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!)

Queen Alexander Show


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Janson and I made it down to the Queen Alexander show yesterday. Only one classic mini that I could see on the field but we got a picture of it. Good turnout of Porsche’s, VW’s, Corvettes, Ferrari, BMW, MINI2 and other makes. We actually spent some time in the parking lot checking out some Japanese rides. Below are just a few pic’s we managed to take.

Fort Rodd Hill British Car Show

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There were 150 cars at this years Fort Rodd British Car Show, with 7 in attendance from the Victoria Minis (see pictures from Alan and I below).  John and Anna were volunteering getting all the goody bags distributed on the way in. Dave and Anne had the nicest newest alternator on the field (see pic below). The Victoria team defended it’s longstanding  championship in the Italian Job gold brick transfer contest, once again being victorious against the Morris group, the Triumph crowd and other assorted marques.  The weather was glorious and the crowd had a great time viewing and talking about the cars.. looking forward to next year already!

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Alan Pics

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Portland all british day one

We had a great day travelling to Portland. All 8 cars made it and we saw no rain. We picked up our packages at the speedway, spent some time cleaning the cars and grabbed some food before bed. Everyone is looking forward to the Saturday car show.

Vancouver Island Gathering and English Car Affair in the Park

hogan tGood Day to all of you,
What a great weekend, hope you had an opportunity to get out and enjoy some of the events.
Here is more information on the
Vancouver Island Gathering event:
It will be in support of Children’s Heath Foundation of Vancouver Island
When: Sunday 15 September 2013 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where Queen Alexandra grounds  – 2400 Arbutus Road
Registration: Must pre-register by 31 August 2013 – No on-site Registration
Cost: $25.00
Hosted by: German Auto Import Network (GAIN)
Pre-register and receive:
Vancouver Island Motor Gathering Show Plaque
Lunch Voucher
Professional Photograph of you and your vehicle on the day of the show
Participant Lanyard
Prime Vehicle Placement
Check out the Event pre-register web page at:
If you just want to look at the cars and not have a vehicle entered, It will be admission by donation of at least $2.00
A reminder to all you folks that we are invited to the English Car Affair in the Park Held September 7 and 8.  The car show is on Sunday 8 September.   Check out the attachments for al the info. If you get your registration form to Kim Parker by August 31, you will be entered to win a weekend for two at the Galiano Inn.
Terry (aka Da Prez!)

Last Nights Monthly Meeting

chapman dThanks Mike for hosting the July meeting at your house. At the meeting we discussed recent events (Mini Meet West, Brits on the Beach) to name a few. We also discussed upcoming events such as the Classic Car Field Meet this Sunday put on by the MG club at Beaver Lake Park, the all British Field Meet in Portland September long weekend. Mike also told us about an interesting event called the “Fall Freeze 2013 Classic Car Adventure.

After the formal part of the meeting we watched some video from Mini Meet West and checked out some of the new cars in the club out front. Below are some pics from last nights meeting (thanks Mike) as well as three cars that grabbed alot of attention at last weeks “Brits on the Beach” car show in Ladysmith (thanks Doug).