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Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk is offering visitors to the Kop Hill Climb the opportunity to be his navigator when he takes on the Climb to raise funds for SKIDZ motor project for young people.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of his historic 1964 victory, the SKIDZ Patron is inviting visitors to the internationally recognised motoring event, which takes place 20-21 September, to submit their ‘best bid offers’ as part of a silent auction to join him in a replica of his winning 33EJB red Mini on a commemorative run.
Funds raised from the event will help SKIDZ continue its work giving disadvantaged and disaffected young people the chance to learn vehicle maintenance skills.
A Mini Beach Car has just been sold for £108,746 (including premium) in the Bonhams auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. The expected guide price for the car was between £40-50,000, so this result has amazed everyone and shows how the prices of rare Minis are increasing rapidly. This car was delivered new to BMC's agent, the late Mr Kjell Qvale, in San Francisco and has fewer than 12,000 miles on the clock. However, the car has several modifications, including the seats.
We were pleased to meet visitors from the Czech Republic Mini Fan Club at the IMM. They told us of their Naroze Mini event, which will take place from 26-28 September. It’s a Mini rally, with night and day stages, set around a friendly hotel in the Beskydy mountains. Check it out on their website at www.minifanclub.cz
The Kent Region of the Mini Cooper Register was back in the Calais Nord region once again for 2014. The Minis had two road runs using a tulip book, with a lunch stop in Le Touquet. The carefully planned routes took them through the villages of Wissant, Etaples, and Lefaux, to name a few. In Desvres they found the locals were, unexpectedly, holding a concert, which made for some interesting diversions and led to Minis heading in all directions with lots of locals smiling and waving at them.
A rare opportunity to buy a unique Mini has come up in Perth, Western Australia. In 1999 a small tuning company, based in Norfolk, trading under the historic ‘Downton’ name, converted five Rover Minis, with bespoke gear from the Stage 3 tuned engine to the superbly crafted interior. The price new was £16,995. The cars quickly sold, the last of them being acquired by an Australian collector who wanted his car to be unique and specified a long list of Mk1 Cooper S retro parts: Mk1 grille, bumpers, tail lights, instruments, Cooper-style seats, rare Les Leston steering wheel and 10-inch Rose Petal wheels. The 1310cc MPi engine produces a claimed 91bhp with twin-point injection, front-mounted radiator and oil cooler.
The Mini was air-freighted to Australia on completion but has never been road-registered and still only has delivery miles on the odometer. It has always been dry-stored in a private collection but is now up for sale. Price is available on request but factor in transportation costs. Contact Wilf Chambers from British Classic Car Sales, in Perth, WA, by email: email@example.com or phone (international) +61 8 9204 1188 or +61 418 912 688.
Mike and Rhonnie Guido, members of Classic Minis United in the USA, were in the UK for the IMM and spent some time touring around while they were here. Thanks to Dee Weymouth for sending us these photos of them at Fremington Quay and Appledore with members of the North Devon Mini Register. Mike is a professional clown, known as the world's fastest clown!
The 2014 International Mini Meeting in Kent was an outstanding success. Southern Mini Owners Club put on a spectacular event, in a great location, and even managed to produce great weather. Around 4000 Minis are thought to have attended, with 5000 people attending the whole event and another 3000 day visitors on the Sunday. Many congratulations to SMOC. See our full show review on pages 88-93.
2015 IMM in Lithuania
Tickets are now being sold for the 2015 International Mini Meeting, to be hosted in Lithuania. It will be held on an island in Lake Zarasas, in Zarasai in the North East of Lithuania, 21-25 May 2015. Mini People Lithuania were out in force in Kent, publicising their event and selling Early Bird tickets. As is now normal practice, tickets are available at a reduced price for a limited period to encourage early bookings and to give the organising clubs funds up-front with which to start arranging the event. The ticket cost, on a sliding scale, will rise to €80 as the event approaches. LMP has also arranged a 15 per cent discount on ferry crossings with DFDS.
The second round of the UK Autograss Championships at the newly set up Mendip Hills Raceway was a great weekend for Nicola Bettoney from the Melton club, who has stormed to the top of the UKAC/ZCars Mini League table. There are six drivers in joint second, with four wins each, driving modified Minis powered by various engines.
Weldability-Sif has opened a Virtual and Practical Welding Studio at Goole College as part of its ongoing strategy to encourage the development of new welder training facilities. Goole College is one of 16 colleges agreeing to provide training facilities funded by the Foundation Charity, which will be co-funding welder training facilities at colleges over the next five years. These new welder training centres will provide trainee welders with the opportunity to progress from the foundation level through to a passport to practice welding internationally, leading, in turn, towards higher welding industry qualifications including the Welding Institute, International Welding Diploma level.
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.