Next events


It is that time of year for nominations to open for club officers for next year, 2021.  To paraphrase the great JFK it is time to not ask what your car club can do for you but what you can do for your car club.

You need to be a paid SAMOA member to attend.  Remember, because of the pandemic, dues have been extended to May, 2021.  So don’t miss this opportunity to hang with your fellow Miniacs.

All members will get an email a few days before the meeting so get your computer zoom-ready with video and sound if it isn’t already.  The email will contain details and a link to click on for entrance to the Zoom meeting.   If you don’t get an invite by Monday give me a call.  If you don’t think you’re a paid member give Toby a call.  Our numbers are at the bottom of this home page.  -Ed Sauer, secretary, blog editor, 8/20/2020



Somewhat expected given the world we are living in.  Details in MENU/NEXT EVENTS.



We are all in this for the long haul. As more Mini events are being cancelled and/or postponed, the question eventually comes up, “What exactly is a car club member supposed to do when there aren’t any options for getting together as a club.  No drives, events or even meetings?  Why even be a club member?”

The good news is that SAMOA isn’t in any danger of fading into the sunset. As long as there are Minis being restored, maintained and driven by our special brand of crazy car nuts, there will always be a club for us. The silver lining to being shut-in like this is that club expenses have dropped considerably.  On that note, we would like to extend a moratorium on club dues from all of our members (Perhaps use the savings for that part you’ve been meaning to get for your Mini).

From now until May of 2021 your membership will continue.  At that time membership dues can be deposited to the club coffers and your membership will be good for a year.  As soon as SAMOA can adjust to a new normal, we will notify membership of our plans for upcoming events. Keep in touch, hang in there, and above all, stay safe.  -Toby May, Vice President and Membership Chair and the 2020 SAMOA Club Officers, 5/14/2020


Victoria Mini Meet West 2020 Cancelled

from Mike Smith, Victoria Mini Club

The MMW2020 Organizing Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the MMW2020 event in Victoria BC this year.  We do not make this decision lightly, but we realize that protecting the health of our Mini friends and their families, as well as our sponsors and partners is a higher priority than holding the meet.

We have worked with all our venues and the other Mini clubs with the intent of moving the event to the same time next year in beautiful Victoria, BC. Stay tuned for future updates.  -Mike Smith,  MMW2020 Organizing Committee         (For more details go to MENU/NEXT EVENTS)

– B U L L E T I N –
The Oregon Mini Society is stepping up to the plate and organizing a MINI MEET WEST-style event in conjunction with the Portland All British Field Meet, Labor Day Weekend, Sept 4-6, 2020. 
(For more details go to MENU/NEXT EVENTS)  
We are up and running with our newly revamped website, and Facebook page for MMW2021.  The host hotel has re-opened the bookings for June 2021, so you can now make your reservations.
Check out the new Mini Meet West website at  and our new MMW 2021 site at
Take a look at the MMW2021 Facebook page at   and let everyone else know.
As always, any questions please let us know at this email address  Looking forward to seeing you all June 2021.  Keep healthy and driving your Mini!  -Mike Smith, MMW2021 Organizing Committee  

Recent Events

Go to MENU/RECENT EVENTS for these stories.

Used-to-be Wheeler Dealer’s new show

Mike Brewer has a new show and in one episode a near and dear place for Mini owners is featured.


Six-Foot Car Show

Gentrification takes another historic neighborhood site – Pingrey’s, SAMOA’s former meeting place.


On the calendar


The Southwest Idaho All British Field Meet 2020 has been cancelled!  September in Idaho could have been a good way to steal a few more days of summer weather but covid-10 won.   For details:




Please keep in mind that you can arrange a personal appointment at Carburetor Connection in Kirkland, WA and do even more than you could have at the event on April 11, Saturday 10:00am, Kirkland, WA.  Pre-event registration remains a must.  – Mark Hurston, mshurston (at)



It happened

Never shoot into the sun?  From today’s “Nut Run” to CB’s Nuts in Kingston, east side of Gamble Bay (day after Feb SAMOA meeting).   – Don Dixon photo



Go to RECENT EVENTS in the MENU at top of home page for details of the following and many other past events.

