29 Years & Still Going Strong
Welcome to Birmingham Mini Owners Club. Here you can find out all about the club. We are now into our 27th year which is a real landmark for any car club. Please take look around the site and enjoy. If you would like to see which shows we will be attending and club nights dates just click on the calendar icon. We now have a Facebook page.
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About The Birmingham Mini Owners Club
In 1986 a notice was placed in the National Mini Owners Magazine to see if there was any interest in meeting in the Birmingham area. The notice was placed by Claire Harrison. Claire soon had quite a few responses and she arranged to meet all those who had contacted her at the Hen and Chickens in Oldbury. The first meeting took place on the first Tuesday of the month late in 1986(Nobody can remember the exact date). Soon they decided to meet more regular (Every Tuesday) often till the early hours after the pub had closed just chatting on the car park.
The following year the group attended a few shows. The first was the Dudley Show at Himley Hall. The group agreed to start an independent club. The club was named Birmingham Mini Owners Club to include BMC in our name.
Mark Smith designed our logo with homage to the BMC rosette. The design was so classic inline the mini design we still use it today apart from a bit of colour. Mark as been known to pop up every now and again at shows with his show winning Clubman which he still owns.
Jim Brown was also one of the founder members and is still a member today. Jim is a joy to have in the club and is still as passionate about the mini now as he was then.
We are please also to welcome back Stuart Alcorn who was also a founder member. The Mini bug can bite you twice.
The Club is run by a committee elected at the AGM in October each year where all positions are put up for re-election by the members. The Club has only had four chairmen, the first being Sarah Coastings, later followed by Stuart Alcorn, , then on to Dave Hollis who went on to form the British Mini Owners Club the present chairman is Mick Price.
The Club have a couple of honorary members, the first being John Rhodes (Smoking Rhodes) who is regarded as the greatest Mini driver. Winning the European championship in a Mini and also driving a Cooper Car Company car in a British Grand Prix. The other honorary member is Spencer Davis, for the younger generation he is a sixties pop star of the Spencer Davis Group who recorded "Keep on Running" which went to Number One knocking the Beatles off the top, he now lives in the US and drives a Mk2 Cooper S type which was damaged a few years ago in an earthquake.
Members come from mainly the Birmingham area, but we do have members in France, Germany, USA and Australia.
The Club has always supported other clubs by attending as many Mini shows as possible during the year with themed club stands and entering concours with considerable success. When not at shows we organise our own weekends and social events, Breen Sands, Bala Lakes, Journee Mini in France, Scottish weekend in Perth, Scotland. We have always attended as many IMM meetings as possible, I think the first one the club attended was in Rodenkirken, Germany, and the last one, was at Podlesice in Poland. Succesfully bidding to hold the IMM 2009 in Birmingham, what an honour.
We have also organised our own shows since 1987 the first venue being Himley Hall, followed by Hednesford Hills Raceway, Black Country Museum ,for the last seven years at Aston Hall Park, but this year the event will be at Cannon Hill Park due to the refurbishment of Aston Hall and the Park grounds. A new venue has been found for 2013 at Halesowen Rugby Club.
We still meet every Tuesday night at the Wernley Pub on the Wolverhampton Road, Olbury from about 8.30pm. Just 2 miles from Junction 2 of the M5.
The address is Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, B68 0LR.
Everyone is welcome, even if you don't have a mini. Come along and meet new friends and share your mini-ing loves.
Chairman - Mike Price 01902 630467 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chairman - Bob Hughes 01384 861573
Club Secretary - Glenys Price 01902 630467
Treasurer - Jon Parsons 07757 057618
Vice Treasurer - Jane Hughes 07505 145205
Membership Secretary - John Haywood 07931 711894
Regalia Secretary - Sandra Troman 07816 137056
Events Secretary -Elaine Pritchard. 07900104490 email@example.com
Club Magazine - Stuart & Max Alcorn firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Members - Dave Troman, Phil Harper, Jeremy Walker.