We have to start somewhere
In all fairness, I think this story is about two brothers, a number of family, friends and workers, loved ones, and probably some people that should be acknowledged that need to be. The Oldfield story is too large to include in this venue, so I would like to say that this website will focus on the car, with a little embellishment on the man that made the car come true, plus a little history on the helpers and family for reference.
If I live long enough to be able to tell the entire Oldfield story, I will do that.
First of all let's get the names straight.
Basil (Barney) was the inspiration and motivation regarding the building of the car.
His brother Brian operated the service station beside Basil's shop. Brian married Nora Elliot and together produced a son, Robert ( Rob) and a daughter Arlene (Barnie). Rob still operates the service station to this day.
Basil took on the nickname (Barney), It is believed, because of the connection with his distant relative Barney Oldfield the famous American race car driver. Arlene also received the nickname (Barnie) during her early years for the same reason.
There are a lot of people that were involved in this family's story that are connected with the car, so I hope to connect them with the following web pages.
Horace Basil (Barney) Oldfield 19XX-1977
Basil grew up and lived his life in the Prospect Lake area of Victoria British Columbia. He was a batchelor. He designed and built equipment (logging trucks, tractors, bull dozers, cars, houses, (yes one of the houses that he built was a piece of equipment, not a house as you know it) and a host of other special projects that he was commissioned to build. His hobby was flying. He flew his plane out of "Butler's Field" and was a close friend of the Howroyd family who I believed owned the field. During the construction of this web page, of course scanning old photographs was part of the process. There were a lot of flying pictures that he took over the years with what appears to be a 110 black and white camera, which is why some of these pictures are smaller than one would like.
He was also friends with Claude Butler, of the Butler Brothers group of companies, who was involved in the logging business, along with other business interests. Basil designed and built a logging truck that was four wheel drive and steered with both the front and rear wheels. This development made the task of hauling loads of trees on winding logging roads much easier.
Another interesting item that must have been built for Butler Brothers (as they were also involved in selling televisions) was portable TV antenna. This was basically a telescoping antenna mounted on a trailer frame. As the story goes, it was connected with a long ribbon cable to a newly purchased TV and driven around the property to see where the best reception could be had. I am also assuming that it could be transported easily to local events such as the Saanichton Fair.
Basil's love of flying took him to many more places that the average man of the time. His photo album is chock full of trips that he made by plane, as well as road trips in the "Teardrop"