Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Mini adventure at an airstrip in September

Having been away for a week, I was trawling through the post this evening to find the credit card bills and get them paid before the interest kicks in. (Is it my imagination, or do HSBC really have a much shorter time to pay than other card providers?)

One of the white envelopes that wasn’t seeking money was from BMW, looking for Mini owners to join them at Newtownards Airfield on Sunday 10 September 2006 at 1pm to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest car mosaic.

It’s a follow-up to the successful MINI Italian Job in 2003 when Minis lined up the hill up to Stormont and Parliament Buildings. (I was going to link to an image of the Stormont event, but I can't find one online!)

6 comments:

John Self said...

Hm, why didn't I get a Mini invite?? Might just crash along anyway - though the notion of how difficult it will be getting away afterwards through all the traffic might put me off...

Alan in Belfast said...

The invite states that you need to send off for a pass to get in the gate. Ring Bavarian and ask them ...

John Self said...

We went along to this uninvited, but they let us join in anyway. I (or my car) was part of the slope of the N in MINI... They did break the world record for a car mosaic, getting 226 cars in place, against the previous record in Italy of 190-odd. Goodness knows if we'll ever see the finished result, but here's a quick pic from among the melee.

John Self said...

And here is the final result (taken from yesterday's Irish News). Did you make it along, Alan?

Alan in Belfast said...

Unfortuately I didn't. Was off on holiday at the time - think I was still in Gloucester. The layout's a little disappointing - somehow I assumed it would be more artistic!

John Self said...

Agreed - by 'mosaic' I understand a picture made up of lots of different coloured tiles (ie different coloured cars here) - though realistically I suppose that would be (a) unworkable, unless you had exactly the right number of each colour of car (and what about those pesky patterned or contrast colour rooves?) and (b) impossible to execute, unless every car was so close to its neighbours that you couldn't get the doors open.