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2017

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Trevor Parker Past President: Trevor Parker

Victoria Branch

I got my love of English cars from my Mom and Dad .They had sports cars before I was born and till I was two. Those two years it was an Austin Healey 100-6. My Dad sold British Fords through the '60s and early '70s . So for a while he was bringing home Lotus Cortinas mark 1s and 2s. And my first car was an 105E Anglia 1963.I fell in love with the Austin Healey 100 when I came across an original brochure in a stack of old Road & Track magazines. I could not believe that there were cars like that in Victoria so I ask my Dad and he said sure and that an old friend still had the one he had bought 1954 . I have had that car for 38 years now. At this time we four Austins ,1951 A40 Devon ,1956 A90-six Westminster ,54 Austin Healey 100 and a 55 Austin Healey restoration project on the go.I was a marine diesel mechanic for 35 years mainly on sailboats .I started sailing when was 9 years old.

Stephen Way President: Stephen Way
Thompson Valley Branch - Kamloops

I joined the OECC in 2008 and served as Chair of Thompson Valley Branch from 2012 -2016. My first British classic, my first car, was a 1959 Morris Minor (7888 AH) when I was 16 in the UK. In 1975 I emigrated along with my parents to British Columbia where I have since lived and worked before early retiring in 2011. Resident in Kamloops since 2001. I have owned many British classics over the years including a TR6, Lotus and Jaguars. My current British cars are a right hand drive 1970 Jaguar E-Type (VVC 27J) and a 2007 Mini Cooper S as my daily driver
Brian Chandler Vice President: Brian Chandler
South Island Branch - N. Saanich BC

I grew up in London, England, my first car was an old Ford pop with mechanical brakes before advancing to all the “luxury, and performance” of a side window MG Midget. In 1973 I came to see the Canadian wilderness “just for a couple of years”, which turned out to be the start of an exciting career in mining; it was a privilege to live and work across Northern Canada and overseas. Throughout, I also enjoyed volunteer leadership roles for a variety of community groups. Later I acquired a Healey BJ7 “basket case”, and became active with the OECC Thompson Valley Branch, then joined the SIB when we moved to N. Saanich. The BJ7 restoration journey is finally complete and I am keen to contribute back to the OECC who gave me so much support and encouragement along the way, it is a wonderful organization.

 

Looking for a new person Secretary: Vacant

 

We are currently looking for a member to take over this position.  Please contact Stephen Way stephenway2014@gmail.com if you have business with the Club Secretary or if you would like to volunteer for the position.  thanks.

Raymond Hall Treasurer: Raymond Hall
South Island Branch

Moved to Victoria in 1993 for the military and decided to call it home. I always love cars, I started with a Plymouth Valiant in the late ’70, then moved on to Porsche, BMW and Mercedes while on a 4-years tour in Europe. After coming back to Canada, I started buying and restoring VW’s in the mid 90’s. In 2006, I saw a Lotus Elise at a training camp in the UK and I knew that it was my dream car. My dream is to own several of them…! I am the proud owner of a 2007 Lotus Elise and a 1968 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

David Bradley Director South Island Branch: David Bradley

Automobiles have always been a passion of mine (my first word was “car” and my favourite toy was a Jaguar peddle car). My father had a number of British cars including a Mini Cooper, MGB, and an Escort Mexico. My first British Car was a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine GT (this is a long term project car and like many project is taking much longer than planned). To mark my retirement from the Navy I bought a 1963 Sunbeam Alpine GT in 2012.
Al Ramsay Director Central Island Branch: Al Ramsay

My wife Valerie and I moved to Nanaimo in 2011. We have had several British cars over the years but now have a beautiful 1973 TR6 in Nanaimo and a 1969 GT6 Plus in Winnipeg. I get to drive it about 3 weeks a year when I visit and repair it. Then our daughter enjoys it for the rest of the time. We love the west coast after moving from Winterpeg.

Walter Reynolds Director Vancouver Coast Branch: Walter Reynolds

I always wanted a Morgan, so when Linda and I joined the British car hobby, it was for a Morgan that we started looking. We ended up buying a 1965 Austin Cambridge! We joined the Vancouver Coast Branch in 2002 and in 2004 replaced the Austin with a 1968 Rover 2000. Downsizing home in 2010 meant that there was no room at the inn for the Rover which was sold to a chap in Yakima, WA. Circumstances changed in 2011 and we were able to buy our current LBC, a 1963 Rover 3 Litre. Through the years I have organized several car runs and have been on the London to Brighton Commemorative Run and Fort Langley Run organizing committees. I am currently Chairman of the Vancouver Coast Branch having spent 2015 and 2016 as Vice-Chairman.

