THE Mini was once voted the Best British Car Ever and more than 1,000 examples of this evergreen icon will take the spotlight at the historic Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, at the annual Mini Day on March 25.
Alongside the Austin and Morris Minis, visitors can expect to see all manner of variants and incarnations of this much-loved car, 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.
Club attendance is as loyal as ever with the South Coast well represented with Scamp Owners, Classics United, Brighton Mini Club and Mini Freakz from Sussex and from Kent, stands have been booked by Southern Mini Club, SELKent Mini Club and, bringing 50 cars, the Miniacs Only Group. Clubs from Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth and Ipswich have also earmarked the event for a club outing.
The recently reopened Finishing Straight of the Race Track will be filled with cars and clubs, along with the Paddock in front of the Clubhouse and the Motoring Village with its 1930s period buildings and sheds. The Race Bays nearby will filled with traders 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.