Mike Hall passing on the torch – blowtorch, ie.
The Gearhead Behind Popular TV Shows Rust Valley Restorer Held a successful and “bittersweet” auction this weekend that vacated his famous “dream field” in Tappan, BC
It is here that more than 550 of his classic cars have stood for decades in a dilapidated state, awaiting restoration to their former glory – a process that famously goes on at the show.
By the end of the weekend, all except 50 had been sold to the highest bidder.
“I kept as many as I could,” Hall said, noting that some of the cars he had had for 40 years, while others have a lot of potential to participate.
However, the rest will be removed before the snow can fly.
“The whole day was a hazy one,” he said. “Some stuff went for more than I thought, and some went for less.”
Cars are being sent far and wide. One is going to New York State, one is lined up for Michigan and nearly every Canadian province will get a piece of her beloved collection.
Parting with all these machines was far from a dream day for Hall leading up to the auction, although he is feeling better now.
“As long as the stuff goes to a nice house, why shouldn’t I do it,” he said.
“I’ve been a steward of some of this stuff for 30 to 40 years, but when someone was interested in something, I’d say, ‘If you guys do something with it send me a pic, let me know what Happens to them.'”
He doubts that many pieces from his car collection will get much love. A few young boys from Manitoba stood in front of them as a couple who would possibly bring new life to one of their old machines.
In the end, the sale made many people happy even within Hall’s home.
“My child was happy to see them go. Just because it’s my dream doesn’t mean it’s their dream,” he said.
“The fact that young people and families were buying them … it feels good.”
episode of Rust Valley Restorer The auction feature is yet to be determined, but Hall said he thinks it will play out in January.
It will be on Chorus, as well as the History Network and Amazon.