The cloudless, late-summer skies seen throughout this year’s Mini Action Day set the perfect backdrop for one of the most memorable instalments of this much-loved show on record.
Held on 29th September, the 26th instalment of this long-running Castle Combe Circuit event successfully attracted hundreds of stunning examples of this iconic miniature British car, both old and new, along for another day’s excitement on and off the race track.
Plenty of beautiful machinery was once again on display in the venue’s vast static display areas, not least over on long-running show supporter Mini Sport’s stand, where not only the Top 25 cars of the show could be found sitting pretty but also driving legend Mr Paddy Hopkirk himself who was present to sign autographs and have a natter with like-minded enthusiasts. There was also the 97 dedicated club stands that made the circuit their home for the day and ensured you were never too far away from more Mini-based goodness wherever you found yourself.
But of course, one of the most fun ways to enjoy these enjoyable little cars is to get them out on the circuit – something many owners took advantage of with the abundance of Mini-only public track sessions offered up throughout the day. It was all broken up with the free club cruise at lunchtime that invited all the cars in the show out for the mother of all parade laps – creating a spectacular sight in the process!
Talking of track time, there was also the option to head out for a white-knuckle passenger ride with both the Mighty Minis and Bill Richards Racing outfits – both of which were raising money for Zoe’s Place and the RNLI charities. Needless to say, this was another big hit with the cars barely stopping for a rest the entire day!
This year also saw several new awards being offered up to recognise the impressive efforts many who attended the show went to to make it that little bit more special; the full results of which are listed below.
That just leaves the organisers to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved in making Mini Action Day 2018 another huge success, and to keep your eyes peeled for 2019’s date soon.
Best Classic Mini of the Show: Gary Powell’s Mk1 Morris Cooper S (Swiftune-built race car)
Classic Club of the Show: Mini Cooper Sport 500 Register
Best Modern Mini of the Show: Keiran Ross’ MINI Roadster
Best Modern Club of the Show: Luxewerx
Best Small Club of the Show: DEWS (Downton Engineering Works Social Club)
Best Large Club of the Show: Gloucester Minis
Best Overall Club of the Show: West Country Minis
For more information, head over to www.miniactionday.com