MINI AD­VEN­TURE IN STAFFS

Cray­ford dis­play and Star Wars theme make this cel­e­bra­tion of all things BMC a hit

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

BIN­G­LEY HALL, STAFFORD­SHIRE, 31 JAN­UARY

More than 200 Minis, old and new, united for 2016’s first big in­door event held solely for these pop­u­lar cars. Around 4000 vis­i­tors made it to Bin­g­ley Hall, and a pic­nic-themed dis­play mark­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of open-air Wolse­ley Hor­nets was the un­doubted high­light.

The stand was put to­gether by the Cray­ford Con­vert­ible Car Club on its de­but ap­pear­ance at Mini Fair. It was used to high­light mem­bers’ ef­forts to track down sur­viv­ing cars, of which the club’s aware of 42 in all. It was joined by the Mini 7 Rac­ing Club, an­other club new to the event, which showed off eight cars that will com­pete in its one-make race se­ries.

While the bal­cony area ded­i­cated to Mini clubs from across the UK felt more sub­dued than last year, it was hard to fault the ef­forts of mem­bers who’d em­braced Mini Fair’s Star Wars theme. The Mid­lands Mini Club and Birm­ing­ham Mini Own­ers’ Club were ex­hibitors who dec­o­rated their clas­sics to tie in with the films.

The show man­aged to at­tract the usual se­lec­tion of hard-core Mini driv­ers, with peo­ple com­ing in from as far afield as Spain and the Nether­lands. The Euro­pean con­tin­gent hardily drove to Bin­g­ley Hall in their own Minis in chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions. For those who weren’t Mini’d up, there was more than a dozen for sale to choose from both in­side and out­side the halls. Spares were also well catered for in the event’s bustling au­to­jum­ble. David Simister

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