Fans of Britain’s favorite small car came together to celebrate yet another iconic year for the brand among enthusiasts, at the equally well-known Santa Pod drag strip last weekend. One young fan, Jack Pemberton, certainly had a day to remember, after he drove away in a classic Mini Equinox, given away in a raffle by the show promoters and sponsors. The 1996 Mini Equinox is one of only 750 ever made, and has a distinctive ‘Moon and Stars’ interior theme.
The show also featured a Live Action Arena, with Jason Smyth – one of the UK’s leading quad bike and motorbike stunt riders – showcasing his best stunts. The stunt show included everything from motorbike stunts with wheelies and stoppies to quad stunts and 30ft mid-air jumps. The cherry on top was, without a doubt, the Mini-only ‘Run what Ya Brung’ event which saw the best of the quarter-milers on Santa Pod’s famous drag strip.
Furthermore, the new MITP ‘Pride of Ownership’ display, which is accessible to all owners of the British brand as it’s much more laid back than more traditional Show & Shine and concours events, saw plenty of people show off their timeless beauties. As well as the club and individual displays, the now traditional ‘Club Mini Push’ saw the Ipswich and Suffolk Mini Club beating off all comers, pushing a classic Mini around an obstacle course in the fastest possible time, and the mini ‘Bake-Off’ competition winner was Nichola Miles. The Best Club Display award went to the Mini Forum.
Throw in a thriving retail village, packed with Mini goodies, from the shiny to the oily, and the show was every Mini fan’s dream event. Yet again, then, Mini in the Park was the must-attend date in the calendar of every fan out there. Keep an eye on www.minishow.co.uk for more details if you want to take part in the biggest gathering of Mini owners in the world.