September 15th Monthly Meeting: We will be meeting at Victoria BMW/MINI dealership in the boardroom at 7pm. The dealership is located here… MINI
22nd annual English Car Affair in the Park classic English vehicle show is Sunday, September 11th. The new venue is GOVERNMENT HOUSE, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, 1401 Rockland Avenue in Victoria. Entry is $15.00 per vehicle.
Please note the Rules of the Field at Government House:
- All vehicles must be in place by 9:30 AM, Sunday, September 11, 2016
- Vehicles may not be removed until 3:00 PM, Sunday afternoon
- No “For Sale” signs on vehicles; Alcohol is not permitted on the grounds; Smoking is not permitted on the grounds
The Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – It is taking place at VI Motorsport Resort Complex http://www.motorgathering.com/#!register-vehicle/c1ohv from 11am – 2pm on the 18 September 2016. Pre-Registration: $20 per vehicle (100% goes to the charities and it includes a free T-shirt as well). The Pre-registration ends 13 September 2016. On the day of the event, registration will be $25.00 per vehicle.
Brits on the Beach — For the drive to Ladysmith on Sunday, 10 July 2016, we will meet at the Tim Horton’s off Millstream Ave (same area as the Best Buy). We will leave around 8:15 AM for Transfer Beach in Ladysmith (on right-hand side as you enter Ladysmith).
It takes about 70 minutes to get there. It is recommended that you bring you own chairs, possibly sun shade and a picnic to enjoy. If you are planning to buy food at the concession stand, do it prior to 11:15 am or be prepared for very long waits in the queue. During the day, we can plan something to do when we get back. Here is the link: http://www.oecc.ca/cib/
The Father’s Day Picnic at Beacon Hill Park. The annual get-together in the park.
Date: June 19th 2016 Time: 09:00am
The Club will meet at the Tim Horton’s on the corner of Ravine Way and Blanchard St. (Save -On-Foods Grocery across from Uptown) and will depart around 9 A.M-ish to Beacon Hill Park for the Father’s Day Picnic. We will travel to Cook St, turn right on Park Blvd and take the first left into Nursery Rd where Parking Marshals will direct us. This is a free event and there are a lot of interesting vehicles to check out as well. Don’t forget to bring something to sit on for yourselves as seating is limited. It is a picnic, but there are a lot of restaurants nearby with a variety of food choices. An enthusiastic public attendance to check out the cars is punctuated by their love of the Minis/MINIs
Date: Sunday May 15th 12:30pm
Location: Prospect Lake Elementary School (321 Prospect Lake Rd)
Info: No navigator required, no timing or distance traveled calculations and best of all no questions to answer along the way. This will be just a good old fashioned follow the leader drive (approx 1hr) to be followed by an afternoon BBQ. Bring along what you would like to eat, drink, sit on and of course if you wish to bring goodies to share that would be awesome as well.
Old English Car Club of BC Restoration Fair and Swap Meet
Victoria Minis will be attending the 11th Annual Restoration Fair & Swap Meet on
Sunday, April 24, 2016 10am – 3pm (rain or shine)
Location : Heritage Acres, 7321 Lochside Drive, Saanichton
The cost is $3.00 per person and let them know you are with the Victoria Minis Car Club.
The February issue of the OMS’s Newsletter is available to enjoy.
For those not able to attend you can always follow clubs members as they trek south….
Mike Smith’s MMW 2016 Blog
From June 6th – 9th, 2016. San Diego will host ‘Minis on a Mission’, as they Show, Autocross, and Rally their way across this beautiful city. Please check out our website, and register early. Early registrations earn extra free raffle tickets.
In Memory of
Merville Alison HALL
May 16, 1952 – January 8, 2016
Merville Alison Hall (nee Manning) 1952 – 2016
Merville suddenly soared into the waiting arms of the Lord, January 8, 2016 with her red hat and prayer shawl in hand.
A Red Seal Chef by trade she treated many with her cooking skills. Always tending to the needs of the elderly and young children that were drawn to her.
She loved driving her Mini, wearing red hats and travelling the world.
She is survived by her husband Doug, sons Chris (Anita), Tobi (Joanne), brother Ben Manning, mother Pim Manning, and granddaughters Kendra and Taylor.
Merville will be greatly missed by everyone that ever spent time with her.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday January 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Highway Christian Fellowship Church, 10364 McDonald Park Road, Sidney, BC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation in her name to a charity or cause of your choice as she helped so many.
Once again we have received an invitation to join the MG Club on their New Year’s Day Burn on 1 January 2016. The format is the traditional one – meet at Cattle Point in Oak Bay about 11:30am for a 12:00pm start, finishing at J.J. Morgan’s Restaurant in University Heights for a 1pm brunch.
Our Favourite Aussie car guys are taking on our beloved Mini… catch Marty, Moog and the rest of the gang as they ‘mod’ the Mini.
Mike and Deb Smith are hosting this year’s event being held on Sunday, 6 December. It will start around 2:30 pm and goes till 6 pm or so.
We will have door prizes to be given away during the party. As it is a pot luck affair, if you can, let us know what food dish choice you will be bringing, so that we have an idea of what we will need for the party. Of course, please bring whatever your choice of beverages (Milk, pop, beer, wine or other) you like as well. If you know any of the Alumni of the Victoria Minis Car Club, let them know about the party as well and it is always good to see old friends that we don’t get together with too often.
If you can, contact me email@example.com
so I can give you further details and we can have an idea of how many will be attending the Christmas Bash.
Terry (aka Da Prez!)
Mike forwarded me a video link to a video showing what the new Vancouver Island Motorsport Resort will look like. The video show cases the resort and also gives us an idea of what it would be like drive a lap around the track.
Sunday, 27 September 2015 was an Amazing day for Minis. All contestants were given an opportunity to go first. The fearless Terry took the chance and chose the first leg of the competition. Linda and Terry then successfully led all teams to the Beacon Hill Loop Rd and atop of Beacon Hill the first challenge was issued. All teams were well matched at Bocce, but the skilled team of Kathy and Richard won out in a sudden death playoff. Unfortunately, Andrew was recalled to the Bocce National Team and was unable to continue in the competition. Richard and Kathy demonstrated their athletic prowess taking the Welly tossing as well. Doug and Merville were like a well-oiled machine during the croquet challenge and overwhelmed all competitors. Terry and Linda realizing their chances were slipping away regrouped and crushed all comers in a challenging 1-hole Mini-putt competition. All competitors then recognized that Terry’s courage at the beginning of the competition payed off as he was able to select the clubs that each team used. It should be noted that without some errant navigation Kathy and Richard would have avoided a Championship playoff against Terry and Linda. However, Kathy and Richard demonstrated that they were indeed toss-ers (a play on words only) as they used their initiative to sock-it to Terry and Linda in a sock-toss-off to become the Champions of the 1st VMCC Amazing Race competition. Many thanks to all that attended and judging from the conversation, everyone enjoyed themselves.
Finally, a big thank you to Doug for using his fantastic imagination to create a great afternoon drive.