|The trend-setting Mini Cooper will be celebrating its 60th anniversary at Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb in June alongside the Jaguar E-type as part of a spectacular weekend paying tribute to both game-changing British icons.
The Mini, in all its forms, will feature throughout the fun-packed weekend, from exciting racing action, star cars, demonstrations and movie-scene reinactments to music, op art, films, fashion and more!
First launched in 1959, the ground-breaking Mini not only revolutionised small car design forever, but became a British style icon of the Swinging Sixties. No other car has become such a huge part of the fabric of our society, fashion, popular culture and film in the way that the Mini has. From scene-stealing lead roles in The Italian Job to boasting the likes of the Beatles and Peter Sellers as ardent owners, the Mini has enjoyed unrivalled success.
In motorsport, the Mini Cooper shot to fame winning countless trophies in the hands of legends such as John Fitzpatrick, Sir John Whitmore, Paddy Hopkirk, Rauno Aaltonen and Timo Mäkinen. Six decades later, it continues to be a popular competition car thanks to its diminutive size and its ability to be tuned to make the most of its handling qualities.
Paddy Hopkirk will be joining the team along with former racer John Fitzpatrick. The E-type 60 weekend will celebrate both the Mini and the Jaguar E-type anniversaries with a super display of historic and special cars.
Paddy Hopkirk said: ‘I know that I’m not the only one who holds the Mini in great affection, and I hope you will join me in raising a glass to a true motoring icon’.
|Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motorsport venue in the world still using its original course, and is considered the jewel in the crown of hillclimbing.
Entries are now open for hillclimb classes, giving you the unique opportunity of driving the challenging 1000-yard hillclimb course in your classic Mini!
On Saturday 12 June, there will be an action-packed day of Mini mayhem on the hill, with practice sessions in the morning and timed runs in the afternoon, plus Mini demos throughout the weekend.
Notable entries already include a 1964 Austin Cooper S that was taken to victory at the Snetterton 500 in 1965 by British saloon-car legend Gerry Marshall.
Mini car clubs are actively encouraged to take part in the 60th anniversary celebrations.
All registered car clubs can reserve their own designated club display area right in the heart of the event and brand as their own.
Date: 12-13 June 2021
Location: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester, WR6 6RP
Times: Gates open at 9am and close at 5pm
Website address: www.etype60.com
Contact number: +44 (0) 1584 781588
Ticket prices: Advance tickets £22 Adult, £25 on the gate.
Children under 16 years free of charge.