In Memoriam


Jim McGowan

Jim McGowan Passes – Jim attended the first formation meeting of the BC Custom car Association (BCCCA) in early 1952 and became a member soon after. When the BCCCA held it’s first drag race at Abbotsford Airport in September,1952, Jim was there helping. In 1952, he bought a 1932 Ford roadster that had been started by Owen Sedman. He began modifying the roadster and in late 1953 entered it in the first Pacific International Motorama. In 1954, he completed the chopped and channeled roadster with the installation of a Dodge hemi V8 and the application of a bright red paint job. He named the custom roadster The Apache. Jim was active in the BCCCA throughout the fifties. He helped with setting up the first electronic timing equipment which was installed in the Timing bus. Jim’s wife, Mary was a member of the BCCCA Ladies Auxiliary. Jim and his Apache roadster won many awards in motor shows in the 1950s and 60s. Jim finished his working days on Vancouver Island. He and Mary enjoyed their retirement years in Sidney. The Apache