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    • Making my own MINI Challenge entertainment
      Felt like i needed some MINI fun so found the F56 Challenge race car via Race Department, got it loaded into the PC version of Assetto Corsa and hey presto, some good clean close racing fun.
       
      The video i recorded into three versions, then edited them together to give you different aspects of the race. Race seat, bonnet and TV cameras
       
      Hope you like the YouTube video, keeps me sain. Subscribe and "Like" the video please, and i may make some more. Got a track you'd like to see me race at? Comment below
       
       
       
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    • Hartside Run - Postponed
      We're proposing to do a run up to Hartside on 29-03-20.
       
      I've put together a route that will take us up the A69 to Haydon Bridge then on to Hartisde via the A686. For the route home I'm proposing a bit of a different twist and we take a more scenic and slightly longer route via High Force Waterfalls. 
       
      As for those wanting food I'm lead to believe that there is sometimes a burger van on the site of the old Cafe. Failing that there are plenty of snacks available in the petrol station at Alston.
       
      The route map can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/H1Ua5CuRch4FGVBm8
       

       
      Start Point: MetroCentre McDonalds - Meet at 9am to head off at 9:30am 
      Approx distance: 115 miles
      Approx journey time: 4 hours (with stops)
      Final end destination: Krispy Creme MetroCentre (Open to change, people can peel off during the run home)
       

       

       

       
      As always, feedback is welcome be it positive or negative
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    • Mega MINI Meet - 2020 Cancelled
      Mega MINI Meet 2020
      Where: Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes, Lancs FY8 4JX
      When: Sunday, 5th July 2020 at 10:00–16:00
       
      So, Its been confirmed that 5th July is the date for this years Mega MINI Meet at Lytham Hall near Blackpool. Plenty of time to book some time off work. Will add more info as and when it becomes available, however I would strongly recommend getting as hotel sooner than later, its the same date as the Lytham Festival again !!!
       
      Stand spaces are readily available, we have no limit at present and always get a good place to be.
       
      Stand so far comprising:
      Simon & Donna
      Lewis 
      Hollybob
      Maverick (Maybe)
      Kai2k (Maybe)
      Dean (Maybe) 
      F56-DMG (Maybe)
      Kai (Maybe)
       
      2019 stand photos....
       
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    • Sports cars in the park - (Newby) - 2nd August 2020
      Sports cars in the park - Spring (Newby) - 3rd May 2020
       
      So, here we  with another mixed meet. Really happy with the last few events here and we got some super feedback from it. Last year had over 1200 cars !
      They will have Porsches, McLarens, Lamborghinis, (and MINIs) and so much more.
       
      Venue details
      Address: Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE. Newby Hall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britain's finest Robert Adam interiors Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe's largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniature railway, younger visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.
       
      Itinerary
      09:00 - Display cars arrival (Make sure you have a ticket, we dont do pay on the day!)
      11:00 - General public arrival
      12:00 - All cars must arrive on-site before 12:00
      14:00 - Its not a lock in but we would like you to stay till at least 14:00
      16:00 - Departure (no rush, its a Sunday)
       
      Facilities
      Gardens and large grounds, Kids play area, Boat rides and miniature sit on train.
       
      I dont see a limit on tickets available however the more cars we have for the club the better position we are, and considering the Abarth crew had 70+ cars booked last, id like to hope we can get a good gathering together. tell as many people as you can as well as those from other clubs!
       
      I will even open this up for those not with MINIs too, lets call you our "Support Crew"  Just make sure you choose FULL ON MINIs so you can be with the group. I will have the event shelter, banner and club flags with us.
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    • Tip - replacing vanity mirror / sun visor bulbs
      Hi All, 
      Hopefully this helps someone. So recently I did the full interior LED upgrade. I highly recommend this, it really makes the interior a much nicer place to be. It’s pretty simple - as always just take your time. Also, perhaps get a couple of spare fuses handy - I blew one (F 18 I think) just by pulling out the boot bulb. This took out a number of items including the air bags! 
      Anyway, one area that puzzled me was the vanity bulbs. I believe most people attempt to remove the two clear / white plastic covers which sit over the bulbs. So this is possible, but risky if you are fussy like me and don’t want any marks on any trim. Once these are off, removal of the bulbs IS possible but it’s not easy due to restricted access. You need to be handy with tweezers, or bits of rubber tubing etc. Anyway, another option is to remove the entire mirror / flap assembly. This sounds harder but in fact it is really simple. See the pics below, they are held on by 4 clips. I gently slipped a credit card behind the top outer edge of the unit pushed down whilst gently pulling the unit forward. Once one clip releases you’re home and dry. Once the unit is off the bulbs are simple to replace. I’m not saying this is a better option that going in via the plastic covers but it’s an alternative. Big shout to @Mr Watton for his practical demo of this!
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    • 2002 Dark Silver MCS - One for life
      Now in my fifth year of ownership with my daily driver, thought I'd share my car with fellow Northerners.
       
      I'm based in Teesside in the North East of England.
       
      ...Have a read of this highly detailed picture intensive Build Thread to find out more...
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    • Inspirational MINIs found on the net...
      I have literally hundreds of photos ive picked up over the years of my MINI fascination, heres to start us off...
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