Couple rev up for motoring spectacular marking 50 years of the Mini Cooper

JPCT-28-10-11 S11440296a  Husband and wife have been chosen to take their mini coupe to take part in a free rally, Bonnie and Richard Flitney, Blackstone, nr HENFIELD -photo by steve cobb

JPCT-28-10-11 S11440296a Husband and wife have been chosen to take their mini coupe to take part in a free rally, Bonnie and Richard Flitney, Blackstone, nr HENFIELD -photo by steve cobb

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A HENFIELD couple are taking part in the world’s largest free to see motorshow.

Bonnie Flitney, 57, of Blackstone Lane, Blackstone will be driving her beloved Mini Cooper from Henfield to London to take part in this year’s Regent Street Motor Show today (Saturday, November 5).

Bonnie and her husband Richard, 59, will join 49 other Mini Cooper enthusiasts chosen by the Mini Cooper register to take part in the car’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Bonnie is ‘looking forward to the event’, which will see her Tahiti Blue 1998 Cooper joining in the motoring spectacular.

Richard said: “I have worked on a farm for most of my life so we both always drove Land Rovers. “You can’t tow many big trailers with a Mini!

“But now our lives have changed, Bonnie wanted something smaller which was more fun.”

With their children all grown up they decided to buy the car as a treat in July this year.

Bonnie and Richard joined the owners’ club soon afterwards.

They have already shown the car at a charity day organised by the West Sussex Mini owners’ club but the Regent Street event will be their first big show.

Bonnie said: “We like classic cars and also have a 1955 Morris Minor Van.

“The club events we can go to have introduced us to a whole world of interesting people,” she added.

Regent Street will be closed off to traffic to make way for the 300 cars from three centuries worth of motoring.

Alongside the 50 Minis there will be 50 E-Type Jaguars, more than 100 cars from Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and 80 modern cars representing the future of motoring.