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Car Events - MITP Santa Pod Raceway Aug 2012

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on August 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Mini In The Park is a MINI event for both the Classic Mini and the BMW variety and was held on the 12th August at Santa Pod Raceway near Wellingborough. Last weekend we were at Wilton House for the Classic and Supercar Show and we spent the Saturday cleaning the Opel GT. This week it was the MINI Clubman which got cleaned on the Saturday ready for the meet on Sunday.

We went with The Clubman Register run by Brettles, who kindly got our tickets and posted them out to us before the event. This helped us immensely as Peanut was working on Saturday night, so I collected her from work at 8.30 on Sunday morning and we went straight to Santapod arriving there for ten. A big thanks to Peanut's work colleague Andy who came in half an hour early to give us a chance of getting there at a decent time. It made all the difference!

The Clubman Register stand looked great when we got there and there were some very good looking Clubbies on the stand. When you see the dressed up ones they do look very impressive and to my eye look a lot better than the R56 coupe counterparts. The sun shone all day and it made for a fun day. It was not as pretty or glamorous as Wilton Hall the week before, but as a counterbalance this was perhaps more relevant to us as it was all MINIs and you do come away full of ideas. It was good to see old friends again and Czar was on fine form! Five minutes after we arrived we also saw Christine and Louis which was a nice surprise.

There was a big turn out of MINI GPs too from the UK GP Owners club and we had a chat to some old friends on there, Jonboy and Minibee who are devils for making us dream about having a GP.  These guys have no idea how it unsettles us when we saw this splendid collection of GPs. to make matters worse, Wollaston MINIs had a trade stand which they bolstered by bringing along a Goodwood MINI, a MINI Roadster and yes a mint condition original GP which was up for sale at a tempting price!

The racing down the strip was exciting and it was good to see a large selection of trade stands that also had things for the BMW MINIs. the Trade stands were something that the very Corporate feeling MINI United event earlier in the year at The Paul Ricard Circuit in the South of France lacked.

The stunt aeroplane is well worth a mention too as his display was just amazing. And there you have it, lots of great MINIs, a catch up with lots of old friends, lots of GPs to torment us and a smattering of new MINI Coupes to drool over - another perfect day out at a car event! As always click on the photos to see a slideshow of pictures from the day.

Categories: Car Events 2012

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