Up for an early start on a bright sunny day! Great stuff as this is my favourite show. I drove straight past the meeting place at Placemakers - nothing a quick u turn can’t sort out (way too early for a handbrake turn).
After a quick hello everyone gathered around Pete’s grey 850 which no one had seen yet. We soon figured out there were more horses than an 850 under the hood. A beautiful MED imported 1275 engine with all the fruity bits, and the car was sitting on a set of Rose petal 10” wheels. Very Nice!
Soon it was time to follow the leader to enter the show, and somehow I was given the task of being the leader. Unfortunately Jim’s 8 port Cooper decided it was not playing ball and threw a valve seat into the combustion chamber, which could be heard from those behind. All hopefully repairable.
Once in the park we eventually found our spot and parked up. Steve brought the Mini Club tent (amazing what fits in a Porsche). Thanks Steve, hopefully he will have a running Mini soon. Robbie and his boys rolled in, in two Elf’s and the super charged Mini. We all checked out their newly finished and very cool race styled Elf.
While everyone lined the cars up in old school fashion Nic and Richard decided our parking skills were crap (I had to agree), so Captain Richard rearranged the cars which turned out great! Well done Richard!
While moving his car Richard once again had his front spoiler fall off. Instantly one of Rupert’s occupants helped by moving it into the nearest wheelie bin. And yes the spoiler got bolted back on again.
We ended up with a good range of Minis on display including a nice blue 1275GT and a very original light blue 1981 Leyland round nose, and Phil with his Mini on the promotional stand.
The paparazzi showed up to take photos of our rock stars (Jo & Richard), to feature on none other than the front page of the Eastern Courier.
We were visited by an English couple who owned a very rare Mini Cooper 1071 back in the UK. They had won best in show with the 1071 at Cooper day Beaulieu, and showed us a few photos. They were very happy to look at Graham’s stunning 1275 Cooper S :-)
They had an interesting story about how at one of the shows in UK someone had taken photos of their car, log books etc and had cloned their 1071 S, and they had a notice arrive in the mail saying they had sold their car, which of course they hadn’t. So they now have to go through the process to prove they still own it! Unreal ....
Oh did I forget to mention Richard also lost his petrol cap key! and had no petrol! Many hands make light work and off it came :-)
All in all a perfect day.