Merville Hall

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.

VMCC Mini Amazing Race

6Sunday, 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.

Next Brits on the Beach and Mini Meet West Pictures

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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:


chapman dI 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 😉



Funcana Testing and Next Driving Event May 31

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Funkhana Testing Night:
 A good time was had by all, young Danial scored to quickest time for turning in the box challenge with his Red Mini S convertible, and all that tried the funkhana survived (See pictures Below).
It is not to late to sign up for MINI MEET WEST 2015, it is shaping up to be quite an event.
Cheers Doug
Events Coordinator

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

Durrance Lake


Presidents Message: Upcoming Events

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We had a great meeting with lots of discussion about the exciting upcoming events.  Here are some fun events that you will be able to participate in; take a look:

1.  MINI Victoria’s 6th Annual Garage Sale on Saturday, 28 March 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm:  We will have our Club display and information table setup as well, so if you would like to volunteer some time, let me know the hours you would be willing to help out at the Club display by Wednesday, 25 March 2015.  We will be able to sign up new members during that day as well.  Even if you do not have the time or do not wish to help out at the table, this is a great event and you should come down and check out the deals.

2. OECC Restoration Fair & Swap Meet Sunday, April 12, 2015 10am – 3pm

Heritage Acres, Lochside Drive, Saanichton – Admission $3.00 per person, (Children under 12 free).
3. MINI Meet West 2015 Funkhana, and Car Box Dilemma: We will be setting up testing of these events in April/May to ensure they are ready for the MMW 2015 event taking place 29 June – 2 July 2015 in Abbotsford.  Check out the web site at Mini Meet West 2015.  We are still looking for more volunteers to help out in preparation and throughout the event.  So check out the previous email about volunteers for Mini Meet West 2015.
Great Mini/MINI days ahead!
Terry (aka Da Prez!)

Tech Day and Mini Meet Registration now open

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Thanks Richard for hosting a great tech day. We got to see Richard work magic on both classic and modern mini’s. We learned how valves are set, gaskets are replaced, brakes are checked, diagnostics are checked plus much more. We got to see the underside of both the classic mini as well as the modern mini. Below are a few pictures from the day. We also discussed progress made on planning of this years Mini Meet West in Abbotsford. Check out the Mini Meet West Website at or check out the Mini Meet West 2015 Facebook site at

Mini Meet West Registration is OPEN
We are happy to announce that we are now open for registration for Mini Meet West (MMW2015).  Check out the site at or check out the Mini Meet West 2015 Facebook site at

Poker Run and the Spring Thaw Rally attended by Mike

1).  Next Club Event Sunday, 25 May 2014

Please Email:  for confirmation & dinner reservations

Details:Poker run

2). Spring Thaw Event “Mike Smith”

P1010559This years Spring Thaw 2014 started in Squamish BC on Friday morning with 75 pre 1980 sports cars (some post 1980 were also admitted if special versions or cars of long running production) .  My son Chris and I drove over in the Mini 30 VTEC and stayed in North Vancouver the night before . We headed to Squamish first thing in the morning.  Ther was a good representation from the Minis which included an English Moke, a pickup and 6 sedans.The first day saw us cover about 460km using back roads  (can you say twisty and fun) ending the day in Kamloops where we had an excellent banquet dinner that evening.

We were up bright and early and on the road again on Saturday, enjoying more fun roads 450km, and some intermittent weather, including sun, rain, more rain, snow, sleet, hail, and more sun. We ended this day in Penticton where the weather stayed nice enough to spend the early evening enjoying beer and appies on the patio. another good banquet was held on Saturday night and lot’s of draw prizes were given out.

Sunday was a shorter day with just over 250km, driving on roads like Green Mountain road, and the Old Yale road on our way from Penticton to Hope.  The event wrapped up with a lunch and the final awards presentations.

Chris and I then scooted off driving to Tswassen to catch the BC Ferry home to Victoria.


3. Mike Smith is looking for a co-pilot  to join him on the Mini East Meets
West trip to Milwaukee, WI.  The cars leave on 26 June and return around 10
July 2014.  During the drive, there are several interesting stops along the
way there and back that make for a fun time.  There are a couple of cars so
far going, and if you are interested and would like further details, contact
Terry at .


4.  Don’t forget the All British Field Meet on Saturday, 17 May at VanDusen
Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. Check the Western Driver Magazine website
for more details  .


