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Vancouver Island Rally In The Valley June 8,9&10 2018

#1 Post by island dormy » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:12 am

16TH ANNUAL VANCOUVER ISLAND LAND-ROVER RALLY
June 8th, 9th and 10th 2018

First off I would like to thank Greg Sutfin for hosting the first 15 years of the Rally. Actually the thanks should probably go to Erica for letting him host it, anyway thanks to both of you.

Okay new hosts for this years rally are Oliver and Colin Balme (250-743-2273) The new location is 8957a Cranko Road, the home of Roy and Marg Lavigne. Chemanus BC. Turn West at the corner of the Trans Canada highway and Mount Sicker Road (Red Rooster gas bar and Russel’s Farm Market) go past the market staying on Mount Sicker Road it turns left. Follow Mount Sicker Road until you hit the T intersection of Mount Sicker Road and Cranko Road (Watch for the wind sock in the field) turn right on Cranko Road. The farm is on the right side a little ways down the road use the second driveway. Watch for the Land Rover direction signs, follow the signs. If you have not arrived in a British vehicle you will notice a parking sign marked OTHER that’s where you will park your none British vehicle.

Agenda - Friday June 8th arrive any time after 2:00pm. Find a nice grassy camping spot in the field or the trees Sorry no hookups but fresh water and a Loo will be provided. We hope to have a campfire that evening (if the Island does not have a fire ban). You are on your own for dinner on Friday.

Agenda -Saturday June 9th Drivers meeting at 9:15 am. We will leave the farm at 9:30 am. SHARP
The drive will take approximately 5 hours, hopefully it will be non damaging. However you may get some new scratches. If you are worried about scratches there is always a spare seat in another Rover.
Saturday nights dinner will again be Pot-luck bring enough to share. There will be a propane barbeque available at the farm. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. After dinner we may do a rover scavenger hunt (so do not set your roof top tent up after the afternoon drive) or we may drive to the top of Mount Provo. Campfire to close out the evening.

Agenda-Sunday June 10th- Pancake breakfast at 8:30am. prepared by Shelly and Margaret. Pancakes, sausage, farm fresh eggs and drinks will be provided if you want to contribute sticky buns etc please do. Possible scratch run after breakfast.

Some commonly asked questions.

Cost? Free all 3 fun filled days.
Is there a petrol station nearby? Yes petrol, diesel, propane, groceries and deli goods at the Red Rooster and Russel Farm markets. Top your tanks and your bellies for the Saturday drive.
Can I bring my non British vehicle? Yes park in the OTHER parking area.
Can I bring my non British vehicle on the drive? NO but there is always a spare seat available in somebody’s rover just ask. Sorry this is a Land Rover event.
Can I bring my hound? Yes as along as it gets along with people, kids and other hounds. Your hound will have to be leashed when ever it is out of your rover. No exceptions.
Some other things to bring. Lawn chairs, portable tent, sun lotion or rain gear, extra clothes maybe a bathing suit the Chemanus river is very close to the farm. A dip may be nice after a long dusty day on the trail. A radio of some sort ham, cb, or frs. Camera and a lunch for the Saturday drive.

Check the Island section on the Rover landers of BC web forum for any updates. We would like to know how many are coming so please reply here if possible. T-Shirts commemorating the event will again be available, low range, neutral, high range and overdrive sizes. Colors available....green. Cut off date for ordering shirts is 2 weeks before the event. Cost about $16 each.

SEE YOU THERE!

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#2 Post by pragsy » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:57 am

I will be attending this year. Might have a Toyota coming along with me. We'll confirm closer to date.

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#3 Post by bushrover » Tue May 01, 2018 11:13 pm

Wow just bought a Land Rover Discovery II and the rally in the valley couldn't be better timing for me, it's been over 10 years since I've had a Rover again and probably even longer since I've been to a rally in the valley! Don't know if anyone here remembers me but I was the guy with the 1956 series 1 in beige way back at the 2005 rally I have some pictures but I don't see any way to post them here perhaps we'd get a bigger audience with a Facebook page for the rally in the valley? If it doesn't exist already?

