Celebrating 60 years of Mini, held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon near Oxford on Sunday 4th of August 2019.
The Metro & Mini show was a one day event and had probably over 1000 Minis attending. It had display areas, and parking for visiting minis as well as entry to the Museum. I arrived in the rear car park for non minis, next to the Jaguar test track.
Entering the show my first port of call was the Cooper Register tent, as I belong to the UK Cooper Register. The stand had pride of place near the entrance to the Museum. Talking to one of the register members, he said he had read about me in the Cooper World magazine and made quite a fuss over me by introducing me to the club officials. A 1963 Monte Carlo Cooper was on the club stand as well as a Downton Cooper S , and a cut down 6 cylinder jag engined Mini and a rare MK III Cooper S with a sunroof. An absolutely magnificent display of club members Minis .
A stand next to us was the 59 Register which had a display of 30 or so 1959 Minis . Next to them were the woody vans, Then a group of Metros. Opposite them were a group of kit cars including a Unipower Mini in the central pride of place by the main vehicle entrance to the show. Beside the Unipower were the show and shine cars, including a very well restored red and black 1071 Austin Cooper S.
The Action Arena was between the show Minis and the Cooper Register display. This is were the Italian Job stunt drivers performed. The police chasing the three Coopers, then they chased the bus, and then the stunt driver weaved a Moke between them and did a lap in a Mini up on two wheels
All to soon the fine and sunny day was over, and I was off to the nearby Malt Shovel Inn, for a pub meal and local beer, need I say more.
Oxford Mini Factory Tour tomorrow, and then head off along the M4 towards Bristol For the International Mini Meet the next weekend.