Your humble Volkswagen-driving servant pulled up to the VANOC headquarters on March 31 before the International Olympic Committee coordination commission’s plenary meeting and inadvertently witnessed VANOC executives scurry into the city-owned tower on 3585 Graveley Street.
Ceremonies executive producer David Atkins was seen parking his red late model Audi A4 1.8T Sedan. Mere minutes earlier, VANOC chairman Jack Poole scored the best spot in the lot for his silver Mercedes Benz ML 500 sport utility vehicle.
Atkins’ car had a Dueck General Motors dealer decal on the rear, the only connection to the near-bankrupt Detroit auto giant that is the official auto supplier to the 2010 Games. There was no Kelowna Rockets bumper sticker or flag attached. The Aussie is a supporter of the Western Hockey League team, but maybe playoff fever hasn’t struck?
The nearest GM dealer to VANOC — Wolfe Chev-Olds on Boundary Road — is no more. It’s a victim of GM’s desperate struggle to remain solvent.
News and views on Vancouver 2010 (and beyond) from Bob Mackin.