60 up for Mini
The record-breaking Mini grids at next month’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July) have just got even larger.
Special dispensation has come from Motorsport UK, the governing body of UK motor sport, for the addition of two extra entries to the previously permitted sell-out 58 car grid, ensuring the British motoring icon’s 60th birthday is celebrated in fitting style.
As a result, the pair of spectacular showdowns for the Mini Celebration Trophy will – aptly – now feature 60 competition prepared Cooper S’s all dating back to the evocative pre-1966 era.
Not only will this be the greatest field of retro racing Minis ever seen on the planet but also the largest ever starting grid in the Classic’s own outstanding history.
Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO, said: ‘It only seems right and proper that we mark the Mini’s 60th milestone with a 60-car grid.
‘As well as being a sixties fashion icon, the Mini’s reputation was built on some wonderful motor sport successes, so there could neither be a better, nor more appropriate, way to celebrate its 60th anniversary than with an incredible 60-strong grid at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.’
With all the pre-1966 Minis equipped with similar race-prepared 1275cc engines and built to identical technical regulations, the level of competition is going to be spirited.
Those wishing to join the party for Sir Alec Issigonis’ game-changing Mini are offered a wide range of ticket choices along with camping and hospitality options. All those coming to this summer’s Silverstone Classic must buy tickets in advance.
Adult admission starts at £45 and all tickets will provide access to both racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts which this summer mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on both Friday and Saturday evenings, Drive Live test drives, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.
Full details of all 2019 ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.com website.