Mike Smith will be blogging for the Mini Meet West 2017 trip to Santa Rosa California.
Mike Smith will be blogging for the Mini Meet West 2017 trip to Santa Rosa California.
If you are the owner of a vehicle or motorcycle you are proud of and would love to enter it in the upcoming Vancouver Island Motor Gathering on August 27th, 2017, please submit your registration below. They welcome vehicles and motorcycles of all makes, models and generations. The 2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering will benefit the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation and David Foster Foundation. 100% of car show registration fee goes directly to these foundations.
MMW2017 June 26-29 in Santa Rosa California USA.
Mini Meet West 2017 will be celebrating a blend of the Classic Mini culture and all things those with a new MINI enjoy. This will truly be a gathering that blends all aspects of the Mini and MINI phenomena, including a Rally, an Auto Cross, and a Car Show that even caters to the next generation of Mini enthusiasts with a hands-on build your own Mini they can proudly display. With an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie, Mini owners and enthusiasts will come together to celebrate the unique aspects of this iconic car. From the beautifully restored, show room perfect stock Minis, to the outlandish thematic and modified track cars, Minis are the star of the show!
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:
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….
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.
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.
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.
12 July 2015 (Sunday) Brits On The Beach in Ladysmith
– The Mini/MINI is the featured car for his year and I hope we will have a great turn out. 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 off Millstream Ave (same area as Best Buy/Future Shop) at 8:15 am-ish. 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/brits_on_the_beach.htm
I got a few pictures from Doug, Dana and Lloyd from the track events (see below). If anyone has pictures they would like to post on the website let me know or if someone has a write up or short story from the event that would be awesome.
There are some great video’s posted on the mini meet under “PHOTOS” on the Mini Meet West website at
You can also see some great photo’s on the mini meet west Facebook page
Pre-mini meet West
With only one more sleep until Mini Meet West 2015 kicks off, what better way for Mini/MINI enthusiasts to share their love of our favourite little car than to have a short drive. A total of 18 vehicles, a joint Canadian & American convoy sent out from downtown towards Cattle Point… it was an amazing site… a complete line of eighteen minis with not a single interruption. Whoop! Plenty of smiles, waves and honks greeting those along Dallas road as we passed. After an extended stop at the point (How do you get mini people to stop gabbing?) the group once again hit the roads, a final destination of Matticks Farm greeted the drivers and passengers. A big thanks to Doug for the route, VicMinis members for attending and our cousins from south of the border for a fun morning. We will see some of you tomorrow in Abbotsford and the rest of you when we get back 😉
Next Event “Caleb Pike Exploration Drive”
Come out and learn some local history, visit a couple of parks, a lake and drive some of the MINIEST roads in our local area.
This will be a “follow the car in front of you style” Sunday Drive
(No need for a navigator) friends and family are always welcome.
No mini – that’s too bad, drive what you have insured.
Sunday, May 31/2015
Starting at 1:30 from: The Red Barn Market
5550 West Saanich Rd.
Drive duration: 2 or so hours depending on how much out of the Minis exploring happens.
For those of you who want to go for an early dinner, please let me know.
I am thinking about the 4 Mile Pub as it was great the last time we stopped in.
No questions to answer, just a drive in the country.
Spots we are going to explore:
Who was Caleb Pike?
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park