The Old English Car Club & Saanich Historical Artifacts Society invite you to the 12th Annual Restoration Fair & Swap Meet
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Sunday, January 22
Our first Sunday Drive of 2017 saw us revisit the Central Saanich Volunteer Fire Department. Since our previous visit, many years ago, big changes have occurred in the organization, most notably, a new Number 1 Fire Hall.
The afternoon began at the Hamsterley Beach parking lot and damp weather did not deter several owners from bringing out their English vehicles and after route directions had been distributed, it was off to the first stop, the Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Historical Museum in Saanichton.
Saturday, January 23
Owner Jason Stoch welcomed some 40 OECC members to his Jetstream Custom Auto facility for our first “Sunday Drive” of 2016. Of course it wasn’t a Sunday and the drive from Hamsterley Beach to Sidney was quite uneventful by all accounts. However, the shop tour was very interesting indeed, as it included what has become a long-term project of our new Club President.
Jason began the tour with a description of the work he and five other employees undertake. And that includes just about everything except chrome plating and engine machining!
Sunday, November 22
The Pattersons put together a most interesting pair of visits for the club in November. Two quite different businesses, but connected, as one member pointed out, by the dedication of their respective owners in following their passions. Indeed, as one member said, it was inspiring to see people pursuing their interests with such skill and enthusiasm.
The afternoon began at Hamsterly Beach parking lot where route directions were handed out. A short drive took us to the first stop, the premises of Whiplash Customs. Here we were greeted by Al and Wanda Lambeth, who welcomed us to the shop with a description of the work that is done within. Basically, if it is made of metal, Al will restore or customize it to a client’s wishes. Motorcycles are a speciality, but the list includes gas pumps, Coke machines, pedal cars, barber’s chairs and yes full-sized cars. And the paint shop can become a woodworking area when required.
Sunday, October 25
As the saying goes, many hands make light work, and as a result, the annual Fall Classic Rally for the Faryon Cup was another great success. Event Coordinator’s Sue and Robin Patterson were joined by Susan Chapple in the planning process for this year’s event. Apparently the route was surveyed no less than five times! On the day, frequent previous winners Tom and Cheryl Rivers and Glen Fraser assisted at checkpoints along the way (all the better to give others a chance at the big prize). David Bradley was the official photographer for the day.
The organizers were also able to arrange suitable weather for the afternoon, encouraging nearly two dozen teams to arrive at the Hamsterly Beach starting point.
And at the start, a four page set of directions, also containing 29 questions, was supplied to navigators. The start was staggered, with departure times being noted. But before leaving the parking lot, a test was put to drivers — how close could they place their vehicle to a parking pylon without knocking it over. Results were mixed.
Then it was off in a northerly direction, past farms (the number of which needed to be recorded) on Oldfield Road and then into the Keating area. North again on Veyaness (who knew that road was named after the Victoria and Sidney Railway?). After a stop to record some historical information along Mt. Newton X Road, rallyists entered the grounds of St. Stephen’s Church where the parking test was repeated, except using the rear bumper this time.
The route continued north to Ardmore and around Ardmore Drive until it rejoined West Saanich Road. A visit to the Airport was required to determine how many personnel were trained at Pat Bay during the war (10,000) and then it was up to the top of the peninsula, looking for tree-named streets along the way. Finally southbound, a famous British car repair shop had to be identified (Owen Automotive) and then a final stop at the cemetery just east of the airport runway. From there it was just a short drive to the finish at Mary’s Bleue Moon.
Welcome refreshments were served up remarkably quickly, considering the number of OECC diners, some 40 in all. During this time the organizers were very busy tabulating the results. And the final standings were:
Third Place: Geoff and Nicky Cramb
Second Place: Martyn and Chris Ward
First Place: John and Chris Beresford
Honourable mention went to Hugh Carroll, for his solo completion of the rally.
Once again, thanks to everyone who helped out in organizing another great Fall Classic Rally, and to all those who participated. After accepting the Faryon Cup, this year’s winners were informed they would have to organize next year’s event. Given a year to think about next time, who knows what they will come up with...
Sunday, April 12
It might not have occurred to Robert Atkins that the Restoration Fair and Swap Meet he proposed and then organized for the first time in 1996 would grow to the extent that it has. From “almost 300 people through the gate and about 70 English cars on display” it has developed over the years as an important start to the old car season on lower Vancouver Island.
This year, due to the weather, attendance was down somewhat, but an afternoon shower did not deter those who came out and there seemed no rush for many to leave when 3:00pm rolled around.
This year we had 744 people through the gate and approximately 163 English vehicles on display, including a good number of motor bikes.
A new feature this year was the setup of the public address system on the field, with the equipment mounted on the back of a Commer flat deck. This proved to be a success, particularly with the added feature of a new MC in the person of Susan Patterson. Many thanks go to various club members who helped over the weekend.
A full crew was available on Saturday for the setup of the Fair. Many others turned out early on Sunday to help organize the parking, both on the show field and in the public parking areas. Members were busy at the gate all day long and a large group helped with the cleanup at the end of the day. Thank you to all!