A weekend of Mini fun in beautiful Somerset didn’t disappoint.
Minis descend upon Somerset for a full weekend of car fun.
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.
Simon Demmery’s Speedwell Blue MkI.
West Country Minis’ Mini-based Scamp project.