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#4 Post by bushrover » Tue May 01, 2018 11:15 pm

I also designed some of the early rally t-shirts I'll definitely be wearing mine from the 2005 rally in the valley

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#5 Post by ANDYD » Wed May 02, 2018 11:09 am

Welcome back to the world of Rovers....
If you ever want to look back, all the past Rover-Landers events are recorded in the Gallery.
http://roverlanders.bc.ca/gallery/view_ ... Rally-2005

Was it this one ...
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#6 Post by bushrover » Wed May 02, 2018 1:46 pm

Ya that's my old 1956 86" 😊

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#7 Post by Bill E. » Tue May 22, 2018 6:36 am

Hi Oliver and Colin,

I'm coming and I'll take a t-shirt in overdrive (if that's XL?).

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#8 Post by island dormy » Tue May 22, 2018 7:28 pm

Hi Bill

Sorry do to the low interest in T- Shirts ( 1- One ) they will not be happening this year. The order had to be this Friday, basically thats 2 days from now.

See you at the rally.

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#9 Post by Arcades » Wed May 23, 2018 4:05 pm

Hi, I will be coming with my two boys... looking forward to it.

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#10 Post by Mohan » Thu May 24, 2018 3:08 pm

I was hoping to attend, but I'm away that weekend.
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#11 Post by scraig » Fri May 25, 2018 8:09 am

I will be coming along with my teen gang (Max & Oliver 15 and Leanne 13) - looking forward to it!
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#12 Post by Rob » Sun May 27, 2018 8:33 pm

Lisa and I will be there!

Lisa and Margaret are planning an alternative outing for the gals on Saturday. Thinking about visiting a tea farm, Saison bistro and perhaps a winery picnic. Open to anyone who would like an alternative to bouncing around in the dust. Please RSVP Rob by PM or email green_rover_guy at yahoo.ca

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#13 Post by Landsdowner » Mon May 28, 2018 5:28 pm

I will be attending on Saturday for the drive and pot luck dinner, with my wife Donna and our friend Heidi.
This will be our first outing in our 1998 Defender 110. Trust the outing will be appropriate for a ‘rookie’ ??

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#14 Post by BruceD » Mon May 28, 2018 9:09 pm

Natalie and I will be there!
Not sure if it will be Friday or Saturday am
Just yet!

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#15 Post by pragsy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:10 pm

Just confirm that I'll be attending this year and my crew will be 3 trucks and 4 people. We'll be showing up later in the evening on Friday night. Maybe somewhere between 830 and 930. Driving down from Comox Valley Friday evening if anyone else wants to roll with us. 7788618767-MIKE
Let me know, cheers.

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#16 Post by cbalme » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:48 pm

Just 5 more sleeps until the Rally! If anyone else is coming please let us know so we can make sure there is enough breakfast on Sunday for all.

For Saturday night the suggested food to bring and prepare is Salad or Desserts.

On Sunday there are plans for a scratch run after breakfast. It should last about 3 hours and then you can leave from there to wherever you need to be. We should be back on the hardpan by 1:30 (depends on how many Jeeps need rescuing). This will give the Mainlanders plenty of time to catch an afternoon ferry. The destination will be the famous Mt. Sicker Mines and what is left of Lenora.

See you there!
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#17 Post by bushrover » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:52 pm

Can't wait for the rally, unfortunately do to work commitments I'll only be there for Friday but it'll still be great to see some old friends and meet some new ones.

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#18 Post by andrewd » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:28 pm

I'll make it for the drive on Saturday but sadly won't be able to camp over due to work early Sunday morning.
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#19 Post by chrismac » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:22 pm

Pippa and I will be there Friday evening.
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#20 Post by pragsy » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:40 pm

Hello, just reading the fine print. Is this seriously a Land Rovers only event?!! I had 2 friends in Toyotas that were coming with me. Sorry I've never been to a Roverlanders even thats been strictly Land Rover only in the past so I've never bothered to enquire. Can you please confirm.

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#21 Post by Glyn-T » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:26 pm

So, in most past Rallies I've provided Sweep in my Jeep. I understand that it's Land Rovers only this year. This is always a fun event and I'd still like to come out and enjoy the drive on Saturday. Does anyone have a right seat I can ride "shot gun" in? Oliver, Andrew, Victor...?

