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Bill Vance: 164 sedan moved Volvo upmarket

Bill Vance: 164 sedan moved Volvo upmarket

By the time the mid-1960s rolled around, the Volvo Co. decided it was time to offer its loyal 544 buyers more luxury and style for when they felt ready to move up from their “1946 Ford look-alike.
Bill Vance: Sunbeam Alpine a luxurious tourer with sports-car aspirations

Bill Vance: Sunbeam Alpine a luxurious tourer with sports-car aspirations

Sunbeam’s history began in 1899 when John Marston Ltd., a tin-plater and bicycle manufacturer of Wolverhamptom, Staffordshire, England, built two small prototype cars.
Bill Vance: Checker’s history traced back to 1909 Seven Little Buffaloes

Bill Vance: Checker’s history traced back to 1909 Seven Little Buffaloes

If one were describing the ideal taxicab it would likely be a tall, roomy, durable vehicle with big doors, lots of space inside, an ample trunk and maybe a couple of extra seats.
Bill Vance: GM founder Durant took on Model T with low-priced Star

Bill Vance: GM founder Durant took on Model T with low-priced Star

General Motors celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008, having been formed in 1908 by a wealthy and charismatic Flint, Michigan carriage manufacturer named William “Billy” Durant.
Bill Vance: Brooks steamer a tale of deception with a Canadian angle

Bill Vance: Brooks steamer a tale of deception with a Canadian angle

By the 1920s the era of the steam-powered automobile was just about over. The White Co. of Cleveland, Ohio had given up on steam in 1911 to concentrate on gasoline engines.
Bill Vance: The road to lighter, safer automobiles began in 1922

Bill Vance: The road to lighter, safer automobiles began in 1922

Although body-on-frame automobile construction once predominated, unit construction is now virtually universal.
Comment: Better bikeways move city forward

Comment: Better bikeways move city forward

A commentary by a teacher in the department of geography at the University of Victoria who chairs the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network.
Saanich endorses pilot project to restrict speeds to 30 km/h on residential streets

Saanich endorses pilot project to restrict speeds to 30 km/h on residential streets

Saanich council has voted ­unanimously in favour of limiting speeds on its residential streets to 30 km/h and is hoping other municipalities will buy into a regional pitch to the ­province for a pilot project.
Bill Vance: Triumph Mayflower brought 'razor edge' styling to economy cars

Bill Vance: Triumph Mayflower brought 'razor edge' styling to economy cars

The British Triumph gained its North American reputation principally through sports cars, starting with the popular TR series which extended from the 1953 TR2 all the way up to the V-8 powered TR8 in the early 1980s.
Comment: Why the Richardson Street bike plan needs rethinking

Comment: Why the Richardson Street bike plan needs rethinking

A commentary by a retired transportation planner and a long-time transit, cycling and road-safety advocate who has lived on McNeill Avenue for 42 years.