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Thursday, 04 February 2016 23:41

Callum Wins Mini for £1

The stunning British Racing Green Mini Mayfair which  available to win for just £1 at the British Mini Clubs recent Mini Fair at Bingley Hall near Stafford proved very popular. The return of the raffle Mini for 2016 certainly drew the crowds during the show. The great man, Paddy Hopkirk MBE, very kindly signed the sun visor. Helping to make the Mini more unique. 

Show sponsors Footman James also very kindly provided £250 towards the lucky winners insurance.

Long queues over the course of the afternoon kept the BMC busy with raffle ticket sales. But who won this great prize? The Mini Mayfair could very well be worth upto £6000. Very big crowds were in place for the presentation at 4pm. We could feel the anticipation in the hall. After all the Pride Of Ownership trophies had been presented to the lucky winners the big moment of the day arrived. 

Drawn by the legend that is Paddy Hopkirk. Dave Hollis from the BMC revealed the winning numbers... Yellow 28, a big shout of YESSSS!!! from the balcony above. Now the very lucky ticket holder only had 1 minute to run down from the balcony area to the British Mini Club stand!!! 

A very out of breath and happy Callum from Barnsley in Yorkshire claimed his prize from Paddy. He was asked if he is a Mini owner. In reply Callum said "I am now" 

Well done Callum we are really pleased for you. His mum told us he wil never sell it. It really is a stunning Mini Mayfair. Callum is one very lucky chap.

You to could win a classic Mini at Mini Fair 2017 on the 29th January.. More details as the year goes on.

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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:10

Mini Fair 2016 - Images

What a fantastic day at the British Mini Clubs Mini Fair at Bingley Hall near Stafford. Packed solid with Mini fans from around the world. The amount of Mini bits going out the day for future use and restorations was simply staggering. Just goes to prove the Mini scene is as strong as ever and very much thriving.. Many thanks to everyone for coming along and supporting the show.

Below is a gallery of images from Flickr which we hope capture the atmosphere. The same album is also on our facebook page where we invite to you to tag yourself and your Mini friends

 Mini Fair Facebook Album

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Monday, 01 February 2016 09:45

Mini Fair 2016 - Show Results

An excellent Pride Of Ownership at the British Mini Clubs 17th Mini Fair. Held at Bingley Hall near Stafford on the 31st January 2016. The show area was packed with quality classic and modern Mini's right from 1959 to present day. Pride Of Ownership is not always about the Mini but also the owner as well. 

The club stands on the balcony were great fun as well, with massive efforts from all clubs. With the recent release of the Star Wars film the British Mini Club decided to go with the Star Wars theme for the clubs as well. Midlands Mini Club just scrapped home to celebrate another win. Maybe it was the costumes that won it.

Victoria Giggs won the coveted Mini Of The Day with her wonderful Cherry Red 1980's Cherry red Mini. The first time we have seen her Mini at a British Mini Club event, She only joined at the NEC Classic Car Show on November and we mentioned how she might like to bring her Mini along to Mini Fair. Who would have thought this would have ended in winning Mini Of The Day.


All the results are below along with a gallery of images.

Mini Fair 2016 Pride Of Ownership Results

Classic Mini 1960's

1st Place: Sandra Britton  PAE 360F

2nd Place: Judy Weatherall NBU 46E

Classic Mini' 1970's

1st Place: Nathan Badger LDM 134T

2nd Place: Sandra Britton DYC 559C

Classic Mini 1980's

1st Place: Victoria Giggs EMK 26V

2nd Place: James Connor G189 POD

Classic Mini 1990's

1st Place: Stephen Butler H297 XBV

2nd Place: Ruth Austin J146 MBW


1st Place: Stacey Reed YK57 OKG

2nd Place: Helen Granger YF62 NYK

Best Modified and Custom Mini

1st Place: Jon Haughton F165 FTU

2nd Place: Danny Hobson

Best Mini Of The Show

Victoria Giggs

Best Club Stand

1st Place: Midlands Mini Club

2nd Place: Stoke Orange Boxes

3rdPlace: Robin Hood Mini's

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Add more power and a sequential gearbox to your Mini with Vetech Hayabusa! See the very first public launch at the British Mini Clubs Mini Fair on January 31st at Bingley Hall near Stafford.

