About the Club
OECC 25 Year AnniversaryThe Old English Car Club has been around since 1998. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the club. Watch for special events to mark this milestone year celebrating the fellowship of British Car Enthusiasts who preserve, restore and drive British Cars.
New Branch Established in Kootenays
We now have a Branch in the Kootenay Area.
After the visit of the Brits round BC tour last summer, Cliff Blakey of Cranbrook was able to gather together enough members to start a new branch in the Kootenays. Cliff reports that the branch currently has 14 members and is adding new members every month. There is a very enthusiastic English Car fraternity in the Kootenays. The branch already has a car show or two in the planning phases for this summer, so stay tuned.
WHAT IS OECC?The Old English Car Club and Registry is a club for people
who are enthusiastic about English cars. Our members aren’t
all English, they aren’t all old, and some of the English cars
they own aren’t old either.
Our mission is the preservation, restoration and enjoyment
of English vehicles of all marques and years. Our club includes
some 350 member families who own about 612 vehicles representing
over 50 marques of English cars, trucks and motorcycles.
We enjoy finding others who own (or would like to own) English
vehicles and share our enthusiasm. Guests are always
welcome at our meetings and events. If this seems interesting,
we would love to have you join us!
BENEFITS OF OECC MEMBERSHIPSocialization: Members participate in meetings, rallies,
drives, social events and car shows and have an opportunity
to participate in planning and organizing events.
Membership Roster: Members receive a roster of the members
of all branches to facilitate networking with others who
own similar vehicles. Take the roster with you on tours.
Newsletters: The Club publishes The Spanner three times per
year and several branches have monthly or bimonthly newsletters.
Newsletters report on past and upcoming events,
member vehicle restorations, and may have technical articles.
All newsletters are available at oecc.ca.
Technical Advice: If you have a problem, ask another member.
Chances are others have had the same problem.
Insurance: All branches are members of the Confederation of
Autosport Car Clubs and are covered by ASDN Canada FIA
insurance for Club-related events.
Discounts: Members receive a discount from a variety of car related
businesses by presenting their membership card.
Appraisals: Informal appraisals of value may be available.
OECC PUBLICATIONSTHE SPANNER (published three times per year by the OECC)
- Articles on historic English vehicles in British Columbia and
BEANO (published bimonthly by the Central Island Branch in
Nanaimo) - Reports on branch activities and other topics of
interest to members.
DYNAMO (published monthly by the South Island Branch in
Victoria) - Reports on branch activities, restorations, and
ROUNDABOUT (published bimonthly by the Vancouver Coast
Branch in Vancouver) - Reports on branch activities and
events, member restorations, and technical topics.
You can access all publications at oecc.ca/newsletters.
OECC AWARDSOXO Cup: A perpetual trophy recognizing a member who has
made a significant contribution to the Club as a whole that
has been felt beyond his or her own branch.
Link Trophy: A perpetual trophy given to the most deserving
member of the branch hosting the Annual General Meeting.
Each year a link is added to the key chain on the plaque.
Montagu of Beaulieu Award: An annual Club award recognizing
a member’s dedication to our old English car hobby
and who leads by example in the restoration of English cars.
Restoration Award: An award presented at the discretion of
each branch for members who have completed a full restoration
of an English car in the previous year.
WANT TO START AN OECC BRANCH?Do you live in an area without an OECC branch? There are
probably more owners of old English cars in your area than
you can imagine and these enthusiasts often enjoy getting
together to share their interest.
We can help you with suggestions on how to organize a club
and structure successful meetings and events. To learn more
about how you can start a branch of the OECC&R and grow
this great hobby in your area, please contact the Club’s president
CONTACT OECCContact with the OECC&R: Please email the Club or email a member of the executive from the About Us - Executive page.
Contact with individual branches of the Club: Branches
can be contacted through email or through information
under the branch section below.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF OECCIn 1986 Ian Cox began a registry of Okanagan British car
owners. He founded the OECC in 1988 and in 1990 organized
an All British Field Meet in Penticton to bring members together.
Officers were elected with Ian as president and the Old
English Car Club and Registry was formalized. Branches were
established in Kelowna and Kamloops, soon followed by
Salmon Arm. The Club supported all British marques and grew
steadily. Branches were established later in Vancouver, Victoria
In 1993, the Club registered with the British Columbia Registrar
of Societies as the Old English Car Club and Registry of
British Columbia. Since then, branches have been formed in
Comox and Prince George. We are currently about 350 families
strong and have six active branches.
OECC ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTUREOECC is administered by a Board of Directors consisting of
the chairperson of each branch, officers elected at our Annual
General Meeting (president, vice president, secretary and
treasurer), and the immediate past president. Additional nonvoting
officers are appointed by the president.
The Wheel, the organizational book for OECC&R, describes
all aspects of Club operation and has a complete history of the
organization. It is available to members at oecc.ca along with
the OECC&R By-Laws. The Spanner, our newsletter, facilitates
communication among branches of the Club with news of
importance to all members as well as items of general interest.
Each branch of the club elects its own chairperson, vice
chairperson, secretary and treasurer, and appoints other positions
as it chooses. Annual dues range from $20 to $30.
