50th Anniversary logo 15th ANNUAL

Sept. 5 ~ 7, 2014
Victoria, BC

The Victoria Chapter of the VCCC hosted the

15th Annual Island Challenge

September 5 ~ 7, 2014


This year was the 15th Annual Island Challenge, hosted by the Victoria Chapter of the VCCC.

It would have been grand to have been able to give every registrant one of these crystal vintage cars (shown above) -- as Crystal is the modern 15th anniversary gift!!  But, instead, each registrant received a special commemorative licence plate, as well as a unique DVD of this special weekend.

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The Co-Chairs for this tour were Paul Taylor and Pat Meehan; with volunteers: Bob Tuttle, Liz Taylor, Jane Thomas, Bill Bouchard, John King and others helping out in various capacities.

The host hotel was the Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites on Elk Lake Drive, Victoria.

An action-packed weekend had been planned, starting with an Early Bird Tour out to the Victoria Airport, to visit the Viking Air manufacturing plant.  The comprehensive two-hour tour of the facility gave everyone a much better understanding of how planes are made.  Participants got to go into a plane -- hot off the press, so to speak -- complete with the "new plane smell" (similar to the new car smell!!).
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After the tour, most folks stopped for an early dinner at Mary's Bleue Moon Café.  A Meet & Greet session took place back at the hotel -- where everyone could sit around and socialize.

Saturday started early with a full breakfast at 7:30 a.m.  The cars left at 8:30 a.m. for a 26.6 mile (75 minute) driving tour -- ending at Pearson College of the Pacific.
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We met with David Hawley, Director of the College, for a brief info session about the College; and then we were split into two groups, for a guided, walking tour of the College.  Lunch was served in the College cafeteria.

After lunch, the return route took us to Dr. Jim Colwill's home to view his world famous Mascot Collection (more than 700 mascots); and his wife, Sheila, welcomed everyone to see their beautifully restored, Samuel Maclure-designed heritage home.

Saturday evening started with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.  One of the Victoria Chapter members (Bill Bouchard) presented a beautiful DVD production showing the cars on the tour, as well as the various activities of the tour.  This special DVD was made available to participants after the weekend.

Then, Dr. Jim Colwill gave an interesting talk and video presentation about some of his more unique mascots.

This was a conclusion of the official Island Challenge, but everyone was invited to attend the Victoria Chapter's Annual Corn Roast, at Heritage Acres on Sunday.  Many folks did attend -- for a full report and photos of the Corn Roast, please click on this link:  2014 Corn Roast

There were fourteen (14) cars registered for this year's Island Challenge -- with Campbell River having the most participants -- 5 cars.


Next year's Island Challenge is the Nanaimo Chapter's responsibility -- hope to see everyone there!!

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