About the Branch
We have members as far north as Quesnel, south to Oliver, west to Merritt, and east to Salmon Arm. Being primarily based in Kamloops that is where most drives start or finish at and social events happen mostly in this immediate area as well. We have a few “long distance” drivers here, so often it will be four or five of us that venture out towards the outer limits of our membership area.
During our driving season, primarily May through October, we do hold numerous drives of varying lengths, three of us (Stephen, Simon & myself) did a 250 mile trip one day last year (yes, miles!) so that is one end of the spectrum, we have also done some winery visits that were maybe ten miles, plus everything in between. We have also held technical sessions and garage visits to members who are working on projects and will have, at least in less Covid times, a barbecue and also a picnic, plus some pub drives, on the social side of things. We do not hold monthly meetings.
I started my spannering back in ’77 as an apprentice at a Chrysler Rootes dealer in southern England. In Camberley, Surrey I drove an Australian Valiant Charger, an ex-USAF Chevy truck and a Rover 2000TC. In ’88, after much travel and vehicle fettling, I moved to Vancouver, then Edmonton, on to Cranbrook and am now in Kamloops, and done with moving! After a Canadian career in forestry I now work for myself in commercial property and am far from retirement. I am often to be found in my workshop applying elbow grease to a ’72 TR6 or a ’73 Stag (or 70’s Spanish dirt bikes). I have been involved with the OECC since 2011, the same year I purchased my first old English car, the TR6.