The organisers of the annual Brooklands Mini Day (Sun 28th March 2010) have just announced:
"Due to increasing numbers of modern MINI's attending each year, MINI's are now eligible for the Test Hill sessions, also 2 new classes for modern MINI's have been added to the show and shine."
All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum grounds. Bookings are now being taken for Trade Stands and Club space - Clubs that have already confirmed their attendance are Thames Valley, LSMOC, Essex, West Sussex, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The provisional timetable is as follows:
9.00 Gates open
11.30-12.00 First Test Hill session
14.30-15.00 Second Test Hill session
17.00 Event ends
Access to the Museum site for Minis is via our Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road (the B374). All other vehicle parking is in The Heights off Wellington Way or our usual car park at Mercedes-Benz World.
It is a good Mini show which has grown in the last few years with plenty to do, Concorde, Brooklands Museum and Mercedes World, etc, included. Quite a few MINI's there last year. Any chance of a MINI convoy and some MINI traders maybe?
Latest information email update received from Brooklands:
The 10th Annual Mini Day event at Brooklands Museum will be held on Sunday 28th March. We still have space left for both clubs stands and trade pitches.
This year the event has been modified to incorporate two Test Hill sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, where Mini owners will have the opportunity to drive their cars up the infamous 1:8 test hill. In addition, the Museum will also be holding their first “Show N Shine” competition with prizes for the top two cars in each of the nine classes, as well as a prize for the MiniWorld car of the show. Closing date for applications is 15th March 2010: Class E – MINI 2001 - Present All makes and models of standard New MINIS
Class I – Modified New MINIS All new MINIs that have undergone a modification
(Cars with very minor changes should go into year-specific class)
Last year, all available parking in the Museum grounds was exhausted well before midday with over 800 Minis on site, resulting in a number of Minis having to be turned away and directed to the general public parking area. To try and avoid this from happening again we have been able to make more space available this year, but visitors are recommended to arrive early to be sure of parking within the Museum grounds.
Entrants for the Test Hill trial and “Show N Shine” need to register in advance. Application forms can also be requested by email from the events team as detailed below. Places are limited and early booking is advised.
As this is the 50th anniversary of the Van, Traveller and Countryman, the Museum would like to have a special display of these vehicles in the Paddock outside the Clubhouse. If any of your members have a MINI Clubman and would like it to be considered for the anniversary display, please get them to contact us directly by Email as it would be good to incorporate a modern Clubman into the display.
We are currently taking bookings for Club and Trade stands and already have a number of Clubs and Traders booked. If your club is interested in having a stand at the event please email for a club stand booking form. We are hoping to accommodate club stands on the Museum site so that clubs can park all their members together. Due to heavy demand for space, we will confirm specific locations for clubs at the end of February and we will forward a plan showing your location at that time.
We are also offering clubs a group admission discount on more than ten visitors at £8.00 per person payable in advance, saving £1 on the pay on entrance price. In addition, to speed up admission to the Museum, there will be a fast track entrance lane for advanced ticket holders at the Campbell gate. So take the opportunity to save some money and jump the queue. A Group booking form is available.
We will update the events page on the Museum Web site (Brooklands Museum) with additional information leading up to the event, so check it out for the latest news.
"Bookings for Club space should have been received by the end of February, although we are aware that there are a few still on the way, so we hope to finalise Club spaces by the 5th March and will be in contact with Club stand organisers then. Clubs that have already confirmed their attendance are Thames Valley MC, LSMOC, Essex MC, West Sussex MC, Brighton MC, Portsmouth and Southampton MOC, Elf & Hornet Register, Old Skool MC, Mini Cooper Club, Bournemouth MC, Surrey Hills MC, Blakehill Minis, South Central MC, Eastbourne MC, Southern MOC, MINI Clubman Register, Mini Cooper Oxfordshire Register, Kentish MC, Mini Diddlers, Compass MOC and the MINI Register. As of the 28th February."
This year we will also be holding our first Show N Shine competition with prizes for the top two cars in each of the following nine classes, as well as a prize for the MiniWorld car of the show:
A Mini 1959 1969 All standard Minis and derivatives produced in this period
B Mini 1970 1979 All standard Minis and derivatives produced in this period
C Mini 1980 1989 All standard Minis and derivatives produced in this period
D Mini 1990 2001 All standard Minis and derivatives produced in this period E MINI 2001 - Present All makes and models of standard New MINIS
F Commercial Classics Mokes, Pickups and Vans
G Highly Modified Highly modified classics
H Mildly Modified Mildly modified classics I Modified New MINIS All new MINIs that have undergone a modification
A good show at Brooklands today, although overall numbers in attendance seemed less than last year?........although the Mini's/MINI's were more spread out around the site perhaps than at previous shows. The forecast heavy rain never really came and there were some spells of quite warm sunshine.
Lots of new MINI's in attendance and a large display of superb looking Clubmans were on show from the MINI Clubman Register.
The new Show N Shine competition was a bit short on MINI entries so prizes went to the only MINI entered in Class E and both the modified MINI's entered in Class I. Well done Serby!
(With hindsight I think several MINI owners including myself wished they had pre-entered with so little competition to beat!!)
Class E MINI 2001 - Present All makes and models of standard New MINIS
Class I Modified New MINIS All new MINIs that have undergone a modification
Only 1 MINI (Serby) was entered in the Test Hill Trial and completed 2 successful runs up the hill along with various classic Mini's.
A short film including action from the test hill sessions and some random Minis that appeared at the 2010 Brooklands Mini Day. The hill action has everything from standard classic Minis, some Mokes, a brace of Mini Marcos', bike powered Minis, a Cosworth V6 Mini to a BMW MINI Cooper S.
Serby's run up the hill is in the video above. Brooklands organisers have since said the official involved will be reprimanded for encouraging booing as they are trying to increase attendance of New MINI's to the show and run up the hill!
Your right your MINI would still have won the Class E but it would have been good to get runner-up without much effort!
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