Minis shine in the sun at Australian meet

| 31 Jan 2018
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event

More than 100 classic Minis gathered in Wollongong, Australia last week for the annual Minis In The Gong 'Show & Shine' event.

The informal meet gives Mini enthusiasts from across Australia's south east the chance to show off their vehicles and chat with like-minded fans of the iconic car, with some attendees coming from as far afield as Canberra and Sydney. 

The event is open to all Mini variants, from the original Austin and Morris models to the current BMW range, as well as vans and Mokes, whether original or modified.

This year's festival took place in the grounds of the Australian Motorlife Museum around 20km south of Wollongong, in the bright sunshine you might expect from the Australian summer.

The 2018 People's Choice award – which is voted by both exhibitors and the visiting public – went to David Palmeiro for his 1968 Morris Mini Deluxe, while the exhibitor-only award for Car of the Year was bestowed on Barry Harper for his 1970 Mini Van.

Scroll down for some lovely photos from the day, and for more info about Minis on the Gong head to its website or Facebook page.  

Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
The People's Choice winner was David Palmeiro’s 1968 Morris Mini Deluxe
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
Car of the Year went to Barry Harper’s 1970 Mini Van
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
This Mini has a DOHC Daihatsu engine
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
The owner of this car had managed to fit a large Honda unit in the front
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
A couple of distinctive Mokes
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
Australian-built 1275LS; note that local cars had different door handles
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
A hot van with turbo
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
This colourful Mini drove up to the event from Canberra
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
A popular mod is the fitting of a twin-cam head from a BMW K1000 motorcycle to an overbored 1380cc block
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
The most extreme vehicle on show was this dragster powered by a General Motors LS V8
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
Late model BMW Minis also attended, and were noticeably large next to the originals
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
Not exactly a Mini, the ‘Landcrab’ 1800 was sold here as a Ute too. It's now rare
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
The event played host to more than 100 Minis of all varieties
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event
Minis shine at Australia's Minis in the Gong event