IMM 2018

Edi­tor Mar­tyn packs his case and heads on a Mini road trip to the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Mini Meet (IMM), this year held in Por­tu­gal.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words Mar­tyn Collins Pho­tog­ra­phy Mar­tyn Collins, MINI and Jeff Rug­gles

The an­nual In­ter­na­tional Mini Meet pil­grim­age headed to Por­tu­gal.

Mini fans headed for warmer climes in May for the an­nual IMM pil­grim­age, this year tak­ing place on the coast in the Por­tuguese town of Praia de Mira. I was lucky enough to be a guest of MINI UK, and along with the Ger­man HQ, they had de­vised a MINI road trip that me and two other jour­nal­ists would un­der­take.

As we con­verged on the Mu­nic­i­pal Park, we heard the charis­matic sound of scream­ing A-Se­ries en­gines, then saw more en­thu­si­as­ti­cally driven, for­eign­reg­is­tered Clas­sic Minis. The IMM is very well-or­gan­ised and we were in awe of the sheer vol­ume and va­ri­ety of Clas­sic Minis parked around the site.

It was pleas­ing that so many Clas­sic Mini own­ers and en­thu­si­asts from Eng­land, France, Ire­land and Spain to name but a few, had made the trip to Por­tu­gal, too.

Like last year, the MINI CLAS­SIC part of the MINI brand had sent a Clas­sic Mini Cooper Sport­pack all the way from Mu­nich in Ger­many to the Por­tuguese IMM site. This Mini had Ir­ish artist Steve Simp­son on board and was dec­o­rated in his unique de­sign.

I also had the chance to visit the MINI CLAS­SIC Teepee, that was on the beach about five-min­utes away. In­side, there was a small MINI shop and IMM at­ten­dees could get cel­e­bra­tory T-Shirts and bags with Steve Simp­son’s 2018 de­sign. They proved very pop­u­lar and the fact that they were free meant they had sadly run out by the time I got there! So I con­soled my­self by sit­ting on a MINI deckchair, en­joy­ing the re­lax­ing sound of the waves crash­ing on the beach.

Sadly, then it was time to leave the IMM site and head for our ho­tel and overnight stay be­fore em­bark­ing on the drive back to Lis­bon Air­port.

The IMM re­turns to the UK in 2019. I’ll see you there!

The IMM Bris­tol team with the fa­mous IMM key.

Very smart Ri­ley Elf made the trip from neigh­bour­ing Spain.

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