The design replaces the engine and transmission in a Classic Mini, including a gearbox , limited slip diff and reverse gear with minimal modification. With 190bhp right through to 360 bhp in the supercharged version. Designed by Vetech Product Design and Development of Buxton in Derbyshire and revealed exclusivley at Mini Fair

Andy Smith of Vetech tells us the following:

After almost 4 years of development, the Vetech Hayabusa will be on sale shortly. It utilises the key components of the original Suzuki engine and gearbox. These are repositioned into a package more suited for use in a car. Most importantly, it fits into the engine bay of a classic Mini without the need to modify any of the body panels or shell, making this a conversion that is easy to install, sympathetic to the original vehicle and one that does not require an IVA. Minor clearance needs to be added to the front subframe only.

Vetech Product Design and Development Ltd is a prototyping and design consultancy based in Derbyshire. We have designed, prototyped, developed and tested products for blue-chip companies for over 22 years. Facilities at our workshop include 4 CNC machining centres, 2 injection moulding machines, dedicated testing areas and a wide range of toolroom equipment.


Many years ago, director Andrew Quigley had the idea of using our expertise to develop a system which would allow a Hayabusa engine in to a Mini and work on the project started in earnest 4 years ago.

The first job was to reverse engineer all the standard Suzuki parts and model them into our CAD system - a major undertaking! We then redesigned all the casings below the barrels to make it fit into a classic Mini engine bay and also to solve the many problems associated with putting a motorbike engine in a car. We added in a limited slip differential and modified the gearbox to include reverse gear and a full neutral between 1st and rev with the option of either manual or paddle change versions. We have also created a new clutch slave cylinder that will prevent the clutch over-traveling and locking up.

All the casings were CNC machined in-house. Jigs and fixtures were made as required, all the time working with the intention of batch production in the future. By the end of 2014 the majority of engine 1 was made and awaiting assembly in our clean room. In the summer of 2015 it was built and it started for the first time on August 7th. The engine was mapped with the assistance of G&G Motorsport the following month and the engine easily achieved 190bhp at the drive shafts.  The mapping was done on our own water brake dynamometer in a dyno test cell specifically built for this project and the future ambitions that we have for it.

Having got a working engine the next step was to install it into a car. Andrew’s 1969 Cooper S, which has been in a garage for 28 years waiting for a project like this, seemed the perfect vehicle! It has been fully stripped and rebuilt, and there has been a steady stream of parts arriving by mail and passing through the workshop. It has been fitted with the new Vetech Hayabusa and will be at Curborough in February for final tests.


Although the engine is specifically designed to fit a classic Mini it would be well suited to most lightweight front- or mid-engined cars, or any bespoke conversion. Initially the engine will be offered naturally aspirated, but it has been designed with future forced induction variants in mind. There is also potential for a longitudinally mounted version for rear wheel drive cars.

Outline specification

The solution offered is a package of components which allows the customer's own Hayabusa to be rebuilt into the engine and transmission unit on display at the show. This will be offered either as a kit of parts to be assembled by the customer or as a fully built engine.

190 bhp / 140kW at 9100RPM max power.

120lbft / 163 Nm at 7300RPM max torque.

Over 100lbft / 136Nm from 5000RPM to 9500RPM.

Quaife limited slip differential.

Unequal length, torsionally optimised driveshafts to minimise torque steer.

Sequential gear box with 6 forward gears, full neutral and reverse.

Option of either manual or paddle change

Will fit in a classic mini engine bay without any modification to the shell, inner wings, bonnet, grill or front valance.

Base engine weighs less than 100kg

Naturally aspirated version can easily be updated to a super charger at a later date.

Check out this stunning and unique build at the British Mini Clubs Mini Fair on Sunday 31st 2016 at Bingley Hall near Stafford. Mini Fair is the UK's biggest indoor Mini event and the home of Mini innovation products.

