The annual London to Brighton Mini Run is organised by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club. It is one of the biggest events along Madeira Drive with parked minis stretching all the way from the Sealife Centre to Blackrock. In 2006 to mark the 21st birthday of the run 2,121 official places were issued. In 2014 the event is again sold out - but at the grand total of 2,500. In 2015 the number has settled again at 2,100 and the tickets were sold out by January - or earlier.
An official entrant on the event is able to park along Madeira Drive and gets the 'I was there' badge, and the tee shirt, but anyone can, of course, drive down to Brighton and park in one of the city's car parks (if you're lucky!), then join the fun since Madeira Drive is always open to pedestrians.
The Mini Run is open to all and every conceivable type of mini, and it is one of the attractions of the day to see just how many variants and customised minis there are. There is a Show and Shine competition, which has 8 different classes, differentiated by criteria such as age of vehicle and and degree of modification.
In addition, the Mini Run is also an enormous market. Madeira Drive is full of market stalls selling everything and anything you could want for your mini.
There is even a small course (the Event Arena) where souped-up minis can strut their stuff - one at a time.
Weather-wise, of course, you must take your chances. For example, the 2005 event had a beautiful sunny day, whereas 2006 was wet and windy - though that didn't stop hardy mini fans. And in 2007 the sun shone once again, as it did again in 2008, etc. 2015?! Who can say? But there are so many cars, so many stalls, and so many people that the event keeps buzzing whatever the weather.
The run starts from Crystal Palace Park in London, where it is possible to camp on the Saturday, the day before the Sunday run. The run starts at 8-30 am and registration is from around 5-30. So a camp-over at the park on Saturday night makes sense for some people.
2015 London to Brighton Mini Run
On Sunday, 17 May
Organiser: London & Surrey Mini Owners Club