BROOK­LANDS MINI DAY

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

WEY­BRIDGE, SUR­REY, 3 APRIL

A freshly re­stored pick-up on its first out­ing in more than three years was a big clas­sic draw at an event where more than 950 Minis went on show.

Ray­mond Money’s 1980 model, which de­spite its stan­dard cos­met­ics is run­ning a 1293cc A-Plus en­gine and a com­pe­ti­tion clutch, was cho­sen as the Best Clas­sic Mini at this one-day gath­er­ing, which had a 39% in­crease in vis­i­tors com­pared to last year.

More than 30 clubs showed off their clas­sics, with high­lights in­clud­ing big turnouts from the Elf Hor­net Reg­is­ter, Mini Cooper Reg­is­ter and the South­ern Mini Club. The event’s 4,616 vis­i­tors could not only look at Minis dot­ted around the mu­seum’s vin­tage air­craft dis­plays, but also see BMC’s baby in both stan­dard and mod­i­fied form tak­ing on BMW-era cars in at­tempts to get up the site’s gru­elling Test Hill.

Brook­lands di­rec­tor Alan Winn says he’s de­lighted by what was the big­gest turnout for the event in three years. ‘I’m fas­ci­nated to see just how much work has gone into some of the Minis that have gone on show this year – it’s a mea­sure of just how much the Mini has gone be­yond be­ing cheap trans­port for the en­thu­si­ast and is now a car peo­ple are spend­ing real time and money on,’ Alan com­ments.

‘It’s very re­as­sur­ing to see that so many peo­ple are in­vest­ing in keep­ing Minis go­ing and look­ing good, which means we should have plenty of Mini Days to look for­ward to here at Brook­lands in the fu­ture.’ David Simis­ter

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