Next Meeting

Fall has fell and it’s colder than usual but it will be cozy and warm for the next meeting at Pingrey’s on Roosevelt.  The perfect time to do some early Christmas shopping in SAMOA’s Regalia R Us showroom.


Reminder:  Nominations remain open for all club officer positions for 2019. New faces and voices make for a vibrant and healthy club and are always welcome.  SAMOA provides members with many valuable resources.  What can you do for SAMOA?


Tuesday – November 20, 2018

5:00pm – doors open

6:00pm – Social Hour

7:30pm – Meeting

8829 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-612-0626 – Brian’s Cell

Details:  Click on MENU/NEXT MEETING above.

James E. Bauman

Jim Bauman was an early friend of SAMOA in the 1960s and 70s.  He was an avid rallyist and the proprietor of Roadsport and later Autovia where SAMOA members could find all sorts of parts and accessories for their Minis.  In more recent times he would stop by to say “hi” at SAMOA displays at the Greenwood Car Show and at the 4th of July races at Pacific Raceways.  We’ll miss Jim.


April 1, 1938 – October 24, 2018

Jim was born to Thelma Mae Chestnut and Gene Bauman in Richardson County, Nebraska. The family moved to Wapato, WA in 1941. Jim graduated from Yakima High School in 1956 and The University of Washington.

After 5 years working at Boeing, Jim started his own sports-car accessory business on Eastlake Ave. E. called Roadsport. In 1969 he opened AutoVia, first located in the University District and later on Aurora Ave. N.  21 years later Jim sold AutoVia and purchased Continental Auto, a high-end auto dealer on Dexter Ave N. that he owned for ten years.

Cars were always Jim’s passion, from rallying with Per Terras Rally Club in the 60s to his business ventures. He leaves behind good friends. Always gregarious and friendly, Jim will be missed.

A gathering of remembrance will take place Sunday, November 18, 3:30-5:00 PM at
Vineyard Park, 23008 56th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, Wa.

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2018



It’s happening!

We hate to say this but if you didn’t get to Uncle Al’s Garage Sale on Saturday you’re out of luck.   It’s a bit past 2pm the sale has done sold out!  Must have been the beautiful weather but a garage-full of hungry SAMOA members devoured everything that had a price tag on it and a few more items to boot.  Photos can be found by going to RECENT EVENTS above.

Don’t forget there’s a SAMOA meeting on Tuesday.  We promise it won’t sell out.


The SAMOA Christmas Party, that is.  December 18, 6pm, at the home of Ryan and Lisa Love.  Food and drink.  Much merriment.  Mini and/or Christmas apparel.  Decorate your Mini.  More details as the event draws near.



It happened!

Mini Cars and Coffee
Hosted by THE SHOP

Saturday, November 3

Weather?  Didn’t look so bad so maybe this spur-of-the-moment event turned out ok.  Does anyone in attendance have a report?


Live from Maryhill

Dan Berglund reports……Weather didn’t deter Jerry Miller and I from driving our Minis over Chinook Pass, through Yakima and over Satus Pass to the Oct. 6 car show, held at the Maryhill Museum of Art overlooking the Columbia River near Goldendale.  The full story and photos can be found by going to RECENT EVENTS in the above tool bar.




Must have been a good meet. We’re still being pestered to host another one.  More about the last time SAMOA held a Mini Meet, from Shelly Staatz Thiessen when you click above on MENU/HISTORY.

New member

A hearty welcome goes out to our newest member:
Adam Chovanak (owner of SODO Motors)
Be sure you say howdy next time you see him.

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 October club membership meeting can be found by going to the above black MENU bar and selecting MEETING MINUTES.  Once approved, the minutes will be archived in the FORUM of the SAMOA website under SAMOANS.

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