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Election of club officers will take place just before the January meeting, a departure from the norm.  It usually takes place AT the Jan meeting.  This year all paid members will receive a ballot via email.  They will be asked to cast their ballot by simply replying to the email.  Your secretary will count the ballots and record the results which will be announced at the January meeting.

You need to be a paid SAMOA member to attend but remember, because of the pandemic, dues have been extended to at least May of 2021 so don’t miss this opportunity to get involved and hang out with your Mini friends.

You should receive an email a week or so before the meeting with the Zoom invitation which will give you access to meeting on the 19th. Your computer needs to be video and audio ready. If you haven’t received your invite give me a call. If you don’t think you are a paid member give Toby a call. Our numbers are at the bottom of this home page. -Ed Sauer, secretary, blog editor, 12/3/2020



We are all in this for the long haul. As more Mini events are cancelled 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?”

Good question so until at least May of 2021 your membership will continue. At that time dues can be deposited in the club coffers and your membership will be good for a year and as soon as SAMOA can adjust to the new normal, we will notify members of the plans for upcoming events. Keep in touch, hang in there, and above all stay safe. -Toby May, vice president, membership maven, 5/14/2020


Out and about

In these trying times keep in mind there’s no better mood enhancer than a drive in your Mini. Next time you hit the road, snap a selfie, writeup a brief description of your trip and send it to the blog editor so your fellow SAMOAns get to share in your experience.

Old tricks

It’s what you do when you grow up in Ballard. Way back when we were driving our 50s-vintage Chevrolets. Now we still meet up at Dick’s Drive-In but we’re driving our Minis instead. A few weeks ago we “Met half way,” Bill Wecker driving his MkI Cooper S up from Ballard and me down from Everett in the Rover Cooper to the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In next to Winco on Hwy 99. We had to wait a few days for the rain to stop but the social distancing was no problem nor was the transfer of funds now that Dick’s has card readers. -Ed Sauer


Grumbleina vs. the Bubbleator

I went for a ride today and ended up in Redondo Beach, home of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair’s Bubbleator. If you zoom into the Bubbleator, you might be able to discern the turkey the owners have put in there for seasonal decor, which I thought was pretty funny.

It was really great seeing everyone at the October meeting! Yep, the request was made for Mini photos, so I figured it would be put on the blog.

Grumbleina is my Mini, named for the canned grumbling sound she makes at idle, like it is an affront to her very core that she is not in motion. My neighbor’s kid thinks my name is Minnie. He’s almost 4, so I’m wondering if he’ll find out first about Santa or that my name is Lara. I answer to Minnie, to him. -Lara Williamson

Recent Events

For the following stories, go to MENU/RECENT EVENTS

A long strange trip

Don and Marian are quite the adventurers in ‘Old Paint’ and they set a new standard on their anniversary trip to the Edgefield McMenamins.  How many Mini owners do you know who have crossed the Columbia River going backwards in their Mini?


Octoberfesting on Orcas

The wee town of Olga has a wonderful wreck of a store, soon to be a United States Post Office and grocery/cafe if the friends of have their way. The old place looks like a Mini repair facility to me, but then what doesn’t? 


Why no events?

It has been a struggle. The Covid-19 pandemic brought SAMOA to a screeching halt in 2020 and 2021 looks like more of the same. We hope you understand. For details on the pandemic and how SAMOA is effected here in the state of Washington, go to MENU/NEXT EVENTS.


Rusty tractors and cooling towers

Three serious Mini drivers, Peter Larsen, Jerry Miller and Jim Younkins, tour some awesome back roads south of Olympia and enjoy a tasty lunch in Elma.

On the calendar

MINI MEET WEST 2021 (fingers crossed) 
The Victoria and Vancouver Mini Clubs are up and running with newly a 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 or at least start making plans.
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  



It happened

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, 2020 SAMOA White Elephant Auction and slot car races are posted now in RECENT EVENTS.



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

from Jeorge McGladrey  (as Jeorge Patience, 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.



Go to MENU/HISTORY for details on the following plus many more historical club stories.

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.



Facemasks are now available

After checking 35 on-line suppliers and buying two samples, no satisfactory mask was found.  The choice was then made to order custom material printed with the SAMOA logo and make the masks myself.  -Rowly Stow.  Go to MENU/REGALIA for details, 10/2020

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.

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