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Words: Kevin Roberts: KBR Media. Photos: www.anyhowracing.co.uk (Simon Tickle).
The first year of the UK Autograss Championship saw Minis taking some top honours with no less than 19 Minis in the top four positions in Classes 1 to 7 in both the mens’ and ladies’ events. The mens’ Class 1 title was taken by Shropshire-based Kevin Hughes, followed closely in the overall standings by Andy Meacham racing for Radford Autograss Club and Matt Duffell flying the flag for Leicester Autograss Club. In the ladies’ championship, all four places were taken by Minis with the Worcestershire-based Rachel Dewhurst taking top honours, followed by Leewood Motor Club member Louise Clancy with Lisa Branston from the Leicester Autograss Club taking 3rd. The 4th spot went to the Melton Autograss Club car of Nicola Bettony. In Class 4 one car in each of the mens’ and ladies’ events made it into the top three, Mick Badman racing for the Invicta Kent Autograss Club and Nicola Bettony racing for Melton Autograss Club.
For more information on the series see the website at www.ukac.org.uk or visit the 'UK Autograss Championships' Facebook page.
Mark Axton rescued this Clubman Estate that had been stored in a garage in Croydon for 16 years. It had been offered to a local scrap merchant, who asked Mark if he could do anything with it before he took it away. Sadly the former owner was disabled after suffering two strokes. The Estate has an 1100cc automatic drivetrain and has never been welded, although it needs some work in the usual places. Anyone interested in taking it on as a project should ring Mark on +44 (0)7944 523687.
Bill Richards delighted Mini fans with his adrenaline filled hot laps at the MiniWorld Action Day at Castle Combe, raising an amazing total of £1,100 which was presented to the representatives of the RNLI at Littlestone Lifeboat Station. The fabulous Mini Spares 8-port track day car will now be in the queue for a complete refit and safety check ready for the next opportunity to give passengers a taste of real speed. Bill and the Mad Dog Team would like to thank those fans who came for a ride.
On 3 November 16 members of the Mini Clan gathered in fancy dress at Happendon Services on the M74. Due to the adverse weather conditions the day before no cars were decorated but that didn’t stop the fun as they headed out onto the open road to take in the splendid autumn colours and scenery. The lunchtime stop was at the Fat B's bakers shop, in Calcadzow, where the cakes and sausage rolls are big enough for two or three people to share. They then headed up to Craignethan Castle and on to Chatelherault where they dooked for apples and dipped a hand in the maggots and witches scabs bucket to find tricks or treats. Yuk!
Cambridge Mini Works is embarking on a Mini build project to raise funds for charity. A 1996 1.3i Mini Sprite, with 82,000 miles on the clock, will be raffled off in aid of Lewy Body Society. This is a charity close to the heart of Blake from Cambridge Mini Works. “Our mother was only 57 when she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease, a form of dementia. Seven years on, mum is now in a home. Our journey with this debilitating terminal illness has been both harrowing and shocking to experience. We wouldn't have got through it without the tremendous help and support we received from the NHS services and their amazing staff . Although it’s now too late for our mother, as she is in the later stages of the disease, we hope our charity raffle will raise much needed funds for The Lewy Body Society to continue their research and support to help other families dealing with this awful illness.”