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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.
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.