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MINI Fair 2 - Stoneleigh October 2013

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM



Sunday 20th October 2013.


MINI Fair 2 was a MINI show at Stoneleigh, primarily for the Classic MINIs  and one that will be our final MINI event of 2013. We have a few more car events left on this year's calendar but this was the last MINI event. Unfortunately, Peanut had to work, so it was one I had to go to on my own. The theme of the event was Halloween and all the club stands were asked to theme their stands accordingly.


I had signed up with The Clubman Register and was taking our ClubBeast along for the day. He is under the weather just now, with a couple of engine lights impersonating the Blackpool illuminations on the dash and a turbo that isn't working. I wanted to receive counsel from a few chaps on the Clubman Register before tackling the turbo issue on ClubBeast and this event gave me a chance to do that.


An early start and an hour's drive to the show saw me arrive at 8.30 with a very dirty car and if I'm honest little will power to spend the day cleaning it. Fortunately Mrs P had made it her business to get me a wizard's cape and hat for the day, so I think I was forgiven my dirty car. Brettles gave me a load of webs and crime scene tape and the Clubbie soon loooked like he belonged on the stand. There were a lot of Wizards, witches and WarLords there too, so I felt quite at home!



Carrot cake was also a welcome treat courtesy of Jeanette  on the CR stand and it was a very civilised affair getting a coffee at this show too. Coffee getting was frankly a hideous experience at the Penkridge New MINI show, where the queues were awful. The show was in two halls one for the traders and a concours area and a second hall for the clubstand and this made it a rather good show. All the clubstands were well decorated and there were some great cars on display - both new MINIs and classics and the winning club stand, which had three white minis forming a ghost train was quite ingenious!



There were a lot of trade stands there too, though most were catering for the classic market and it was nice to see the legend that is Paddy Hopkirk at the event, signing his goods  and ultimately choosing the winning ticket in the Mini giveaway. Drat I didn't win!




The consensus on our turbo is that it is one of three things but not a new turbo, so a bit of work for Mrs Peanut to do in the engine bay department!  Anyway it was a good day, the weather stayed fair and we were sheltered anyway in the two big halls. It was as always a great chance to catch up with old friends in the MINI scene and make one or two new ones, and yes there were plenty of original GPs there to torment me as they always do at these events!


As always click the photos to see a slideshow of photos from the day!



Categories: Car Events 2013

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