The township of Hay, located in the Riverina area on the Murrumbidgee River in NSW, half way between Sydney and Adelaide plays host to the Australian Hay Mini Nationals held annually on the June long weekend. Individuals and families, some being 2nd and even 3rd generation Mini enthusiasts, bring their vehicles from all over Australia to attend this event and Say “G’day” to Hay in our own special way as we close off their main street and fill it with the rumbling sounds of 100 plus mini’s. The event consists of a welcome party on the Friday night, a Parade down the main street on Saturday morning followed by one of the most spectacular show and shines around. Then on the Saturday night we have a more low key but great fun quiz night and catch up with mates for a few laughs and tall tales. Then on the Sunday morning the main event kicks off starting with the Hay Mini Nationals Motorkhana, where it is expected that there will be in excess of one hundred entrants. This is followed by the Hay Heroes Challenge, an edge of your seat elimination event where drivers run off against each other on identical tests, with the fastest moving on to the next round. Eventually after going through the quarter finals and semi finals, we move on to the nail biting grand final which can be separated by literally 100ths of seconds! this one definitely tests the nerve of both drivers and spectators alike! This is all capped off with a massive fancy dress Presentation Party held at the Hay Memorial Hall later on the Sunday evening. Each club attends in their own fancy dress theme with a DJ providing entertainment. Awards are presented for the winners of all the weekends events, and then the party moves into full swing with some of the die hards kicking on til well into the next day. Hay is an event that must be attended at least once in a Mini enthusiasts lifetime.

Hay Grounds

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