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Favourite Kind Of Mini Run?

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#1 bpirie1000


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Posted 17 November 2023 - 07:37 AM

Right folks what is your favourite kind of mini event.

Having been involved with minis for several years I have been involved with numerous shows.

Just wondered what your favourite show/events are.

Are there any events that you would recommend trying out.

Road runs. Usually involve chips or ice cream.
Static shows.
Castle tours (joys of being in Scotland we have heaps.)
Camping events
Static shows.
Show's with auto jumble and traders?
Mix of mini and other cars shows?
Road navigational runs to various points
Treasure hunts with clues.
Scavenger hunts. (Collecting various random things-doing random tasks)

Looking to organise a few events for 2024.

Maybe even encourage minis further a field than normal to brave the North East of Scotland to attend..

All help great fully appreciated.
Thanks folks

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Posted 17 November 2023 - 11:38 AM

navigational runs. We do them at night which is even more difficult.

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Posted 17 November 2023 - 11:43 AM

Treasure hunts with our children, in the 80s, bring back happy memories.


I had great fun organising some on the 60s.  If I could find a multiple (5 way) junction, I'd get people coming back through it from different directions.

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Posted 17 November 2023 - 05:02 PM

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Posted 17 November 2023 - 05:27 PM

Something like the thistle run, chilled atmosphere, nice scenery, non cliquey organisers. Welcoming for outsiders who've travelled 4/5 hours up for a sunday morning start. Always felt welcomed and at home.

Static mini shows aren't the same anymore, gone are the days of individuality and respect for one another's styling choice and hard work. Compare a mini show to 15 years ago, even with the rose tinted specs off.

Imo it's just gone.

Hate forced 'fun', an event is good without forcing it.

to be honest I very rarely do any classic or mini car shows, Capesthorne Classic show a few years back was the final straw for me, parked up with grumpy marchals, never wanted to go from a show as i'm parking up, utter dire.

Bicester Heritage & Goodwood have been the saviour for me recently though. Totally refreshing.

Edited by Midas Mk1, 17 November 2023 - 05:29 PM.

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Posted 17 November 2023 - 05:37 PM

12 car Club evening events. A thrash around local lanes.

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Posted 17 November 2023 - 06:56 PM

I do love the Goodwoods ethos.

Everyone there to share the spirit the bygone days and even the clothing from when life was alot simpler...

Why make thing difficult when it is easier just to be nice and welcoming....

Let us enjoy a lovely car in lovely scenery..

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Posted 17 November 2023 - 08:47 PM

I used to like the weekend at avon park, sit about having a laugh in tents, bit of a bbq, some beers and watching people rag the sh.t out of their cars up the 1/4mile 


see some really special quick stuff as well


that was a good few years back though when there was plenty of variety


not really so interested in Brands, where it's just rows of original spec cars all polished up and looking the same as each other (nice, but no variety), and a hundred identical BMW's straight off the forecourt (about as exciting as the local ASDA carpark)  but watching some proper racing is nice so swings and roundabouts


to be honest really I think I'd prefer something that isn't 100% mini, just a general classic car meet, open up to other manufacturers but say only pre 1990 or something, everything else just parks in the carpark outside out of view, that's just my preference though im sure others have other interests

Edited by stuart bowes, 17 November 2023 - 08:54 PM.

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Posted 28 November 2023 - 10:29 AM

I personally like road runs over shows these days. Chippy runs and organised events like the thistle run are what I usually prefer although this year I’ve done more ‘cars and coffee’ type events with a mix of retro cars and I’ve enjoyed that too!

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Posted 28 November 2023 - 06:32 PM

Well it is currently winter and most minis are tucked up in garages.


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Posted 28 November 2023 - 07:00 PM

I prefer events with lots of different cars really. I would like to do some drives or timed events but don't know where any are or how to find them or even if my car is eligible

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Posted 05 December 2023 - 06:19 PM

My favourite run in 2023 was the Cornish Riviera run, I met up with some of the other attendees for a nice cruise via a ferry to the venue, there were lots of interesting cars (mainly classic minis) AC Dodd was working his magic and there were some varied other stands. The location was beautiful, there were some runs out as well, all in all a well organised event and a thoroughly enjoyable 4 days. I also enjoy Bealieu and local shows where there are lots of different / interesting cars and owners.

Edited by JXC Mini GT, 05 December 2023 - 08:33 PM.

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Posted 05 December 2023 - 07:29 PM

I like any event that involves Classic cars, although it does annoy when when there are newish from the showroom cars that the owner for some reason known only to them should be classed as a Classics. I would like to see the FIVA definition of "Historics", 30+ years old, and "Youngtimers" applied to all Classic car events.

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