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Branch Executive

  Chairperson: Alan Inglis   

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Past Chairperson: Walter Reynolds

One could say that he was "born into the British car scene" having been born in Birmingham, England and served a commercial apprenticeship at Hardy Spicer (maker of propeller shafts and CV joints), also in Brum. He was the only person in his family who could drive and his first car was a 1950s Ford Popular; his second was a 1950s Morris Oxford. He came to Canada in 1970 but didn't get the 'British Car Bug" until 2002 when he bought a 1965 Austin Cambridge. This was followed in 2004 by a 1968 Rover P6 2000 and then in 2011 by his current car, a 1963 Rover P5 3 Litre. (Only one car at a time!) He's been a member of the VCB since 2003.

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Vice Chairperson: Tom Popovich

My car appreciation started at an early age with Hot Rods, Muscle Cars and ¼ mile Dragsters. As I grew into my teens I saw my first English sports car, an Austin Healey 3000 and my life was changed forever.  My first car was a 1969 Mercury Cyclone, as I needed a reliable ride with a heater to get me to and from work through foot high snow drifts in my small East Kootenay town. Then along came my first sports car, a '68 MGB GT and I haven’t been without a British car since.  After the MG I have had a 71 Triumph GT6+, 3 Jensen Healey’s, 3 Jensen GT's, mind you they were not all running ie. a couple were parts cars which is needed when you have a low production car before the internet.  My current ride a 1976 Jensen GT along with a almost completed restoration on a 1968 MGC roadster.

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Secretary and Roundabout Editor: Steve Hutchens

 

Steve was introduced to British cars by his junior high art teacher who had an Austin Healey 100-6. After briefly owning a 1960 Austin Healey 3000, in March 1969 he bought a 1962 Morgan Plus 4 4-Seater that he still owns. He also enjoys his RHD 1965 Mini Estate. Steve joined OECC/VCB in November 2000 and has been active most of the time since. Most of Steve's social life is in BC because of car clubs (he also belongs to PACMOG and VCBC). He was Roundabout editor for about eight years and later served as VCB chairman and OECC president. Steve and Celia were among the founders of Brits 'Round BC and organized the run in 2008 with 32 cars participating. They live in Bellingham and especially enjoy driving events.

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  Membership Coordinator: John Chapman

John has had a wide variety of British Car interests, from Sunbeam Imp to Morgan Plus 4 and from Triumph Stag to Daimler 250 V8.

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Treasurer: Malcolm Tait

 

Shortly after arriving in Vancouver in 1966 we purchased a 1962 Austin Cambridge which we kept for 14 years.

 In 1970 we purchased a new Rover 2000TC which we still have.

 I started getting involved with car clubs while undertaking a restoration of the Rover in 1999.

I have been actively involved with The Rover Car Club of Canada since then, currently serving as Membership Secretary and Treasurer.

 I have been a member of the OECC (VCB) since 2008.

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Events and Meeting Coordinator: Lorna Hoare

 

Lorna's first British car was a 1952 green Ford Prefect which was the family vehicle. They drove it from Vancouver to Saskatoon, which seemed to take years! She learned to drive on a Vauxhall Victor. Lorna and John's favourite car was a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 which they had in Scotland and took to Australia in 1972. It remains there to this day. They currently enjoy “Poppy” their 1953 MGTD.

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  Communications Coordinator / Branch Webmaster: Alan Miles

Alan's interest lies mainly with cars of the Rootes Group, having owned several Hillmans and Sunbeams over the years. He currently owns a 1962 Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA Convertible, a 1967 Sunbeam Alpine Series V and a 1969 MGB GT.

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  Good and Welfare: Bart and Audrey Shaw