February Meeting

What a great day to go for a drive! 

Just to let you know that we will be getting together at the Victoria BMW-MINI dealership on Monday, 15 February 2016 with the meeting starting around 6:45 pm.  This would be an excellent opportunity to pay this year’s dues for those that have not done so already.

The dealership is located at:

95 Esquimalt Rd.,
Victoria, British Columbia
V9A 3K8

I recommend arriving earlier as there is the new Clubman to check out as well as the other new MINIs.  There will be an entry on the parking lot area towards the back side that will be open. 

Looking forward to seeing you there. Terry (aka Da Prez)

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Merville Hall

In Memory of

Merville Alison HALL

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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.

Christmas Party

hogan tMike and Deb Smith are hosting this year’s event being held on Sunday, 6 December.  It will start around 2:30 pm and goes till 6 pm or so.
We will have door prizes to be given away during the party.  As it is a pot luck affair, if you can, let us know what food dish choice you will be bringing, so that we have an idea of what we will need for the party.  Of course, please bring whatever your choice of beverages (Milk, pop, beer, wine or other) you like as well.  If you know any of the Alumni of the Victoria Minis Car Club, let them know about the party as well and it is always good to see old friends that we don’t get together with too often.
If you can, contact me victoriaminiscarclub@gmail.com  so I can give you further details and we can have an idea of how many will be attending the Christmas Bash.
Terry (aka Da Prez!)

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 Event “The Amazing Race”

hall m&dSunday September 27th. 1- 4pm

Starting at 1:00 Tim Horton’s – Shellbourne and Cedar Hill x Road.
You have heard of the TV show The Amazing Race, well think of that format on our club’s event budget and with you know who organizing it. Four locations you get to drive your own car to, (be it a Mini, Toyota, Porsche or Land Rover) Four team challenges to complete. Challenges may include but not be limited to: Walking on wet grass (proper footwear is recommended and not provided) Golf (well sort of) Croquet (or is it croquette one has to do with potatoes)
Sock tossing (sock will be provided, may even be donated by the person not wearing proper wet coast footwear) Bocce (with a real pallino or maybe just a potato)
Gum Boot tossing or Welly tossing for some of you (or even tossing a potato into a gumboot or Welly) There may even be no potatoes at all? Just like on the TV show, teams will complete each challenge, once everyone has had a chance, then we all proceed to the next destination.
Teams will be formed by the organizer.
If you would like to participate – Please let me know.
If you would like to go out for early supper at the 4 mile pub (we had a great dinner there after last years Poker Run)
Please let me know.
 
Cheers Doug
V.M.C.C. Event Coordinator

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hogan t

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.

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hogan t 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.

Cheers,

Duane

Link to photos

https://picasaweb.google.com/MikeSmith.vic/PortlandABFM2015?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMaInbipy9vRUw&feat=directlink

Ice Cream run results / Next Portland

hogan tWell, we had a great drive around the local municipalities and many onlookers may have whiplash because of the great collection of Mini/MINIs passing by.  On more than one occasion, we were cheered and given the thumbs up.  I would like to thank Doug for providing an interesting drive that took us through several streets and roads seldom travelled which is typical of his planned routes.  Mr. Tubbs was an excellent finishing location as you can see by the photos.  Next up is our road trip to Portland OR for the All British Field Meet at the Portland International Raceway.  For those that are not able to join us, stay tuned for pictures.

Ice Cream Run August 28

hall m&dI 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.

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Cheers Doug,
V.M.C.C. Event Coordinator

Mini’s attend MG Show

IMG_0417 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.

Duane

Next Brits on the Beach and Mini Meet West Pictures

hall m&dNext Event: Brits on the Beach

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

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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

http://www.minimeetwest.com/2015/index.htm

You can also see some great photo’s on the mini meet west Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/MiniMeetWest2015

 

Cheers,

Duane

Pre-mini meet West

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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 😉

Cheers,

Andrew

Fathers Day and Event Info

hogan tIt was a glorious morning as Linda I were helping out directing vehicles as a volunteers in support of Father’s Day Picnic in the Park held in Beacon Hill Park.  Several Mini/MINIS drove down as a group to take their rightful position between the Jaguars and the Morgans.  All day, the public and other car enthusiasts stopped by to chat and exchange stories about the Minis.  Everyone had a great time and I would like to thank all those responsible especially the Old English Car Club volunteers for organizing this fantastic event.

Looking forward to Mini Meet West 2015 in Abbotsford, BC being held 29 June – 2 July 2015, and a multitude of events to follow.

Circle your calendar for 12 July 2015 to attend Brits on the Beach held at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith, BC.  The Mini/MINI is the marquis automobile for this year!  Here is the link:  http://oecc.ca/cib/brits_on_the_beach.htm

 

 

Love is Mini a splendor thing!

 

Next Event: Fathers Day Picnic

hogan tHi everyone, next event is the Fathers Day Picnic in Beacon Hill Park. We 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.  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 r love of the Minis/MINIs.

Meeting at Timmies prior to the 2014 Fathers Day Picnic

Meeting at Timmies prior to the 2014 Fathers Day Picnic

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Oak Bay Parade Report
It was a glorious day with the 3 Minis gathering to impress the crowds.  Our candy folk were soon running low on supplies, but marched on regardless.  The crowds were once again very appreciative of the Minis, although they did not have a MINI to ogle over.  All cars completed the parade without incident and we enjoyed ourselves as much as the viewers did.  Toots was asked to help out the Reynolds Marching Band by sounding the horn at the appropriate time which she did very well.  Have a look at the photos.

I would like to thank all that attended and know that if the rest were able to make it, you would have.  Enjoy this beautiful weather.

Terry (aka Da Prez!)

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hall m&d Caleb Pike Report

The Mighty Minis/MINIs got together and headed out to the Highlands area for
an excellent drive.  Our main stop at the Caleb Pike Heritage Park was very
interesting.  Having read about it previously, but never venturing there, it
was a worthwhile adventure.   A glorious day for a nice 2 hour run through
the Highlands with roads that I swear were designed with Minis/MINIs in
mind.
Below is a video Andrew put together along with a few photos of the Caleb Pike Drive on 31 May 2015.

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