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Mini Events
Mini events I have attended.
South West Mini Show 2005
First mini show I went to after finishing the mini.
Mini In The Park - Aug 2005
Big mini show with plenty to keep you occupied, weather was great as well.
Gaydon Mini Show - Oct 2005
Nice relaxing mini show, museum is very good.
Rolling Road - Oct 2005
Went for a power run at Janspeed in Salisbury, bit of a long wait but finally got on the rollers.
Made a very healthy 145 at the wheels, the sound when the VTEC engages is great :-)

Mini magazine was there taking pics so hopefully we will get in the magazine.
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Thanks to Graham (geehawk) for the above pictures
First trip to the drag strip - Mar 2006
Thought I'd have a go at taking the mini down the drag strip, managed to get in 6 runs which took 5 hours due to queuing up etc, the times were:
15.206 - loads of wheelspin in 1st & 2nd gear.
15.228 - tried pulling away in 2nd gear.
00.000 - they mess the timing up on this run :-(
16.167 - lined up next to a proper dragster, it was so noisy I did not realise I had missed 2nd gear !
14.824 - Getting better.
14.713 - Last run as we had enough queuing up.
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Links to video's of the action:

Vid 1 - The best run, reaction time was bad as I was trying to setup my g-tech meter.

Vid 2 - 2nd best run.

Vid 3 - This was the run when the timing failed, this was starting off in 2nd gear.

Vid 4 - This is the run when I missed 2nd gear, I could see the fear in the other drivers eyes...ha ha

London to Brighton - May 2006
Did not do the run as I had a place on the 16v mini club stand on Madeira drive.

Shame it poured with rain most of the day :-(
London to Brighton - May 2007
Straight to Madeira drive again and onto the 16v Mini Club Stand.

This time it was hot and mostly sunny :-)
Drag Racing 1/8 mile - June 2007
Heard about a drag racing event in the South West, Dakota Drag Strip, Smeatharpe. website - Streetnights.
Organised a club stand for the 16v mini club and we all had a good time, my best over the 1/8 mile was 9.718, here's a video made by club member James - YouTube Video

I was not sure I was going to run on the strip but decided to give it a go, next time I will make more of an effort as it was good fun and only 10 miles from home if I break anything :-)
Drag Racing 1/8 mile - October 2007
Went to the next drag event at Dakota Drag Strip, Smeatharpe. website - Streetnights.

Took it more seriously this time and managed the following times:

9.688 @ 77.3 mph
9.634 @ 77.1 mph
9.512 @ 77.9 mph
9.464 @ 79.6 mph
9.417 @ 79.7 mph
9.39 @ 79 mph

Put forward the fastest time for the FWD competition and won it :-)
Drag Racing 1/8 mile - November 2007
Attended the November drag event at Dakota Drag Strip, Smeatharpe. There was a trophey for fastest mini this time which made things interesting.

Managed the following times (getting pretty consistant now):

9.414 @ 79.0 mph
9.415 @ 78.8 mph
9.447 @ 78.6 mph
9.476 @ 79.3 mph
9.531 @ 78.8 mph
9.547 @ 78.2 mph
Connected the std ECU back up to see how it performed:
9.644 @ 77.7 mph

Don't think it will go any better with the current setup, I do have a plan for the winter period to improve it further :-)

Got to race against James & Matts B18c4 powered clubman, Matt got across the line first but I had the quicker time.

Stuck my best time in for the fastest mini and fastest FWD and won them both :-)
Decided to stick the videos on youtube for all to see, here's links to some of my runs from this event:

My Mini Vs James & Matts Mini
My Mini Vs MR2
Mini Vs Custom Van **add link** Lost this (van got 8.99 second run) but was gaining fast at the end.
My Mini Vs Mk3 Cortina Cortina had a V6 or V8 engine.