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The weekend of 28-29 June saw a great display of motorsport at the Midsummer Speedfest at the Prescott Hill Climb. Three Minis took part, two of which are also competitors in the DEWS Speed Championship. Thanks to Cliff Porter for the photo.
This two-day event, over the weekend of 28-29 June, was blessed with great weather. The Saturday Mini run was followed by an evening barbecue and camping, with around 112 Minis turning out for the Sunday show. Thanks to Jon Alexander for the photo.
We were sad to hear that Darrell Cripps, of DC Minis in Potters Bar, a member of London and Surrey Mini Owners Club, passed away on 13 May. Darrell was well known for the dragster Mini he called ‘the Shed’, a quarter mile drag Mini that he raced at Santa Pod Raceway and Avon Park Raceway. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the preparation of the Shed and many an hour was spent with his brother Terry, and friends, preparing for the big races. Shed the 3rd went on to nearly beat the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive Mini in the World, missing it by just 3/10ths of a second.
Darrell became a very successful car workshop owner. He was a perfectionist who was well respected, a friendly, nice guy who was always very accommodating. In excess of 400 people attended his funeral. He will be missed dearly, especially by his wife Claire, children Dayna, Ava and Riley, his parents and his brother Terry. DC Minis has now closed.
Author Jeroen Booij has just published his second excellent book on Mini derivatives, including kit cars and custom builds. With so many coming out of the woodwork he reckons there might be room for another volume! The book is a good read with some interesting stories on some of the quirkiest creations out there.
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Building on the success of the Brands Hatch Mini Festival, the Oulton Park Mini Festival brought together Mini enthusiasts on and off of the track on Saturday 12 July. Pre-‘66 Minis, Mini Se7en racers and Mini Miglias took to the track, as well as the New MINI Challenge and Scottish Mini Cooper Championship.
Brighton Mini Club’s annual Minis on the Rec, on 20 July, saw a hot, humid day but, despite some thunder, the rain held off and there was a great turnout of cars. The show is not just aimed at Minis so a host of other great classic cars was also on display. Thanks to Mark Chadwick for the photo.
This year’s Mini in the Park raffle Mini is a 1988 Designer limited edition, complete with its Mary Quant striped interior. It has 53,000 miles on the clock and has been fully restored by www.mylittlemini.com. The prize includes £100 insurance discount courtesy of sponsors Performance Direct. Raffle tickets are £2.50 each.
This White 1968 Mk2 Austin Cooper, registration NDV 919G, was stolen from a car park at Ottery St Mary in Devon at around 11pm on Thursday 29 May and was subsequently found burnt out in Frome, Somerset on Saturday 31 May. Police would like to talk to anyone who may have seen it between those times. Call them on 101 or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 ref: CR/077172/14.
Newly formed Flintshire Minis had a turnout of five cars for its first run to Denbighshire and beyond on 1 June. From the club’s meeting place, in Halkyn, the run took them over the moors via the ominously named World’s End, through the forests and the single-track roads which surround the market town of Llangollen, and on to the Rhug Farm, just outside Corwen, for lunch. The afternoon run took them to local reservoir, Llyn Brenig, for a brief moment of relaxation, then on to the finishing point, on the beach at Pensarn, where they gathered the Minis together for a few photos and to take in the sea air. Thanks to Craig Bohan for the report and Gemma Schofield Gunn for photos.