May meeting – Minis on the lawn

As of late, Pingrey’s has been over run with heavy equipment (the EPA is concerned about all the oil leaking out of our Minis! ha ha) so instead of Minis in the muck it’s going to be Minis on the lawn in South Seattle!

The SAMOA May meeting aka Seward Park Mini Meet will be held Tuesday May 21, 2019 at Michael Palmer’s house, 7329 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle WA 98118.

Gate opens at 6pm, food at 6:30, meeting at 7:30. Mini’s ONLY up the driveway for placement on the lawn in back. Any non-Minis please park on the street.

There will be hot dog’s, hamburgers and soft drinks (the food donation jar will be out).  Bring a side dish/salad if you wish.  BYOB and a chair.  This is an outdoor event, pop-ups will be up but dress appropriately.

Details and a map if you go to NEXT MEETING.


Mini to be featured marque at all three 2019 NW ABFMs

The biggest local events of the year promise to be this years All British Field Meets in Vancouver, Kenmore and Portland.  It is not too early to be making plans as the Mini will be the featured marque at all three and Mini turnout will be even larger than normal.  Overnight accommodations are limited and could be a problem if you wait until later.  More event info by going to the below links.


The Vancouver ABFM on May 18 will of course be at VanDusen Gardens, the loveliest of locations and the ABFM with the most “British” atmosphere.


It will be most convenient for us to attend the Western Washington ABFM at historic St. Edward Park in Kenmore on July 20.


Attendees at the Portland ABFM will be treated to two events at Delta Park, the ABFM and a special 60thAnniversary Vintage Mini Race at the adjoining circuit.  It’s happening the weekend after Labor Day on September 7, 8.

It’s happening!

Cars and coffee/beers? What a concept!

The owner of The Growler Guys stopped by the shop (Pingrey’s) to invite us to join the fun. We’ll be crashing the Porsche club’s party so bring your switchblades and brass knuckles.  -Don Dixon

May 26th, 11:00 till 3:00.

8500 Lake City Way, Seattle, 98115.


Vancouver All British Field Meet

May 18, 7am, VanDusen Gardens, Vancouver, BC

The most “British” of the NW ABFMs and to celebrate its 60th anniversary, this year Mini is a featured Marque.  No day-of-show entries so be sure to enter early.

Definitely a “can’t miss.” details  –

Tour to 2019 International Mini Meet, Bristol, UK

August 2 through 14, 2019

As a long time, Mini owner and Vancouver Mini Club member I’ve always wanted to go to the International Mini Meet so I’m organizing a tour to the United Kingdom with the main purpose of going to the Mini Meet International 2019 Bristol. The plan is to spend three days at Mini Meet with all kinds of car related and tourist stops the days before and after the meet.  The tour cost includes airfare, hotels, entry to all events, breakfast and 6 dinners.

Tour Itinerary. *

Fri.       Aug 2        Depart for London.

Sat.      Aug. 3        Arrive London & travel to Oxford

Sun.     Aug. 4        Bletchley Park & Shuttleworth Collection (vintage aircraft & cars)

Mon.    Aug. 5        Aston Martin Works (restorations) or day in London

Tue.     Aug. 6         MINI factory & Blenheim Castle

Wed.   Aug. 7         British Motor Museum… Dinner at Stratford upon Avon

Thu.    Aug. 8         Morgan Cars factory with some sightseeing in the afternoon

Fri.     Aug. 9         International Mini Meet. **

Sat.    Aug. 10        International Mini Meet **  

Sun.   Aug. 11        International Mini Meet  **

Mon.  Aug. 12         Beaulieu Castle via Stonehenge

Tue.   Aug. 13        Brookland’s Motor & Aviation Museum

Wed.  Aug. 14         Travel home.


Tour Cost: C$4,995.00 per person. Air & Land.

C$4,250.00 per person. Land Only.

C$1,500.00 Single supplement.


To save 100.00 (early bird discount) you have to pay the deposit by Jan. 31st.  If you miss the discount you have until May 30th to pay the full amount.
If you miss the discount you have until May 30th to pay the full amount.

Included:- Air Vancouver/London return via Air Transat. 4* Hotel accommodation.

Coach travel. All breakfasts + 6 Dinners. All event entries.


FAQ– you can fly out of other Canadian cities serviced by Air Transat or arrange your own airfare and pay the Land Only rate.

You can arrive earlier or stay longer in the UK or other European Cities***.

Additional costs may apply depending on date and airport of departure.


A detailed Itinerary and Registration Form available upon request


*Subject to minor changes.

**Alternate sightseeing to be confirmed based on group size.

*** Cities services by Air Transat.


Deposit C$500 per person NON-REFUNDABLE

 Trip Cancellation Insurance strongly recommended


Hope to hear from you. It’s going to fun.  Even more fun to have some of our American friends along.

Thanks, Ken Martin

It happened


May 10, 7pm, The Dane, Ballard

Chainline Brewing and The Dane are teamed up with SAMOA to raise money for Food Lifeline.


38th Annual Tulip Rallye

Three SAMOA Minis and a mystery Austin Seven ( If you are reading this, please let us know who you are) joined over 160 other entries in the Annual Tulip Rallye put on by the MG Car Club.  The weather could not have been better.

Slot Cars and burgers in Tacoma

SAMOA members met on Saturday, April 13 at Patty’s Burgers in Tacoma for lunch then drove to Scale Racing across from Griot’s Garage for some cool slot-car racing.  Sounds like it must have been fun.  We hope to hear back from someone who attended.

Don’t blink or you might miss it!

Sorry about the short notice. For those who made it to the Golden Gardens Pizza Tour there was a ton of sun and a plethora of pizza.


41st White Elephant Auction

Always one of the biggest SAMOA events of the year and this year was no different.  Spring-like weather helped produce plenty of Minis, Miniacs and a very good time.





Years of driving enjoyment on the Tulip Rallye

Begun in 1982 as a way for a few enthusiastic members of the MG Car Club Northwest Centre to tour the scenic Skagit Valley, this event has grown to include as many as 300 cars from over 30 car clubs from as far away as Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.

The Tulip Rallye has become a “must do” spring event for those car enthusiasts who truly enjoy the thrill of driving on country roads with so many other like-minded car hobbyists!   – MGCCNWC established in 1957


Remembering past White Elephant Auctions

From the SAMOA vault, club historian Chuck Heleker comes up with details about 40 years(!) of White Elephant history – an event that in early years kept the club’s treasury solvent and more recently kick-starts activities as winter winds down. Go to MENU/HISTORY in menu bar above 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.

What’s the difference?

The SAMOAn – What’s Going On? is the official voice of the Seattle Area Mini Owners Association.  This blog/website reaches every current SAMOA member by email on a monthly basis.  It is updated as SAMOA news becomes available. You don’t have to be a SAMOA member to view this site but you’ll probably have more fun with your Mini if you are.

Facebook is our friend. It’s a great place for individual Mini enthusiasts to chat with their Mini friends but please keep in mind that a lot of SAMOA members do not use facebook.  Information on this blog does not necessarily show up on Facebook and entries on Facebook do not necessarily show up on this blog.

If you have Mini news that you feel other SAMOA members should know about we would love to put it on this blog.  All we ask is that text comes to me in a word document and photos come as jpegs, all camera ready.   And if it’s an event you’d like to plan (greatly encouraged by the way!), please contact our Events Coordinator, David Koch.  SAMOA contact info is at the bottom of this homepage.  –ed.

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