MINI FES­TI­VAL 2018

We took an­other trip to Mini Fes­ti­val Brands Hatch over the Au­gust bank hol­i­day.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words and Pho­tog­ra­phy Roald Rak­ers

Brands Hatch plays host to the Mini Fe­si­val, in­clud­ing stalls, show cars and an ex­cit­ing week­end of rac­ing.

This year’s Mini Fes­ti­val had highs and lows. The trade stand area seems to be get­ting smaller ev­ery year, and with a sec­ond-hand parts trader and car deal­ers, I thought there wasn’t much to see this year.

An­other dis­ap­point­ment was the miss­ing pre-’66 rac­ers, as in my opin­ion, this is the best Mini rac­ing at Brands Hatch. Still, the other Mini rac­ing series did pro­vide spec­ta­tors with some spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing.

Satur­day morn­ing was qual­i­fy­ing time for all the series, with the rac­ing start­ing with the ‘All Com­ers Race’. An­other low? Kind of. Some beau­ti­fully-pre­pared Minis were en­tered in this race, in­clud­ing Chris Slade’s Mini Qu­at­tro, al­though he sadly had to with­draw his en­try shortly be­fore the event, leav­ing a mixed field of Minis and MINIs to take part. Nev­er­the­less, other high­lights in­cluded Bill Richards’ space frame Mini Club­man and Lee Jones with his Toy­ota-pow­ered space frame Mini. Lee had some prob­lems in qual­i­fy­ing with a bro­ken drive­shaft, with Bill Richards top­ping the qual­i­fy­ing for the Minis.

The Sev­ens and Miglias per­formed well in qual­i­fy­ing, with An­drew Deviny top­ping the Seven’s and Nick Pad­more fastest in the Miglias.

The races on Satur­day af­ter­noon were filled with lots of ac­tion. The Miglia race started with a big crash and sadly six cars could not restart. In fact, Martin Wa­ger’s car was wrecked and be­yond re­pair. Nick Pad­more was in a class of his own on Satur­day and won the race by a big mar­gin.

The All Com­ers race was spec­tac­u­lar to say at least. Al­though it was a mixed field of cars, the Minis gave the most ac­tion in the race. What you don’t want to see are ac­ci­dents, and there was a ma­jor one in this race! Lee Jones’ Toy­ota-pow­ered car suf­fered a lack of power go­ing up­hill to Druids and the storm­ing field of front run­ners didn’t see him! The re­sult was that the first cars swerved left and right of Lee’s car, but un­for­tu­nately Bill Richards took the mid­dle rac­ing line and there was no way he could avoid it. The re­sult­ing big crash saw both cars col­lid­ing into the bar­ri­ers with Lee’s car in flames. Thank­fully, he man­aged to get out of his burn­ing car quickly. Bill Richards wasn’t quite so lucky, but thank­fully the fire was soon un­der con­trol and both driv­ers es­caped un­harmed.

WET RAC­ING

The Mini7 race was a to­tally dif­fer­ent story, but what tyres to choose for the race? As just min­utes be­fore the start, the rain came down! Some stuck with drys, while oth­ers plumped for wets. The best choice? Well, Spencer Wanstall chose wets and cel­e­brated his maiden win. A great ef­fort and a lot of hard work.

On Sun­day, the weather looked good to start with. How­ever, the rain was pour­ing down again dur­ing the Miglia race. Again, Nick Pad­more showed he was the man to beat at Brands this year. De­spite a big fight with Lee Dee­gan, Nick crossed the line just 0.127-sec­onds in front of Lee!

The Mini7 race was once again a dif­fer­ent story. Af­ter a big crash at Thrux­ton, Daniel Budd had a brand new Mini7 racer, that was only fin­ished just be­fore the fes­ti­val. New car or not, this proved no prob­lem, with him win­ning on a wet track in his new car!

A very wet Mini7 race took place on the Sun­day. Nick Pad­more pre­par­ing for tri­umph. Pad­more and Dee­gan fight­ing it out.

It’s get­ting crowded! Close rac­ing made for an ex­cit­ing watch. Sec­ond-hand parts for sale.

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