Funkhana Testing

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Hi everyone,
Great news, we have the go-ahead to conduct the testing of Doug and Terry’s Funkhana and Car Box layouts at the Western Speedway in Langford starting around 6pm on Tuesday, 12 May 2015.  The address is 2207 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 6H2.
This will be a lot of fun and the weather is supposed to be great, so I am hoping for a strong turnout from our membership so we can test a variety of Minis/MINIs.
We are doing this so that we can have some fun and ensure we have an even playing field for all models in preparation for the Mini Meet West in Abbotsford.
Even if you don’t have your Mini/MINI come on out!  So having said that, I hope to see you there!
Enjoy the Mini splendors of the road!
Terry (aka Da Prez!)
Mini Nanaimo Scavenger Hunt
The Mini After Easter Scavenger Hunt at Mini Nanaimo was a fun event that mini owners were all encouraged to take part in.  The dealership people all worked hard to get different businesses that were open on Sunday to take part.  Everyone was to arrive at 11:30 and we were greeted with Easter Eggs, T shirts, Pins and a bag to collect all our “Hunt” with $50 to start us off.  Coffee and goodies were plentiful and then off we went with 10 riddles to solve to find the businesses  that would give us Easter eggs filled with play money.  My navigator and I are not from Nanaimo and we did not have a smart phone, two things that would have been very much useful.  But we were able to find 7 out of the 10 challenges and were back on time 2 hours later.  The yummy smell of BBQ Burgers, Brats, veg burgers, etc greeted us.  After enjoying some time to eat, the serious part of the day took place.  We opened up all our eggs to find we had $275, this unfortunately was not enough to win any of the auction lots that were offered up from the very enthusiastic auctioneer.  There were Mini bags, clock, cups, stuffed animals and all sorts of things.  Problem was groups teamed up together doubling their cash bidding power ( not sure if that was a good policy to allow).  All in all the event was well done and we enjoyed it, especially as it did not rain! 
Bonus was I had a lesson on how to put on my new wipers which I had ordered and were there ready for me.
OECC Reso Fair and Swap Meet photo 1It was an interesting day at the OECC restoration fair with a day spent looking at Classic and new cars of English heritage.  The weather did not dampen the spirits of the multitude of proud owners and the general public.  As always, the Minis garnered much attention and interest throughout the day.  It was good to see a few old faces and meet new owners of both Classic Minis and MINIs.  There was a good offering
of vehicles and parts for sale.  Thanks to all that attended and hope to see you at our Club events taking place this year.

Events this Weekend


Hi Everyone. Two events of note this weekend:

1). Old English Car Club Show, Swap and Sale at the Heritage Acres on the Pat Bay Highway 12 April 2015.  Heritage Acres, admission is $3.00 per person, (Children under 12 free).


2). For those interested there will be an After Easter scavenger hunt around the City of Nanaimo. The Mini Nanaimo dealer is hosting. Those interested can RSVP by sending an email to or calling 1-250-585-6959. The time of this event is from 11:30am to 2:30pm at the Nanaimo dealership located at 2470 Kenworth Road.

For people attending either event please take some pictures and even submit a small writeup about the event.

Happy Motoring,



President Update

hogan tWell, we had a great time in Portland OR at the All British Field Meet.  The trip was enjoyable and we encountered no issues along the way.  Linda garnered a 1st in the New MINI Category and Mike placed a 3rd in the Classic Variants. Both Classes had very good number of cars to choose from.
Don’t forget the English Car Affair in the Park at Fort Rod Hill hosted by the Old English Car Club  This is a great show and the weather will be very good.  Our Club is the reigning undisputed champions of the Italian Job Gold Heist competition and I hope we can get a good team together to ensure our dominance of this event continues.  Unfortunately, I will be away and thus unable to participate.  I hope to see some great pictures and a report of the event on our website.
We will not be having a meeting this month as the weather is just too nice.  It is just like the weather we had for excellent BBQ we had that was hosted by Mike and Deb.  Thanks again to Doug for setting up an excellent drive ahead of a wonderful BBQ.  Stay tuned for further activities.
NEWS FLASH Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Today, the 3-millionth MINI rolled of the Cowley assembly line in Oxford (BMW call it ‘Plant Oxford’)