 

Darrell Price Director Kamloops-Thompson Valley Branch: Darrell Price

I started my spannering back in ’77 as an apprentice at a Chrysler Rootes dealer in southern England. In Camberley, Surrey I drove an Australian Valiant Charger, an ex-USAF Chevy truck and a Rover 2000TC. In ’88, after much travel and vehicle fettling, I moved to Vancouver, then Edmonton, on to Cranbrook and am now in Kamloops, and done with moving! After a Canadian career in forestry I now work for myself in commercial property and am far from retirement. I am often to be found in my workshop applying elbow grease to a ’72 TR6 or a ’73 Stag (or 70’s Spanish dirt bikes). I have been involved with the OECC since 2011, the same year I purchased my first old English car, the TR6.


Cliff Blakey Director Kootenay Region Branch: Cliff Blakey

1957 Hillman Husky Mark 1
Cliff is the founder and first Chairperson of the Kootenay Region Branch

Patricia Sparks Club Registrar: Patricia Sparks

South Island Branch

Bio: Patricia has done every job in the OECC - at least twice!  Patricia and hubby Derrick have MG's - an MG TD, an MGA and an MGB. 

Gerry Parkinson Webmaster: Gerry Parkinson

Vancouver Coast Branch

1958 MGA, 1932 Raleigh Light Delivery Van, and a 1969 MGC GT

Member of the Vancouver Coast Branch since 1998. I have done the Branch vice Chair/Chairman/past Chair 6 year stint twice, I have been the Club Secretary, and have been the Club Webmaster since 2011. I am a Mechanical Engineer and Car Nut - I have a 7 car garage and there are still 6 cars on the driveway (mostly due to 4 sons and one patient wife). I was born in Vancouver (not Britain) but cheap transport during the UBC years was first a 1967 Triumph Spitfire and then a 1978 MGB, so that is where the British Car interest started.

Marilyn Tarry Regalia: Marilyn Tarry
Central Island Branch

A club member since 2006, when we came to Canada, bringing our 1932 Talbot with us. Roger (Hubby) has been doing a fantastic job of restoring and repairing. We were lucky as we had most of the parts, just in bits. My turn is coming this winter, to make the roof lining and covering, plus the seat covers. Goal for on the road 2018, (we have only had it since 1983).

Ric MacDonald BRBC Wagonmaster: Ric MacDonald

Vancouver Coast Branch

My first British car was a late 50's or early 60's Vauxhall Cresta station wagon. Living in Edmonton at the time I recall that the heater was not up to providing much heat in the Winter! Fun car though! After a VW Karman Ghia convertible and a Fiat 128 came a 1975 TR 6 in 1977. Not much of a 'Winter' car either so it was stored Winters. When I was hired by CP Air in 1979 it was my transportation out to Vancouver and my new life, all my 'worldly possessions' on the luggage rack and in the car. Eventually had to sell it when problems arose that I couldn't afford to repair. Great fun, would buy another when I pass the Morgan along. I saw my first 'Mog' up at the Westwood Motor Racing Circuit about 1985 and was immediately 'gob-smacked' by it, had to have one. In 1990 while living in Switzerland a friend found one in White Rock, a car that had come through Sterne Motors in May 1965. Back in Canada in 1991 I have had many travels and adventures in this car. After a complete re-build by Robert Maynard, completed in 2014, I drove the car to Palm Springs where I 'Winter'. Some wondered why I would drive the car that far, I wondered why one wouldn't drive it, the West Coast being a perfect ‘sports car drive'! I still have the car, though after so many good years with the car, it may be time to pass it along for another to enjoy. Maybe to be re-paced by another TR 6. The Jaguar XK 8 was another car I was immediately 'enamored with' and so acquired a 2005 example in 2011. I have covered 80,000 miles in the car and though it has had it's 'nuisances', it is still a wonderful car, not a 'sports car', but a great 'grand touring' car'! Many miles still ahead with it. That then is the condensed version of my history with British cars.

Past Presidents

       

Ian Cox                  1986- 1996   (Founder)
Dave Pollard           1996 - 1997
Derrick Sparks        1997 - 1999
Robert Brodie         1999 - 2001
Patricia Sparks        2001 - 2003
Dennis Atkinson      2003 - 2005
Steve Diggins          2005 - 2007
Wayne Peddie         2007 - 2009
Steve Hutchens       2009 - 2011
Candy Francis          2012 - 2013
Ken Miles                 2014 - 2015
Trevor Parker           2016 - 2017
Stephen Way           2018 -

 

 

                2015 Executive

Winter 2015 OECC Club Executive Meeting - Victoria

Kneeling : Kelly James, Cathy Gislason

Standing: Stephen Way(on computer screen) Trevor Parker, John McDonald, Ken Miles, Les Foster, Patricia Sparks, Candy Francis, Gerry Parkinson, Bill Grace