The Opel and the MINIs

Beastmaster and Peanut Adventures

DBRally Caffeine Run II - 28th October 2007

DB Rally organised a Caffeine run for October. It kicked off at 7 am  at Telford Services, stopped for a greasy breakfast at The Raven cafe and ended at Lohen - the MINI Specialists. A great morning out and a nice spirited run on the early morning empty roads. Bring on the next one!

DonBall Rally II

DBRally had the second Donball Rally of 2007 on the 25th August. It was a wide roaming run, starting in Bewdley and ending just outside Worcester at The Nightingale Pub on the A44. The route took us through some wonderful scenery in Worcestershire around Cleobury Mortimer, Shelseley and Bromyard before skirting the Malverns and heading to Eastnor. From there it went onto Tewkesbury and on towards Stow and Fish Hill, before ending at The Nightingale. It was wide roaming and ambitious and nonetheworse for that and blessed with fabulous weather throughout the day. 18 cars attended this well policed run and for the diehards there was a BBQ and camping after the run with Lucky Dave and Splash playing hosts for the evening. In summary it was a great day spent with some lovely folks - just what the MINI community is all about!

Cotswolds V - 18th August 2007

The biggest Run in the Mini calendar is The Cotwolds Run and this year it attracted over 140 cars in spite of the lousy weather. Bob (Soggycornflakes from MINI2) did his usual fantastic job of organising the run, which included a picnic stop in the beautiful grounds of Kingham Hill school near Chipping Norton and culminated with the Minis being special guests at Northampton Balloon Festival, where we paraded in the main arena. Good roads and great company ensured that the poor weather could not put a dampener on what is a real "must do" event in the MINI calendar. For the Mini enthusiasts with more stamina there was a pre run party on the Friday night and a charity auction on the Saturday evening but for us the "fun on the run" was more than enough entertainment.

A Fantastic run - so a big thank you to Bob and roll on next year!

Severns Quad Biking - 1st July 2007

Sunday 1st July saw the Severns on their first Quad-biking outing. We had been warned that it would be muddy, not surprisingly since we had had the most torrential rain, and floods of epic proportions for the previous two weeks, but even driving down the potholed track to Reception didn’t quite prepare us for the parking area. We would have liked to have left our precious minis on the nice concrete but instead had to reverse into a mud pit! There were waterproof trousers and jackets for those that wanted them and helmets for everyone, and although Peanut found them all somewhat large (even though her trousers had only half a leg) she settled for a full red helmet which seemed to wobble on her head less than the rest. We listened to the rules, signed our lives away, had a brief introduction to the bikes and soon set off for our trek. The bikes were strange to steer and needed turning hard to respond, and the brakes…well, they worked, but the mud made it impossible to stop, so we sometimes bumped into the chap in front. After a slowish trek from the yard, we got up steam and started the fun over rough steep tracks, through woods, then across fields, up and around hills and through water. It was only with about 15 minutes to go that it started to rain and by then were we on our way back. In the end the mud made it more fun; on a hot, dry and dusty day I would think it would have seemed hard work. As it was, it was all tremendous fun and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely– so much so that the cry has already gone up for the next outing. The trip was rounded off by an excellent lunch in the Old Ferry Inn at Beachley, with panoramic views of the Severn and its bridge.

Bristol MINI Day 3rd June 2007

This year Bristol MINI Day was held at Lansdowne Racecourse near Bath and was blessed with good weather for the overnight campers. The Newminiseverns were out in force for this one with a large stand to represent the BMW MINI on what is still primarily a classic mini show. This year we couldn't put our cars on the stand due to work commitments but we popped along for the afternoon and had a great time and enjoyed admiring the collection of MINIs on show. Two GPs stole the show for my money but  there was a beautiful fully loaded dark Siver Cooper S Works and a few R56s minis - a Diesel amongst them - to further wet the appetite. Minifriz had his gorgeous Checkmate on show which was proudly adorned with a very attractive alloy patina finish GTT strutbrace!

The show and shine gang really did themselves proud and the MINIs were beautifully presented and the winners certainly deserved their cups. It was great to meet up with everyone again and to watch people enjoy themselves. Griffer had recently acquired a GP which took pride of place at the front of the stand. It got a lot of attention from passers by and Griff was clearly in his element answering all their questions. It reminded me of Peanut when CooperBeast was on the MINI2 stand at Himley Hall a few years ago! A great day and a great show - the only downside was the lack of traders catering for the new MINI as there were even fewer than at last year's show.

