Victoria Minis at the 17th OECC Restoration Fair and Swap Meet 2 June 2024

We exchanged sunshine for a bit of rain during the 17th Annual Restoration Fair and Swap Meet held on Sunday 2 Jun 2024. It was not too bad of a day with the vendors out in full force. There was a nice collection of Minis/MINIs and many other English marques as well. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and here are a few photos taken by Mike. Next up is the Father’s Day Picnic in the Park on 16 June 2024.

 

Pacific Marine Circle Route Drive 4 May 2024

 

A big welcome was extended to the Vancouver Minis Club and the Vancouver MINI Cooper Club by the Victoria Minis Car Club. After arriving on the BC Ferry, Mike hosted them for coffee at his home and the group then proceeded to the Langford COSTCO/Staples parking area. The group had a short get-together with a few of our club members before continuing on the drive. Several of our visitors had never been on the Pacific Marine Circle Route so enjoyed the scenery. Here are a couple of pictures from the Clubs social rendezvous.

Victoria Minis Car Club GARAGE DAY – 7 April 2024

Hi,

It had threatened rain all day, but it only fell in small amounts to spot the car’s wax job, but not enough to warrant a rain jacket. So much for the weather report and now GARAGE DAY!
It was a small gathering that made for great interaction and passing of knowledge between everyone. I would like to thank all that attended to make this a successful event.
Many thanks to Mike for opening his hobby garage to us as well as Richard for providing the technical expertise that was invaluable considering the mixed bag of vehicles. Thanks again to Linda for providing these photos of the day.
We were able to look at several different vehicles on the hoist from Classic Minis and MINIS to a brand new hot-hatch Toyota GT Corolla. All were impressed with the variations in design and engineering throughout the years and manufacturers.

Below are the photos of the day: 

17 March 2024 Victoria Minis Car Club Meeting/Get-Together

Hi Everyone,

What a great day for celebrations – St Patrick’s Day and a Mini/MINI Club Get-together.
It was great to see everyone, and we had a wide selection of vehicles for the folks to enjoy.
It was nice to see new members Tadhg and Ian arriving in their 2010 MINI Cooper S Mayfair edition. Tim and Marylin had their 2019 MINI Clubman All-4 JCW Edition for oohs and aahs as well.
I would like to thank Jean for opening her home to us and having wonderful appetizers and drinks as well.
Mike our treasured Treasurer discussed several items including East Meets West Mini Meet that is being held in Spearfish, South Dakota 8 – 12 July 2024. Check out the website at:
https://minimeeteast.regfox.com/2024
If you are interested in driving with a group to the East Meets West Mini Meet, please reply to this email.
Richard, our esteemed Events Coordinator updated us on several upcoming activities, so it looks like we are back in full swing and will have a lot happening this year.
Pauline as Sponsorship Chair and being very proactive, checked with MINI Victoria Official Homepage | MINI Victoria and they are willing to provide folks interested in MINIs a Club information sheet. It will be a collaborative effort between our Club and the Dealership.
Check out the photos:

 

Minis Take Flight – BC Aviation Museum Drive 3 March 2024

Thanks to everyone that took time out of their schedule to enjoy a great drive, tour and lunch. It was a true South Island drive with a mix of sun, cloud and rain which is typical for this time of year. Richard hosted the drive that started off at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney BC. After a leisurely drive around the scenic northern parts of the Saanich Peninsula, we reached our destination – the BC Aviation Museum. We had a wonderful tour which was full of interesting historical references about the role of Victoria in aviation. The group ended the occasion with a nice lunch at Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe across from the BC Aviation Museum. Here are a few photos:

VMCC CHRISTMAS PARTY 10 December 2023

HO, HO, HO,
What a great party!
 
Glad to see so many of you able to make it.  
For those that were not able to join us, here are a few photos from the party to enjoy.  
As you can see when you look at the photos, everyone had a great time and the food everyone brought for the potluck was delicious. 
Mike’s Garage Tour was an added bonus to the event.
 
