Playmini was founded in 1991 by Nick Paddy whose connection with the Mini came practically from the cradle. His father Graham Paddy worked for Downton Engineering the famous 60’s Mini tuning company, then and was one of the founding members of Moss Europe another classic car company.
Nick met Mr. Yamagata owner of Sanwa Trading, probably the largest Mini parts & accessory importers in Japan after seeing a Mini Nick had restored. He then suggested Nick came to Japan to see how it was all done Japanese style. As Sanwa did not have a reliable UK supplier, they approached Nick to see if he could help them out.
So jumping at the chance Nick sold his car, ICE and all worldly possessions to start up Playmini supplying quality parts to Japan. The relationship has grown over the past twenty six years, Playmini becoming a major player in the Japanese import market.
Finding our parts so successful in Japan we decided to start marketing them in the UK. Starting with the famous Playmini Maximiser exhaust system which has gone from strength to strength being sold in all corners of the world. Known as the original stainless steel sports silencer, made by Playmini and copied by many !
Playmini just comprising of three people now supplies many UK Mini specialists and shipping to most of the Japanese market with quality parts made in England from the best components. In the UK, we only supply a small number of parts focusing on quality not quantity. Our sports exhaust systems come with a limited lifetime guarantee. A twin carburettor kit made specially for the Japanese market with genuine parts and stainless steel shields, selling over three thousand kits to Japan alone, now becoming very popular in the UK. Not just suppliers like some, we are all enthusiasts who you will find regularly at Mini events and have made and restored many Mini’s most of which have been in magazines, built to the highest standards
Nicks father back in the Downton Engineering days
The original Paddy’s garage back in the 1950’s
1950’s fuel pumps at Paddy’s garage
Graham Paddy outside Downton Engineering
Director of Playmini, car enthusiast Nick now looks after the company accounts and sales. His Mini heritage goes way back some generations with his grandfather running his own garage. Nick has owned and built many classis Mini’s most of which you will all have seen in the Mini magazines. Still owning a retro saloon and van.
Andy has been with the company almost from the start. Keen car enthusiast and Mini owner knows the cars inside out and is in charge of purchasing, sales, marketing and IT. Andy has owned and built Mini’s since he was 17 some of which have featured in the Mini magazines, along with Japanese turbo cars and BMW Cooper s
Neil worked for a Rover dealer when he left school, Playmini then snatched him up and he is now looking after our goods in/out and packs all our export shipments. Again a real petrol head at heart, Neil has grown up driving about in many classic Alfa Romeo models and MG