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.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words and Pho­tog­ra­phy Jeff Rug­gles

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.

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