If you managed to visit the British Mini Clubs event at Himley on the 12th may 2013, you would have seen the Mini rallying legend Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams and his MK1 Cooper S. During the day our very own Danny managed to interview him. Barry first got into motorsport in 1957 and a few years later moved into the Mini. with which he managed quite a bit success.
The Mini Cooper S on show, owned by Barrie, was the won the 1964 International Welsh Rally outright. It then competed in the Swedish in which Barrie was the first British driver to finish a Scandinavian Winter Rally. It was 1st in class on Geneva International Rally and 2nd overall on the Manx International. It competed at also at Circuit of Ireland, in the RAC Rally as part of the maufacturers team. The 1965 Welsh Rally, and many club, national, autocross, auto tests and hill climbs. It stands today as a still competitive race car.
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This article appeared in the Daily Telegraph in 2002 about Barries life http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/2718040/Autobiography-Barrie-Whizzo-Williams.html
Its Himley on Sunday and we are ready to welcome all Mini / MINI fans to our flagship event. Gates open to the general public at 10 am. If you have entered concours, show n shine, on a club stand, or a trader you are allowed on site from about 7am.
If you wish to enter on the day please be as early as possible on site.
All the top traders and auto jumblers will be on site. Also 'Mini's For Sale'
Keep upto date on our Facebook page event listing https://www.facebook.com/events/146254348872630/ and let us know if you coming.
We are on Twitter as well and please use the hashtag #Himley and we will try and retweet as many as we can during the day.
For full details of the show please see http://britishminiclub.co.uk/about-the-club/himley-hall
We hope to see you all and fingers crossed for a fantastic day
If you are looking to sell your Classic Mini or new MINI and want to show it of to a mass audience of Mini enthusiasts then simply bring it along to the British Mini Clubs event at Himley Hall this Sunday May 12th.
Just let the marshalls know and they will direct to the 'For Sale' area it really is that easy. Then it is upto you to sell your Mini :)
You might have seen recently we shared an image on our Facebook page of a Classic Mini that has been rebuilt by the Mini4RNLI team to help raise funds for the very worthy cause that is the RNLI. Well the Mini and the team will be at the British Mini Clubs event at Himley Hall on May 12th. Please donate what you can and perhaps enquire how yopu can take part in the Rally Beaujolais 2013.
A recent comment from the Mini4RNLI Facebook page "
Mini4RNLI is a 12 month project set up in aid of The RNLI. Our aim to promote Rallye Beaujolais 2013 throughout the year by competing in Hill Climbs, Sprints, Rallies and Shows throughout Europe selling advertising space on both the Mini, Support Vehicle, merchandising and with our Internet presence.
The Rallye Beujolais 2013 will be an organised rally in November lasting about 4 days taking in the lovely French countryside, along route to the Beaujolais region. Entrants will be set challenges along the way with organisers arranging Ferry Crossings and Accommodation.
We hope to have up to 50 Minis competing in the challenge in teams of 5. Car clubs and individuals can compete. Each entrant will pay cost price for the event plus £50 donation to The RNLI, although each car will be welcome to raise funds for their own chosen charity. Restaurants will be encouraged to host Beaujolais events, where competitors will be able to deliver the wine with a grand entrance and a photo call.The RNLI is funded entirely by charitable donations and bequests and fundraising events such as this are an important way in ensuring The RNLI can continue there life saving work
We encourage supporters to visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and
www.mini4rnli.org.uk to donate to this very worthwhile charity 100% of donations will go to the RNLI running costs are being met by the organisers.
They can also be found on there Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/mini4rnli
Potential sponsors, competitors and restauranteurs can contact us at
50 trophies up for grabs in Premier Concours at the British Mini Clubs Mini Day at Himley Hall on the 12th May 2013
Plus £250 for Mini / MINI Of The Day, and all winners of each class go through to the grand Premier Final at Mini Fair 2 in October.
