Blimey’s First Car Show!

Some members of our club got us into the Raleigh St. Patricks Day parade today – and also got us invited to enter a car show being run as part of an event at a local shopping area. The parade was a blast – most folks decorated their cars for the occasion (some more than others) and we drove the route in “S” curves… it was like being in the “Italian Job”, but in super-slow-mo… the crowd loved it!




Our fearless leader – President of the Tar Heel MINI Motoring Club…


Afterward, we drove to the car show at Seaboard Station – this was sponsored by the Ace Hardware store there – the owner is the brother-in-law (I think) of one of our newer club members – so we had an “in” – almost all classic American cars – plus some MINIs – which, in contrast, were a riot – the classic owners enjoyed looking at how different our little cars are from theirs – and I definitely enjoyed seeing classic American rides!

For abuzavi…



Awesome ’58 Vette…


This truck won “Best Engine”…



This truck won Best of Show – it was incredible!



Hand painted lettering on the tailgate.


Classic interior – but updated with power steering, brakes, windows…


Incredible woodwork in the bed


But my favorite was a SICK ’59 Impala convertible… I have a thing for old-school convertibles…


When the sun came out, the top went down – oh, my… what an awesome ride…


Immaculate interior…


Spotless engine bay…


Beautiful paint, badging, stripes, and wheels…classic enclosed fenders…


Incredible tail…


I love that car… the guy just spent 12 months in the shop restoring it…

Some new muscle, too – Mustang GT, very clean.



This was the coolest vehicle (and won an award)… motorcycle with sidecar for the dog…


The dog has goggles, a helmet and harness. The bumper sticker says “Dog is my co-pilot” – classic.

And Blimey got some attention from the Classic guys…



And a happy result for Blimey’s first show – 1st Place in division, “Best Foreign Car”!



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  1. Paul,
    Congrats!!! You certainly deserve that trophy! Yours is still the most awesomest Cooper I’ve seen!! It was a pleasure to be behind you guys in the parade and admire it the whole way! I think you should have won “best in show”, but they didn’t ask me!!
    Always good to see you and the family!!
    Take care! Now go pop a bottle of bubbly and polish that trophy!!
    Pam (Team Groovy)

  2. It was a GREAT day!! Thanks to all for everything, and congrats to you on the trophy! It was good to meet you and the family, I look forward to other such get togethers. The crowd at the parade got a kick out of us.

    At the car show, even with some very high dollar US iron, we got noticed! You have done a great job with your car, and even though the judges admitted they didn’t know anything about MINI’s, they appreciated the obvious care and effort (and $) that has gone into your car. I even talked to one classic American owner there who’s “other” car is a MINI!


  3. Paul,

    Congrats on the trophy! Great pictures too! I’m the guy who’s “other” is a MINI (04 BRG MCS). That’s my son’s orange Camaro (he won Best Daily Driver) and to the left of it is my daughter’s 57 Chevy (she won Best Work in Progress). You can barely see the front fender of my 69 Chevelle SS396 to the right of the Camaro.

    It was great talking to you guys at the show – gotta love the MINIs!


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