The Mini’s 60th birthday will be marked at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July), as the world’s biggest-ever grid of racing Minis descends on the Northamptonshire circuit.
Two 20-minute Mini Celebration Trophy races will be held, one on the Saturday, the other the following day, with qualifying on Friday, ensuring all attendees will have the chance to catch these much-loved classics in action.
Organised by Masters Historic Racing, these diamond jubilee contests will be fought out between pre-1966 competition Minis.
Indeed, this is the second anniversary race announced, as Minis will make their Goodwood Members’ Meeting debut in April.
And the celebration doesn’t stop there, as Mini track parades are planned, too, as well as in-field displays by some of the many enthusiastic owners’ clubs – and if you’ve ever been to the Silverstone Classic, you’ll know how vast and impressive the club area is.
Minis might be remembered for their rally success, including a trio of Monte-Carlo victories, but they were also campaigned successfully in series such as the British Saloon Car Championship.
“Absolutely everybody who loves cars loves the Mini, so we are really thrilled to be celebrating this major milestone in its illustrious history with two fabulous races at the Classic, where the stars are always the cars!” said Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO.
And he counts himself among those fans, as he learnt to drive and passed his driving test in a red one.
“With so many evocative examples in existence, we are expecting to create what will be the world’s biggest-ever field of racing Minis… and, in doing so, make yet more history for both the magical Mini and the Classic.”
“We are delighted that Masters has been asked to organise these Mini-only celebration races at the Silverstone Classic in July,” added Ron Maydon, Founder and President of Masters Historic Racing.
“Minis are very close to my own heart and, in their 60th-anniversary year, it only seems right that we should be showcasing a spectacular grid of infamous FIA-spec pre-66 Minis at such a great British historic racing festival.”
Buy tickets to this year’s Silverstone Classic here, with early-bird offers running until the end of March.
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