Mini fans’ 2017 sea­son-starter at­tracts a big turnout on the North Wales coast

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - OUT & ABOUT - David Simister

Mini devo­tees got 2017 off to a great start with this run from Mersey­side to the North Wales coast, with more than 180 clas­sics tak­ing part.

The cars tak­ing part in the 55mile dash from Brom­bor­ough on the Wir­ral to the pic­turesque Vic­to­rian re­sort of Llan­dudno – via a stop at Rhos-on- Sea to meet up with mem­bers of Wales’ Mini clubs – in­cluded Coop­ers, Ri­ley Elfs, pick­ups, vans, Club­mans and a cou­ple of Met­ros. Event or­gan­iser Wir­ral Minis hailed this year’s run as be­ing notably bet­ter-at­tended than 2016’s out­ing, helped by the foggy but warm con­di­tions in North Wales.

Club chair­man Mark Stew­ard says that he was de­lighted by the turnout from Mini own­ers, in­clud­ing one for whom this year’s event will be par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable. ‘It’s def­i­nitely busier than it’s been in pre­vi­ous years and we’ve had some great cars com­ing along, in­clud­ing one whose owner pro­posed to her other half by writ­ing, “Will you marry me?” on her wind­screen at the top of the Great Orme. We couldn’t let the Minis travel down to Llan­dudno in con­voy un­til we had found out the an­swer – luck­ily, he said yes!’

Mini own­ers who praised this year’s event in­cluded David Dow­ley, who took part in his 1979 Mini 850. He says: ‘It’s a re­ally good event – it’s an ideal op­por­tu­nity to get all the Minis out and blow the cob­webs away after Christ­mas. It’s my sec­ond time on the run, and it’s def­i­nitely a lot busier this year than when I took my car along last year.’

3 2 1 One of the old­est cars tak­ing part was Jill and Tony Haslam’s 1964 Ri­ley Elf MkII, first reg­is­tered in Som­er­set where lo­cal au­thor­i­ties wanted to lose pre-suf­fix regis­tra­tion num­bers. Leanne Tay­lor and Alan Gavin from Wi­gan brought their daugh­ter Isla to Llan­dudno in their 1990 Mini, which orig­i­nally left the fac­tory painted Bri­tish Rac­ing Green. Matthew Cobb and Jane Wor­thing­ton, from Bas­ingstoke, brought along ‘Willy’, a 2000 Mini Cooper, which has just emerged from two years of me­chan­i­cal fet­tling.

This 1980 Mini pickup was one of more than 180 clas­sics that made their way down to the Great Orme for the run’s fi­nale on Llan­dudno’s seafront.

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