The story of the MCV CH4 is straight-up one of my favourite sorts to write—an in-depth exploration of an obscure piece of Canadian car culture that deserves more attention? That’s pure Autofocus.

Not my favourite? The fact I interviewed its builder-owner, Bob, back in February and am only just able to publish this now.

The workload of editing a website means the articles I’d lined up to get done often get moved to the back burner (one’s still sitting on there from 2014, I think). Still ahead are pieces I started in April, July, and September.

The story of the MCV CH4 starts, for me, back in September 2015, actually, when I met Bob on the lawn at the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The car was being shown in a category all its own there, and I knew we had to have an article on it.

I did a brief preliminary interview then, but scheduled to meet Bob at his home for an extended talk. Super-helpful was the fact he’d already compiled his own book on the car’s history, and leant me a copy.

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It was also really strange to see this invaluable, one-of-a-kind piece of Canadian history tucked away in an anonymous teeny-tiny garage, but where else is the guy going to keep it?

Bob’s a little guarded about his pride-and-joy – who wouldn’t be? – which makes this article semi-exclusive. The video we shot of it – another one-delay-after-another situation – is definitely the only one you’ll find online.

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Oil company politics. 1950s TV jingles. Embarrassed Canadian provincial premiers. It’s quite an interesting story. Check it out.

There’s more where that came from, too. If I can ever get around to writing the things. Yeesh.