Mini Day 2015 - HUGE success!

09 April 2015

Despite the grey and drizzly forecast for the event, over 800 vehicles and 3,300 visitors ventured out for the annual Mini Day on Sunday 29th March. Representation from all the denominations was exceptional including some extremely tidy original Issigonis models. The Mini Cooper Register made their presence known on the lawn to the side of the shop while early incarnations such as the Elf and Hornet lined the outer Paddock.

Trade stalls filled the race bays and spilled out onto the Campbell Lawn offering visitors everything from spare steering wheels, trim, books and DVDs to model kits, stickers and seats. New for this year was the Autotest which operated all day in the pen on the hard standing opposite the bays. This involved a set course through cones with stops, starts and reverses, all against the clock and marshalled by the Southern Car Club. Entrants could take part in their own car or watch some of the demonstrations by the team in their modified cars. In the afternoon, ascents up Test Hill kept the crowds happy despite the rain.

Clubs came from far and wide too: from the local area we welcomed Box Hill Mini Club, the Surrey Hills Mini Club and the Modified Mini Owners from Fetcham; other participating clubs included Errrmmm Mini with eight cars from Loughton, Yorkshire Underground Mini with six cars all the way from Doncaster and Chichester Mini Club arrived with a contingent of fifteen.

British Leyland models, the modern BMW Mini, the Marcos, Scamp and the Moke all showed their support this year which was reflected in the prize winners and categories judged by Karen Drury from MiniWorld Magazine and Allan Winn. The categories and winners were as follows:

  • Best Issigonis Mini went to Desmond Lavery for his red and white classic
  • Best BMW Mini went to Richard Davies for his dark grey and black model
  • Best Custom went to Jonathan Faulkner for his bumperless, low slung sleek machine in light blue
  • Best in Show went to Malcolm Anderson for his immaculate dark green English Moke