BRI­TISH MINI DAY

The sun came out again for Bri­tish Mini Day, en­tic­ing a fine se­lec­tion of Minis, clubs and traders to the pic­turesque sur­rounds of Him­ley Hall.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words and Pho­tog­ra­phy Mar­tyn Collins

Him­ley Hall in Stafford­shire played host to the Bri­tish Mini Club’s event.

It was thank­fully a lovely sunny day when I left my home in Herts to travel to the Bri­tish Mini Club’s Bri­tish Mini Day at Him­ley Hall in Stafford­shire. And the fine weather saw a very large turnout in Pre­mier Con­cours and Show ’n’ Shine, with over 100 Minis of all ages en­tered. A won­der­ful sight, it shows that the Clas­sic Mini scene is as strong as ever.

It was great to see David and Colin Ash­ton for the first time in many years. They were there with their home-re­stored and very clean Old English White Cooper S. They have won the Pre­mier Con­cours tro­phy an in­cred­i­ble three-times!

Over­all win­ner of Best Mini In Show was Ian Whit­ti­case and Diane Is­sac with their Mor­ris Mini, 287 MOX, that has a retro look. All class win­ners re­ceived a pack from spon­sor Au­to­glym, and now go for­ward to the Pre­mier Fi­nal at Mini Fair in 2019.

There were also plenty of traders, and many Mini clubs putting on a fab­u­lous dis­play of their mem­bers’ cars. Most of my time was spent wan­der­ing around spot­ting all the dif­fer­ent Mini mod­els and vari­ants on show in the sun.

The Bri­tish Mini Club also made a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion for the fur­thest trav­elled Clas­sic Mini, to Inge Pol­man, who had brought her Mini all the way from the Nether­lands.

An­other high­light was a pro­posal, as owner Ian Sur­ridge asked his girl­friend Char­lotte Smith to marry him, whilst at the show. He used both his and his mum’s Minis to pro­pose, by at­tach­ing big ban­ners to their screens. Char­lotte hap­pily ac­cepted - I won­der if they will be mar­ried by next year’s show?

So it was an­other suc­cess­ful, Bri­tish Mini Day at Him­ley Hall. The Bri­tish Mini Club mem­bers and friends give so much to make the event run like clock­work. Nice job!

Beau­ti­ful Mk3 Cooper S in the con­cours.

Liam Ed­wards cus­tom build was just fin­ished and took best paint.

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