Drive for Deirdre -  Peking to Paris Rally 2019

Drive for Deirdre - Peking to Paris Rally 2019

The Event

In June, 2019, Chris and John Beresford will participate in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.Organized by the Endurance Rally Association every three years, the 2019 edition will be their seventh running of the event. Leaving Beijing on June 2, 2019, the route will go from China to Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and then back into Russia. From St. Petersburg competitors then cross the sea to Finland before turning south to travel through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. From there they enter Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and finally Paris on July 7, 2019. The distance is estimated to be about 16,000km. Approximately 120 teams will participate in the 2019 Challenge, using cars dating from 1907 to 1976.

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Anderson Machine Shop Tour

Anderson Machine Shop Tour

Sunday, February 24

The February Sunday outting was a visit to Anderson Precision Engines located just off Keating X Road. Prevoiusly the machine shop was operated by the JB Group, the business was purchased by Bonson and Sharee Anderson in July 2018 and renamed Anderson Precision Engines. A tour of the major machines in the shop included cylinder boring and honing machines, a Serdie head machine, crankshaft grinder and polisher, balancer, line borer and more. Both automotive and marine engines can be overhauled, the split being 75% automotive and 25% marine. Even air compressors can be rebuilt, the one such unit being re-sleeved at the time of the visit. 

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14th Annual Restoration Fair & Swap Meet

14th Annual Restoration Fair & Swap Meet

The Old English Car Club & Saanich Historical Artifacts Society invite you to the 14th Annual Restoration Fair & Swap Meet

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10am – 3pm (rain or shine).

Location: Heritage Acres, Lochside Drive, Saanichton

Admission $5.00 per person to a maximum of $10/car. Children under 12 enter free of charge.

The day will feature a large display of English vehicles, including cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles. You will find all kinds of spare parts, tools, literature and collectables, all related to British cars. You might even discover your next car in the British “Cars For Sale” area!

Click HERE for Information Poster

Click HERE for Restoration Fair Registration

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Fire Station Tour

Fire Station Tour

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.

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A Visit to Jetstream

A Visit to Jetstream

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!

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November Double Feature

November Double Feature

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.

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