Fathers Day in the Park/ More…


hogan tHi folks a few reminder!
1.   Fathers Day in the Park Sun June 15, 2014 – e

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.  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.  We will have a short meeting during the day as well.
It looks like it will be a nice day on Sunday, so lets have a great turnout.
2. Swap Meet. For all interested, there will be a swap meet June 22nd 7am to 4pm at the Saanich Fairgrounds put on by the Vintage Car Club of Canada (Victoria Chapter)
3. Another new MINI “Rog the Hat” posted this on Facebook and I thought you may be interested.
Just click on this link MINI 5-Door Hatch
4. Another new MINI Concept.  Unveiling of MINI Superleggera Vision – check it out!

Stay tuned!

Terry (aka Da Prez!)


Poker Run Results

hall m&dWe had seven cars participate with 21 poker hands purchased for the Shawnigan lake Poker Run. Although the rain tried to dampen the fun I believe we are had a good day capped off with a great dinner at the Four Mile Pub. Congratulations to Alan for the best hand and Duane for second best hand.

Cheers Doug VMCC Event Coordinator
And we are off (7 cars and 21 hopeful poker hands)!
Strategic Picking  Pics of Poker hand cards at the third checkpoint
And the Winner goes to Allan with two pairs (10’s and 4’s). Second place to Duane who had 2 Ace’s up his sleeve.


P1010559This year the ABFM at Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver  had 527 cars, and the weather held with overcast sky, followed by sunshine! The Minis/MINI count was a little lower this year, but some pretty nice ones showed up. From our club, Merville and Doug were on show with their new MINI and I took over the Mini GTM Coupe. We reconnected with old friends from the Vancouver Mini Club and the Seattle Area Mini Owners club. Overall it was a great show!

More pics here :


Next Event: “Seven Mountain Tour”

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Our next Event! 

The February club event will be the “Seven Mountain Tour”. This drive / rally will challenge your fear of mountains without gaining elevation or using up those valuable brake pads.

When: Sunday February 9th,  starting from Tim Horton’s at the corner of Cedar Hill Rd. and Shelbourne St. at 1:00 o’clock.

What: The drive is  approximately 50kms (if completed properly), as with all our drives there will be some surmountable twists and turns, ending up at a local Cidery for a tour, taste and awarding the winner their trophy.

How: Instructions will be given out at the start, no copilot necessary, only 7 questions to answer and all makes and models welcome, if the mini is unlicensed.

P.S. Bring your Victoria street map
It would be helpful (not necessary) if you let me know if you were planning to participate.

Cheers Doug



cropped-smP1050381-1.jpg Some people say there isn’t much to do during rainy weekends, but,  that hasn’t stopped Alan. Hedecided to build a custom matching trailer for his Moke. Great job Alan!I can’t wait to see it in person. I like how Alan paid attention to the details like how the shape of the trailer fenders match the Moke. Check out some of the build pictures below.


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The MG club was gracious to include us again in their New Years Day rally and lunch event.  A great way to celebrate the bringing in of the new year. We had 19 mini club members out with 10 Minis in attendance. The MG club had approximately 36 members show up with MGB’s, an MG TD, MGA, MG Y saloon, and several Jaguars to name a few. Mini’s representation included a couple classic Minis, a couple new Coopers, a couple new Mini Cooper S’s, a John Cooper Works GP, a Mini Paceman and a Mini Countryman. There were even a couple heavily modified Minis that resembled a Corvette and Land Rover. Everyone was impressed with Gord’s new Mini Countryman that sported 1.75 inch lowering springs and 19 inch JCW wheels giving it a nice riding stance. Below are some pictures from today’s event. The wide angle photo at cattle point was submitted by Erin Hartley. Thanks Erin! Also are some pictures of MG’s and Mini’s from Alan also.

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Happy New Year!

