East Coast Mini Club was formed in 2004 with a vision to create a club where EVERY kind of Mini and owner was welcome.
The Club was formed mainly due to the lack of clubs at the time accepting the new Mini into the clan, and so ‘Suffolk Mini Club’ was born in September 2004. By the following December, the Club had attracted enough local members to arrange the first meet and on a cold wet windy Sunday afternoon, 6 New Mini’s met in Tesco’s car park Ipswich. By February 2005 the Club had attracted more members and it became obvious that demand for such a club was much greater than first thought.
By this time we had gained members from Essex and Norfolk and the name ‘Suffolk Mini Club’ already seemed dated. The free basic website just was not coping with demand. In March 2005 the Club was re-branded East Coast Mini Club with the intent to cover a much wider audience taking in neighbouring counties Essex, Norfolk & Cambridgeshire, and even now we continue to grow.
The website was becoming ever more popular and a great way for members to stay in contact outside monthly meets. It soon became apparent a new website/forum was required, if the Club was to continue to grow and develop. The .co.uk domain name was quickly acquired and the new website forum was launched with great success.
The web now offered our members access to enthusiasts of all kinds with a knowledge base second to none. It soon became popular not only to Club members, but others located all over the country and even in other countries. Our Facebook page has over a 1000 likes from all over the world
The most important aspect however, is that the Club has brought together a grand mixture of great characters both young and old with something very important in common.
In 2011 it had become obvious that the club was now much much more than the idea that had been created back in 2004. It had a full paying active membership who were demanding more than the original founders could actually cope with. After a Series of discussions it was decided that the it was time the Club was formulated into a fully fledged members club, with a constitution and committee that could cement its future for the long term.
In July 2011 an election was held and members were asked to submit nominations for a new committee. The election followed and a new committee was formed. Following the election a new club constitution was professionally written and latter adopted, which now forms the foundation of the Club today. Future Club Committee elections will take place on an annual basis.
The Club committee are made up of all ages and disciplines, which helps steer the new Club structure in the right direction for the future, working hard to provide paid members with value for money and a range of meetings, events and activities throughout the year.
In the year 2012, it was been decided that the website has now once again aged and requires updating to meet the current demand of the world wide web, and maintain the needs of its members. This site sat in front of the forum and acted as a landing page with key information on it for members to find.
As the club continued to grow and the online community changes the club created a Facebook group which thrived with members and non-members all mingling and sharing Mini related stories. It soon become clear that a change was needed in order to restructure our core activity of events and align ourselves properly with the social media channels used by all.
In 2015 it was passed that a new site would be built around the management of events and bringing all our core activities into one place. This one place can then be used to push out to other mediums such as Facebook. This would allow us to manage and maintain our Club more easily and allow room for growth and really give us the edge to adapt to changes.
In the current year (2019) this is the site you are now using and now we plan our Club activities and meetings for the year ahead. Scheduling more meetings than ever, holding the biggest Eater Charity Run than ever before.
The Club has come a long way since its very humble beginnings back in 2004, and is now so well established it has been recognised throughout the country as the Premier Club for Mini Owners in the East.
Like what you see? Why not join our club and become a part of our Mini family.
We hold a range of activities throughout the year, checkout our ‘Events’ section to see the variety of both national and local shows, also monthly meets.
Why not check out our Public Facebook page and as a member you will receive access to our Members only pages, were all our events had managed.
As a member you will be able to view even more content, benefit from exclusive discounts from our club sponsors and sign up to all ECMC Events.
Single Membership is £15 for the year
Joint Membership is £20 for the year