Thursday, 12 July 2018

just 1 month to go we're counting down the days until Mini in the Park 2018 bursts onto Santa Pod Raceway!

With just 1 month to go we're counting down the days until Mini in the Park 2018 bursts onto Santa Pod Raceway! 

Whether you enjoy the social life, the endless customisation, restoration, polishing, driving, classic or modern, there's something for everyone at MITP. The UK’s top Mini show for owners of classic Minis and new MINIS, expect a full day of action with all day 'mini only' RWYB, live stunt show, competitions, displays and much more!

Read on for our round up of the latest features of next month's show! Plus, save when you book before Midnight Saturday 11th August!  
WHAT'S ON 2018
'Mini only' RWYB
This year we are more excited than ever to take on the 1/4 mile drag strip at Santa Pod. With a new surface being laid out which promises to be better than ever we can't wait to burn down the track in the fastest time possible. If you haven’t taken your Mini down the track before we 100% recommended you do.
Magazine Stand
Naturally, Mini In The Park wouldn’t be complete without your favourite magazines in attendance. As ever we’ll have a massive stand at the show selling the latest issue, along with Show special subscription offers, back issues, t-shirts and more! Plus, we’ll be showing off some of the best feature cars from the last year from Mini Magazine, MiniWorld and the new Performance Mini Magazine.
Save money and avoid on the gate ticket ques by purchasing your ticket in advance!

Why not come on Saturday? With a dedicated RWYB from 17:30 - 20:00 at £10 for unlimited runs, the funfair open all afternoon and Fuelers bar open from 20:00 it makes perfect sense!

Not a member of a club but own a Mini? Why not come and display your car at the show in our dedicated individual display area.



Silverstone Classic



• The fast and famous join BTCC celebrations at the Silverstone Classic    
• Reigning champion Ash Sutton tops all-star cast on Tin Top Sunday
• 150+ great cars set to honour six decades of epic bumper-bashing action    
• Party-goers include touring car legends: Allam, Cleland, Fitzpatrick, Harvey, Huff, Plato, Rydell, Soper and Tordoff 
• All tickets must be purchased in advance 
• Media accreditation closes at midnight on Tuesday 17 July 

As befits a brilliant birthday bash, the MSA British Touring Car Championship’s 60th-anniversary celebrations at next weekend’s Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) will be encrusted with diamonds.

Never before has there been such a spectacular and star-studded line-up of legendary drivers and iconic cars – all highlighting the on-going success of the country’s premier motor racing series on Tin Top Sunday at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.

Honouring the magical milestone, the packed programme on Tin Top Sunday features no fewer than four evocative touring car grids. These will star more than 150 cars that either have actually raced in the BTCC or that accurately represent those that have wowed massive television and trackside audiences over the last six decades.

What’s more, the roster of famous touring car drivers honouring the magical milestone includes no fewer than six BTCC champions: John Fitzpatrick (1966), John Cleland (1989 and 1995), Tim Harvey (1992), Rickard Rydell (1998), Jason Plato (2001 and 2010) and Ash Sutton (2017) – the current title holder fulfilling a childhood dream racing in the JET Super Touring Car Trophy races at the largest retro racing extravaganza on Earth.

“I’ve never been involved in the Silverstone Classic, but I know it’s a great event and I’m excited about competing there for the first time,” said the reigning BTCC champion. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and getting behind the wheel of a Super Tourer is obviously a fantastic opportunity, so I’m really grateful to be given this wonderful opportunity to be part of something so special.”

“Like many people, I grew up watching touring cars in that era and that obviously had a big influence on me,” continued Sutton. “The manufacturers involved and the money that was being spent back then meant these were highly engineered cars, so I can’t wait to see what the boys had to play with back in the 90s.”

Sutton will be making his Silverstone Classic debut behind the wheel of a 1996 Honda Accord and he will be competing against two former champions. Super Swede, Rydell is returning to the racetrack in his title-winning Volvo S40 exactly 20 years after taking the coveted crown in 1998 while the ever popular John Cleland – a boyhood hero of Sutton’s – is still racing the Vauxhall Vectra he first campaigned in 1997.

Harvey is another title winner to be reliving history: he’s contesting the Historic Touring Car Challenge in one of the V8-propelled Rover SD1 Vitesses in which he first made his name back in the late eighties.

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick, the oldest living BTCC champion, and Plato, the series’ most victorious driver with 98 victories, will be fronting a stellar Diamond Jubilee BTCC Anniversary Parade on Tin Top Sunday.

Fittingly, 60 standout saloon and touring cars are being assembled for the glittering birthday cavalcade. This will take place on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and include both last year’s title-winning Adrian Flux supported Subaru Levorg and an Austin Westminster as raced by the late Jack Sears to the inaugural crown in 1958.

