Website: MiniFest 2015
Location: Uttoxeter Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 8BD,
Uttoxeter Racecourse is the picturesque setting paying homage to the most English of fun cars: the Mini.
Established in 1959, the vehicle soon became a firm favourite, with the 1,000,000th model rolling off the production line just under six years later.
Today the updated model is as popular as ever, as will be seen at this autumn’s MiniFest, in collaboration with Footman James.
They’re an outgoing lot, Mini folk. Where else would you find competitions for the loudest exhaust, weirdest horn and rustiest car?
These titles and more are on the line when Mini lovers everywhere descend upon Staffordshire for the British Mini Club’s (BMC) flagship annual event.
Our top picks
Mini Specialists & Traders
Footman James, South Lakeland Mini Centre, Noise Killer, Old Skool Mini and more will all be there. If you run a Mini-related company which isn’t yet involved why not ring 01384 897779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org? You’ll get the top trade prices as well as valuable tips for restoration projects.
Loud & Proud
OK, so you might not have the most beautiful Mini at the show. But don’t let that deter you from entering.
The best-sounding in-car music system, loudest exhaust, and weirdest/noisiest horn categories are open to all. There’s also the new, coveted rustiest Mini section.
The Golden Ticket
This new event addition offers you the chance to leave £1,000 better off for the price of a £1 raffle ticket. Whether you choose to spend it on your Mini is up to you, but you must attend the festival and be at least 18 to enter.
Full Mini Concours
This is open to everyone - regardless of whether you’re a BMC member or not. They are asking new or Classic Mini owners to book their places in advance. Trophies can be won for the best three cars across 11 categories and cash prices are up for grabs.
Every winner will automatically be put through to the BMC Premier Concours finals later that month (October 18) during Stoneleigh Park’s MiniFair 2.
Best of the rest
Mini Show & Shine Area
This alternative to the Mini concours sees two categories this year – the new-skool MINI and old-skool Mini. It’s £10 for each Mini with additional passengers paying £8 extra.
Mini clubs nationwide will be battling to win the £250 best stand first prize. This year’s theme is Flower Power Hippie Hippie Shake. So just fill in the form and get your 1960s outfits ready.
Find that elusive spare you’ve been looking for at the huge array of Mini auto-jumble stands.
How much is it?
It’s £8 for adults and children 12 or over on the door. Adult-accompanied children below this age go free.