Mini Action Day 2015, Castle Combe Circuit, September 26th 2015

CIMG3569Once again we were blessed with good weather and  the sun shone down on Castle Combe for the last outdoor event of 2015.

As usual our members took full advantage of the activities. Some ventured out on track for the fast lapping sessions, whilst others preferred the more restrained lunchtime parade laps. Some just came along to soak up the atmosphere, chat with fellow enthusiasts and peruse the trade stands.

Our friends in the Mini-Marcos Owners Club were celebrating the 50th aniversary of the launch of their model and were out in force. They had the honour of leading the parade laps and continued their celebrations with an evening meal and trips to notable Marcos venues the following day.

More photos and comments from Midas Owners can be found on the Forum

And the official Mini Action Day Facebook page provides an overview of the whole day.

National Mini Day, Stanford Hall, September 13th 2015

CIMG3561This proved to be a really great show and the Mini fans couldn’t have been more welcoming.

Held at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire, just a few miles from where the M1 meets the M6 and A14, so it would be hard to find a more central location.  Stanford Hall itself is a 17th century manor house, but it seems to be most famous for being the site where early aviation pioneer, Percy Pilcher, died in a hang gliding accident in 1899. That is about 50 years before the Americans think they invented hang gliders! (It is reckoned that the Chinese beat the Americans by about 1400 years, but then again what was Icarus up to when he plummeted to his death?)

Nowadays Stanford Hall is open to the public and hosts many events such as the National Mini Day. We didn’t get time to investigate the old manor house as there was too much else to see and do. Hopefully, the club will attend the show again next year and more Midas owners will bring their cars along to show the Mini fans what it is all about.

Haynes Rare Breeds Show, September 6th 2015

Line up2015 -2Another event blessed with glorious weather!  Our group of Midas cars was rather split up by various interlopers (although some comparisons could be made), but that didn’t stop the Midas owners who attended from thoroughly enjoying the day.  There was a splendid mix of cars outdoors in the sunshine and a museum full of interesting cars to view indoors.

What with the bacon baps served in the morning and the cream teas just before we departed what more could we ask for? Well someone did point out the lack of any ice cream vans, but that was just being picky…

The Mini-Marcos and Marcos Euro-regions meeting 2015 – Leusden August 30th.

Euregio2015-3Three European Midas owners attended the Mini-Marcos and Marcos Euregio event and had a great time.  The Midas and the Mini-Marcos share a common bond in that the Midas was born out of Harold Dermott’s experiences gained from building the Mini-Marcos. The owners of all the cars, Midas, Mini Marcos and Marcos, also share a common bond that comes from driving a car that is different from the mainstream and the enjoyment of driving a car that is not simply a tool for getting from A to B.

 

 

 

2015 Open Day and MOC barbeque.

DSCF0440This year’s event took place on Sunday 19 July.  Over 50 people  and  15 Midas Cars turned out for the day.

With 1 Mk2 Coupe, 4 Mk3 Gold Coupes, 4 Gold Convertibles, 4 Mk4 Cortez Coupes and two Excelsior convertibles present, just about every model was represented and, if you include the cars being worked on in Alistair’s workshop, every model was there.

As usual tea, coffee and cake was served on arrival and everybody got into the swing by talking about important matters, i.e. our Midas Cars.

The Owners’ Club Barbeque soon got fired up and we all tucked into a lunch of burgers. hot-dogs and chicken drumsticks (there were also some salad side dishes available for those seeking something healthier).

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Midas Cars featured in Complete Kit Car photo shoot

Complete Kit Car July 2015

Complete Kit Car July 2015

During the National Kit Car Show, at Stoneleigh, Ian Stent of Complete Kit Car magazine gathered together a selection of Midas models for a photo shoot.

The results can be seen on the cover and in a seven page feature in the July 2015 issue.

In the feature, Ian relates the history of the Midas marque and how the MOC was founded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Johnson

David JohnsonIt was with great sadness that we learned of the death of David Johnson at the beginning of June.   David had been our Membership Secretary for the last couple of years and had done a great job of sorting out the membership records and boosting our numbers.

He will be greatly missed by us all. Not just as our Membership Secretary, but also as a great Midas enthusiast who regularly attended events in his Midas.

A small delegation of Midas owners attended David’s funeral and joined other mourners in remembering a man who embraced life with much enthusiasm, joy and good humour.

National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh, May 2015

Stoneleigh stand 2015With the club celebrating its 30th anniversary, we were delighted with an excellent turn out of cars. We had 19 cars on the stand for Sundays AGM day and 17 cars present on the Monday.  A total of 21 different cars over the show. Although the show started with traditional bank holiday drizzle, by late morning the sun was out and remained with us for the rest of the event.

We celebrated the anniversary with a Midas Gold cake, created for us by Jayne Courtney, and a club meal  on Sunday evening at a carvery in nearby Coventry.

Complete Kit Car magazine also joined in our celebration (after Tony had bribed them with MOC cupcakes!) and took a group of our smartest looking cars for a photo session, the results of which can be seen in (and on the cover!) of the July issue of CKC – see above.

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The AGM reported that the membership was on the rise again after several years of decline and that the clubs finances were in good health.

Sadly our lady chairman, Josie Horsley, has now stood down after giving us notice at last year’s AGM and Tony Moss announced that he intends to stand down from his Club Secretary role next year.  This means that the club committee is in need of some fresh blood and it is hoped that this can also bring in some extra IT capability as the club needs to update its systems and move to a more modern on-line basis, with more members sharing the organizing of club events.

Midas Owners Club 30th Anniversary – Kit Car Magazine starts our celebrations.

Kit Car January 2015

Kit Car January 2015

2015 sees the 30th anniversary of the founding of our club and a range of celebrations have been planned for the year.

To help kick off our celebrations, Rob Hawkins of Kit Car magazine visited us at Castle Combe in September 2014 to prepare a feature on the club and some of its members.

This was published in the January 2015 edition of Kit Car and the result can be seen to the right.

 

 

 

Minutes of Midas Owners Club AGM at Stoneleigh May 4 2014

Minutes of Midas Owners Club AGM at Stoneleigh, May 4 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Midas Owners Club took place on Sunday 4th May at the Stoneleigh Kit Car Show. The meeting was well attended and operated objectively. Officers present were Josie Horsley – Hon Chairman; Tony Moss – Hon Secretary; Michael Horsley – Hon Treasurer and Kelvin Kincaid – Hon Membership Secretary elect.

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