Miniadix celebrated 50 Years of the Mini
with the London Mini Run & Mini Tune Premier
On Sunday 4th October 2009, nine years after the classic Mini ceased production, masses of Minis of all shapes and sizes gathered at the Ace Café to take part in The London Mini Run. The event was organised to celebrate 50 years of the classic and BMW Mini and the demise of the Classic Mini on 4th October 2000.
The start of the event was at the famous Ace Café London, a venue made popular in the 1960’s as a meeting place for car, bike, scooter and music lovers.
To kick off the evening, The Mini Tune, a song produced to celebrate the Mini’s 50th Birthday, played for the first time to an attentive Mini/Music loving Ace Café audience. Lee commissioned and contributed to The Mini tune, a 60’s style produced in collaboration with Ben Jones (singer, songwriter, musician) and the very talented Fabulous Boogie Band who played under the name of “Austin Mini and the Mayfairs”.
After the tremendous reception to The Mini Tune, Minis gathered to run across London taking in famous landmarks, going over and under all the bridges and tunnels of the River Thames. Donations from the run went to Carers Support (www.carers-ashford.org.uk) Youth Worker Project based in Ashford, Kent. Carers Support provide help and advice for home carers. The event was kindly sponsored and supported by Paul Cartwright (web designer www.designbods.com); David Harvey (Frizbee Promotional Printers); MiniWorld Magazine (The magazine for Mini owners www.miniworld.co.uk) and MINI UK/BMW (www.mini.co.uk).
After an eventful run, including a flat tyre on the 6 wheeled xxft BMW Mini Limo and several ‘lost’ Minis most of the participants completed the run at the O2 Arena, Greenwich.
Organiser Lee Pegrum said...
“The noise of the Mini’s going into the Kingsway Underpass was ear-blasting, especially the exhaust boom from the Cooper S behind me, and coupled with the many ‘hoots’ of the Mini horns. That’s what Minis were made for driving – in tunnels!”
The significance of the two venues, the Ace Café London and the O2, represented both eras that the Mini has been in, the 1960’s to present day. Hopefully the MINI, The Ace Café and The O2 will survive another 50 years! See you in 2059!
Thanks very much to those that supported this event: