Miniworld Action Day has been running for 22 years and is well known as one of the best shows to end the show season with. For me, it is my favourite show of the year because of how many attend and the location is beautiful.
I arrived early in order to have time to clean up Stripes and was delighted to see a variety of Hot Air Balloons setting off from the centre of the famous circuit. It was such a beautiful sight especially with a few of the Minis arriving. I would have got a photo myself but I was too busy looking at them and removing the bugs from Stripes’ face, although Keith managed to get loads because he didn’t give RJ much of a clean up.
As I was just wondering around; ‘warming up’ for photographing, I came across Ali Mir putting on a helmet in order to head out onto the track. I rushed to get a passenger pass as he’s been saying for ages he needs to take me out.
Ready with my pass and helmet, I jumped in and we lined up ready to hit the track. The marshal checked our passes and then told me I couldn’t go out in shorts. I didn’t realise this as it was such a rush to get out there on his session. I didn’t want to miss this opportunity and so ran back to my sister and begged her to swap with me in a toilet! Finally, I was suitable to head out and what can I say? Ali was phenomenal. It’s just made me want a JCW even more though.
As I arrived before the majority of people, I didn’t receive the sheet that detailed what was going on and when. Therefore, I had to ask others when the parade lap was taking place which they told me was around mid day and I knew that last year it was well announced on the tanoy system anyway and so would be fully prepared.
Mid day was fast approaching and I hadn’t heard anything about the parade lap mentioned. I made sure I was back at Stripes in order to jump in and go when I saw everyone else moving off.
While I was waiting, I met with Dean Clayton and his parents who told me that they had noticed Stripes at various shows in the year but never saw who owned her. They complimented the condition that Stripes was in which made me extremely proud and pleased that getting there earlier and cleaning her up was indeed so worth it as she looked great and it gave me more time to get snapping. He told me that he owned a British Racing Green R50 and his Mum has a Pure Silver R50.
Eventually I saw some people leaving to take part in the parade lap and so jumped into Stripes hoping that this year I would get snapped. I was obviously later onto the circuit this year as I drove straight on. The parade lap itself this year felt different. Almost unorgranised. There were a lot of people doing what they wished, one minute it was two lanes and then three and then back to two again. It was extremely dangerous and it was one of the worst parade laps I have done with regards to how safe I felt. I’m hoping that next year it will have that structure back because yes it was nice to go quick in places but it was really difficult to know what people were up to because of the sudden changes to lane numbers.
Once we came off, one of the Dalek’s decided to spray me so I had to re clean Stripes to remove the water and the marks. I also had some trouble getting back onto the club stand which really should not have happened. This really did disappoint me. Although, once I was parked up I made a note to go and check for any snaps of Stripes from the photographers at the end of the day.
I briefly finally saw Robbie Kenning along with his superb pickup that I’ve photographed on more than one ocassion. He’d told me beforehand that he would be out on the track and in fact, when I saw him, he was just about to head out and so I made my way over to the circuit to snap some shots.
I also bumped into Richard Jackson a fair few times throughout the day and managed to watch him on the 3pm parade lap of which people had to pay to go out onto the track. I’d love to hear more information on this as it was new for this year but there didn’t seem to be much information about it. I believe this, combined with the fact there was a fee, is the reason for that lap lacking in numbers.
Something that I also noticed about this years MAD was the small number of Modern MINIs there, I believe that this was possibly due to the fact that the Big Mini Show that was on the very next day and the fact this is ran by Miniworld and will/should always be dominated by Classics.
To finish up, here are a few of my favourite shots from the day that I want to share. The first three shots I am extremely proud of as they are combined with the architecture of the buildings that accommodate the circuit.
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