President and Events Update (Next Event, April Meeting, Last Event)

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1).  Next Club Event Sunday, 25 May 2014

Please Email:  for confirmation & dinner reservations


Poker run

If you have an idea for an event, contact  Doug
at  .  This year is going to be a lot of fun and I
hope to see all of you enjoying these events.


2.  April Meeting.

We had a fantastic meeting hosted by Scott (General Manger) and his team at BMW/MINI Victoria Dealership with plenty of food and drinks, as well as, an assortment of MINI swag to be taken away by our members courtesy of Jason (Parts Manager).  The new 3-cylinder MINI Cooper was available for test drives and one of our members had an opportunity to take it out prior to the start of the meeting.  Mike gave us a detailed report of the weekend activities in Harrison Hot Springs that provided the basis of the Mini Meet West 2015 proposal being co-presented by  Vancouver Mini Car Club and the Victoria Minis Car Club.


3. Mike Smith is looking for a co-pilot  to join him on the Mini East Meets
West trip to Milwaukee, WI.  The cars leave on 26 June and return around 10
July 2014.  During the drive, there are several interesting stops along the
way there and back that make for a fun time.  There are a couple of cars so
far going, and if you are interested and would like further details, contact
Terry at .


4.  Our website, as reported by Duane our Webmaster, is garnering internet
attention, so if you have stories of regarding Mini/MINI events, projects,
and other activities in the realm of the Mini/MINI, please forward them to
Duane  at  for inclusion on our website.


5.  Don’t forget the All British Field Meet on Saturday, 17 May at VanDusen
Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. Check the Western Driver Magazine website
for more details  .


6. Saturday, 31 May there is a charitable rally event to
benefit the Lucky Cat Haven Society.  It is a good cause and is open to all
types of cars and bikes.  Here is a link for the website registration:

Given the seating capacity for the evening venue is
limited to 200 people, we will be handling the registration forms on a
‘first come, first served’ basis.  All registration must be received by no
later than May 23, 2014, so book soon.

7.  Last Event.

The Old English Car Club once again did a great job hosting the 9th Annual Restoration and Swap Meet along with the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society (Pictures below).  It was an excellent turnout of English marques, with a great variety of Mini/MINIs models that made for a fun event.  There was plenty of interest in the Club stand and the mini garage as seen in the photos.  The sunshine was a welcome relief from past weekends that were full of rain. Our newest members: Amanda, Richard and William and Bob (their ’62 Austin Mini); and Ben with the 13×7 rims; as well as Allan’s Super Cooper S; Alan’s mighty Moke; Dwayne’s Mini 1.3i Growler; and Linda’s Mini  Mayfair Automatic found themselves surrounded by paparazzi throughout the day.  All said and done, it was a great event and we are looking forward to the events that are coming up.

Have a Heck-of-a-time Drivin’  Happy Easter!

Terry (aka Da Prez!)

The People

Nothing like getting together with friends with a common passion for classic and modern Mini’s


Happy New Year

hogan tHappy New Year everyone!
At least it is according to the VMCC calendar.  Last night, we had our AGM.  It was a stormy night, and I would like to thank all that took the time to attend.  Princess Mary restaurant lived up to Lloyd and Dana’s recommendations and that I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  I would like to thank Jean Margison for taking the minutes of the AGM.  It was also decided that we will be looking into Golf shirts as this years Club memorabilia for renewing membership.  We did survive a close call with a bad joke; and NO, I wasn’t the one that told it; that credit goes to Duane.  I would like to thank the members that have stepped up and renewed their Executive positions and especially those that have done so for the first time.  I am looking forward to this coming year and what it has in store for us.  I would like to thank Richard Ford owner of the Elk Lake Auto Center (NAPA AutoPro) 5498 Patricia Bay Hwy (Hwy 17) for donating the door prize.
We still do not have a host location for the Christmas Party.  Is anyone willing to host it? We have not selected a date as of this time, but it would be a Sunday in the first two weeks of December (either 7 or 14 December) — Your choice.
Also, I will not be here for the 15 November meeting, Is anyone willing to host it?  I would hope that most of the Executive will be there and introduce themselves at that time.  Now,  I would like to introduce you to your new Executive:
President:  Terry Hogan
Membership: Mike Smith
Events Coordinator: Doug Hall (taking up responsibilities from Dwayne Kalynchuk)
Treasurer: Mike Smith
Sponsorship: Dwayne Kalynchuk
Web Minister: Dylan Parker
 Secretary: N/A
Thanks to all of you for your support and I am looking forward to a great year ahead full of adventure and fun!
Terry (aka Da Prez!)