Last week the Mini Sport team travelled to Lommel, Belgium for one of the Mini Calendar’s most anticipated annual events, The IMM. For 2016 it was ‘Mini Fun Club Belgium’ who would take the baton with founding members Ann & Jan, helping to organise the popular three-day event in the picturesque city of Lommel. For yet another year, Mini Sport were proud to be announced as official sponsors of the International Mini Meet and were excited to work alongside Mini Fun Club Belgium to coordinate a fantastic weekend, enjoyed by all Mini Fans.
As we recover from a fantastic weekend and the long road-trip from Belgium to Padiham, it’s safe to say that IMM 2016 was a true success with flocks of Mini fans travelling from across the globe to join in with this huge celebration of all things Mini. Mini Fun Club Belgium helped organise a range of events and activities throughout the weekend, with live music, club games, exhaust contests, light shows, a kids village and the highly anticipated ‘Rocker Cover Racing’ for everyone to get involved in.
We were happy to meet again with old friends and make new acquaintances and eagerly awaited the arrival of Mini Sport USA representative Mike Guido in the UK. Mike travelled from Palm Bay, Florida to Mini Sport, Lancashire in preparation of IMM and accompanied us to the British Mini Club’s Himley Hall event before heading to IMM Lommel, where he just so happened to take the Rocker Racing Championship title with his Paddy Hopkirk inspired home-build ‘Redemption’ – a true work of art!
It was fantastic to see so many international Mini Club’s with over 200 clubs in attendance across the weekend – exhibiting a fantastic display of Mini Models which included Classic & Contemporary examples and with IMM 2016 just behind us, we’re all looking forward to IMM 2017, which will take place next year in Ireland at Piltown, County Kilkenny on the 26th May. We were all very excited to hear the announcement that IMM 2018 is to be based in Portugal ahead of IMM 2019, which will return to the UK for a celebration in Bristol. We wish all organisers the best of luck with their planning and preparation and hope to support all Mini Clubs in their organisation.
All in all, the team at Mini Sport are overwhelmed with the fantastic atmosphere at IMM 2016 and would like to thank everyone who helped make the event a brilliant success – with extra special thanks to dedicated organisers Ann & Jan and ‘Mini Fun Club Belgium’23.