Mini in the Park

Even un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally wet weather couldn’t spoil the best show on the Mini cal­en­dar…

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words Mar­tyn Collins Pho­tog­ra­phy Mar­tyn Collins, Neil Burgess and Chris Frosin

Af­ter one of the dri­est sum­mers on record, you could be for­given for think­ing that Santa Pod and Mini In The Park were set for an­other scorcher! But sadly it wasn’t to be, and de­spite me watch­ing the fore­cast and pray­ing for change, Sun­day 12 Au­gust was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally wet — all day!

The writ­ing was on the wall the night be­fore, when I got rained off when try­ing to clean my MINI and had to ad­mit de­feat. Still, on the pos­i­tive side, when I left my home in Herts early on Sun­day, to make the trip to Bed­ford­shire, it wasn’t rain­ing. But as the sun crept up, there was no doubt it was de­cid­edly grey and windy!

Still, you Mini own­ers are a hardy bunch and de­spite the wet weather on the Satur­day, plenty of you opted to make a week­end of Mini In The Park and camped around ‘the big black track’. Those who did, had the ben­e­fit of drinks and BBQs with fel­low Mini pals, with oth­ers mak­ing the most of the at­trac­tions on the site.

As the show opened I was pleas­antly sur­prised to see con­voys of Mi­nis snaking across the site.

De­spite the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, I was also pleas­antly sur­prised by how many pre­vi­ous and fu­ture fea­ture stars made the trip to Santa Pod to come on to Mini

Mag­a­zine stand. We had an eclec­tic mix of Mi­nis, all look­ing fan­tas­tic, but par­tic­u­lar high­lights in­cluded Nick Shaw’s Club­man Turbo cover star, Paul Young’s Honda VTEC-pow­ered Pick-up, Ash­ley Davies’ Su­per­charged MkIII and Chris Denn’s stanced show-stop­per. Also, spe­cial men­tion must go to Jack Cook­son, who made the trip from Not­ting­ham in his con­cours-clean sa­loon. De­spite the threat of rain he pro­ceeded to give his 1981 car a thor­ough clean and even went as far as to

The best of the best came out to play! Stun­ning Pick-up.

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