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Monday, 25 January 2016 14:52

Win a Mini at Mini Fair 2016


Seeing is believing 

British Mini Club are pleased to announce this years raffle Mini is a stunning 1995 Mini saloon.

Finished in British Racing Green with White roof.

An outstanding Mini which will have a new owner at the end of the show.

We are so proud that we are the only event where you can win a classic Mini for a £1 on the day of the show, no other event offers you this great opportunity. We hope that visitors to the event support the raffle and purchase as many tickets as possible, enabling us to carry on giving the chance for someone to win such an amazing prize.

Tickets are on sale from 9.30am on the British Mini Club stand.

Make sure that this is your first port of call, but you can buy as many tickets as you like throughout the day.

Tickets are just £1.00 each, not bad for a Mini that is worth around £6000.

Mini Fair takes place this Sunday 31st January at the Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, ST18 0BD.

We open at 9.30am to everyone.

£12.00 per person
Under 12's FREE.

The BMC team are looking forward to seeing you all the show.

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Friday, 22 January 2016 14:39

Advance tickets close this Sunday

This weekend is the last chance to buy your advance tickets for Mini Fair 2016.

We have a jam packed show to help fix those Winter blues, with loads of Mini exhibitors selling and giving advice on all aspects of Mini.

Buy them online or call the BMC on 01384 897779..

If you don't get chance to buy your advance tickets don't worry as you will be able to pay on the day.

Door open at 9.30am till 5.00pm.

See all you Mini fans at Mini Fair 2016 on the 31st January..

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Friday, 15 January 2016 15:09

Mini Sport Return to Mini Fair 2016

Mini Sport are back at the British Mini Clubs Mini Fair on the 31st January at 2016 as an official sponsor and they have some very special treats in store for fans of the Mini. Paddy Hopkirk MBE will be on the stand during the day. With products from the Cooper Car Company and Paddy Hopkirk MIni available to purchase. Plus exclusive to Mini Fair some exciting new products will be revealed.

If your interested in getting into Motorsport Mini Sport will have people on hand for you to chat to. They tell us "If you're thinking of getting involved in Motorsport this year, be sure to come and have a chat with a member of the Mini Sport Team, who will be happy to discuss the returning Mini Sport Mini Cup, as part the HRCR's Old Stager historic rally championship. The Mini Sport Mini Cup will be back for it's second year with the addition of a new class which enables all Mini's built up to the end of production, that do not comply with the historic regulations to be eligible in this category of the championship"

Direct from the blog on 

"For the 17th anniversary of the Mini Fair, we will be accompanied by motoring hero and good friend Paddy Hopkirk who has recently made the Queen’s New Year Honours list and will be awarded, a well deserved MBE in 2016 for his services to motoring and young people (Read more about Paddy & his MBE here). Paddy will be meeting & greeting all fans at our trade stand, signing merchandise and memorabilia and collecting donations for his worthwhile charity organisations with the sale of his specialist Classic Mini Parts, Paddy Hopkirk Mini – so be sure to come pay us a visit! "


 As always, we will be bringing along some exceptional examples of Classic Mini’s, which will be exhibited on our stand – this will include the iconic 33EJB replicaowned by Paddy Hopkirk and maintained by Mini Sport. The 33EJB replica is an exact imitation of Paddy’s 1964 Monte Carlo winning Mini Cooper S, built to the original specification of the legendary Mini Cooper now displayed at Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre. In addition,Mini Sport sponsored Rally driver, Clive King will be bringing along his genuine 1964 Cooper S, completely restored to championship standard, recently taking a H1 Class Win at the ‘Rally of Legends’, Wales Rally GB2015 – backed by Mini Sport.

A great chance to meet Paddy Hopkirk MBE, the British Mini Club supported Clive King  and much more on the Mini Sport stand at Mini Fair 2016 

Mini Sport are also offering 'Click and Collect' Browse the Mini Sport website order your shopping on-line and free collection at Mini Fair 2016, saving delivery costs and pefect for the larger items. visit the Mini Sport blog for more details


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Friday, 15 January 2016 11:35

Optimise Automotive at Mini Fair 2016

Bingley Hall Special Offer

10% off all bespoke full interiors

For anyone who puts down a £100 deposit on the day.

