Text and photos by Shelly Staatz Thiessen:
Earlier this week I was going through some of my slides and came across these photos from the 1985 Mini Meet West in Olympia. TP (Tony Pearson) and I drove around Olympia so I could take pictures our Minis. He had a very nice, red woody and I was driving my blue sedan. What a fun meet.
More details: From 1982 to ’84 I was going to school at BIOLA in Los Angeles and became active in MOA-Los Angeles and got to know Tony Pearson.
He was the club president most of the time that I was there. (I think that his car later ended up in Oregon). I used to write SAMOA about what the LA club was doing. Tony was good friends with Tony Swisler and Bill Gilcrease. He was on the pit crew for Bill’s Mincomp Mini.
Tony lived in Huntington Beach when I was in LA. Nice, single guy. He was very much into motorcycles and had too many for his garage. When I was there, he drove a newer (for back then) white Mini and was working on restoring the Woodie. He was club president for a number of years. As long as I have known him, he has worked in some area of the auto industry. George Thomas (a long-time Mini owner from Portland who was at this years MMW) still talks with TP on a regular basis. -Shelly Staatz Thiessen