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This free meeting for classic Minis, and all derivatives, in the North of the Province of Antwerp (Belgium) will take place on 6 July. There will be traders, rocker cover racing, a car boot sale, show ‘n’ shine, bouncy castle, food and drink stands and much more. See www.parkyourmini.be or check it out on Facebook.
Brighton Mini Club’s annual show for all types of classic or modified cars and bikes will be held at Adur Recreation Ground, Shoreham by Sea, on 20 July. Events include a raffle, tombola, show ‘n’ shine, ‘weirdest object in your boot’ competition and much more. All proceeds to The Chestnut Tree House Charity. Last year the event raised in excess of £3200. See www.brightonminiclub.co.uk
With vast areas of the UK suffering from terrible weather, and the wettest January since records began over 100 years ago, Mini owners have had to be very resourceful. Brendan Crowley was due to take his 1071cc 1964 Mini Cooper S bodyshell to the bodyshop for restoration on 9 January but his home in Deerhurst, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, was completely cut off by floodwater. To avoid any delay in the restoration project, the bodyshell was transported by boat for 400m across the floods adjacent to the River Severn.
Those who feel that there are not enough Mini shows in the North of England are in for a treat, as Carole Nash Insurance has announced a free Mini show to be held on Easter Monday, 21 April, called the Carole Nash Mini 55 Birthday Bash. The show, at Gawsworth Hall in Macclesfield, will start at 11am and run until 4pm, with trade stands, access to the house and grounds as well as fun competitions. It will be free to everyone who pre-registers and takes their confirmation email with them to show at the entrance. Club applications are welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact telephone number if you’d like to go. Find out more about the venue at: www.gawsworthhall.com.
Police are appealing for information after Mini Sport of Padiham, Lancashire, was burgled and up to £100,000 worth of specialist parts and accessories, including an MPi Mini Cooper, were stolen. The burglary took place overnight between Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January. Once inside, the off enders carried out a search of the entire warehouse, targeting certain rooms and even drawers. The stolen property includes a W-reg green Rover Mini Cooper, engine parts, cash, clothing and memorabilia.
PC Chris Hutchinson of Lancashire Police said: “This is a high-value burglary that has left the company distraught. The warehouse building is down a quiet residential road on the outskirts of town and I believe the off enders have used at least one vehicle as lots of heavy and bulky tools and equipment has been taken. This was clearly a carefully planned burglary in which the shop has literally been emptied of almost all stock and this crime will have taken a long time to commit. I would urge anybody that recognises the persons or the vehicle involved, or saw anything suspicious that could assist with this investigation, to contact me on +44 (0)1282 472120.”
Congratulations to MiniWorld’s rally team of Alastair Vines and Willy Cave on their outstanding performance in the 2014 Monte Carlo Historic, finishing as top Mini and achieving a class win, as well as being the top placed British team. A total of 22 Minis took part, out of a field of around 300 entrants. All but four of the Minis finished the gruelling event. Their success is a fitting tribute to the power of the Mini in the 50th anniversary year of the Mini’s first win in the Monte Carlo Rally, with 33 EJB, in the capable hands of Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon. Well done guys!
Nowadays, all new and used cars must go through rigorous testing before making it onto the market, and receive the seal of approval from numerous government and external bodies before they can be sold.
But recent crash testing of some of some of India's most popular cars has revealed a high risk of life-threatening injuries in collisions, uncovering a shocking inattention to safety laws in the Indian car manufacturing industry as reported by BBC News.
The models selected for assessment by Global NCAP, an independent charity that provides financial and technical assistance to car manufacturers worldwide, included India's top selling car, the Suzuki-Maruti Alto 800, as well as the Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Polo.
Easter Monday, 21 April, will see the annual Surrey Hills Mini Group run. Starting at The Royal Oak Pub, Aldershot Road, Pirbright, it will take in 75 miles of the fi nest Surrey countryside. Only £5 per car. See www.shmg.co.uk or e-mail: email@example.com
A new event for the Mini calendar will be Spring Into Minis on Sunday 27 April, at Ferndown Leisure Centre, Dorset. Open to all Minis, old and new, entry is just £2 on the gate. Reserved club stand space is available with trade stands, fast-paced auction, raffle, competitions and a photo opportunity with The Stig. Gates open at 10am and the show will close from 4pm. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Care. See www.springintominis.co.uk or the SpringIntoMinis Facebook page.