Other notable cars joining the parade include Doc Shepherd’s title-winning Austin A40 from 1960, Graham Hill’s race-winning Jaguar Mk2 (complete with its famous BUY 12 number plate) from 1962, Frank Gardner’s title-winning Ford Escort from 1968 and the whacky Volvo 850 Estate which will be reunited with its original driver – Rickard Rydell – specially for the occasion.

Adding even further to the celebrations, a large number of past and present BTCC aces also will be in action at the Silverstone Classic. These include Jeff Allam (racing a Ford Capri), Ian Flux (racing a Mazda 323F), Jason Hughes (racing his period MG ZS), Rob Huff (racing a Lotus Cortina), Karl Jones (racing his period Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500), Steve Soper (racing a Lotus Cortina), Sam Tordoff (racing a Porsche 356 and an Austin Healey), Patrick Watts (racing a Ford Capri and Rejo Mk3) and Nick Whale (racing a BMW M3).

With so many BTCC stars attending the 60th-anniversary birthday party, a special photocall will take place in the International Paddock immediately after the second Super Touring showdown at 3.45pm on Tin Top Sunday. All drivers who have raced in the BTCC are invited to muster and the opportunity will provide touring car fans of all ages with a wonderful chance to meet their heroes.

Visitors are reminded that tickets for the Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance and are available until midnight on Thursday 19 July. Adult admission is priced from just £45 and, once again, all tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.

Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are available on the website. Hospitality and camping options are also available.

Photo caption (above): Four of the BTCC champions joining the 60th-anniversary celebrations at the Silverstone Classic: John Fitzpatrick, Rickard Rydell, Jason Plato and Ash Sutton.

LIVING THE DREAM - Young Driver scheme debuts at Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Classic



• Young Driver scheme debuts at Silverstone Classic    
• Chance for budding petrol heads to get behind the wheel    
• 10-minute first drive taster sessions on offer to fuel future passions  
• All tickets must be purchased in advance
• Media accreditation closes at midnight on Tuesday 17 July 

This month’s Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) may be all about nostalgia but, with one eye on the future, driving experiences will be available for those too young to venture out onto the roads just yet. 
In the UK driving licences are only available to those aged 17 but, thanks to Young Driver - the UK’s largest under 17 driving lesson provider -  anyone aged 10 and over (and 1.42 metres or taller) can get behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa as part of the new Drive Live initiative.
As an introductory offer – and to whet the appetites of budding petrol-heads – 10-minute taster sessions will be available between 09:00 and 18:00 on all three days at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.
Sessions will be priced at just £5 and, with so many families attending, demand is anticipated to be high. However, to avoid the frustration of queuing at an event which has so much to offer both on and off the famous Grand Prix circuit, time slots can be booked in advance.  
Young drivers will be taught to drive in a brand new dual-controlled Corsa with a member of the Young Driver team. There are over 450 highly qualified ADIs across the UK in the Young Driver centres, all of whom have been DBS checked and individually trained in how to adapt the DVSA curriculum to be appropriate for younger children.
During their one-to-one tuition, tomorrow’s motorists will learn a whole host of skills including starting, driving, braking, corner control, changing gear, stopping and even reversing. 
“With more and more families attending the Silverstone Classic every year, we are always eager to provide more interactive entertainment and opportunities to fuel the passions of our massively enthusiastic younger visitors,” explained Nick Wigley, Event Director.  
“In the past we’ve offered some great simulators and junior whacky wheelers but now, for the very first time, those too young to drive on our roads will also be able to get behind the wheel of a real car and experience the wonderful thrills of driving – how exciting is that?” 
Located in the heart of the Shopping Village area close to the Town Square and JET Village Green, Drive Live will also provide more mature show-goers (aged 25 and over) with the chance to experience the latest range of Self-Charging Hybrid models from trail-blazing Lexus for free! 
After a short-briefing on the controls of the car, visitors will be able to sample the Lexus’s everyday delights on a 30-minute test drive set on the open roads around the circuit. Simplifying things further, directions will be programmed into the vehicle’s Sat Nav – what’s more a prize will be awarded for the most economical driver on the route.  
All tickets for the Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance. Adult admission is priced from just £45 and, once again, all tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer. 
Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are available on the website. Hospitality and camping options are also available.

Friday, 6 July 2018


Silverstone Classic



• New milestone with world's biggest-ever Formula Junior entry    
• Diamond Jubilee World Tour reaches a thrilling finale at Silverstone Classic    
• Four epic encounters set to wow festival visitors  
• All tickets must be purchased in advance  
This month’s Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) is already another record breaker having attracted an unprecedented number of entries for its history-making Formula Junior races.

