LON­DON TO BRIGHTON RUN

The con­voy of 2,100 Minis tak­ing part in the Lon­don to Brighton Run was once again a sight to be­hold.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words and Pho­tog­ra­phy Neil Burgess

A sight to be­hold as 2,100 Minis head down to Brighton’s Madeira Drive.

Acorner­stone of the Mini event cal­en­dar, the Lon­don to Brighton Run sees Minis of all shapes and sizes leave Crys­tal Palace in South Lon­don and wind down the A23 to re­group at Madeira Drive in Brighton. From a land speed record sofa, driven by TV’s Edd China, to sparkling MkIs.

The Lon­don and Sur­rey Mini Own­ers Club puts a huge amount of ef­fort into this event and mak­ing sure par­tic­i­pants have a great time at both the start and end lo­ca­tions.

In Brighton, ar­rivals were greeted with a wide range of trade stands which came in handy for those who needed re­place­ment parts for their re­turn jour­ney. The Ital­ian Job char­ity had a good dis­play, in­clud­ing or­gan­iser Fred­die St Ge­orge’s white In­no­centi.

The show ’n’ shine al­ways at­tracts a good turnout in Brighton, how­ever this year the over­all car of the show spot­ted from the main run. Kevin Webb is the proud owner of a 1966 Mor­ris, re­stored in trib­ute to his dad’s 1960s ex­am­ple.

It was good to see a size­able in­ter­na­tional con­tin­gent given that the IMM was hap­pen­ing on the same week­end. As al­ways there was a con­tin­gent from France, but I think the fur­thest trav­elled must have been Darek Bed­narz who drove his Rover Cooper from Poland!

The story which cap­tured the spirit of Mini own­er­ship was that of Tom Petts, whose car was al­most writ­ten off fol­low­ing a run-in with a slip­pery drain cover. He was ready to give up his ticket, but the Mini com­mu­nity pulled to­gether and the front end was re­built in time for the run. Tom made it to Crys­tal Palace and to Brighton. Tak­ing pride of place on the Lon­don and Sur­rey Mini Own­ers Club stand, the car was soon cov­ered in notes of con­grat­u­la­tions. That’s what own­ing a Mini is all about!

Parked up on Madeira Drive.

All shapes and sizes were wel­come.

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