What a great way to start the summer and celebrate Father’s Day. Richard created a fantastic drive around Greater Victoria that had great turns and bumps that made it a challenge to write the answers down as you drove by. We maintained the 2-metre space between families at all times and did not exceed the number of people allowed to get together. The questions were not too challenging, yet there were no signs of 100 percent from any of the vehicles at the end of the drive. It did however, come down to a tie-breaker question to determine the winner. Graham and Daniel came closest to the actual number of Australian Mokes that rolled off the assembly lines. To the folks in the couple of vehicles lost due to mechanical issues along the way, I am glad that you made it home safely (albeit at a somewhat reduced speed). Finally thanks to all that were able to join us and hope more of you can do so at our next event. The attachments are a few photos that I took along the way.
A modified Mini Meet West 2020 is now going to take place in Portland Oregon and will be hosted by the Oregon Minis Society (OMS) in conjunction with the All British Field Meet scheduled for the Labour Day Long Weekend 4-6 September 2020. See the website at https://www.minimeetwest.com/ to get information on the new registration required for this event.
MMW2021 in Beautiful Victoria, British Columbia
The good news is that the Victoria Minis Car Club and The Vancouver Mini Club proudly announce Mini Meet West is to be held in Beautiful Victoria British Columbia on June 27 to June 30, 2021. The host hotel for the event is the Sheraton 4 Points Hotel, located just a few minutes from downtown Victoria. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and is located on Vancouver Island, just a short ferry ride from Vancouver BC, or from Port Angeles Washington. See you there!
Vancouver Island is the largest island off the west coast of North America. Tucked against the mainland coast of British Columbia and the north shore of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island occupies an area about the size of Holland.
The island stretches 500 kilometres (320 miles) southeast to northwest with an area of 3,175,000 hectares and 2,150 miles of coastline. It is separated from Vancouver, B.C. by the Strait of Georgia to the east and from Washington State, U.S. by the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south and southeast. Vancouver Island is actually closer to the United States than mainland Canada.
The MMW2020 Organizing Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the MMW2020 event in Victoria BC this year. We do not make this decision lightly, but we realize that protecting the health of our Mini friends and their families, as well as our sponsors and partners is a higher priority than holding the meet.
We have worked with all our venues and the other Mini clubs with the intent of moving the event to the same time next year in beautiful Victoria, BC. Stay tuned for future updates.
What better way to start the year 2020 than with an array of vintage cars and vintage substitutes gleaming under the bright sun. The MG Club graciously extended us an invitation to join them and several of our members responded to make it a very successful drive. We had a joyful drive around the Saanich Peninsula starting at Cattle Point where a brisk wind reminded us that it was not July on the Island. We took a leisurely drive along the Eastern roads until we crossed the Pat Bay Highway (Hwy 17) to join up with the rest of the cavalcade . From here we continued up the secondary roads past wonderful vistas and smiling faces that greeted us all along our route until we ended the drive at the Waddling Dog off the Pat Bay Highway for a wonderful lunch and chit chat with our MG Club hosts. Many thanks to Stu and Derrick of the MG Club for arranging this drive. we will be having more events in the future and hope to see you there. Happy New Year!
It was a fantastic day for a drive around The Western Community taking a break along the Lagoon and finishing off with a good lunch at the 4-Mile Pub! Thanks to all that attended, we had a great time. For those unable to join us, maybe next time! Here are some photos …
8 July 2018 (Sunday) Brits On The Beach in Ladysmith
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. They are also asking for donations for the Ladysmith Food Bank. During the day, we can plan something to do when we get back. Follow this link for more info.
We will be having an afternoon drive on Sunday 15 July 2018 that will be approximately one hour and a half with stops and will end at a pub for an afternoon meal. Engines on at 1:30 pm-ish. We will meet at the Sysco parking lot at 2814 Amy Rd Victoria. Take the Westshore Parkway exit off the Island Highway and at the first roundabout, it is opposite the gas station. RSVP to Terry if you plan to attend, so I have an idea of how many of us will be doing it.
Videos of Fall Colours Tour, a rally around Vancouver Island from Sept 29 – Oct 01, 2017.
22 cars from BC, ranging from 1920’s to 2009, European, British and American.
The tour is organized by Jellybean AutoCrafters of Langley, BC
If you are the owner of a vehicle or motorcycle you are proud of and would love to enter it in the upcoming Vancouver Island Motor Gathering on August 27th, 2017, please submit your registration below. They welcome vehicles and motorcycles of all makes, models and generations. The 2017 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering will benefit the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation and David Foster Foundation. 100% of car show registration fee goes directly to these foundations.
Mini Meet West 2017 will be celebrating a blend of the Classic Mini culture and all things those with a new MINI enjoy. This will truly be a gathering that blends all aspects of the Mini and MINI phenomena, including a Rally, an Auto Cross, and a Car Show that even caters to the next generation of Mini enthusiasts with a hands-on build your own Mini they can proudly display. With an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie, Mini owners and enthusiasts will come together to celebrate the unique aspects of this iconic car. From the beautifully restored, show room perfect stock Minis, to the outlandish thematic and modified track cars, Minis are the star of the show!
September 15th Monthly Meeting: We will be meeting at Victoria BMW/MINI dealership in the boardroom at 7pm. The dealership is located here… MINI
22nd annual English Car Affair in the Park classic English vehicle show is Sunday, September 11th. The new venue is GOVERNMENT HOUSE, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, 1401 Rockland Avenue in Victoria.Entry is $15.00 per vehicle.
Please note the Rules of the Field at Government House:
All vehicles must be in place by 9:30 AM, Sunday, September 11, 2016
Vehicles may not be removed until 3:00 PM, Sunday afternoon
No “For Sale” signs on vehicles; Alcohol is not permitted on the grounds; Smoking is not permitted on the grounds
The Vancouver Island Motor Gathering – It is taking place at VI Motorsport Resort Complex http://www.motorgathering.com/#!register-vehicle/c1ohv from 11am – 2pm on the 18 September 2016. Pre-Registration: $20 per vehicle (100% goes to the charities and it includes a free T-shirt as well). The Pre-registration ends 13 September 2016. On the day of the event, registration will be $25.00 per vehicle.
Brits on the Beach — For the drive to Ladysmith on Sunday, 10 July 2016, we will meet at the Tim Horton’s off Millstream Ave (same area as the Best Buy). We will leave around 8:15 AM for Transfer Beach in Ladysmith (on right-hand side as you enter Ladysmith).
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/
The Father’s Day Picnic at Beacon Hill Park. The annual get-together in the park.
Date: June 19th 2016 Time: 09:00am
The Club 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 for the Father’s Day Picnic. 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 their love of the Minis/MINIs
Date: Sunday May 15th 12:30pm
Location: Prospect Lake Elementary School (321 Prospect Lake Rd)
Info: No navigator required, no timing or distance traveled calculations and best of all no questions to answer along the way. This will be just a good old fashioned follow the leader drive (approx 1hr) to be followed by an afternoon BBQ. Bring along what you would like to eat, drink, sit on and of course if you wish to bring goodies to share that would be awesome as well.