I would like to thank Mike and Deb for opening their home to us and for the wonderful chilli, punch, and desserts.  
Also, thank-you to those who did not feel well enough to attend – Not Sharing is Caring!

To all of you, I am looking forward to seeing you at the next event(s) in 2024. 
Best of the festive season to you and hope you have a Happy New Year! 
 
Terry (aka Da Prez!)
 
 
 
 

Victoria Minis Car Club Annual General Meeting 17 November 2023

Hi Everyone,
We will be holding the Club’s Annual General Meeting at 6:30pm on Friday, 17 November 2023 at 1550 Pub Style Restaurant located at 1550 Cedar Hill Cross Road. 
If you are interested in attending, please email victoriaminiscarclub@gmail.com
You must be a paid-up member to vote.  Membership year begins1 November of the current year and ends 31 Oct of the next year.
Annual membership dues are $30.00 per membership which can include family members as well.  You can join or renew your membership at the meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Shawnigan Lake Shenanigans 20 Aug 2023

Here we are almost at the end of August and smoke has filled the air, so thanks to Richard Ford, we were on the road to Shawnigan Lake and the Kinsol Trestle (2869 Glen Eagles Rd Shawnigan Lake BC V0R 2W0). We gathered together at our usual spot on McCallum road in Langford for the up-island drive. It was very busy when we departed at 11 am, with a couple of cars getting separated from the main group, but after a minor course adjustment, we were able to get onto the Hwy 1 going north. Of course it was busy all the way with the construction zone and one lane merging, but the main body of cars waited for us as we turned left at the Shawnigan Lake – Mill Bay Rd traffic light. Once all together, we drove on through Shawnigan Lake village … not the Lake, to arrive at the Kinsol Trestle Parking Area.
We enjoyed an extended walk (on the map it was just over 2km) to the trestle. After a few pictures and talking to several other visitors that said how much they loved our Minis/MINIs, we departed for the return journey to Victoria.
We headed down the west side of Shawnigan Lake and back to Hwy 1 on the road to Victoria. Of course the travel south was busier with stop-and-go crawling, as the two lanes of traffic merged into one. However, it really did not seem too bad.
Thanks to everyone that attended and enjoyed the drive, camaraderie and the picturesque Kinsol Trestle. Here are a few pictures of our adventure:

Hot August Minis-MINIs-MGs Ice Cream Drive 2 Aug 2023

Can we pick em or can we pick em! What a glorious evening for a wonderful drive around Sidney and Land’s End. Thanks to Sandra for creating the route and of course, none of this happens without Richard lending his expertise as the Events Coordinator. Along with members from the invited MG Club, we had an opportunity to chat prior to the departure from the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. From there, we took a route that weaved through Sidney, Land’s End and the Victoria International Airport to finish the drive at the Sidney Dairy Queen where we all enjoyed an ice cream treat. Looking forward to our next event for a drive around Shawnigan Lake.

BRITS ON THE BEACH – LADYSMITH BC 9 JULY 2023

It was an pleasant day for a morning drive up the Malahat Drive to Transfer Beach in Ladysmith. The roads were clear and the sun was bright. We made it in good time to join many others from various car clubs that attended from near and far. Admission to the show was by donation that was collected by volunteers of the Old English Car Club Central Branch. The considerable funds collected were given to the Ladysmith Food Bank.

Although we did not win any awards or prizes, all had an enjoyable time admiring a collection of incredible English cars and bikes. Of course, in turn the Minis/MINIs were admired by our fellow English car enthusiasts and the general public as well. Some of us brought picnic baskets while others chose to enjoy the great food from the Ladysmith Lions Club Concession Stand. Here a a couple of pics from the drive and event:

