About the IMM
What date is it taking place?
The IMM in Ireland is taking place from Thursday May 25th – Monday May 29th.
What is an IMM?
For many Mini drivers an “International Mini Meeting”, or IMM, is a well known phenomenon, but for some it’s not clear what it’s all about. IMM is short for International Mini Meeting.
It originated in 1978 in Germany when it started as a small 3 day camp event at Whitsun weekend.
After several years its popularity had grown, even over the German borders and this resulted in an International event which takes place every year in a different country. Every 5 years we celebrate the Mini in England where the IMM takes place around the Minis birthday in August.
An IMM is a 3 day event for young and old. Besides the classic Mini, all derivatives and yes…even New Mini’s are welcome! The event starts on Friday afternoon when most of the participants arrive.
After signing in, they find a good spot or go to the appointed place of their Mini club. The latter can vary at each event. The best thing to do is to place the Mini in such a way that everybody can have a good look at it. The tent is just a minor detail. On Friday evening the event is officially opened.
Different activities will be organized for Mini drivers and Mini Clubs during the rest of the weekend. Recurring features are the Concourse d’Elegance, boot sale, traders area, dinner on Saturday, party on Saturday night, breakfast on Sunday and a closing party on Sunday night.
Even the Club competitions are a recurring feature. A new activity for the last few years is the Mini Parade. Lots of Minis queuing on local roads, sometimes causing a traffic jam, but always escorted by the police.
Basically an IMM is all about socialising, meeting lots of other enthusiasts, relaxing and just having fun. After you’ve met and spoken with lots of others, bought all the parts your precious vehicle needs to become even more beautiful and had some fun, the IMM closes with a ceremony on Sunday night. During this event the awards are presented and the IMM key is handed over to the club which organises the event the following year.
Of course you can leave your tent up for another night because you can stay until Monday morning. Then the event is really over and everybody leaves for home, dreaming of the next IMM!
Car Hire in Ireland
As mentioned on our FAQ page, it may be difficult to hire a mini however if you just need a car to get you to your accommodation etc then you can compare car hire prices at carhirecomparison.ie.
There are plenty of car rental options at Knock Airport which is closest to the event and of course the bigger airport such as Dublin are well stocked.
Here are some past events and their location.
Year Country Location Organising Club
- 2016 Belgium Lommel Mini Fun Club Belgium
- 2015 Lithuania Zarasai Mini People Lithuania
- 2014 England Kent Southern Mini Owners Club
- 2013 Italy Mugello Mini & Moto Maniaci Club
- 2012 Hungary Balatonfured Mini Club Hungary
- 2011 Switzerland St. Stephen Berner Mini Club
- 2010 Germany Neumarkt FanClub Mini Bavaria
- 2009 England Birmingham Birmingham Mini Owners Club
- 2008 Netherlands Lelystad Dutch Mini People
- 2007 Denmark Roskilde Mini Club Denmark
- 2006 Poland Podlesice Mini Klub Polska
- 2005 Spain Salou Club Mini Cooper
- 2004 England Norwich Anglian Mini Club
- 2003 Italy Parma Red & White Mini Time
- 2002 Scotland Kinross Caledonian Mini Club
- 2001 Austria Pettenbach Miniclub Oberosterreich
- 2000 Finland Saariselka Mini Club Flying Finns
- 1999 England Gaydon Mini Moke Club
- 1998 Switzerland Morges Mini Club Romand
- 1997 Ireland Bandon Irish Mini Owners Club
- 1996 Germany Rodenkirchen Mini Clique Wesermarsch a.o.
- 1995 Sweden High Chaparral Mini Club Sweden
- 1994 England Silverstone LSMOC
- 1993 Germany Offenburg Mini Cooper Club Offenburg
- 1992 Netherlands Terwolde Mini Seven Club Nederland
- 1991 Germany Hagen Hagener Mini Club
- 1990 Germany Rodenkirchen Mini Clique Wesermarsch a.o.
- 1989 England Silverstone Mini Cooper Register
- 1988 Germany Solingen Mini Schrauber Wuppertal
- 1987 Netherlands Terwolde Mini Seven Club Nederland
- 1986 Germany Russelsheim CoMINIcation Rhein/Main
- 1985 Switzerland Zurich Cooper Club Zurich
- 1984 Germany Bremen Bremer Mini Club
- 1983 Luxemburg Ansembourg Sweet Mini Club Luxemburg
- 1982 Germany Berlin Berliner Mini Club e.V.
- 1981 Germany Vaterstetten Mini Club Munchen 1980 e.V.
- 1980 Germany Bielefeld Mini Club Ostwestfalen-Lippe
- 1979 Germany Hopfau Mini Club Freudenstadt
- 1978 Germany Moers Mini Club Moers