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International Mini Meet
May 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - May 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm€70
Westport House is delighted to host the International Mini Meet 2017 next May 26th to 29th, a large gathering of classic Mini enthusiasts from the four corners of the world.
For the second time in 20 years, the International Mini Meeting will be proudly hosted by the Irish Mini Owners Club, Ireland’s largest classic Mini club. Earlier this year, the Irish Mini Owners Club travelled to the beautiful town of Lommel in Belgium to accept the Event Key for the International Mini Meeting. This spectacular event will see thousands of classic and new Mini enthusiasts come together with their cars. They travel to a different country in Europe each year to celebrate the Mini car. Both the original Mini and the more modern BMW MINI cars will be on display at the weekend with organisers expecting thousands of cars and visitors to visit the event over the five days.
Westport House is set to see an invasion of Minis old and new later this month, as the 2017 MINI International Festival gets underway from the 25th May to 29th May. Described as a ‘MINI’ Electric Picnic, this three day event is expected to attract close to 3,000 fans and 1,200 MINI cars of all shapes and sizes, new and old which will be proudly presented by their loving owners.
IMM 2017 will be a 5 day event for young and old. Besides the classic Mini, all derivatives and New Mini’s are welcome. The event will start on Thursday afternoon and by lunchtime Friday most of the participants will arrive, find a good camping spot, and some will join up with other members of their Mini club, making great party areas throughout the dedicated camping site. The Mini is the most important part of the event and seeing rows and rows of cars being examined and admired is all part of the fun, a tent is just a minor detail. On Friday evening, the event is officially opened.
Different activities will be organised for Mini drivers and Mini Clubs during the course of the weekend.
Recurring features are the Concourse d’Elegance, Autojumble sale, Traders area, “audio sound off”, “Glo-Show”.
On Saturday night after a dinner of local cuisine, each club participating will be invited to make a presentation to the host club and various gifts, based on a Mini theme or representing your country, are presented to the organisers. Nightly parties with music and dancing and the all-important “Craic” will have all the participants on their feet.
Club competitions are a recurring feature with plenty of competitions for both cars and participants. Two off-site events have been planned a Treasure Hunt and a Fuel Economy Run which will have lots of Minis out on local roads along the Wild Atlantic Way creating a great buzz around Mayo, maybe causing a traffic jam or two, but always orderly and well policed.
IMM is all about socialising, meeting lots of other enthusiasts, relaxing and having fun.
The event is SOLD OUT so if you don’t have a ticket, I’m afraid you won’t be able to visit the site over the weekend….except for the Show ‘n’ Shine Day on Sunday (please find details below).
SHOW ‘N’ SHINE DAY ON SUNDAY 12PM TO 5PM – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sunday will be open to the public from 12 Noon with the biggest Mini Show ‘n Shine event in the country. Paddy Hopkirk will be around on the Sunday with Mini Sport signing autographs so make sure to stick your head in and say hi to us all in the Sponsors arena.
If you are interested in renting a Bell Tent for your stay in lovely Westport at the IMM2017 event, please find more details here.
For all other inquiries, please contact the IMM2017 Committee through their facebook page or call +353(0)871705939.