White Elephants and slot cars

Almost too much excitement for one event.  Details and photos from the January 25 SWEA and slot car races are posted now in RECENT EVENTS.



and☃️all🌞🎶the🎁Best❄️🎄for🦌🎅🥂 the 🤶🥂New🥂🎄🔔Year🎶🥂❄️🎉

from Jeorge McGladrey  (as Jeorge Patience, she was SAMOA’s first club secretary from 1967 to 1972.  Soon after, she married and moved to Canada where she still resides.  Thankfully, she has kept in touch.)
SAMOA’S 2019 holiday party,December 17, 2019

It was the SAMOA HOLIDAY PARTY!  No, it was the December members meeting!  STOP, you’re both right so you will find this listed both in RECENT EVENTS and MEETING MINUTES.


A SAMOA night at the movies

Nearly 40 SAMOA members and friends attended the advance screening of FORD v FERRARI.  A BIG turnout for our little club.  Lots of Mini reviews in RECENT EVENTS.


The large and the small of it

No telling who you might run into at the ethanol-free gas station.  For Andrew Bertschi and his MkII 850 it was Carl and his 1924 Cadillac V-63.


Historic Minis sold

Two key pieces of the Heleker Collection have been sold.  Long-time Mini owners make the long haul from the East Coast to take their new possessions home.



Go to MENU/HISTORY for details on the following.

More Messin’ With Minis

Hard to do anything these days so let’s go back for some more good stuff from yesteryear.


SAMOA circa 1968-1971

Some fascinating stuff about the earliest days of SAMOA from one of the earliest of SAMOA members.  Would you believe member #4?!


Never too early to start…

Folks in the front and the kids in the back of their Mini Estate.  They’re still involved in SAMOA and one of those kids is VP.


A light in a dark room

SAMOA photos from 1986 found on the dark room floor.  Well, not really, but found they were and now we get to see them again.


Ongoing restoration of an early SAMOA Mini

Questions arise about a proper boot lid and insulation as Ted Atkins restores a Cooper S.


White elephants for how long?

The SAMOA White Elephant Auction was first held in 1978 at the house of somebody named Ed from Ballard.

In the 40 years through Jan. 28, 2017, only one WEA was missed – 1988. However, that shouldn’t count. In the early years the WEA was held near the end of the year – up to Nov 14, 1987 for instance. It was decided late in 1988 to have the WEA early in the next year. So, the 1988 WEA was held over until Jan 14, 1989, meaning there wasn’t one in 1988.

Of the 39 WEAs through Jan. 28, 2017, sixteen have been held at George Thompson’s house. All the work George did for the WEAs and the Greenwood Car Shows was the reason why he was chosen as the Penna Inspirational Award winner for 2003.

Go to MENU/HISTORY for a detailed history of the Dick and Carmen Penna SAMOA Inspirational Award.

The total money taken in during the 39 WEAs that has been recorded is $23,962.24. There are 18 WEAs for which no record could be found.

– Chuck Heleker


From our friends at Bring a Trailer


A country tour just minutes from the city

We keep bashing about on Vashon Island and Peter Larsen keeps on inviting us back for more.  Hard to believe we’ve been at it for 20 years.


A long run of East-side picnic meetings

Steve and Kim Gay love to BBQ in their beautiful backyard.  SAMOA loves that we’re invited every summer.


Our uber-cool grille badges have arrived and will be available at the next meeting or event.  The cost is $35 each (check made out to SAMOA or cash) and payable to our regalia guru, Rowly Stow.  Go to MENU/REGALIA for details.

Tool library

You’ll be saying, “Thank goodness for SAMOA,” the first time you are working on your Mini and you need “that special tool.”  You know the one, and chances are it’s in the SAMOA Tool Library.

For more info, click on MENU/TOOL LIBRARY above.

Blog at

Up ↑