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Mini madness coming to Brooklands

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ALTHOUGH the cars may be on the small side, there is nothing tiny about Brooklands Museum’s annual Mini Day on Sunday March 19 when more than 1,000 examples of one of the most iconic British small cars take the limelight at the historic site in Weybridge, Surrey.

Mini Day at Brooklands is now one of the must-attend days of its kind, with Minis of all types filling every corner of the site, and this year it will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first major upgrade of the original Mini, the Mk II of 1967.

Alongside the evergreen Austin and Morris Minis, visitors can expect to see all manner of variants and incarnations, from the Mini Cooper, Clubman and Traveller through to the less common Mini Mokes, Riley Elfs and Wolseley Hornets to customised vans, Scamps and the modern BMW models.

Dozens of Clubs have confirmed their attendance at the event from as far afield as Mini Freakz of Sussex, Yorkshire Underground Mini Club, Ipswich and Suffolk Mini Owners Club and representation from Bournemouth and Portsmouth. Under the Race Bays, dozens of stalls will be selling memorabilia, spares and other Mini paraphernalia.

Mini owners wishing to put their cars through their paces can do so, with two opportunities to tackle the famous Test Hill at 11.45 and 15.15. Those more interested in showing their cars off will be trying to catch the eyes of judges roaming the site to award prizes for the Best in Show, Best Classic and Best Modified Minis.

Visitors will also get to see the Museum’s collection of classic cars, motorcycles and aircraft, including the only Concorde open to the public in the region.

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