Record number of Minis at annual gathering

A hungry hot rod looked like it was going to eat the little Minis. PICTURE: SEAN ATHERTON
A hungry hot rod looked like it was going to eat the little Minis. PICTURE: SEAN ATHERTON
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A RECORD number of Minis turned up in scorching sunshine for an annual gathering on Adur Recreation Ground.

Minis on the Rec, Brighton Mini Club’s annual classic car show, attracted the crowds to see classic cars in Shoreham on Sunday.

The event raised more than £3,200 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

Some car owners went along with some unusual ‘luggage’ for the weird object in a car boot competition.

Alex Sisan was a near-winner with his Chilean red tarantula. He said the spider was enjoying the hot conditions and insisted he would not harm anyone.

But he was pipped to the post by Heather Harwood, who created a gnome’s garden in the boot of her classic Mini, complete with tweeting birds, and won a Scalextric.

Heavier members of classic car clubs competed in one of the other highlights of the day, a tug-o-war competition.

Trophies made of discarded engine parts were awarded for the finest cars. Best in show went to a gleaming red classic Fiat 500, while Lynn Mitchell from Lancing won a prize for a 1960 Mini he had owned for 25 years.

He summed up the unusual appeal of owning a classic Mini, rather than a more modern car: “Minis drive us all mad, because they break down and can sometimes be tricky to fix. But they drive and handle like no other car.”