Well over 100 Minis at the Festival of Minis
The Mighty Mini Club of Sri Lanka conducted the “Festival of Minis 2019” on 10th March, on F R Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 7. This location is the road in front of the Colombo Town Hall.
Some 120 Minis were on show at this event. Although for the untrained eye most of the Minis would have looked similar, there were in fact eight distinct categories on Minis on display, starting from the early models of the 1950’s to the latest “BMW Minis”.
Among the different categories of Minis on display were the “Specials” which are either modified with period correct modifications, or are unique due to their rarity. Among the specials were a Stretched Moke which has seating for 6 people, a very rare Mini truck and a Mini with matching trailer. Another category on Mini are the Minis used for competition. These cars are usually not driven on public roads, but are carried on car carriers to the race track for racing, and back. Fourteen such race cars were on display, and afforded a rare opportunity for the general public to look at them at close quarters, and indeed speak to the owners as to what it takes to prepare and use a Mini for competitions.
F R Senanayake Mawatha where the Festival of Minis was held, is an area where many Colombo residents, and indeed tourists gather; especially on week-ends to enjoy the Veharamahadevi Park. Tourists also come to the area in numbers to photograph the Town Hall with its unique architecture. So it was a boon to the visitors to see over 100 Minis at this one place against the stunning backdrop of the Town Hall grounds and building.
The Chief Guest at the event was Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy. He was conducted on a tour of the display by President of the Club, Nimal Gunaratne. The Air Marshal also had the opportunity to drive a Mini Moke and experience a little bit of the joy of owning and driving a legendary Mini. The Mighty Mini Club presented a token of appreciation to Air Marshal Jayampathy in appreciation of gracing the occasion of the Festival of Minis 2019.