London to Brighton Mini Run [Audio Slideshow]

London to Brighton Mini Run pic: Stephanie Davies

On Sunday May 20, 2012 thousands of minis made the run from Crystal Palace Park to the coast.

The signature automobiles convened in the South London park the night before, to head to Brighton together in a long Mini motor procession. Minis filled with families, groups of friends, couples and even dogs drove down Anerley Hill.

Long term Mini fan John Aston, 49, is a member of Wirral Minis in Chester and said this is the fourth Mini run he’s taken part in – using his soft-top convertible Mini for the first time. He said: “This is very much a hobby for me. I’ve been interested in Minis all my life. When I got married the Minis had to go. After my divorce, I got three new Minis. I’ve had them for 15 years and they’re here to stay.”

Carley Dowding, 25, from the Cardiff Mini Club, travelled to London from Cardiff for the London to Brighton Mini Run. She’s been taking part for six years now – and still managed to remain calm when it looked like she would not complete her 7th Mini Run. The exhaust fell off Carley’s car a little under a mile into the run. But a recovery team meant that Carley and “Dorothy the car” made it all the way to Brighton.

A mini slideshow for a big community.

London to Brighton 2012

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