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Next Event Jan1 2014

Hi Everyone,

Message from your events coordinator;

Our first run of the year will be on News Years day. We will join up with the Victoria MG club at 11:30 am at Cattle Point. We will have about a 1 hour drive (usually with questions) and end up at JJ Morgans Restaurant for lunch at 1:00. We’ve had 14 people in the mini club already confirm they want to attend plus 36 from the MG Club.

Please confirm attendance A.S.A.P so numbers can be confirmed.

Contact Doug at
Terry (aka Da Prez!

President’s Message


hogan t

Good Day,

Well it has been an unusually dry October so far and the Victoria Minis Car Club 2012-2013 driving year is coming to a close on 31 October 2013.

Club Ball Caps – For those that have paid, but have yet to pick up their ball hats with the club logo on it should do so by contacting Mike Smith .

15 October VMCC Monthly Meeting – We had a great meeting with some interesting vehicles including Dylan’s Electric Mini and Ian’s updated Mini.  We had an International presence as Lammo, a Mini enthusiast from Germany attended the meeting and took several pictures.  We provided him a Cap and a Mug as a goodwill gesture on behalf of the Club.

Club Dues — A reminder that you can pay the 2012 – 2013 and/or next year’s(1 November 2013- 31 October 2014 dues ($30.00) anytime by contacting  MikeSmith by or by phone: 250-477-9650.

Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2 November 2013 R.S.V.P. — The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be taking place Saturday, 2 November 2013 at the Princess Mary Café 459 Head St, Victoria, BC V9A 5S1, Canada.  Dinner will start at 6 p.m. with the meeting scheduled to start at 7 p.m.  It will be a sit down service and you can order from the menu.  It caters to all and has items that are gluten-free and various items for those that have allergies as well.  You can order what you like as you are paying for what you want.
It would be great if I could get an idea of how many are attending; so please R.S.V.P. to me by 28 October 2013 at .
Thanks to Dana and Lloyd for suggesting the restaurant.

President Update

hogan tHi there,
Well, we have had a great summer and an interesting fall.  Our members attended many events including local and long-distant events.  At several events, our members were awarded Top – Three honours in their respective Classes.  At the English Car Affair in the Park hosted by the Old English Car Club, we overwhelmed our competition to retain the “The Italian Job” trophy.  It was a great event and the weather was made to order.  More fun to come.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 7 pm-ish – Mike Smith will be hosting the meeting. 

Here is the address and telephone of Mike and Deb Smith’s home:

1849 Francisco Terrace
Victoria V8N 4W2
Tel: 250-477-9650 for directions if you cannot find it.


Looking forward to seeing all of you as this is a great opportunity to pick up the Club ball cap.  This will be the last meeting of our current year as the new year starts on 1 November 2013.  We will be holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) soon.  Don’t forget to be prepared to pay dues for 2013-2014 before the AGM in order to be able to vote.  The fees will remain as they were for 2012-2013.  Mike Smith will gladly collect your membership dues.  Christmas is coming and we will be holding a Christmas Party at a date and location to be given at a later date.
Hope to see many of you there.
Terry (aka Da Prez!)

Quick Update: Event Stuff and August 15 Club Meeting

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Hi Everyone, I have some new stuff to tell you about:

1. Horticultural Centre of the Pacific 10 – 11 August 2013 (Sat & Sun). There is a special event being held at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific 10 – 11 August 2013 (Sat & Sun). Cars should be in place around 10 am as the show starts at 11 am each day and there is a Parade of cars at the end of the day around 4:40 pm. You can attend one or both days, your choice.  You can sign up ahead of time on the page through this link:   or arrive on the day as well.   Bring a chair and an umbrella.  Food and refreshments are available, but you can also bring your own  and enjoy a very good show.  Your car is your price of admission.

 2.       Thursday, 15 August 2013  Monthly Meeting – Doug and Merville are inviting us to their home for the meeting.  It commences at 7 pm-ish.  We will be discussing the upcoming Poker Run, the unveiling of a new mini to the Hall family, and other items of interest.  Here is the address:

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10287 Bowerbank Rd. in  Sidney.  First right turn after the lights at Beacon Ave. travelling North on the Pat Bay Hwy. (#17 for those from off the Island!)

