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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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.


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.



Link to photos