Minis of all shapes and sizes came out to play at the Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb.
Minis come out to play at one of the scene’s coolest events.
Diversity is always a big part of the Retro Rides Gathering, but amongst the eclectic mix of various makes and models, you’ll always see Minis making a decent impact. This year’s event proved to be no exception, with plenty of great examples joining the fun at the historic Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb in Worcestershire on 17-19 August.
The main event took place on the Sunday, with the Run What Ya Brung hillclimb up the famous Shelsley Hill joined by traders, food stalls, invited guest cars, over 80 club stands and a special retro parking area. As a general rule the show area caters for pre-’95 cars, but all classic Minis are fair game. Essentially, anything goes as long as it’s old, with a strong emphasis on acceptance.
That generally means a whole variety of modified Minis come out to play. Hybrid engine transplants were a popular sight, with the K-Series creations of Will Giddings and Garry Wadey joined by Dan Barnes’ mental custom-bodied, Yamaha R1-powered creation. There were also a couple of VTEC stunners, including a very subtle Clubman, while several Mini Clubs were out in force too.
The relaxed atmosphere and big crowd, plus the smell of burning rubber from the paddocks and the sight of cars going up the famous hill, made this event another great success. What was especially notable was the age of attendees – a wide cross-section, with plenty of younger owners. And while we’re big fans of Mini-only shows, the chance to see cool Minis mixing it with a bunch of hotted-up contemporaries makes this event a real winner.
Believe it or not, this subtle Clubman conceals Honda VTEC power.