 Hope to see you there and once again, if you have any thing you would like to discuss, you can do so at the meeting or through the Club’s website Forum

hogan tHello to all you enthusiasts,

 Lots of great events and meetings have taken place so far this year and more are on the way.

1. All British Meet at the Filberg Sunday, 17-18 Aug 2013 The OECC Comox Valley branch is going to hold a Show and Shine at The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park.  There is much more happening in the area prior to the Saturday evening get-together.  On Saturday, 17 August, the COMOX Air Show is being held.  There is lots to see so if you travel on Friday, then you have all day Saturday at the airshow and then can do the OECC activity.  If you want to get a place to stay, you better book soon. Be sure to check the website  and the Welcome and judging information link. If you know anyone else wanting to go, tell them they are very welcome to join us.  Please ensure that your car is capable of making the trip.  If you are planning to attend, email Terry at or phone 250 472-1550.  If I do not answer, leave a message and I will get back to you.

2.  Cowichan Mill Bay Picnic 11 August 2013 – Held at the Brentwood School Field in Mill Bay. Contact 205 743-9114 for more information about this event. This year the picnic will be held on:

Sunday, August 11 , 2013 ( our 28th year! )

Location: Main Field, Brentwood College – Mill Bay

Entry Fee: $15

Once again the Rotary Club will provide a food concession.

Please contact David Knott for more information (250-743-1821) or

For those driving in the Convoy, please meet at the Valley View Shopping Centre (junction of TCH and Cobble Hill / Cowichan Valley Rd) at 10:30 am. Convoy will leave at 11 am

3.  Oak Bay Collector Car Festival 11 August 2013 – The Blethering Place Collector Car Festival stands apart from other car shows in that not-yet-finished cars are welcomed and eagerly sought out for participation.  Cars begin arriving on the Avenue at 8 a.m. Participants are expected to stay until 4 p.m.  Cost is $15.00 payable at the gate.

4.  Portland, OR  ABFM at the Portland International Raceway 30 Aug – 2 Sep 2013 – Here is the link for the Portland ABFM The plan so far is to depart Victoria on Friday, 30 August 2013 on the 6:10 am COHO (Black Ball)  ferry Fares .  It is recommended to book well in advance to ensure you are loaded on.  We will meet inside the parking area of the Ferry Terminal, and it is a good idea to get a coffee before going into it. The departure time is either Sunday or Monday or whenever.  Several cars plan to travel on Monday and board the 5:20 p.m. COHO at Port Angeles.  If you plan to do this then Book in advance as a Return rather than One-Way.  Again, your choice.

We will take the non I-5 route meaning the Hwy 101, 8, 12 , etc. down to the hotel. Final route has not been yet determined, but it won’t be long before we have it. This route takes about 7.5 hours including a lunch stop. We will arrive about 3-4 pm and there will be a registration pick up and social reception later at the PIR (Portland International Raceway) in the evening.

We do not usually partake in the Saturday BBQ Dinner, as in the past, we found it to be somewhat lacking and we usually go out as a group to eat somewhere else, but that is your decision.

We will be staying at this hotel.  Again, your choice if you want to stay there as well. There are many hotels in the area.

Days Inn

9930 North Whitaker Road

Portland, OR 97217, United States
Get directions

+1 503-289-1800

 If you are planning to attend, email Terry at or phone 250 472-1550.  If I do not answer, leave a message and I will get back to you.  Check out the Club website forum on the subject: Offer any suggestions or thoughts about this trip.

 If you know anyone else wanting to join our team, tell them they are very welcome to join us.  Please ensure that your car is capable of making the trip.  Although, I am not worried, I am still getting Richard Ford to look over Toots to make sure it is ready.

 5.  Monthly Meeting on Thursday 15 August, 2013 – Does anyone wish to host the Meeting? It will start at 7 p.m.-ish.  You never know what kind of a car may show up and this is a good chance to talk about and show what you have done with your cars as well. 

