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McLaughlin vehicle arrives at new Czech home after departing qathet region in May

Stan Gisborne received notice of its arrival this week
JOURNEY COMPLETE: This 1930 McLaughlin-Buick that Stan Gisborne restored and drove for about 100 miles in the qathet region and on Vancouver Island is finally parked at its new home in the Czech Republic.

After 11,000 kilometres, Mission McLaughlin-Buick is complete.

The 1930 vehicle was placed on a trailer in the qathet region in early May, sent across Canada and placed onboard a ship to Europe.

The McLaughlin’s new home is in Pilsen in the western part of the Czech Republic, a city well-known all over the world for its beer, Pilsner Urquell, and for industrial conglomerates such as Skoda.

After a few problems, the new owner was finally able to get the car out of customs in Prague on Tuesday, July 26.

“I cleaned and polished the car yesterday and today I got the car started and did a short ride around our neighbourhood,” wrote Jaroslav Behounek in an email dated July 27 to previous owner Stan Gisborne. He added that there is quite a lot of work to be done on the car to make it perfect, but he is looking forward to it.

“Our whole family is so happy that we made it happen. Sending big greetings to Powell River, wishing you good health and thank you so much!”

As a small quiz, the new owner asked if Gisborne knew the Czech automobile manufacturer of the vehicle parked next to the McLaughlin, which is 86 years younger than the new arrival. Do any of our Peak readers know the answer?