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The Fifty 5-6-7 Club of the Lower Mainland has been, since 1976, the principal BC based organization for the people who are lovers of these much sought-after vehicles. The introduction of the first lightweight overhead valve V8 engine in 1955 marked a major transition for Chevrolet. Previously the market strategy was to produce a low priced economy car, with a six cylinder engine as the only choice, but 1955 marked the entry of Chevrolet into the serious performance market. The totally new car, with the new engine choices marked a milestone for Chevrolet. For the following two years, (1956 and 1957), Chevrolet produced vehicles on the same platform, making only sheet metal styling changes and upgrading the already-potent little V8.
Those cars were also beautiful, so much so that now, after more than 50 years, many are still viewed with awe and envy by those who wish they had one, too!
Unlike in the USA, the Canadian - built Pontiac was based on the Chevrolet platform, and Canadian GMC trucks were also much more akin to their Chevrolet counterparts than was the case in the USA. Therefore, while this club is called the Fifty 5-6-7 Chevrolet Club, it is all Chevrolet (and Chevrolet-based) vehicles of those years that are recognized, including the Canadian-built Pontiacs and GMC trucks of those years.
Membership is open to all lovers of these vehicles. Ownership is not mandatory, so long as you are a person who recognizes and values these treasures.
The Club is a Provincially registered non-profit Society, and holds National trademarks on the name Fifty 5-6-7 Club, as well as on the logo, a stylized Chevrolet Bowtie symbol, with the name Fifty 5-6-7 superimposed on it.
The Lower Mainland Club began operations in 1978, as a chapter of a National organization which was based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The National organization had commenced operations a year or so earlier in reaction to a decision by many "Hot Rod" clubs to exclude any vehicles produced in 1949 or newer. Suddenly left with no "home" the owners of these cars came together to form their own club. When the national club ceased operations in 1999, the Fifty 5-6-7 Club of the Lower Mainland became the Canadian leader in the recognition, preservation and enjoyment of these cars.
We are not, by any means a "strictly restoration only" club. Many members have made significant changes to their cars to increase enjoyment. Upgraded engines, transmissions, brakes and suspensions are common, as are modified interiors, sound systems and electrical systems. At the same time, other members are intent upon preserving the originality of their cars, even going to the extent of ensuring that original (or at least original-looking!) "Tar-Top" batteries are used, along with bias-ply tires with wide whitewalls.
All are welcome, and all seem to be able to respect each others choices in how best to use, drive, and enjoy the wonders of these cars. We form a base of support for each other, for sources of information, "how-to's" and assistance to each other's quest to obtain maximum enjoyment and pleasure from our cars.
We meet monthly, on the first Tuesday of each month, hold several club social functions each year, and annually organize a major car show called the "All-Club Picnic" on the Labour Day Sunday of each year, at Aldergrove Lake Regional Park, in Aldergrove, BC, near the US border. This show is an "Open" event, with no restrictions on year or make of cars welcomed. The first of these picnics was held in 1978, and the event has been held every year since, often with well over 200 cars turning out to enjoy the day.
We all enjoy attending the shows put on by other organizations, and several members also enjoy membership in other car clubs as well, including clubs which are based in the USA.
We are not fanatics. Many members also have specialty vehicles other than Fifty 5-6-7's and our members are people who appreciate the workmanship and craftsmanship involved in the restoration or modification of any older vehicle.