Karen Trickett and Cam Russell

Octagon Newsletter Ö October 2001

By Wayne Watkins

Over the years we have seen many Victoria MG Club members' MGs and other British cars but there are many we havenít seen. This month we look at the cars of Karen Trickett and Cam Russell.

Karen learned to drive in an Envoy Epic. She really got hooked on British cars when, as a ten year old, she would sit in an MGA coupe owned by a family friend over for visits. Later when she earned her license she was assigned the home farm task of hauling goats around in the Epic. Shades of Heartbeat. (I had an Envoy Epic once and it had an unusual odour - I wonder.) Karenís first car of her own was a 1965 TR4A that needed lots of work. After some refurbishing and new paint Karen decided to sell the TR and travel to Europe. The TR is still here, somewhere out on the Peninsula. In the mid eighties Karen joined our club having just purchased an MG TD that needed a "ton of work" and had bulgy bald bias ply tires. After she looked closely at the Sparksí TD as well as TDs of other club members, she realized the extent of the task before her. The project went on hold for a while and then went full steam ahead in 1993 when Karen became very active in Victoria MG Club activities.

Yes, you know the TD as it is today - affectionately known as "Granny" (or "Clipper T" in MG Club tours CB language). The colour is Clipper Blue and always attracts a crowd at our own or out of town club events.

Cam had five Minis by the time he was nineteen. He had his first Mini, a 1963 model at age fourteen. He was apparently hooked on Minis at age twelve when he was waiting for his Dad to complete the purchase of a 1969 Mini Van. Thatís Mini Van, not minivan! Apparently Cam provided some excitement as he activated the starter with the salesman charging across the parking lot after him. Camís first funkana?!?

On a family trip to England, Cam went shopping for Mini parts. He had to buy an extra suitcase to carry back a Weber carb and manifold, four adjustable Spax shocks, a cam and four fender flares. When home, he took out the speedometer to make room for the Weber which now protruded into the passenger area. That became apparent when the Weber backfired through the open stack, virtually into the faces of Cam and his bewildered† passenger. Moving on, Cam then bought a TR4 complete with bent frame for $1,200. After two summers and a winter of no top driving, Cam sold the TR for $1,600 and went off to university and took a break from British cars as daily repairs would have interfered with studying (and pub nights). He also bought a 1962 MGB which he still has today, although it is down to a "basic tub" waiting for a unique wooden body which is "in progress".

Karen and Cam can be seen motoring around either in the TD at moderate speeds or in their totally stock unmodified Sprite ("Spritely") at significant speeds at Western Speedway or Camosun College slaloms.

1964 Sprite

1964 Sprite - Hood

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