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