The weather is looking perfect or showing of you Mini / MINI on the 12th with a high of 21 degrees according to the BBC Weather http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2646868
Just perfect for getting out that polishing cloth, with some of the finest Auto Glym products. Come along and win a trophy or two for your pride and joy. Winners also receive an AutoGlym pack from concours sponsors Branson Automotive
Prizes also for best presented, best engine, best interior, paint and much more.
What are you waiting for? More details here: http://britishminiclub.co.uk/concours-at-himley
Barrie Williams to attend Himley Hall with his Mini Cooper S. Wow... Barrie Whizzo Williams has recently visited The British Mini Club. Telling us about his racing stories in his Classic Mini. The man is another great Mini legend...... And will be attending our British Mini Day at Himley Hall on the 12th May....
Barrie’s early motorsport career was focussed on rallying and he won the International Welsh Rally in 1964. An amazing achievement as this was his first real ‘stage’ rally and his first international event. It was also the first International Rally win for a Cooper ‘S’, just pre-dating Paddy Hopkirk’s famous Monte Carlo victory. Barrie continued rallying throughout the sixties at the very highest level in Minis, Imps and Cortinas – in fact anything he could get his hands on. His most famous car, his 1275 Cooper S – 120 MNP, has been rebuilt to period rally specification and will be at Himley Hall on the British Mini Club Stand.
The British Mini Clubs Himley Hall event is getting ever closer, make sure you have 12th May in your diary. The UK's top outdorr event for all types of Mini's. We recently asked on Facebook and Twitter for anyone going to Himley to send in an image of there car for a Facebook album entitled 'Going To Himley 2013'
The album can be seen on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151276245487161.1073741826.114356722160& We also have them on our Flickr account as well
The British Mini Clubs main outdoor event of the year is at Himley Hall. Situated just off the A449 near Kidderminster in the West Midlands. Taking place on Sunday May 12th 2013. A massive event and one of the leading events in the Mini calendar. Himley attracts over 50 Mini clubs for both the Classic Mini and New MINI from around the country, displaying members Minis and getting involved in the theme of the show. The club area is situated in a prominent position within the main show area, often displaying over 500 members Minis.
The 1959 Mini Register will be using Himley Hall as one of their National gatherings so expect to see a nice turnout of early models at the show.
British Mini Day at Himley Hall is the perfect place to showcase your club to many 1000's of Classic Mini and New MINI enthusiasts. Plus you could win £250 towards your club funds. The British Mini Club actively encourage clubs to come along and be a part of our events.
Himley is a very big show area and we can accommodate as small or as large a stand that you require. Please get in touch today
Club Stand Theme:- Minis in History
1st Mini off the production line - 1st Minis to Rally - Last Mini off the production line etc:
Mini has a massive history that you can choose from over the past 50 plus years. This years club theme was chosen by Birmingham MOC after winning best club stand at Mini Fair in January. Club stands must be booked in advance.
£250 to be won by the winning club with trophies for 1st 2nd and 3rd places.
Register your interest today by filling in the on-line form for Himley and any other of our events you may be interested in.
Or call our office direct today 01384 897779
British Mini Club events attract all the UK's Top Mini traders, which means BMC events are one of the best places to find all your favourite traders selling a massive range of Mini products. Its not just parts, you'll find graphics, clothing, collectable models and specialised insurance for your Mini.
Calling all Traders and Autojumblers for both the Classic Mini and New MINI, take part in possibly the biggest outdoor event dedicated to all all types of Mini. British Mini Day at Himley Hall near Kidderminster on the A449 in the West Midlands attracts many 1000's of Mini enthusiast's from around the UK, Europe and other parts of the World. Showcase your goods to a very attentive Mini buying public. Are you a business who restore Mini's? come along and show people what you can do, what projects your working on.
Are you a MINI dealership? Interested in promoting yourselves at a massive Mini event? then please give our club office a call on 01384 897779 today.
