Four shiny sports cars parked on the lawn of an Oak Bay home draw surprisingly little attention. Granted the quartet of brightly-coloured antiques in Adrian D’Silva’s front yard are pint-sized toys.
Earlier this year he bought four original Murray Pedal cars that had been in storage since the ’50s and set about refurbishing them.
“I had to clean every single thing by hand, there are so many bearings and moving parts,” D’Silva said.
“I really like these pedal cars they’re so cool.”
He’s selling the cars privately to raise funds for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
“So far we have spent about $650 buying and refurbishing the cars, which is our donation. I just want people to realize if they buy one, every penny of the sale price is donated,” D’Silva said.
His two creations, the Oak Bay Batmobile and a Creamsicle car, are sold raising $1,550 with 100 per cent of that going to the Foundation. The final two cars sold and a new one was recently donated by a man from Langford.
Aside from his own hard work and elbow grease, each car has a little story of community. All four came from Bruce and Karen Singbeil at Willow Park grocery in Oak Bay who donated one of the original bodies, and supplied the rest.
Scott Tucker at Blast it! Do-it-yourself Sandblasting supplied labour and materials for cleaning up the cars. Mike Pearson from Graphic F/X painted the red Woody Wagon (still up for sale) and Phil Senkler from Lordco offered advice and a discount on paint.
Clarke Engineering performed last-minute welding repairs to the Creamsicle car. Graham and Karla Temke did the Surf Wagon paint job, built all of the seats, and helped with final tune‑ups.
“Everyone involved wants to help. Everyone’s excited,” D’Silva said. “When they hear it’s for the Foundation they’re more than happy to help.”
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Learn more about the foundation at islandkidsfirst.com.