Many people regard Brooklands Mini Day as the first big outdoor show of the year. Once again, this year saw over 1,000 Minis on display from 1959 right up to the brand new 2014 hatch coded as the F56.
Once again, I had a spot on The Portsmouth and Southampton Mini Owners Club stand and this time I had brought along both of my Minis to display. My daily driver; Stripes the Indi Blue R50 along with WinnieP my 95 Sprite. At this point I would like to thank the P&SMOC for being an awesome bunch and putting up with me parking up, cleaning and then disappearing for hours! I do feel a little guilty sometimes!
With each show I tend to wonder around an area to ‘warm up’; that makes me sound like I think I am a Formula 1 car, but others make just say a complete nutter! I would agree with the latter as I then plan out a route to ensure I capture as many as possible and in an organised manner.
As I wondered around the show in my strange planned fashion, I encountered a number of familiar faces along with some who I can now put to a name. I am ever so grateful to those people who do take the time to pop over and say hello to me as I just makes my day even better.
One familiar face was Mary Saunders who invited me to sit in an F56 Cooper S that she had on loan from Vines Guildford MINI for the event. She even snapped a shot of me in the drivers seat! I’d already seen the F56 a number of times and I’m still adjusting to the new look but it is growing on me the more I see it. Despite being one of the first people to clap their eyes on one back in November, I still have not had the privilege of driving one and I’m desperate to give it a go as I’ve only heard great words about how it feels.
Tom Roy contacted me before the event and invited me to check out his pride and joy which would be on the East Coast Mini Club stand. His MINI has a great selection of track stickers – similar to another MINI I know (my Stripes) along with plenty of other interesting decals which help make his stand out and invite people to take a closer look.
Near by to their stand, I fell in love with two Classic Mini’s which were getting a lot of attention as they were immaculate and had some documents on display in the window.
This Mark / Morris Minor which looked as if it had just stepped out a showroom is owned by Carl George. It’s was certainly capturing a lot of attention, in particularly eye catching was the invoice for the vehicle that was laying in the across the rear window. I loved the fact that he had taken the time to leave this on display as it really did get everyone talking and make us all realise what a fantastic history the Mini has.
This Austin Cooper S Speedwell close by was a beauty inside and out.
I could go on and on about various other Minis that caught my eye and the people that I encountered but to finish, I’d just like to say on behalf of everybody that attended, a huge thank you to all the organisers for putting on this show every year. This is one of my personal favourites to attend as it is a fantastic location for holding a Mini show due to its history and especially for photographing Minis as the background and scenery is so interesting.
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