OECC REGALIANumerous regalia items are available to members, including
a popular cast OECC badge that looks great on the front of an
old English car. Other popular items include hats, shirts, and
jackets. Regalia items are available from branch vicechairpersons
who are the regalia officers for each branch.
OECC AUTOJUMBLEAutojumble ads (English cars and parts for sale and wanted)
provide both members and non-members with free listings.
These ads are available on our website (oecc.ca) and in local
branch newsletters. OECC does not verify claims made in
Autojumble ads and consequently assumes no responsibility
for their veracity.
PREMIER ANNUAL EVENTS(VISIT ANOTHER BRANCH)
February: Punctually Challenged Xmas Party, Thompson
Valley Branch, in Kamloops.
April: Restoration Fair & Swap Meet, South Island Branch, in
Victoria at Heritage Acres.
May: The Vancouver All British Field Meet at VanDusen Gardens,
the third weekend in May (not an OECC event)
May or June: OECC&R AGM and Mini-Monte, hosted by
various OECC branches on a rotating schedule.
June: Thompson Valley Rally & BBQ, Thompson Valley
Branch, in Kamloops.
June or July: Brits ‘Round BC, a Club-wide seven to ten day
biennial tour of British Columbia (even number years).
July: Brits on the Beach, Central Island Branch, the third or
fourth Sunday in July at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith.
August: All British Meet at Filberg Gardens, Comox Valley
Branch, the third weekend in August in Comox.
September: English Car Affair in the Park (ECAIP), South
Island Branch, the second or third weekend in September.
November: London-Brighton Commemorative, Vancouver
Coast Branch, the first Sunday in November.
CENTRAL ISLAND BRANCH
Basics: The Central Island Branch was incorporated December
2, 1994, and covers the central area of Vancouver Island.
It has about 100 family members who own about 200 cars.
Meetings: 7:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the
Royal Canadian Legion, 7225 Lantzville Road, Lantzville, BC.
See the branch website for regularly scheduled events of
this very active group.
Dues: $25, $12.50 after July 1, and $30 after October 1 which
includes the following year.
Premier Annual Event: Brits on the Beach on the third or
fourth Sunday in July at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith.
Contact Information: Check the website for current contact information.
COMOX VALLEY BRANCH
Basics: The Comox Valley Branch was incorporated August
1, 2002, and covers the northern area of Vancouver Island.
It has about 26 members who own about 39 cars.
Meetings: 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at
the Edgewater Pub, 1805 Beaufort Ave., Comox. See the
branch website calendar for regularly scheduled events.
Premier Annual Event: All British Meet at Filberg Park on the
third weekend in August in Comox
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-338-2102
SOUTH ISLAND BRANCH
Basics: The South Island Branch was incorporated December
2, 1994, and covers the southern portion of Vancouver Island
as far north as Cobble Hill. It has about 104 members
who own about 202 cars.
Meetings: 7:30 pm on the third Monday of each month at The
Old Schoolhouse, Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, Heritage
Acres, 7321 Lochside Drive, Saanichton. Meetings are
informal and may feature a presentation by an automobilerelated
enterprise or by a member with an auto-related topic.
They promote the exchange of technical information and
experiences. There is a run on the Sunday following each
meeting, most of which are family-friendly. See the branch
website calendar for regularly scheduled events.
Dues: $30, $15 for new members joining after June 30
Premier Annual Events: Restoration Fair & Swap Meet in
April and English Car Affair in the Park in September
Contact Information: email@example.com or 250-658-8614
THOMPSON VALLEY BRANCH
Basics: The Thompson Valley Branch was incorporated December
2, 1994, and covers the interior of British Columbia.
It has about 25 members who own about 33 cars.
Meetings: Regularly scheduled meetings, social and driving
events provide opportunities to meet other British car owners
to share common interest and friendly support. The group
gives commiseration, encouragement and the shared experiences
of owning these beautiful, if challenging, machines!
Call 250-828-0128 for information.
Premier Annual Events: The Punctually Challenged Xmas
Party in February and the Thompson Valley Rally & BBQ in
early June, both in Kamloops
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-828-0128
KOOTENAY REGION BRANCH
Basics: The Kootenay Region Branch was incorporated in 2012, and covers the Kootenay Region of British Columbia.
It has about 11 members and growing
Meetings: Regularly scheduled meetings, are on the third Saturday of the Month at 1 PM. The meeting location is the ABC Country Restaurant in Cranbrook BC.
Call Cliff at 250-489-5874 or cell: 250 417 6750 for information.
Premier Annual Events: Planning the first annual Kootenay British Car show in the summer of 2013!
Contact Information: email@example.com
VANCOUVER COAST BRANCH
Basics: The Vancouver Coast Branch was incorporated December
2, 1994, and covers the Lower Mainland from the
Sunshine Coast on the west to Hope on the east and from
Whistler on the north to the U.S. border on the south. It has
about 101 members who own about 212 cars.
Meetings: 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at
locations throughout the metro area. Venues include car related
businesses with informative presentations, tours of
private automobile collections, and presentations by knowledgeable
professionals. Please visit our website for meeting
location information. See the branch website calendar for
regularly scheduled events.
Dues: $25 the first year, $12.50 for new members joining after
June 30. Renewals are $20 through December 31 and $25
Premier Annual Event: London-Brighton Commemorative on
the first Sunday in November
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-576-8036