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We were very sad to hear of the passing of Graham McConnell, the restorer who made such a brilliant job of recreating Paddy Hopkirk’s Monte Carlo-winning Cooper S, 33 EJB, that was used in the recent anniversary celebrations in Belfast. Sadly Graham was not well enough to be at the events to see the crowd’s appreciation of his handiwork. Paddy commented on the Paddy Hopkirk Gala Facebook page: “Graham mentioned to me that with his terminal illness, he would like me to have the car when he had departed. That offer will stay with me for ever and 33 EJB will now be let out for shows in return for Charity donations.” Condolences to Graham’s family and friends.
The weekend of 10-11 May will see the Mini Racing Festival at Brands Hatch. This year SU Carburettors is sponsoring the Anglo-French Battle, which is organised by Swiftune Engineering, and is one of the highlights of the event with entrants from both countries (and beyond) vying for top spot in pre-66 FIA Appendix K Minis. It should be a great weekend of Mini racing. A second Mini Festival is also being held at Oulton Park on 12 July. See www.mini-festival.co.uk
It’s still not too late to register for free tickets for the Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire, Mini 55 Extravaganza on Easter Monday, 21 April. Organised by specialist insurance broker, Carole Nash, it will be a fun-filled family event including a Spark Plug Challenge with a chance to win a 1978 Triumph Spitfire. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the kids. See http://cherished.carolenash.com/gawsworth-hall-form.aspx
There are some big changes happening to the MiniWorld Riviera Run in Cornwall for 2014. The holiday park hosting the event has been taken over and renamed Newquay View. The new owners, Peter Bull Resorts Ltd., formerly owned Park Holidays UK and are investing a massive amount of money in a make-over for what was Trevelgue.
In the camping/touring area the toilets, showers and washrooms have been maintained and improved, and electrical hook-ups improved. Twenty-five static caravans are being replaced and the rest have been deep cleaned and maintained, replacing carpets, blinds and inventory items where necessary. The clubhouse, renamed ‘The Venue Club’ has been completely refurbished, as has the café, which now offers a better service and range of meals, takeaway and pizza delivery options. Breakfasts are available in the ‘Shake ‘n’ Shack’ bar at the top of the park. There is a new amusement arcade. The shop will have an improved range of groceries and camping equipment spares. There is a new children’s playground. The reception area now includes toilets and has also been refurbished. Misted glass in the indoor swimming pool building has also been replaced.
Brighton Mini Club’s annual show is for all types of classic or modified cars and bikes, with the main emphasis on Minis. It is held at Adur Recreation Ground, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5LT. There is plenty going on throughout the day including a raffle, tombola, show ‘n’ shine, ‘weirdest object in your boot’ competition and much more. Last year the show raised over £3,200 for Chestnut Tree House charity. See www.brightonminiclub.co.uk for details.
Caption: Brighton Mini Club, hosts of Minis on the Rec’
Photo: Scott Payne Photography.
The British Mini Union is based in West Oxfordshire and was established in December 2012. With an emphasis on fun and participation rather than nuts and bolts, their trademark is flying oversize Union Flags, as well as those of several other nations. They would love to hear from anyone, nationwide, who would love to join them. They plan to attend all the major national shows with club stands through the year. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check them out on Facebook www.facebook/britishminiunion) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/miniunion )
The Mini Cooper Register will be retracing part of the route taken by Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally during the 2014 Minis To Monte event from 27 September to 3 October. The 2,250km tour will cover many of the classic French Roads used in the event. It is 10 years since the MCR ran its first Minis to Monte event which has become so popular that the 2014 event has already sold out. However there is a waiting list. See www.minicooper.org for more details.
Blurb has been announced as the headliners of the Mini In The Park Saturday night pre-show party. Blurb is the UK’s number one Blur tribute, performing their greatest hits live including Country House, Coffee & TV, Song 2, Girls And Boys plus, of course, Parklife. The Kaiser Thiefs, will also be playing.
Mini In The Park takes place on Sunday 10 August at Santa Pod Raceway. Those arriving Saturday can enjoy the pre-show party night and camping for an additional £5 each in advance (or £10 each on the gates). Revellers can also brave the mighty Santa Pod funfair. MITP tickets are £10 in advance from www.minishow.co.uk or £15 on the gates, plus accompanied under 14s are free.
This year’s Berwick Classic Rally will be held on the weekend of the 3-4 May. Crews will tackle two regularities and four tests in a 60-mile route starting in Berwick upon Tweed. On the Sunday they will head north into Berwickshire and East Lothian, for some challenging tests and a couple of regularities, before finishing at Whitekirk Golf and Country Club. In the historic event there are classes for cars built up to the end of 1985 and a Targa class for more modern vehicles which comply with road rally regulations. No competition licences are required. Contact Stuart Bankier on +44 (0)1289 382025 or email: email@example.com
Moles Mini Club has announced the date of its annual Moonraker Run. The popular event in Wiltshire will return on Saturday 26 April. Leaving for the Hope Nature Centre in Trowbridge, the run will head up towards Marlborough before rounding off with some fish and chips. The day’s fun finishes with games at the Bustard Club. Sunday 27 April starts with breakfast at The Greyhound, Bromham. The day’s route finishes at the Atwell Wilson Motor Museum, near Calne. This year the run will be raising money for the Hope Nature Centre in Southwick which helps young adults with learning difficulties in the West Wiltshire area. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The MiniWorld team is looking forward to the 2014 MiniWorld Riviera Run which happens 2-5 May.
There will be some changes to the event this year as Trevelgue holiday Park has new management and has been renamed Newquay View!
Also the Saturday run from Reading to Newquay will no longer happen as fewer people have been joining it over the last few years due to people being able to book into their caravans on the Friday so that they can make the most of being in Newquay. But run plaques for your Minis will be available as always on arrival at Newquay View so that they can wear them for the Sunday Cruise.