Here’s your chance for a (sort of) “Mini Meet West 2004”!
Got to talking with some local Mini folks, and we’ve decided this might be a great opportunity to make a “Mini weekend” out of an upcoming Southern California car-show event, and in some small way help make up for those who missed the recent national Mini Meet in Rockford, Illinois.
Here’s the deal. The MiniGuy is also a member of a local British car group, the Central Coast British Car Club (CCBCC), which is hosting its annual British Car Show on Sunday, July 18 at the Ventura Harbor Village in Ventura, (Southern) California – not far from the MiniGuy showroom. More details may be found at: www.ccbcc.org
Rather than just come up Sunday morning for the car show, here’s what we are proposing:
Friday night, or on Saturday – arrive at your convenience. We’ll have lists of local hotels (and rates) available by request.
Saturday, July 17 – [ tentative schedule ]
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Swap Meet and Open House at MiniGuy showroom in Ventura.
Clear out your garages and bring your used, NOS or excess Mini parts, toys, books, videos and accessories to MiniGuy’s Ventura showroom. No charge for buyers, or for sellers. If you will be bringing a Mini, or a project Mini that may be for sale, let MiniGuy know in advance and we may be able to post some preview pics prior to the event. Call for email for details.
NOTE: After the Swap Meet, you may leave your unsold items (or purchases) in our (locked) storeroom for pickup late Saturday, or for pickup after the car show Sunday afternoon. Or, feel free to donate (or Consign) your unsold items to the MiniGuy, and we’ll see that they are used to give new life to old Minis!
11 a.m. to Noon – check into your local hotels, grab a quick lunch, or just hang out and talk Minis.
Noon to 3 p.m. – Seminars / Guest Speakers TBD.
1.) Meet the Mini Mechanics. Area Mini experts will be on hand to meet and greet you, and advise you on what they can do to help you with your Mini, or Mini project.
2.) Meet “M-tech Mike”, better known as Michael Waterjohns, visiting from the UK and discuss having him custom build the Mini of your dreams. He’ll have a full portfolio of his past work, which includes the famous “Countryman Sport” (ie: Sportspack-style) woodie wagon that graced the cover of Mini Magazine!
3.) What’s inside a Mini motor? A Mini mechanic will strip down an engine, and show you what’s really inside that lump under your bonnet.
4.) So You Want to Go Racing? A vintage Mini racer will display his Mini, and tell you about what sort of costs and requirements there are for vintage racing. Maybe show some in-car-camera race footage, or?
5.) Basic Mini tuneup and troubleshooting tips.
6.) SU Carbs and how they work.
7.) Minis in the Good ‘ol Days. (an old-timer will tell stories, etc.)
8.) What’s my Mini worth? (Mini experts will be on hand to give you a verbal evaluation of what your Mini might fetch in today’s market.)
9.) My Mini is NOT for Sale. Here’s an opportunity for your Mini to be photographed and featured in a new section of the MiniGuy site. It’s basically pages of nice Minis that aren’t for sale – but we think are cool or original enough to be featured (for free) on the MiniGuy site.
Sat., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Fun Run / Rally in the local twisty mountain roads. Possible routes could include around Lake Casitas, up through the trendy resort town of Ojai, along Highway 150 to Carpinteria or Santa Barbara? Or? There’s lots of great local roads to choose from…
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Water, vacuums, and cleaning supplies will be made available at the MiniGuy showroom for anyone desiring to clean and detail their Mini for the Sunday show.
7 p.m. – Mini Caravan departs for Downtown Ventura cruise, and to restaurant(s) to be determined. Perhaps at one of the many restaurants at the Ventura Harbor.
9 p.m. – Slumber Party / Movie Night at the MiniGuy showroom. Will be showing the classic, (original 1960’s) version of “The Italian Job,” and perhaps other Mini-related movies. No charge.
Feel free to bring cots, sleeping bags and/or pads and camp out amongst the Minis in the showroom. Spend the night, or leave at your convenience.
NOTE: In advance, we will provide lists of local hotels for those wanting to actually sleep, and in a real bed. A nearby group campsite at Emma Wood State Beach may also be available, for those wishing to sit by a campfire, then sleep under the stars.
Sunday, 7:45 a.m. – depart MiniGuy showroom for the CCBCC British Car show at the Ventura Harbor Village.
Since the CCBCC show is nearly sold out, we have prepaid a block of 25 spaces for Minis. If your Mini isn’t in the show itself – or if all the show spaces are sold out – you can still go to the show before it begins, and you’ll have a good chance to park as a group in the adjoining paved lot! Free parking is available directly adjacent to the grassy venue, but it fills up REAL fast!
First priority (for the 25 reserved show spaces) might be given to those who have adopted their Minis through the MiniGuy, but we expect to have more spaces available, so if you are interested, please let us know ASAP.
9 a.m. – Car show begins. (Morris Minor is the featured marque this year.)
4 p.m. – Car show ends.
4:30 p.m. – MiniGuy showroom reopens, for those needing to pick up their unsold swap meet items, or swap meet purchases, or your sleeping bags, cots, (etc.), that you didn’t want to schlep to the car show. Also, it will be your last chance to ogle the MiniGuy’s Minis, or to visit the showroom if you just came in for the day.
Anyone wishing to Consign their Mini in the MiniGuy showroom might be able to leave it that day, or prior to the weekend’s events for maximum exposure. Call or email for details of our Consignment program, or for references.
Sun., after 4:30pm – Stay until it stops being fun…
For those considering coming from out of town, we have information on airport shuttles, and the Greyhound bus station and Amtrak train stations are both within three blocks away. We also might consider loaning some MiniGuy Minis if you are coming from out of the area.