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‘Gearless’ prototype heads up major classic Mini show

9X Mini

FANS of probably the UK’s most iconic car, the Mini, will converge on Shepton Mallet next month, eager to get a close-up look at an experimental gearless Mini that was owned and driven by the car’s designer Sir Alec Issigonis.

The 9X will be displayed at the Footman James South & West Mini Show and Greater Western Autojumble by Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum.

The car was an intriguing prototype from 1970 that never went into production. It will feature alongside 74 other classic Minis in the Footman James South & West Mini Show, taking place indoors at the Bath & West Show Ground over the weekend of February 9-10.

This show will run alongside the Footman James Great Western Autojumble, giving visitors two events for the price of one. The autojumble will feature 100 stalls with a vast array of spares, tools both old and new, memorabilia and collectables.

Other stands will offer advice on restoration, Mini-specific spare and parts and other ideas to help the Mini owner save time and money, whatever their car’s age.

Visitors on the Sunday can also take advantage of three additional features: a ‘real’ autojumble car boot sale; a classic car auction; and 35 more Minis from five more clubs.

The car boot features only pre-booked private sellers. Entry to the Charterhouse auction is by catalogue only.

Event organiser Nigel Stevens is looking forward to one of the first major events on the national classic car calendar. “The Mini show will feature the most eclectic mix of rare, unusual, standard and modified classic Minis anywhere in the UK, and we are indebted to the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum and the many clubs for making this happen,” he says.

“The autojumble is fast becoming a major event for all motorists, as we will have in one place probably around a million parts, accessories and gadgets for all makes and models. “We also invite people to clear their garages and sell items at our autojumble-only car boot sale on Sunday. It’s just you and your car, and we won’t accept vans or professional traders,” he says.

Doors are open from 9.30am-4pm on both days and adult tickets cost from £7. Accompanied U16s can enter for free. Further information and tickets are available at www.bccsl.co.uk. To book a place at the autojumble, email info@bccsl.co.uk or call 0117 907 1000.

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