Next meeting

As is tradition, the January, 2019 SAMOA meeting will be but a nugget wrapped up in the bigger, noisier and always exciting White Elephant Auction, details of which can be found by clicking NEXT EVENTS in the above MENU.

This is not to say the meeting will not be important as the election of club officers for 2019 will be held at that time.  January 26, 2019 at 11am.

Location:  Pingrey’s Richfield at 89th and Roosevelt, a little southeast of Northgate in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle.  See you there!

It’s happening!

Up next, the SAMOA White Elephant Auction!


SAMOA starts the new year off with a bang.  Scheduled for 11am Saturday, January 26 at Pingrey’s on 89th and Roosevelt.  Don’t miss it for as always, it’ll be tons o’ fun.  Details in MENU/NEXT EVENTS above.

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

Digging deep into the Mini transmission

The first Saturday of the new year brought 20 SAMOA members to a gearbox gathering at Chris Miller’s (heated!) garage in Shoreline.  It truly was a fun time and a great learning experience. Details in MENU/RECENT EVENTS above.


Holiday Party is a hit

Sorry if you missed it.  The SAMOA Holiday Party happened on December 18 at the spectacular Elliott Bay Brewery in Lake City.  Food and drink.  Many Minis in the parking lot, including one driven by Santa himself!  Much Christmas apparel.  Plenty of merriment.  Details: MEETING MINUTES above.




Go to MENU/HISTORY above for details on the following:

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.


1970 Mini article from Readers Digest

Even if Readers Digest thought the Mini was the best, they didn’t write about it until 1970.  Not sure how or why super-sleuth Don Dixon discovered this piece of Mini history but we’re sure glad he did.  Thank you Don.

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.

Meeting minutes

Minutes from the December membership meeting can be found by going up to the black MENU bar and selecting MEETING MINUTES.  Once approved, minutes are  archived in the FORUM of the SAMOA website under SAMOANS.

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