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Mini Madness at the Brooklands Mini Day

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THOUGH the cars may be on the small side, there is nothing tiny about Brooklands Museum’s annual Mini Day on Saturday March 22, as one of the most iconic British small cars takes the limelight at the historic site in Weybridge, Surrey.

Mini Day at Brooklands is now one of the most popular days of its kind in the South East, and is expected to attract over 1,000 Minis of all variants, filling every corner of the site.

It is a big year for one of these small cars, as the Mini Moke celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special display in the Paddock.

Elsewhere on the site, classic models like the Mini Cooper, Traveller and Clubman will be out in force, while variants such as the Riley Elf and Wolsey Hornet, customised vans, Scamps and the modern BMW models will show just how broad this marque is – not to mention dozens of club displays.

At 11.30am and 3pm the focus of attention will be on the Test Hill, as owners try to coax their precious vehicles up to the summit in front of the cheering crowd.

Dozens of stalls will be selling memorabilia, spares and other Mini paraphernalia. This year, for the first time, the public will vote on the Best in Show and there will also be prizes for Best Classic and Best Custom, with the presentations at 4pm.

Visitors will also get to see the Museum’s incredible collection of classic cars, motorcycles, aircraft, including the only Concorde open to the public in the region.  London Bus Museum, with its outstanding collection of buses and memorabilia, is also on site and entry is included in the standard Museum admission price. The Sunbeam Café will be open, with extra food and drink outlets to cope with the crowds.

Gates open to the public at 9am and entrance fees – unchanged from standard despite the extra attractions on the day – are as follows: Adults £11; Seniors £10; Children (5-16 yrs) £6; Children Under-5 free; Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children), £30.

For full details visit http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com or telephone 01932 857381. The half-hour Brooklands Concorde Experience is an extra £4 for adults, £2 for children.

Access to the Museum site for Minis is via the Campbell Gate off Brooklands Road (the B374). Parking for visitors who are not arriving in Minis is in The Heights off Wellington Way.

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