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Entries in Manx Mini Meet (3)

Wednesday
May162012

MiniWorld makes me sound gay!

My friend Ian collects classic Minis, including one of the first five hundred built and one of the last five hundred built. He also has several in between.

For reasons of "convenience" he has a toilet in the corner of his large garage and before he walled it in he wanted a joke photo of him sitting on it. This ended up as a series of photos featuring him and his Italian Job Mini in various poses, with him reading MiniWorld magazine, wiping the Mini's dipstick, etc.

We sent one of these photos off to Kay Drury at MiniWorld a while ago. We know Kate through various Mini events and she has also attended the Manx Mini Meet which is organised by Ian and a couple of friends.

This photo was eventually printed in the July 2012 issue of MiniWorld.

I'm not too sure about the "when fooling around one day Mike got Ian to drop his trousers" part though!

Photo: MiniWorld Reader's Photo

Sunday
Jun262011

Manx Mini Meet 2011 - Day 2

It was another early start for the Manx Mini Meet this morning, this time at a very misty Marine Drive for a closed road stage. I walked to the first set of bends, where there was a big drop in to the sea on the other side of the railings, and spent the next hour trying to take photos in the swirling mist.  

I'd used a Gorilla Pod to fix my video camera to the railings and sat on the bank opposite snapping away photos as the Minis went past.

 

Later we all parked up on Douglas Promenade by the War Memorial (with permission!) for a photo opportunity and then enjoyed a well organised meal at the nearby Italian Job restaurant in evening

 

Saturday
Jun252011

Manx Mini Meet 2011 - Day 1

I was up earlier than I would be for work this morning to grab my photo gear and be ready to be picked up by my mate who was running the second annual Manx Mini Meet. The event was to start at the TT Grandstand and then head out on a navigational rally to the lunch stop at St Johns.

It was good to see some old friends from The Italian Job children's charity event again and catch up with the latest news. I set my video camera up on a tripod at the start line and left it running while I took photos of the Minis and their crews.



After an excellent lunch stop at St Johns, and the stragglers and lost were rounded up, we headed off over Archallagan to Oatlands for a blind fold slalom run with the navigator giving the driver directions. This was quite a fun stage on private land but to was slow going and took quite a while to get all of the teams through the route.

A short drive further south took us to King Williams college where a timed run on a closed private road stage was held. The winner wasn't the shortest time, which would have involved all sorts of hassle for the organisers, but was the one closest to a set time of 45 seconds.

After all of the cars had several runs through the stage we all went in to the Barrovian Hall at the college for an massive afternoon tea. Despite our best efforts there was loads left over so there were lots of "doggie bags" taken home that evening.