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