Yes that's right, if you would like to put down a £100 deposit on a bespoke Classic Mini full interior retrim, on the day at MiniFair, we will give you 10% off.

Optimise Automotive is a vehicle interior specialist based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

We are your local interior trim, upholstery and audio enclosures specialist, working on all types of vehicles including vintage, classic, modern and modified, specialising in the Classic Mini.

You can bring your vehicle into our Staffordshire HQ workshop for a full drive-in-drive-out bespoke makeover or alternatively we can supply the individual items for you, to fit yourself.

In addition to offering bespoke interiors, we also offer a fantastic interior product range for the Classic Mini and a superb audio enclosures product range.

Whatever it is that you desire, we are sure to be able to accommodate your needs.

Mini Fair is the largest one day Mini shopping event bringing you all the best Mini specialists all under one roof.

Visit us on 31st January at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, ST18 0BD...

Book your advance tickets today....

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Monday, 11 January 2016 10:04

Mini 7 Racing club at Mini Fair 2016

Mini 7 Racing club display

Mini 7 Racing Club stand will be at Mini Fair 2016 for the first time. Celebrating the club's 50th anniversary season, having started in 1966 at Brands Hatch. It looks set to be an epic year of racing, with promise of packed grids and a calendar of high-profile venues including Brands Hatch GP and Zandvoort.

Race Minis on display at Mini Fair are:

Charlie Budd's Mini Se7en. Charlie finished 10th in his first season after much success with the Mighty Minis. He's supported by Pristine Condition and should be one to watch for 2016.

Dan Budd's Mini Se7en. Dan of the Real Mini Company will join his brother on the grid for 2016 in a top-spec car. Like Charlie he began racing Minis aged 10 and has competed in many race series since.

Kieren McDonald's Mini Se7en. British Mini Club supported Kieran has been successfully racing in the championship since 2011, finishing 7th in 2015 and keeping up a regular online blog at 

Rohith de Silva's Mini Miglia. Rohith will compete in the Miglia invitation class in 2016. Originally from Sri Lanka, Rohith has raced in several Fastest Mini in the World events and won a huge amount of trophies at home and abroad.

Lewis Fox's Mini Se7en. Lewis' day job at Mercedes F1 was perhaps the inspiration he needed to win the novice crown in 2015. He hopes to keep the momentum going into his second season, in a newly refreshed car.

Leon Window's Se7en. Leon is new to the club for 2016 and has been hard at work with his team to prepare a brand new car, which will debut at the Mini Fair.

Endaf Owens' Mini Miglia. 2011 Miglia champion Endaf is bringing a freshly painted work-in-progress shell from Wales, which will be ready to race in 2016. It'll be a good chance to see what goes into building one of these high-spec race Minis.

Mini Fair 2016 is the largest indoor mini event in the UK.

It takes place on 31st January in a venue boosting two levels of exhibition space.

Book your advance tickets today!!!!

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Friday, 08 January 2016 15:34

Newton Commercial at Mini Fair 2016

Britians finest interior trim manufacturer comes to Mini Fair

It's alway good to have a company like Newton Commercial at our Mini Fair show. This year they are offering show visitors a 10% discount.

They will be situated close to the main entrance of the show.

Newton Commercial is the UK's leading classic car interior trim manufacturer. Founded in 1979 by Richard and Vera Newton in their Ipswich home, the company has since flourished to occupy three factories in the Suffolk town of Leiston. With over 50 skilled and enthusiastic staff, the firm is gladly able to offer all its customers the unique benefits that come with years of practical experience, and has an enviable reputation for quality that is second to none.

Mini Fair takes place at The Staffordshire County Showground on the 31st January.

It's the complete indoor Mini event set on two levels making it a unique event.

Book your advance tickets today!!


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