Nearly 100 clubs de­scended on Cas­tle Combe Cir­cuit for this an­nual event.

Ex­cep­tional weather drew own­ers and their Minis to the Wilt­shire race track for the an­nual Ac­tion Day, with plenty to do on and off the track.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words Mar­tyn Collins Pho­tog­ra­phy Cas­tle Combe

The 26th an­nual Mini Ac­tion Day took place in Septem­ber, once again at the Cas­tle Combe Cir­cuit. And all va­ri­eties of Mini could be seen in the vast static dis­play ar­eas of the cir­cuit, with 97 clubs ex­hibit­ing.

A par­tic­u­lar high­light was Mini Sport’s stand fea­tur­ing a Top 25 cars, in­clud­ing Rhos Jenk­ins’ 1000 Lim­ited Edi­tion (full fea­ture start­ing on P50), plus Mini rally leg­end Paddy Hop­kirk was on the stand to sign au­to­graphs and chat.

Given the venue, it would al­most have been rude not to get on the cir­cuit! And as usual, many own­ers took ad­van­tage of the fre­quent Mini-only pub­lic track ses­sions through­out the day. The track ac­tion was bro­ken up with the free club cruise at lunchtime, invit­ing all Minis out for the mother of all pa­rade laps!

If you didn’t fancy track ac­tion, you could also have a white-knuckle pas­sen­ger ride in ei­ther a Mighty Mini or Bill Richards’ pre­pared racer – both rais­ing money for Zoe’s Place and the RNLI char­i­ties.

This year also saw sev­eral new awards: Best Clas­sic Mini went to Gary Powell’s MkI Mor­ris Cooper S Swif­tune-built race car; the Mini Cooper Sport 500 Reg­is­ter won Clas­sic Mini Club; Best Small Club of the Show was given to Down­ton En­gi­neer­ing Works So­cial Club; Glouces­ter Minis won Best Large Club of the Show; and West Coun­try Minis took Best Over­all Club of the Show.

Mini Ac­tion Day will be back in 2019 - we’ll see you there!

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