Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wirral to Llandudno 2015 booking now open

Head to the beach of North Wales' Llandudno in January for the first Mini run of the year.

Booking in now open for limited numbers, so be quick and get your name down for the new 'more scenic' route along the coastline.

As usual there will be the twists and turns of the Great Orme to contend with and some great views before lining up on the Promenade and heading off for some lunch.

Friday, 3 October 2014

A Mini adventure for Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2014

Lancaster Insurance, headline sponsor of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show has announced that it will be having a Mini adventure at this year’s show, with the addition of a 1990 ‘H’ reg Mini called ‘Henry’ and two tiny Peels on its stand. The little cars will join the line up on the ‘Hollywood Premiere’ themed stand which will also host the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, K.I.T.T. from Knightrider and Back to the Future’s DeLorean.  

The Peel 50, a mere 54 inches long and 41 inches wide, has held the Guinness World Record for the World’s Smallest Production Car for almost 50 years. It will be joined by its ‘big brother’, the Peel Trident. The tiny cars were originally manufactured in 1962 on the Isle of Man by Cyril Cannell, owner of Peel Engineering Company until it ceased trading in 1970. Peel Engineering was then acquired in 2011 by car enthusiasts Gary Hillman and Faizal Khan, who have re-invigorated the brand and, with the help of Dragon Den’s James Caan, breathed renewed fire into a British manufacturing legend.   

Richard Morley, Operations Director for Lancaster Insurance, said: “We’re so excited to announce these additions to our stand this year. The Peel 50 and Peel Trident have to be seen to be believed and ‘Henry’ is sure to bring star quality as he has already had a ‘brush with fame’ after being featured in The Only Way is Essex and Cars that Rock. They are super little classics, sure to bring an even bigger sense of fun to the stand. We’ll even be encouraging people to have a ‘mini selfie’!”
The 2014 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will be held from 14th to 16th November 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information on the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show or Classic Motorbike Show, as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Corgi classic Clubman Mini model

Corgi has launched a new version of the Mini Clubman 1100. The Limited Edition model is also available as a Japanese version with both retailing for £20.99 from the Corgi website -

For any keen Mini enthusiast and collectors, this will be of great interest.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Issue 3 of the Mini Se7en Racing Club Newsletter out now

Issue 3 of the Mini Se7en Racing Club Newsletter is now available to read online or download.

Check out the report from Brands Hatch and preview to Cadwell plus much more.



WWRS R.A.C. Championship heads for the Severn Valley

The West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship heads back to Wales for round four on the Severn Valley Stages (Saturday 31 May). The classic stages in the Crychan region will deliver another great event for 70 championship contenders on a rally that is one of the most popular on the schedule.

The event will mark the third event in the Geoff Jones Motorsport Welsh Challenge as well as the next round of the highly successful Kumho Clubmans Challenge for crews competing on a maximum of six tyres for the event.

Once again, there is a tremendous line-up of 19 pre ’68 cars in the Walker Diecastings Category 1, which includes contenders in the Aldon Automotive Mini and Imp Cup. Heading the field away, thanks to two victories in Wales already this season, is the Mini Cooper of Ray Cunningham and Gary McElhinney and the Irish crew will fly on these stages. However, Tour of Hamsterley winners Graham Waite/Gill Cotton will be hurling the Volvo Amazon around in fine style and a trio of Lotus Cortinas will be right in the mix in the hands of Gwilym Roberts/Don James, Simon Wallis/Graham Wride and Paul Mankin/Desmond Bell. Ranged against the Cortinas in class B4 will be the Volvo PV544 of Ian Beveridge/Paul Price and the Alfa Romeo Junior GT of John Everard/Mark Sharpley.

Class B3 should be a battle of three classic Fords: the Cortina Mk2 of Bob and Dale Gibbons, the Ford Anglia of Peter Stimson/Mark Butler and the Cortina Mk1 of Callum Barney and Ron Channon, who make a welcome return after rolling out of the opening event of the season.

Adding tremendous depth to the Mini and Imp Cup are the Minis of Ross and Arron Forde and Clive King/Bob Ward as well as the Sunbeam Imp Sport of Geoff Taylor/Steve Greenhill. With the Porsche 911 of Edmund Peel/Jane Edgington and the Saab 96 of Stephen Higgins/Don Bramfoot, it is another glorious Category 1 entry for the R.A.C. Championship.

The rally will be based at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. The first historic car will start at 8.30am and return to the finish shortly before 3pm.

The Severn Valley Stages is organised by Midland Manor Motor Club. For more details about the event please visit

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Classic Motor Show tickets now on sale

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show has revealed a stylish new look as tickets for its 2014 season finale, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 14 to 16 November, are now on sale.

Whilst the show badge has remained in the shape of the familiar shield, the new ‘Montage’ imagery highlights all the elements the show has to offer across the eleven halls spanning over 80,000 square metres.

Show Director Dan Nwaokolo explains: “As the show has expanded, it has become more difficult each year to sum up all the facets of the show in one image for our advertising. While the show is the UK’s biggest - and as we are often told - best show of its kind, it also has areas that appeal to different types of enthusiasts that we want to highlight.

“Of our 65,000 attendees, some visit to meet up with fellow club members while others attend with a shopping list firmly in hand, ready to tackle the Trader Village and Autojumble. The addition of Silverstone Auctions and more dealers with cars for sale attracts those looking to invest in a classic while the sheer volume of 1,700 cars appeals to the general motoring enthusiast who just wants to appreciate the various marques displayed.”

“Everyone has their own favourite area. That’s what makes the show so special. As much as it’s about the motors on display, it is also about the social aspect of the classic scene, and the opportunity to learn more about your marque of interest.

“The Montage not only visualises all the show has to offer but is a metaphor for each visitor. They can create their own montage by planning which elements of the event they want to visit while at the show.”

While there might be a new look and a brand new website for the 2014 show, one thing that hasn’t changed is the ticket prices. They have remained the same as in 2013, having been frozen for the past three years, with discounts for buying single day, weekend and three-day tickets in advance. Family passes also offer significant discounts for early bookers.

The new look is the first of a series of announcements for the 2014 show that will see existing feature areas such as the Wheeler Dealer Live Stage and Restoration Theatre being developed alongside the introduction of new attractions and the launch of this year’s club theme.

The 2014 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will be held from 14th to 16th November. For more information on the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show or Classic Motorbike Show, visit