MINI2 Charity Ball 12th May 2007

The third MINI2 Charity Ball was held at the Marriott Hotel in Northampton and monies raised from the event went to Marie Curie Cancer Care. The event was the usual black tie event but with a strong James Bond theme, which included roulette tables, Black Jack and a themed picture shoot. As usual the event was brilliantly organised by Soggycornflakes (Bob) from MINI2 and the rest of his team. Throughout the year these guys work tirelessly to bring this event to us and their hard work really does pay off! The event was brilliant and huge amounts of fun was had by all.

Prior to the Ball a fast paced spirited run starting from the hotel was organised. This included a BBQ at Northampton's MINI garage, which again helped to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. To exit the car park a pass code was needed to open the barrier - 007 of course. Both the Run and the Ball were immense fun. We have attended all three MINI Balls and we will be there for next year's event that's for sure!

NewMiniSeverns Somerset Levels Run

NewMiniSeverns Somerset Levels and Moors Run - 11th March 2007

This run started at Wells (10:30 for 11am start ), then went through Glastonbury High Street taking in some stunning views of the Glastonbury Tor . Then we went  on to the Avalon marshes which are part of the national nature reserve and managed to spot a good selection of wetland birds and wildlife. Lunch was spent in a traditional country pub which went to a lot of trouble to cater for us Smile . The finish was at Wookey Hole where you can have a guided tour of the famous caves or just enjoy an ice cream , though in truth most of us just chilled out after the fun pacy run we had all enjoyed. Razz

The run was organised by Darren and Mandy from NewMiniSeverns who went to a lot of trouble to get this run just right. Detailed pace notes were supplied and a sweeper ran at the back of the run who new the route as well as Darren and Mandy leading at the front. The combination of the high level of organisation and there just being a dozen or so cars meant that this was a fun spirited MINI run that was enjoyed by everybody. For most the highlight was the ford crossing which was er rather deep. In truth we opted to chicken out on the ford along with another Works car also on a lowered suspension, so we enjoyed a little sprint of our own to reunite with the pack on the other side of the ford.

A big thank you to Darren and Mandy for doing this terrific run.

MiniAddiction Rolling Road - 3rd March 2007

Loui from MiniAddiction organised a rolling road day at Powerstation in Tewkesbury. The format was pretty much the same as the one we went to last year. However, this year we put CheckBeast on. He did us proud and got 228 BHP on the rollers! The general impression was that the readings were pretty accurate, which made Aston's 205 BHP in his R56 S very interesting. Well done Aston!

KMS and Loui both got very high readings and were satisfied as were a number of the guys with Ones and Coopers.

There were a number of exotic motors to be seen at Powerstation including a very nice Ford GT40 as well as lots of Subarus. Another fun day was had by all.

NewMiniSeverns January Run

10 minis turned out from Newminiseverns on 21st January for a blast around North Somerset which ended in a pleasant pub lunch at the Bowl Inn at Almondsbury. This was a good turn out for an early morning run with roads still wet from the night before. The run was fun and spirited and included a stop for morning coffee at Chew Valley Lake where the minis lined up for a photo shoot. A slight dampener on proceedings was when a horse was spooked by some machinery in a workshop close to the road and it stepped back into the A panel of Chrisandjax's stationery GP, causing a fair amount of damage. They are hardy spirits though and were very calm about it. Best wishes for a good and speedy repair to the GP!

MiniAddiction Blow Out Run 7th January 2007

The MiniAddiction club based in the Midlands organised an early  January Blow Out Run to dust the cobwebs off the Christmas celebrations. The result was a fast paced blast through some of Staffordshire's and Shropshire's lovely countryside. The weather was typical for January with very little let up from the wind, rain and general gloom but the driving was still great fun. 24 cars turned up to enjoy the day and it ended at The Spread Eagle pub for a drink and a meal where the fun and jollity of this carried on for a few hours, as we all exchanged tales from the days adventure and had a good laugh at Mad John's seemingly total inability to follow the rather good pace notes provided for the run! MadJohn has now got an unbeatable, if dubious award for getting lost on a run in record time, as he managed to take the wrong turn immediately out of the starting car park and lead about 20 minis with him! Hopefully the poor lad will be far too embarrassed ever to lead a run again! Never mind John - after all there's always one eh?

 Still, this was a really fun run and a true bench mark against which to measure future Addiction MINI runs! Big thank you to the run organisers - Maggie444 and Minidon.