left to mingle among themselves and the 26 classic machines that showed. The highlight was an immaculate Morris Minor Station Wagon, complete with age-appropriate roof-mounted travel accessories. As usual, Mandeville resident Victor Dixon Jr's collection featured heavily.
"I'm once again pleased by the turnout," said JCCC president Nigel McFarlane.
The club is scheduled to next make the trek to Discovery Bay, St Ann, at a date soon to be announced to allow the North Coast members the opportunity to show off their cars.