250 Minis roar into Meldreth for the village’s Mini Chill Festival

Victoria Ponser with her mini (Pic: Clive Porter) Victoria Ponser with her mini (Pic: Clive Porter)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
5:00 PM

Over 250 Minis roared into a village for a festival last weekend.

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Steve Bourke with his 1966 Wolsey Hornet (Pic: Clive Porter)Steve Bourke with his 1966 Wolsey Hornet (Pic: Clive Porter)

The Meldreth Mini Chill Festival took place last weekend at Eternit Sports and Social Club in the village, with cars travelling from far and wide to be present at the three-day event.

Guests enjoyed live music and a barbecue while viewing the various types of Minis, many of which will be travelling down to the International Mini Meeting, which starts today, Thursday, at Maidstone in Kent.

Among those present was Amanda Ponser, from the Netherlands, who had brought her 1983 model, which she has owned for three years, over for the meeting.

She said: “These types of festivals are very popular in Holland, and this is my third visit to England with the car this year.”

Another notable exhibit was the 1966 Wolsey Hornet convertible, owned by Steve Bourke. Only 57 of the cars were built, as they were used as prizes for a competition run by Heinz. Mr Bourke’s car is one of only 40 which survive today. The competition prize also included a picnic set and a radio.

The festival is the brainchild of Trevor Knowles, who works at Eternit Marley. It has been running for three years, and looks set to return in 2015.

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