On 12th July 2016 the David Manners Group hosted our annual Mini Spares Open Evening. As usual the weather could have been better, however, it could have (and has previously) been a lot worse! The sun made an appearance a couple of times and the rain held off; not after a lunchtime downpour mind you!
The evening was a great success, the car park was full to the brim with Minis (both Classic and Modern), their owners soaking up the atmosphere and spending time with likeminded people at the perfect location to indulge those interests and passions.
Guests were able to access a range of parts with our special trade discounts applied; it was the perfect opportunity to stock up on essentials or make a start on that big project or renovation.
Whether the Minis were show ready or more of a work in progress visitors were able to vote for the Minis they believed deserved the title of ‘Most Loved Mini 2016’ and ‘Mini in Need of Some Love 2016’. Both winners received discount for a year, tickets to the British Mini Clubs Bingley Hall show and accessories for their pride and joy. Dave Hollis of the British Mini Club presented the winners with their awards.
Although the event is held to coincide with the British Mini Club meet the event still attracts (and welcomes) nonmembers; Dave Hollis was on hand to assist visitors with joining the club and provide information in order to reap the benefits the club brings!
Our new partners Footman James, who specialise in classic car insurance, were also on hand to offer owners and enthusiasts advice on insuring their classic vehicles.
2016 saw the return of some familiar faces; magician Gianluca was back with us entertaining the crowds after featuring on Britain’s Got Talent and Mini expert Keith Calver (Editor for Mini Magazine) was also on hand to offer guidance. This year he was joined by Classic Car Guru Fuzz Townshend (Car SOS). This classic car duo combined with our DMG Parts Advisors provided a rare opportunity for visitors to take advantage of a wealth of knowledge and experience from the industry throughout the night.
All that Mini talk makes for hungry work; the events team at DMG had planned ahead and Baked in Brick were on hand with their trusty wood fired oven and Neapolitan style pizzas- baked in a converted Classic Mini no less!
After attending our 1st annual Morris Minor Open Afternoon the team thought the sweet treats of DuCafe should be shared with our Mini lovers. The DuCafe team were on hand to provide thirst quenching artisan tea and coffee with delicious handmade cakes and crepes for dessert for our deserving crowd.
Throughout the evening the sounds of local Black Country acoustic tunes and some well-known covers, by local musicians John Langford, Billy Spake Mon and David Coughlin were setting the tone for another fantastic evening of all things Mini.
We can always bank on our Mini enthusiasts and customers for a great night, what we can’t bank on is the Great British weather!
Fingers crossed for more sunshine next year!
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Kathy Ling has been a member of the Shropshire M.M.O.C since it began 40 years ago, she first discovered Morris Minors when she went on her first date with now husband of 50 years. She remembers the date clearly; having to push a broken down Morris Minor up Coleport Bank in high heels.
In 2000 there was a push for people to do something different, Kathy had always wanted to do a London Marathon. So she took up running and has now been running for 16 years.
When she first started Kathy joined the Wrekin Road Runners and competed in her first run in Wolverhampton with getting lost (29mile), 3 marathons’ all together. Next she went on to the Berlin Run with Wreckin Road Runners which was a 6hr plus run but the people were vey supportive and the atmosphere was great. Kathy also went on to do a London Marathon, a midnight run around Norway, Moscow and St Peters which happened to be her favorite thus far and not stopping there she went on to Reykjavik and did 3 races in one day (impressive).
At 65 she did 3 triathlons but kept falling off the bike due to inner ear problems but that didn’t stop her; she went on to do the Ben Nevis Marathon at -3, which Kathy said “ I wont be doing that again”, this was from Morecombe bay to Grains over sands.
On Kathy’s 70th she had done 124 races over 12 months, her favorite being the More Care Challenge which was a ½ marathon across four different rivers. Kathy informs us that her next run is at the Faroe Islands, which is also a ½ Marathon.
Not forgetting in June Kathy will be running another ½ marathon in June to help raise money for Matthew Cooper who is a 11 year old boy from Telford who during the summer holidays last year became suddenly ill and taken to hospital. Which they later found cancerous tumors on his brain and spine. Matt had major surgery at Birmingham Children Hospital but due to complications suffered strokes, which has left him paralyzed, unable to breathe for himself or talk. Matthew has been there ever since and won’t be allowed home until his house is suitable for his needs. So if you would like to help bring Matthew and his parents get back home then you can sponsor Kathy Ling on her run at the following link.
Morris Minor Open Day 2016
Firstly everyone at DMG would like to thank all the people that came to our Morris Minor open day on Saturday 9th April and made it a success, we couldn’t be happier with the response we had and we will definitely be looking to do it again next year.
We’d also like to thank local acoustic artists John Langford, David Coughlin and Billy Spake Mon for coming along to entertain our guests on the evening and Alison Elvins from Ducafe for keeping everyone provided with refreshments, which were very much enjoy by our customers and staff. Also Julia Attwood for providing information on insurance and Footman James for their initiative to promote young drivers.
We received some brilliant feedback from our customers
“A very good afternoon, a bit chilly and damp later, but it’s April and Britain so about right. A very good turn out, look forward to next year.
Many thanks to the team who organised it all. – Martyn Westley”
“Thank you for having us. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and thank you for the goodie bag, drink and the warm welcome. – Cameron Shaw”
“Please bring it down south- Jordan Partridge”
Finally thank you to our staff for making arranging the event and making sure it all ran smoothly. (Joy, Vikki, Simon, Mike Lennon, Jack Weston, Paul Grainger, Kevin Emery, Michael Hadley and Kate Manners)
– by Sophie Jones
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