It has been 25 years since the British Mini Club was founded and i’m sure the members and the clubs followers will feel as though time has flown in a blink. The lion’s share of the people who help run the club have done so for the full duration of the clubs existence, creating the close knit, family feel that all the best car clubs work hard to create. Even when speaking to us at Number1Plates, they made it very clear that anyone is welcome, they want to extend a hand to anyone who may be interest in the club or the events that it hosts. Current members and new ones all the same, the British Mini Club wants to create great events getting people involved in what ever capacity they like.
The size of the club goes some way to show it’s true popularity. Boasting 30,000+ followers on Facebook, and 10,000+ on both Instagram and Twitter, the club clearly keeps some of it’s following active via the ever important social media platforms. Here you can find information on upcoming events, developments in the club, content from around the world and all things Mini. Though not all of these are members, this is just a fraction of the people that know and love the BMC as they attract member from all around the globe, possibly making it the biggest Mini Club on the planet.
Though they do have very popular stand at well known trade and motor shows up and down the country, the BMC host a few very popular events themselves. Taking place annually, they have 4 events that are set up and run by themselves, you can delve much deeper into the information on all of these events on their website but today we are going to look at their ‘Mini Fair’ at Bingley Hall, possibly the largest indoor Mini Event you can find.
Coming around in January 2018, the Mini Fair is set to continue its current success into another year. They have some very well known exhibitors that take part in trading and the events auto jumble, a couple of these being AutoGlym and Footman James insurance. These are just 2 of over 100 Mini trade specialist offering, quite literally, all things Mini. If it’s a part you’re needing, or a feature that you never knew you wanted this jumble shouldn’t leave you feeling un-catered for. With the scale of the auto jumble, and the amounts of exhibitors taking part, the trade-offs are in full swing and the bargains are there to be had!
Pride of Ownership Awards. This, we quite like. At the Mini Fair you we be able to see the clubs showcase of the best Mini/MINI’s from up and down the country. It gives people the chance to showoff designs and specifications that you may have never seen before, and there really are some exceptional examples out there. With categories for classic and modern Minis, trophies for 1st and 2nd places, and £100 cash prizes for poll toppers competition is rife. If it’s your club that you want to showcase rather than a particular car, the events offers you the chance to have a stand space for 3 Minis per club.
The BMC have a very popular concours that has been strengthening over the past 25 years. Sponsored by AutoGlym, this includes the winners of all classes from their Himley and Stanford events taking part in the Premier Concours Grand Final to find the ultimate Concours Mini/MINI. The winner of this competition receives £1000 and a silver trophy. If they win it 3 times they keep the trophy. The winner is also invited onto our club stand at the NEC Classic Car Show in November, competitor to the Footman James Classic Car Show – Manchester.
We genuinely urge you to visit a British Mini Club event. Not a once in a life-time thing, but a day you would honestly benefit from, even if the only thing you leave with is knowledge of Mini’s history. Find out more about the events that the BMC have created at:
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – @britishminiclub