The club was established by a group of enthusiasts in 1989 to celebrate 30 years of Mini and to share their passion, fun and love for the diminutive car. Since then the Club has grown to become the focal point for Irish Mini fans, holding regular chapter meetings (eastern, western and southern, posting a very busy calendar of events, and producing a quarterly magazine. The IMOC is quite respected within the Irish Motor culture and has a great reputation on the International Mini scene.
The History of the Club
Former club president, 1998-2000, Jocelyn Kelly, tells the story of of how the club got started. (For the full story, log on to www.irishminis.ie.)
"The club was set up in April 1989 in the Crofton Airport Hotel (now the Regency Airport Hotel) on the Swords Road, Dublin. Paul Kelly, having been involved with the Jaguar Club for a short time, kept saying that he was going to have a go at setting up a Mini club.
"An ad was drafted and placed in the "Evening Press" saying that a meeting would be held on April 22 to setup an Irish Mini Owners Club.
"The Sunday dawned and we were not really sure what to expect, wondering if anybody would show up. About 30 people did ! The meeting went very well. We decided that there was enough interest to set up a club and the Irish Mini Owners Club was born."
Many events/happenings/get-togethers have occurred since the club was founded 14 years ago, including annual participation in the IMM (International Mini Meet) in England, car show, various local runs/rallyes and, since 1999, the Mizen to Malin (MTM) run, which was inaugurated to honor Mini's 40th anniversary. The MTM is also a charity event, and this year's run garnered EUR21,000 for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin.
Membership in the Irish Mini Owners Club runs from January to December each year; dues are EUR30 per year. For more info, log on to www.irishminis.com.