The low­down on this Nether­lands-based event, in­clud­ing rocker cover rac­ing!

Af­ter a slow start in 2017, this year’s Brabantse Mini Club Dag event, in the Nether­lands, saw a turnout of 170 Minis.

Mini Magazine - - Contents - Words and Pho­tog­ra­phy Roald Rak­ers

The Bakelse Mini Club and Mini Club Bra­bant were re­spon­si­ble for this great event, with the help of Mini Seven Club Ned­er­land, which or­gan­ised the first ever Dutch rocker cover race!

Some great look­ing Minis ar­rived from early morn­ing, with some trav­el­ling all the way from Gronin­gen to at­tend — just a three-hour drive! As this is fam­ily event, there were no high-oc­tane races or slalom ac­tiv­i­ties, just the chance to chat with fel­low Mini en­thu­si­asts and ad­mire the Minis on show.

Mini fans made the trip from Bel­gium and Ger­many as well. An ABS Freestyle Mini-based buggy-type kit car was a par­tic­u­larly rare sight. And Owner Ivo Krul brought his rare Jiffy truck workhorse, which he’d just used for a hol­i­day!

There were plenty of trade stands with books, mod­els and lots of new and sec­ond-hand parts for sale, too.

The first Dutch Mini rocker cover race started at 1pm with eight rocker cov­ers lin­ing up with their well-pre­pared rac­ers. The races were fair and fun, and the fi­nal run was be­tween Bart and Roald. A tie af­ter two runs, meant that the third would be the de­cider. It ended with Bart fin­ish­ing first, Roald in sec­ond and Bel­gian con­tender Danny in third. The rocker cover race at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion, with many at­ten­dees buy­ing as many as six rocker cov­ers for rac­ers.

The event ended all too soon with a prize giv­ing and raf­fle bring­ing the day to a close.

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