Mini Meet West 2023 – Santa Maria CA, USA

This Meet was held in Santa Maria, California. This provided with a leisurely drive from Victoria along the Hwy 101, with overnight stays in Astoria, Oregon, North Bend, Oregon, Arcata, California, Santa Rosa, California then along Hwy 1 and 128 to arrive at the host hotel (The Historic Santa Maria Inn). For 4 days and nights we enjoyed all the events at Mini Meet West 2023 https://www.minimeetwest2023.com/. Our attending members represented our Club very well, taking home several awards received at the Awards Banquet on the final night. Next day, we commenced our return journey along Hwy 395 staying overnight in Lone Pine, California, and Reno, Nevada. We continued our journey via Hwy 31 and Hwy 97 for overnight stays in Bend, Oregon and Leavenworth, Washington. From there on our final day, we took Hwy 2, and the I5 through the Blaine Border crossing. Having got through that, we took Hwy 99 North and Hwy17 via the BC Ferry home to Victoria. The return journey saw temperatures up to 43 degrees Celsius. We enjoyed several scenic stops and wonders of nature throughout the journey of over 4000 kms. Below is a sampling:

 

Fathers Day Picnic in the Park 18 June 2023

It was an incredible day to join our fellow English Car Enthusiasts for a Sunday Picnic in Beacon Hill Park. All types of English vehicles were on display for an adoring public that fell in love with the Minis/MINIs on display. Several Minis/MINIs gathered at the Tim Hortons area of the Saanich Plaza that is located adjacent to Blanchard St. As a group, we then proceeded to Beacon Hill Park and found a team of cheerful volunteers including Wayne Watkins there to greet us and direct the Minis to an area where a number of Minis that had arrived ahead of us were located. It was a wonderful opportunity to get together and enjoy each other’s adventures and exchange ideas on Mini/MINI repairs and modifications. Many brought a picnic and ate while the sun shone brightly upon us. Glad to see everyone and hope to see you at future events that will be taking place throughout the summer and fall. Here are a few pictures from the Father’s Day Picnic:

 

 

16th Annual Restoration Fair and Swap Meet

Heritage Acres – 4 June 2023

It was a fine day for the Fair and Swap Meet at Heritage Acres. Several Minis/MINIs turned out in support of this event. We all were accommodated at Heritage Acres by the Old English Car Club (Southern Branch) in a great location across from the Old School House. Many visitors took the time to admire, ask questions, and take the opportunity to be able to sit in a Mini. Some of us found treasures and others, well … not so much. However, everyone did enjoy themselves and were able to take full advantage of the fine weather.

ICE CREAM DRIVE 15 MAY 2023 Cattle Point to Mr Tubbs Ice Cream Parlor

Well, is it hot enough for ya?
It was great at Cattle Point this evening where several Minis and friends got together for a nice drive that finished up at Mr. Tubbs Ice Cream Parlor. Traffic was light and all had a great time with the leader of the pack realizing he was being followed, did a quick U-turn and just like in Top Gun, came up on the back of the bewildered group. We finished off the drive with some well-deserved ice cream cones, sundaes, and milk shakes.
Thanks to all that attended and hope to see more of you at the next get together.

Happy New Year’s!

Hi,

What a great way to start the year with a wonderful drive around Greater Victoria and areas.

At least 22 cars from the MG Club, Victoria Minis Car Club and theJaguar Club were involved in this drive.

The Mini Club helped make up a good percentage of the group. We started off at the Saanich Plaza driving through Saanich, Langford, Colwood and Esquimalt stopping at Hatley Castle Grounds for a break and photo op.

The drive finished at the 1550’s Pub Style Restaurant on Cedar Hill Cross Road. There, all had a delightful time exchanging stories of drives and road trips as well as ideas.

I would like to thank all of our members that attended and especially the MG Club for inviting us on this drive. The Victoria Minis Car Club will be reciprocating in kind in the future.

If you would like to become a member of the Victoria Minis Car Club, select Club Info on the drop-down menu select “Join the Club” and press on the “VMCC Form” link to enter the information.

New Year’s Day Drive Group Gathering 1 Jan 2023
New Year’s Day Drive – Group Gathering 1 Jan 2023
New Year’s Day Drive – At Hatley Castle Grounds 1 Jan 2023
New Year’s Day Drive – At Hatley Castle Grounds Group photo 1 Jan 2023
New Year’s Day Drive – 1550’s Pub Style Restaurant Group photo 1 Jan 2023