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Bristol Mini Day Washingpool Farm, Easter Compton – 16th June 2013

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Bristol Mini Day Washingpool Farm, Easter Compton – 16th June 2013

A big show for the club where we raise a substantial amount of money for The Children’s Hospice South West with Bristol showing host to one of these fantastic venues, Charlton Farm, which was the second hospice to open in 2007.  If you want to know more about The Children’s Hospice South West then please visit www.chsw.org.uk.  It is a very worthy charity and we Mini drivers support year on year doing lots of wonderful and silly things to raise money.

With a lot of preparation beforehand to get the site ready plus all the paperwork, trophies and layout for the show n shine and also bodies for car parking BMD 2013 came round very quickly.

Last year was such a wash out the weeks before the show that the decision was made to move the layout and use the barns and the hard standing areas.  This year saw another new layout where we used the fields for car parking and the club stands, the hard standing area for the show n shine and the traders were inside.

With an early start came the sun but this did not stay for long, by 11am the heavens had opened and there was no sign of any let up until about 4pm!!!  Due to this lovely weather front this affected the number of visitors to the show.

We battled on regardless, parking up the visitors and the show n shine entrants and then judging, all in all not a bad day was had with Stuart Spring winning the Best Classic Mini In Show.

One of these years we ARE going to have a dry BMD, dry beforehand and on the day would be superb, fingers crossed for next year.

London to Brighton – 2nd June 2013

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London to Brighton – 2nd June 2013

The annual London to Brighton Mini Run is organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. It is one of the biggest events along Madeira Drive with parked minis stretching all the way from the Sealife Centre to Blackrock.

The Mini Run is open to all and every conceivable type of Mini, and it is one of the attractions of the day to see just how many variants and customised minis there are.

In addition, the Mini Run is also an enormous market.  Madeira Drive is full of market stalls selling everything and anything you could want for your mini.  There is even a small course where souped-up minis can strut their stuff - one at a time.

The run started from Crystal Palace Park in London, it started at 8.30am and registration was from around 5.30, so a lot of people actually camped over at the park on the Saturday night.

The official route was full of contrasts, passing through the London suburbs of Westminster, Brixton, Croydon and Purley, past Gatwick Airport, Crawley and then into the countryside of The Weald, crossing the North and South Downs. Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs (near but not part of the A23), a steep climb followed by a gentle descent for five miles into Brighton, where the route finished on the promenade by the Kings Road arches. Although a lot of people took the M23.