Who Are We?
Welcome to London & Surrey Mini Owners Club (LSMOC)
Established in 1985 We are the largest regional mini club in the country and home of the world famous London to Brighton mini run.
Early History - By Mark Steward
You may be surprised to hear that the LSMOC is 35 years old on the 2nd June 2019.
This is how it all started…
In 1984 Martin Pink and I went to the National Mini Owners Club event, which was then one of only two Mini events held each year. The following year we decided to get some other cars to join us on the trip to Stanford Hall. We advertised in some local papers and on 2nd June 1985 seven Minis met up on the Purley Way. On the way up we stopped at the services and all agreed it was about time something was organised in our area. The Club had started.
Those early Members were the real core of the Club and five of them were still Committee members back in 1989. The first officially ‘signed up’ Member was Ann Frearson, who is still a Member today. At that time we were called (believe it or not) ‘Mini Owners Club Surrey Region (Incorporating London)’. It soon became very clear that we could not be a region of the National Club and by 1986 we were the LSMOC. Our first event was a barbecue at Horton Country Park, Epsom on the 21st July 1985. Some still remember the hockey puck burgers. Entry was £1 and £1.50 for non-Members. After the barbecue the Club acquired its own car to restore. This was our first mistake and ‘Tilly’ was later sold to a Committee Member.
I was trying to find an event we could really call our own and then one Sunday I saw loads of 2CVs going down the Purley Way. This gave me the idea to have a London to Brighton Mini Run and our first Run was held in 1986. We had no idea how many cars would turn up and were pleased to see 220 cars in Brighton. A year later there were 320 and the number increased around 50% each year.
We also held our first London Mini Day at Syon Park in 1987, which was a very good event. We also got our first Amstrad Word Processor in 1987 – the start of our IT development. In 1988 the Mini ‘bubble car’ badge was dropped in favour of the more professional looking badge still used to day. On the 3rd October 1988 Issigonis died and as a mark of respect a minute’s silence was observed at the Christmas dinner event. In 1989 a formal Committee was established which has successfully run the Club ever since- building on the very old Club motto ‘Run by Members for Members’.
Lots of people have made the LSMOC what it is today and if I miss any of the early ‘pioneers’ off the list below I apologise to them: Martin Pink, Paul Buchanan, Vicky Steward, Carl Tunnicliffe, Julian Carter, Helen Tunnicliffe, Michael Feeney, Andrew Santon, and the much missed Paul Sammes.
In 1995 the Club organised the Mini 35th Birthday Party and International Mini Meet at Silverstone. For Mini 40 LSMOC was again at Silverstone but this time as marshals on behalf of MiniWorld.
The Club has turned into one of the UK’s largest Mini Clubs with over 800 Members. Some of our Members are local to the London and Surrey area, but others are spread around the UK and in Europe and enjoy the benefits the Club offers. Some belong their local club as well.
2015 marked a very special year for the London to Brighton Mini Run, 30 years on and we still welcome Minis of all shapes & sizes, styles & variants and we are pleased you are all here to help celebrate it with us!
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LSMOC Monthly Socials
LSMOC Midday Sun Social
Chipstead Valley Road, Chipstead CR5 3NA
The first of our Club Socials is held at the Midday Sun, Outwood Lane, Chipstead Valley Road, Chipstead. This is always held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Most Members arrive between 7.30-8pm.
The Midday Sun is part of the Hungry Horse chain of pubs which are known for their friendly staff, high quality big value food and drinks to suit all tastes. An excellent choice for a few drinks, Mini related banter and food at amazing prices!
LSMOC White Horse Social
The White Horse, West Sussex, RH13 6LL
LSMOC have a new social!!! This is held on the third Tuesday of every month, located in leafy West Sussex It is perfect for the members who aren’t so close to London! Join us at the fabulous White Horse, Park Lane, Maplehurst, RH13 6LL, from 7.30pm. This is a traditional English free house which has been run by the same landlords for over 30 years! Always on offer is a fine selection of ales and lagers, good honest “pub grub”, convivial atmosphere and friendly company are on offer... see you there.
LSMOC Chessington Oak Social
Chessington Oak, Moor Lane, Chessington KT9 1HX
Join LSMOC at The Chessington Oak, on the last Tuesday of each month except December. The Oak is located at
Moor Lane, Chessington KT9 1HX. It boasts quality pub food, with seasonal menus and the good old favourite pub classics with a lovely friendly atmosphere it seems the perfect place for our reinstated social.
LSMOC accepts applications from anyone, Classic Mini, New MINI or even No Mini!