Run to Ancaster in April...

April 21, 2013  •  2 Comments

Sunday morning in April: getting together with some "petrol head" friends. My MINI buddies from SOMC (Southern Ontario MINI Club).

 

 

This is our yearly run in early spring. Final destination: Ancaster, Ontario. British Car Flee Market. This time around 19 (!!!) MINIs in total with few new faces. The group is growing. Great! Weather was brisk cold but sunny. Looking outside from the warm room, you would think spring is here. Not yet! When i started my MINI in the morning, outside temperature gauge was showing "skinny" 4 degrees C. Perfect, since I still have my winter rubbers on the car...

From our meeting place to the final destination the road took us thru some great twists and turns around Hamilton, Ontario area. What a great route! Thanks, Mr. Michael Williams.

 

 

I love coming to this place, again and again. It feels like time stopped some time ago, in sixties... When British had a thing going with all cars they produced on the "Island". Before all Hundais, Kias, etc... Before turbos, electronic injections, limited slip. Carburators, baby!

Design, form factor, all metal-very little plastic...

 

 

 

This place was filled with gray haired gentlemen, all with spring in their steps walking around these great cars. It's like time did not move...

I stopped for a moment thinking of my Dad and my Grandfather. They were both "gearheads", sort of (my Dad still is. Back in Serbia he is designing AND BUILDING HIM SELF a 3 wheels, single seat car from the scratch). My late Grandfather (my mum's father) always had some kind of "ride". Starting with BMW motorcycle back after the Second World War. In my family house's basement (Belgrade, Serbia) there are still numerous German made,  old tools for fixing engines and such. These two old geezers (bellow) could be just like my folks...

 

 

 

 

It was nice to mix our New MINIs with all old generation cars. And please, don't even consider starting the argument on how "new" MINI is not a Mini. Bull! If you ever drove the original (I did, owning two back in late 80's when all my friends were lusting after brand new Yugo 55) the second generation has the same DNA. Crazy handling, more comfort (and size). Original Mini is CLASSIC. Great classic. But not a Mini for every day use. That said, if I could I would have one classic any time of the day or night...

 

 

 

 

 

As any flee market, this was filled as well with lots of junk. Among all of that, there was some "gold" as well. I had to check out all the die cast models. As my own collection came to full capacity, what I have left is to admire all the other cars that are not on my shelf. No complaints...

 

Some more "sheet metal gold"...

 

What a great place for a day!

History of British Automobiles in one parking lot.  You don't see them that often on the roads of GTA. Especially the classic Mini. Still, my No.1 car. This Baby Blue "S" was (is) the essence of coolness...

 

 

By early afternoon, hunger kicked in... The "original crew" from early morning meeting spot, ended up in Mississauga for some serious Mexican... Until next time, my friends!

 

 


Comments

Adam(non-registered)
Didn't know this existed. I will definitely have to come next year as your words and photos really sell it! Looking to see your Clubman in the flesh!
Pete(non-registered)
Wonderful photos, I would have loved to have been there.
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