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Beresford, John

Monday, 18 March 2019 19:46

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. 

Saturday, 11 February 2017 10:25

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.

Saturday, 11 February 2017 11:34

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

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:22

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!

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:30

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.

Monday, 30 November 2015 11:28

Fall Classic Rally

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.

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!

Monday, 27 July 2015 01:29

Father's Day All British Car Picnic

Beacon Hill Park, Victoria
Sunday, June 21

Once again organizers Bruce Cornfield and Jim Walters put on the eagerly anticipated Father’s Day Picnic at Beacon Hill Park. And as always it was a relaxed day (no set arrival or departure times) in the company of others with English vehicles of all sorts, and hundreds of visitors from far and wide.

As always, there were some unusual cars to be admired. A freshly restored Aston Martin, a GTM and a certain DeLorean attracted much interest during the day. And of course, “My Dad/Uncle/I had one of these” was commonly heard.
From the Ashton Museum came a Daimler Ferret armed car, which made quite a sight on the city streets with the commander sitting up in the turret, waving at other motorists along the way. Motorbikes seemed a little scarce this year, although fine examples of Triumph and Norton were seen.

Once again, our thanks to Bruce and Jim (both honorary members of the South Island Branch of the OECC) for once again putting on this popular show. We hope it will long continue!