A week­end of Mini fun in beau­ti­ful Som­er­set didn’t dis­ap­point.

Mi­nis de­scend upon Som­er­set for a full week­end of car fun.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words and Pho­tog­ra­phy Jeff Rug­gles

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful de­but last year, the Un­der the Mini Moon event was trans­formed into a full-on week­ender for its 2019 out­ing on 3-5 Au­gust. Or­gan­ised by Gary and Sarah Tay­lor, the event raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion, which pro­vides life-chang­ing wishes for chil­dren with crit­i­cal ill­nesses.

Open to Mi­nis and de­riv­a­tives of all types, the event be­gan on the Fri­day with an open­ing party for campers, fol­lowed on Satur­day by ‘Cruise Day’. The Mi­nis headed out to the pic­turesque Quan­tock Hills, re­turn­ing via Burn­ham-on-Sea for a pa­rade along the High Street ahead of more en­ter­tain­ment that evening.

The main show day was re­served for Sun­day, with a good turnout of Mi­nis con­verg­ing on the West Huntspill show field near Bridg­wa­ter. Traders joined a host of Mini clubs, with a com­mu­nity dis­play also added to the mix for those who weren’t part of a group. Fur­ther high­lights of the event in­cluded an on-site rolling road, a show ’n’ shine com­pe­ti­tion and a raf­fle, along with a main arena for in­ter­est­ing cars to be un­veiled and dis­cussed.

Amongst th­ese were Stew­art Dixon’s in­cred­i­ble box-fresh Mini­van, which boasts a Yamaha R1 mo­tor un­der the bonnet and a host of cus­tom tweaks, mak­ing it a real show-stop­per. We were also de­lighted to see Chris Slade’s fear­some Qu­at­tro Mini, which with 858bhp on tap, is surely one of the most ex­treme Mi­nis any­where in the world. it uses a fi­bre­glass Monte Carlo wide­body from Z Cars, with a be­spoke tubu­lar frame and a mod­i­fied Audi A3 four-wheel-drive setup to suit the car’s shorter wheel­base

Next year’s event will take place the week­end be­fore the Mini 60 cel­e­bra­tions held as part of the In­ter­na­tional Mini Meet­ing in Bris­tol. See www.utmm.co.uk for more info.

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