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
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.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 was a great sunny day at the Fort Rodd Hill Park. The English Car Affair in the Park had all types of English automobiles on show. Several members of our club attended and it was a pleasure to answer all sorts of questions being asked by the fellow car folks and general public about the Minis and the rare GTM. Karen brought her Lotus-Mini and the MINIs were equally appreciated as well. Linda and Mike were lucky on this day to win draw prizes. Here are a few photos.
PORTLAND ABFM It was a zero dark-thirty rise to board the 6:10 am COHO sailing to Port Angeles. We had a good sized convoy of cars that represented both old and new Minis to display at the Portland All British Field Meet (ABFM) held at the Portland International Raceway from 4 – 6 September 2015. The road trip created by Mike with input from others was a lot of fun. We stopped off at Rochester WA for lunch in the Highway Diner that provided us with excellent food, and service all for a reasonable price (strongly recommend stopping there if you can – try the Pie!). Arriving at our accommodations, we took time to clean up the cars. The ABFM having over 800 English vehicles in attendance was almost a sensory overload. The SOVREN racing along with the autocross and Slalom and off-roading provided non-stop fun. Dwayne, Merville, Richard and Terry all took home awards for their Class of car. In the evening we were joined by other car enthusiasts for yet another delightful meal at the Stanford’s Restaurant and Bar in Jantzen Beach SuperCenter. The Sunday provided great deals at the Swap and Shop and of course the racing continued despite a bit of rainy weather. After spending a few hours at the Swap and Shop, those of us that wished to get some mall shopping done were rewarded with good deals. On our return journey, Linda navigated us to the Black Bear Diner in Sequim WA that Richard had recommended where again, we all enjoyed a very good meal. Our journey ended with the Coho back to Victoria. It was a fantastic trip with lots of laughter and good times. For those that have not done it, you should consider doing in the future (so keep it in mind as it is held during the Labor Day Long weekend).
Below are more pictures that Mike Smith passed on from the Portland All British Field Meet.
Link to photos
I just found out that August 28th. is an important date for some people. It is National Cherry Turnover Day. Onam is celebrated in India. Ghost Day is celebrated in Vietnam. It is also National Mouse Racing Day. In 1609 Henry Hudson began exploring the Bay of Delaware. In 1898 Pepsi-Cola was invented. In 1907 UPS was founded. In 1937 Toyota became an independent company. In 1965 Shania Twain was born. In 1982 Le Ann Rimes was born. In 1991 the collapse of the Soviet Union started and of course it is 20 days before my birthday on September 12th. So I believe we should all go out and celebrate by eating Ice Cream Drive Starts at 7:00 (ish) pm at the top of Mount Tolmie; We will cruise through the hoods and check out some cool cribs, cross over the line and through downtown to show off our cool rides, ending up at Mr. Tubbs for some rappin and ice cream at 3454 Tillicum Rd. about 8 pm.
Allan and Mike attended the MG car club show near beaver lake last weekend and forward us a couple pictures to enjoy from the event. I guess Allan and Mike might have been a bit keen as you can see by the first photo looks like were the first to show up. Looks like their was an assortment of everything from a porsche 356, to MG’s, Alpha’s and of course Allan’s Moke and Mike’s GTM. Thanks Allan for the pics and sharing of the event.
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 😉