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#22 Post by Rob » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:27 pm

I'll probably have a seat in a disco if you don't mind coils springs, air conditioning and power windows....

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#23 Post by pragsy » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:04 pm

Checked today and other trucks are allowed.

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#24 Post by cbalme » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:17 pm

An executive decision has been made by myself to yet again allow non Land Rovers at the event. You just have to ride at the back to watch for parts falling off.


One more sleep, see you there!
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#25 Post by Glyn-T » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:29 pm

I'm not sure if anyone will get this. Change of plans on my end, I'm going to try and make it up there with the Jeep. Getting insurance at 9 AM when they open and then head up. Don't wait for me, I'll be on VHF.
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#26 Post by cbalme » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:39 am

Hi Glyn, if you can make it to the campsite by 10 AM we will all still be there. Will you be joining us for the scratch run?
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#27 Post by Rob » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:58 pm

Congrats to the Balmes and their small army of volunteers for hosting the Rally in the Valley 2018. 2 good days of wheeling and evening festivities. Here's a couple of pics to prove we did it:

Posing in front of the steam donkey
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Colin passing his series road test
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Tight parking at the tower
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#28 Post by acg » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:03 pm

My kids and I had a great time! Thanks to the Vancouver Island crew for making our trip so enjoyable!!!
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#29 Post by Landsdowner » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:29 pm

Bruce from Victoria ... I have a couple of photos of you guys from the weekend... email me at dmhume@icloud.com if you want them... Doug


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#30 Post by obalme » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:46 pm

I would just like to thank Victor and Margret especially , and Rob and Lisa for all there work they put into the rally as well , and Shelley's parents Roy and Margret for letting us use there venue. It is the preparation that makes for a good event!
Also, would like to thank Shelley, Margret, Margret, Lisa,and Natalie for the wonderful breakfast

It was great to meet everyone and learn a few new things.

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#31 Post by BuckBlue90 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:25 pm

Great to see everyone again. Impressive turnout from (mainland) Canada. Shame I could not participate in the drives as to D2 is too poorly. But hey, the best of company, eats, organization and venue. Thanks to all for making it!
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#32 Post by cbalme » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:17 pm

Thank you all for coming and making it a great event! It was great to see the regulars and meet some new people too!

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I got the full Land Rover experience as well and that motivated me to finish my project even more.

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This weekend wouldn't have happened without the help and time of Victor, Margaret, Rob, Lisa, Eric, my parents, grandparents and myself. Thank you all for contributing to make it a great weekend.

Looking forward to next year!

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#33 Post by Bill E. » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:27 pm

Thanks to the Balme extended family and all the volunteers for a great weekend. Those of us from across the pond appreciate all the effort you guys put in.

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#34 Post by scraig » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:46 pm

Thank you all, especially the hosts, for the great weekend! We all had a great time! Thank you
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#35 Post by Roadqueen17 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:20 pm

Great weekend, thanks for all your organizing, great drives and awesome venue! Look forward to next year!


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#36 Post by StuartL » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:33 pm

Thank you to all the Island Rover members, it was an outstanding weekend....

And congratulations to Colin for his first place finish at the Motorsport track on Sunday.
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#37 Post by Glyn-T » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:38 pm

Another epic weekend! Thanks to the entire Balme extended family (including Rob and Victor). What an awesome 2 days of back country travel. All of you are amazing people to wheel with. Thanks to Matt, Rob and Oliver who let me ride shotgun on Saturday. The farm was the perfect, picturesque place to base the rally from and to camp out, especially in the trees!

I think I signed up 3 people to the 4WDABC, Chris, Rob and...? I want to make sure I let our Membership Chair know who paid. Also, I'm writing an article on the event. If anyone wants to submit photos that would be great. I saw many of you with a LOT nicer cameras than mine! Free magazine and credit.

Cheers,
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#38 Post by ANDYD » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:09 pm

There are more photos now in the Gallery here ... http://roverlanders.bc.ca/gallery/view_ ... e=album653
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