For further information regarding events contact Dwayne Kalynchuk.  

Terry (aka Da Prez!)

President July Update

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Hi Everyone,
What great Mini/MINI weather we have had and it looks good for the near future as well.
We have had a few events including evening drives, and a few members going to Mini Meet West 2013 in Bend OR.  It was a great trip and our Club members represented the Club very well in each of their categories.   We even managed to find a snow storm during the event. You can check out pictures and links by clicking on “2013 Past Events” under the “Past Events” tab on the mini website.
14 July 2013 (Sunday) Brits On The Beach in Ladysmith – It is held at Transfer Beach on the right hand side as you enter into Ladysmith (there are signs).  We will be departing from Time Horton’s on Millstream (same area as Future Shop) at 8:15 am-ish.  It takes about 70 minutes to get there and hopefully we will get a good spot in the shade. It is recommended that you bring you own chairs, possibly sun shade and a picnic to enjoy. During the day, we can plan something to do when we get back.
15 July Monthly Meeting – There will be a meeting on Monday, 15 July at 7 pm.  If anyone is interested in hosting it, let me know before Thursday and I will post it.
Anyone interested in getting a drive on the go, that would be great.  I have not heard much about the drive planned to Sooke, but hope to hear more about it soon.
Don’t forget about the Club hats – If you have not got one yet, contact Mike Smith.
Terry (aka DA Prez!)

President’s Message

VMCC Hat 2013 Front 1Hello my fellow Mini-MIINI enthusiasts

Well, the hats have arrived and Mike Smith (Membership/Treasurer) has them for distribution.  It is one hat per membership, and additional hats can be purchased for $15.00 dollars each.  There is a limited supply.

12 June 2013 – I think it is time for a Wednesday Evening Drive.  If you are interested, meet at Tim Horton’s (behind the Petro Canada Gas Station at the corner of Cedar Hill Cross Road and Shelbourne St.  We will be leaving at 7pm-ish for a nice drive.  We will probably have the hats there for distribution as well.


16 June 201 – Father’s Day Picnic in Beacon Hill Park adjacent to the Cricket Pitch.  Departure from Tim Horton’s at Ravine Way and Blanchard St. (same area as Save-On-Foods) is 9 am-ish.  On that date, several of us will be on our way to

Mini Meet West in Bend OR, so will not be attending.  Have fun and hope to hear about it when we get back.

Terry (aka Da Prez!)

Update from our President Terry

hogan t  Hi Everyone,

Well, things have been happening, we have a great revised website created by our new Website Master, Duane Chapman.  Check it out and join the forum which is moderated by Shawn and Duane.  

No Meeting on 15 March as we are having a drive on the Sunday and if any points should be considered I will talk about them then.

Peninsula Run – Next Sunday 17 March – Not only is it St Patrick’s Day, but there is a Peninsula Run designed by the ’infamous’ Doug and Merville team.  The drive questions are being sent by email to all whom have emailed Doug stating they wanted to participate.  If you want to have some Sunday fun, email Doug and Merville at .  We need to know numbers as we are having lunch at the much heralded Beacon Landing Restaurant and Pub.  If you are not sure if you can make it, and make a late decision; join us at the Beaver Lake Filter Beds Parking Lot for a 10:30 am start.. Check out the “Next Event” tab on the website for the Peninsula Run information. 

Also The South Island Branch of the Old English Car Club invites you to the 8th Annual British Car Restoration Fair and Swap Meet at Heritage Acres (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society) on Lochside Dr. Central Saanich adjacent to Hwy 17 Pat Bay Hwy on Sunday 14 April 2013.  We usually set up around 9 am, and have a display of at least two cars to give some exposure for the Club.  Entry for this event is $3.00 per person at the gate.  See the info at .  

The Vancouver International Auto Show is on at the Vancouver Convention Centre .  Western Canada’s largest auto show is taking place 25 – 30 March.

That is it from me, it is sunny, I have a full tank of gas, and I got that driving feeling.   
Be Seeing you!
Terry (aka Da Prez!)