Or call our club office on 01384 897779 to book your space
Mini Specialists & Mini Traders you will find at the show:
Mini Sport Ltd - Footman James Insurance - AutoGlym - Mini Magazine
Midland Wheels - Number Plates 2 Go - Somerford Mini Ltd
C.T.S Spares - Huddersfield Spares - Wheelbase Models
Heritage Insurance - Potteries Pictures - Diecast Heroes
DSN Classics - Smiffy's Bits - NK Trading - GLM Supplies
Old Skool Mini - Mayfair Motors - Minis R Us
A1 Signs - Mini Trimmings - Power Spark Ing Ltd
Ashley James Autotrim - MiniMine Ltd
Phoenix Supplies - Smart Car Valeting - Wrights Auto Supplies
Custom Consoles - Ace Graffix - Wrightons Ltd
Abrasive & Polishing Solutions Ltd - Jack Payne
Mini Spares Centre (Midlands) Ltd - Sugar & Spice
Classic Mini Gearbox's.
Mini Jumble confirmed at the show:
A R G Blanchard - Nick Hobbis - Malcolm Huxley - David Massey
Brian Hore - Mr Taafffe - G&B Motors - Bradford Mini Spares
The MINI Factor - Keith Redwood - Craftevan
Colin Attrill - Alan Thomas - Steve Lee
Eric Greenall - Mark Peters - Ian Pattrick
Mini Classics - Dave Pitt - Mike Anstey
Be a part of this amazing event and secure your trade space today by calling our office now 01384 897779
Listed below are the full Terms and Conditions for all British Mini Club organised events. Please be aware that the T & C's will be reviewed an amended at any time. Please make sure you read and digest the T & C's they are also for all visitors safety as well
All tickets/passes are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions, purchasing of any ticket/pass constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.
Tickets are not issued on sale or return basis and refunds will not be made, please check your tickets carefully as mistakes cannot be rectified after purchase.
Tickets ordered are usually dispatched 14 days before the event date.
The BMC will not be responsible for any tickets that are lost, stolen or destroyed. You are responsible for the safe keeping of your ticket. Tickets will not be accepted if any part of it is removed, altered or defaced.
As part of our ticket/pass purchasing policy:-
Rescheduled Events - If an event is rescheduled then all tickets/passes will automatically be valid for the new date and no refunds will be given.
Cancelled Events - If an event is cancelled then all tickets/passes will automatically be valid for the next available BMC event, however if you wish to receive a refund you will need to return all tickets/passes to us at the clubs usual address. Please ensure that all tickets/passes are safely returned to us. Please note that we will only refund tickets/passes that are sent to us within 14 days of the event being cancelled. No refund will be given after this time.
Show Entry Information:-
Price and information is subject to change without notice.
There will be no admission to the event before the designated show opening times on the day.
All persons attending the event under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over the age of 18.
The BMC reserves the right to refuse entry and/or eject you from the event for any reasons that may affect the enjoyment of other persons at the event. If you use threatening, abusive or insulting words or violent behavior.
The use of any fireworks or Chinese lanterns will not be allowed into or used at the event.
The venues that we use are beautiful places and we want to keep them that way, so help us by using the waste bins that are provided, large items must be taken away from the event.
Once inside the venue a 5mph speed limit must be adhered to.
No vehicle movement is allowed within the main show area. If a camping weekend we have a no movement of any vehicle between the hours of 10.00pm and 8.00am within the camping or showground areas.
Anyone found speeding or dangerous driving will be expelled from the site immediately.
The use of motorised/electric scooters, skateboards & bikes is forbidden.
Open fires are not permitted at any venue.
Depending on the venue BBQ’s are allowed if raised off the ground and must not be left unattended & must be extinguished after use. Anyone found with an open fire will be expelled from the site.
The BMC are not responsible for any damaged or theft of your property.
Traders and Exhibitors:- As above, with the addition of:-
No vehicle movement in the main trade areas
The BMC advise all traders to carry Public Liability Insurance.
Traders must carry out a risk assessment and a copy handed in on arrival.
We advise all traders to carry sufficient fire protection and extinguishers.
The sale of food and drink is prohibited.
All waste must be cleaned up and taken away upon exit.