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MiniGirl Photography and the ‘Stop the Clot’ Mini Run organisers are once raising funds for Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity. Many of you will have seen their 2014 calendars with Mini girls posing with various Mini parts and not a lot else! This year the girls are doing it again, but this time the lads are getting a chance to strip their cars and themselves down for a cheeky way to raise funds with the 2015 calendar. For this, their third calendar, they are inviting whole clubs to do shoots, and there will be a Super hero theme to add to the fun factor. Vanilla Classics, a classic car rental company, is hosting some of the shoots, providing a fantastic backdrop for the pictures. To find out more and get involved, or to sponsor, buy or sell the calendars, see www.minigirl.co.uk.
Mini Invaders is a club based in an area blessed with some great Mini roads, but their run around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside on 25 May concentrated on finding some lovely little villages that have appeared in films and TV shows. Starting at a regular meeting place, the H Café, they visited Islip, where The Swan pub and river bridge were used for Midsomer Murders; Garsington, which appeared in the 2006 film Amazing Grace; Dorchester on Thames, which has appeared in Midsomer Murders as well as Poirot; Ewelme, for a church shown in Les Miserables. They travelled past Stonor Park, which featured in James Bond The Living Daylights and Danny the Champion of the World; Henley, another Midsomer Murders set; Hambleden which appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Witches, Sleepy Hollow, Nanny McPhee Returns and Poirot. Turville is another popular location featuring strongly in The Vicar of Dibley, as well as Goodnight Mr Tom, Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Miss Marple, Day of the Triffids (2009 BBC remake) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. After a pub stop at The Lamb, for a well earned rest, they continued on to Little Milton, featured in Midsomer Murders, and Horton Cum Studley, which featured way back in 1966 in the film Man for all Seasons. The day finished with some delicious British teatime treats: cream teas and cheesecake.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Mylchreest, motoring pioneer from the Isle of Man, at the age of 97, on 16 June. For many years Brian held the BMC/Leyland/Rover dealership on the Island, a business that is still going strong today in the hands of his son, David. Brian was an early supporter of the Mini, using Abingdon-converted 850cc Minis as the ‘Roads Open’ cars for the famous TT races, running a hire fleet of around 100 Minis and encouraging and supporting a team of Manx Mini rally drivers and independents on the Isle of Man. Just two years ago we were lucky enough to interview Brian for MiniWorld, see our September 2013 issue.
Hillclimb Minis of the Downton Engineering Works Social Club will be at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb for the 11th round of the DEWS Speed Championship, 19-20 July. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of DEWS, the 55th year of the Mini in competition and the fi rst outing of the highly competitive DEWS Minis in their own speed series at Gurston, up to 20 DEWS contenders will be racing against the clock at this special venue. With the Championship almost half way through you can expect some close competition over the weekend. DEWS will have a special display of 20 Mini derivatives, a Mini-only parking area at the venue, and discounted admission with a free programme per car for DEWS and MCR members showing their 2014 club membership card on arrival. Overnight camping is available, with facilities. If you want your car to be part of the special display at Gurston, or would like to join the club, see: www.dewsc.org.uk
Bookings are now being taken for the MiniWorld Riviera Run in Newquay over the early May bank holiday weekend, 1-4 May 2015. If you want to book a caravan call +44 (0)1637 851851 as soon as possible, as they will probably be snapped up quickly. Mini owners at the 2014 event were impressed by the improvements to the site and caravans, now renamed Newquay View Resort following its takeover by new management, who promise more improvements and attractions next year. There is now an ‘official’ MiniWorld Riviera Run Facebook page where we will be keeping fans up to date with developments, so please ‘like’ it and share with Mini friends.
Due to popular demand, Mike Cooper, son of the late John Cooper, has relaunched a range of Classic Mini accessories, under the Cooper Car Company name, along the lines of those previously sold by John Cooper Garages. The products were previously available from John Cooper Garages until the Cooper family began to concentrate on tuning kits and accessories for New Mini Cooper and S. The relaunch of the range was a collaboration between Mike and Mini Sport, which has manufactured much of the new range at their premises in Padiham, Lancashire.
The extensive range already includes accessories and Cooper S conversion kits and it is likely that new products will be added in the near future. Many of the items are similar to those originally sold by Cooper but with a slight twist so as not to upset collectors of the original parts. The products will be available from a number of Mini suppliers and all traders are welcome to stock the items which will come in hologrammed packaging to prove authenticity.
The Mini Fun Club Belgium was born 15 years ago, during the celebrations for Mini@40 at Silverstone, and is now the oldest active Mini Club in Flanders. The club’s dream is to organise the IMM in Belgium for the first time. The Fun Club has organised tours and treasure hunts like the Mini Fun Run, Mini’s Day Out, Ijsbollenrit, Maneblussersrun, Nacht der Kempen, Mollenrit and even a Just for Fun event, with each tour in a different part of Belgium. The one-day Park Your Mini event takes place on the first Sunday of July, with visitors coming from the Netherlands and Germany as well as Belgium.
They plan to hold the IMM at Kristalpark Balendijk in Lommel, a 25 hectare [62 acre] flat area surrounded by plenty of land. They’d like to stick to IMM tradition by organising plenty of fun, partying and food, not to mention the famous Belgian beer, of which they are so proud. Voting will take place at the President’s Meeting at the IMM in Kent in August this year so, if you fancy attending the first ever Belgian IMM, make sure you tell your club’s President how you would like them to vote.
Chris Rogerson was given this Mini as a wedding present by his brother-in- law and sister. It was trailered into the paddock 15 years ago when it got too bad to pass the MOT. Luckily, the trailer has prevented trees from growing through it. Chris has alreay started working on the Mini.
Rally icons Rauno Aaltonen and the Mini Cooper S will be driving on the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Forest Rally Stage, June 26-29, as the early days of stage rallying will be celebrated. The flying Finn, who famously won the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini, will get behind the wheel of the ex-Works Cooper S, in which he finished seventh on the 1964 Monte, on each day of the event at Goodwood.
Rauno won the European Rally Championship in 1965 to follow up a pair of domestic titles, and further fed his addiction to winning in circuit racing, taking victory at the 1966 Bathurst 500 in another Mini. He remains the only Finn to have won the gruelling event. He will be backed-up on the gravel rally stage by another Cooper S, 8 EMO, owned by celebrity chef James Martin and formerly campaigned by Paddy Hopkirk.
The East Coast Mini Club held its Easter Run on Easter Monday with Je kunt ook kiezen voor Krijco casino de-beste-online-casinos.info Eemland, hier mag je ook binnen vanaf 21 jaar en dit kan op maandag tot en met zaterdag van 09. 136 Minis, old and new, enjoying a fantastic run to the coast, taking in the best roads rural Suffolk has to off er. The final amount raised for EACH (East Anglian Children's Hospices) now stands at £3037. The run will be back next year, hoping to beat this year’s number of Minis and the total raised. See www.eastcoastminiclub.co.uk for more information.