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Matt Sager is our guest on the latest edition of Today in BC. The Vancouver Island native leads an ambitious team of classic car hunters who travel deeper into the wilderness of northern Canada than any car hunter has gone before. Their mission is to recover rare vehicles believed to be hiding in the bush, before the cars are lost forever to history.

Asked about his best find in British Columbia, Sager said, “I have to say my best find isn’t so much driven by value. When I find a car, what I’m looking for is a car that no one else knows where it is, or a car that’s undeniably lost. One who fell through the cracks of time, was encapsulated in a barn or left above a ravine. Maybe under two feet of leaves and you never see it.

The team travels by air in their 1948 Stinson and by land to extract the vehicles from their forgotten resting places.

Every member of the team plays a crucial role, pilot Jess; Steve (The Wrench); bodywork expert Dave; and crane operator Lee. Together they achieve the impossible, uncovering rare automotive gems and preserving the cars and stories of the places and people who have lived there for generations.

Sager spent years searching for vehicles, and host Peter McCully asked what happened to the vehicles they rescued.

“I have a very long list of people who have reached several hundred people, really all over the world,” Sager said. “Basically, we place cars almost like an adoption agency.”

A few vehicles entered Sager’s personal collection to be restored.

“It took a long time to find this 1936 cord. It’s going to be probably a five to six year restoration just to find parts, to finish it. It’s weirdly cool.

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