A BIG MINI ADVENTURE
Mini fans’ 2017 season-starter attracts a big turnout on the North Wales coast
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.