Mini’s fiftieth anniversary will be celebrated in four classes at this year’s Silverstone Classic, with a 48-car grid in two races during the weekend of July 24-26, 2009.
Entries have been pouring in for the various classes: the modified, fast and furious Mini Se7en; the even more powerful 125mph Mini Miglia; and the extreme Mini Libre (in which category all is allowed, provided it looks like a Mini or has a Mini’s running gear); together with the S class and Appendix K, which are strictly limited to pre-’66 race specifications, they will give their ‘all’ in two pursuit-style 15-minute races on the Historic Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone.
All entrants will be competing for class trophies as well as the Laurence Bloom Memorial Trophy.
Competitors can also commemorate the anniversary event by racing their own-build Mini Se7en S Class. The Mini 7 Racing Club (M7RC) estimates that a car can be built and raced for a season with under £5,000, including the donor car and parts, excluding labor, with support and parts-sourcing offered by the M7RC.
“Mini racing is already established as a firm favorite at the Silverstone Classic, and we’re delighted to help celebrate the marque’s fiftieth anniversary this year,” commented Ken Prichard Jones, director of Racing at Silverstone Ltd.
“It’s a landmark 50 years for Mini: a true icon of British spirit, British car manufacturing and international racing, and we’re looking forward to the incredible entertainment that the Minis create at the event.”