Evelyn MacGillivray of Glace Bay stands next to a 1935 Chev Sedan that her late husband Gerard began restoring before he died in 1998 and which she had completed. The vehicle will be one of the vehicles on display at the fifth Cape Breton Auto Show at Centre 200 June 14 and 15th.
GLACE BAY — Side by side, two elegant black cars from the 1930s sit in Evelyn MacGillivray's garage, silent testimonies to her late husband's hard work in restoring them to their depression-era glory.
Well, silent until they're started and they grumble and roar onto the driveway.
The two gleaming vehicles, a 1933 Ford Coupe and a 1935 Chev Sedan, will be on display this weekend at the fifth Cape Breton Auto Show at Centre 200.
Vehicles will be on display inside and outside the building.
MacGillivray, 66, wouldn't miss it. She regularly takes the cars, just two of her five car collection, to auto shows and events around the province. It was something she did with her husband Gerard regularly until he died of colorectal cancer in 1998.
"I used to see him out there working on the Chev when he was getting chemotherapy — he'd go around the car and he'd do a little bit and say I'm going to finish it but he didn't get there, you know," she said sadly. "He was determined to finish the car. He had just suicided the doors when he succumbed to the illness and passed away on the July 1st weekend in 1998."
It all started when mechanic Gerard MacGillivray wanted a 1933/34 Ford coupe to restore. When one finally became available in Sudbury, Ontario, he drove there in February to get it. For the next seven years, he worked on it during every spare moment until he felt it was ready. They took the car to shows, winning numerous trophies and accolades but being a coupe with no back seat, there was never room to bring along friends. He decided to get another car to restore and in 1995, he purchased the 1935 Chev Sedan. He began restoring that one but when he died, Evelyn decided the restoration would continue.
She always loved cars too and says it was the first thing she noticed about her late husband when she first met him. He encouraged that passion and the two often worked together on the vehicles. It was now time to keep the restoration going, as a lasting tribute to his memory.
"I always worked by his side," she said. "Getting in the way most times but he taught me so much about cars. I knew I had to step up to the plate and get it finished. In 2008, my car was fully restored by two very special friends of mine, Jeff and Lori Yorke of Jeff Yorke Auto Restoration of Truro. And I've been showing it ever since."
Like members of the family, each vehicle has its own name - the 1933 Ford coupe is called the Blackrose while the 1935 Chev sedan is called Necromancer.
Elizabeth Patterson - Cape Breton Post