The special Silverstone showdowns are the fitting finale to an amazing three-year Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour celebrating the globally popular category’s 60th anniversary, and they have attracted an incredible entry featuring no fewer than 118 cars – the largest gathering of Formula Junior racers ever assembled anywhere on Earth.

The massive World Tour kicked off in South Africa in January 2016. Since then, anniversary races have been staged in New Zealand, Australia, North America and throughout Europe with visits to many famous circuits such as Pau, Monza, Spa, Indianapolis, Mosport, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and Zandvoort.

Now, after more than 100 races across four continents, the outstanding World Tour reaches its thrilling conclusion at the Silverstone Classic with a world record turn-out.

To accommodate the extraordinary turn-out, grids have been split into the front- and rear-engined categories, with individual races for both groupings on Saturday and Sunday. Each race will feature 54 starters, and the presence of 10 reserves will guarantee capacity fields on both days.

“For three years, travelling to 13 countries and now racing at our 30th circuit for the Silverstone Classic, the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour has been truly the most fabulous experience,” confirmed Duncan Rabagliati, Chairman of the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association, the brains and energy behind the international Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

“Amongst what makes Formula Junior so special and unique is the sheer number of different makes of car represented and, in our unrivalled Silverstone Classic entry, we have no less than 33 marques, as well as 13 nationalities of driver.”

The brainchild of Italian Count ‘Johnny’ Lurani, Formula Junior was introduced in 1958 as an affordable stepping-stone for young drivers with their sights set on reaching Formula 1. The concept of a small, single-seater chassis powered by a 1.0 or 1.1-litre production engine became an instant hit, with hundreds and hundreds of cars competing all over the planet.

Underlining the talent nurtured, the four record-breaking grids at the Classic are dedicated to a quartet of legendary F1 World Champions – Jim Clark OBE, John Surtees CBE, Denny Hulme OBE and Jochen Rindt – all of whom cut their competitive teeth racing these mini Grand Prix cars back in the late fifties and early sixties.

“As the world’s biggest classic motoring racing festival, the Silverstone Classic is no stranger to setting new world records and we’re thrilled that these unprecedented numbers of Formula Juniors are adding to the Classic’s astonishing roll of honour,” said Nick Wigley, Event Director.  

“What’s more, the fiercely-fought Formula Junior encounters are always among some of the most exciting on the race card. Now, with more than 50 cars slipstreaming each other as they dice around the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, we are all going to be treated to some truly spectacular action as these incredible Diamond Jubilee celebrations scale new heights.”

Fans wishing to experience the worlds biggest ever gathering of Formula Junior cars must buy their tickets in advance. Adult admission is priced from just £45 and, once again, all advance tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer.

Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are available on the website. Hospitality and camping options are also available.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


Turbosmart Sprint Test
The Sprint Test promises to be one of the most heated competitions of the day. It's a simple test of flat line speed against fellow enthusiasts with the quickest of the day winning the coveted trophy. Tickets available now online or at the show...
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Track Time - Sponsored By Nankang
Once again Ford Fair gives you the chance to take on the UK's most world renowned circuit which is Silverstone. There are still track sessions available for advanced purchase but they are selling quickly so you need purchase your slot ASAP to secure your place on the track! 
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Escort Display
The summer of the Escort continues, next stop Ford Fair! Ford's now-iconic model celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate we are giving you the chance to bring your Escort and be part of this epic display. If you want to be part of this historic display follow the link to find out more...
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Auto Finesse Show & Shine Competition
The Show & Shine competition brings together a selection of only the very best presented Fords from the entire UK and sometimes beyond! If you think you and your Ford up to scratch you have 3 days left to apply! Applications close Friday 6th July!
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Day admission includes show entry ticket, a 2018 Ford Fair t-shirt and a souvenir edition of Fast Ford magazine.

Day admission includes show entry ticket, a 2018 Ford Fair hoodie and a souvenir edition of Fast Ford magazine.


>> CAMPING ADD ON £12 <<


  In his biography of Enzo Ferrari, Brock Yates summed up Jacky Ickx in one perfect phrase writing Jacky Ickx has " . . . the heart of a lion".

     "There is something heroic about Jacky Ickx," said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. "When things are at their worst Ickx is at his best. Grace under pressure doesn't begin to describe him. He's a racer whose abilities, reputation and record stand with the greatest of all time."

      Five-time Le Mans winner and 2007 Amelia Honoree Derek Bell said of Ickx, "For me he was the Ayrton Senna of his time".

     The centerpiece of Ickx's racing career is six victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Yet that's just the headline. His versatility is legendary. Ickx is the 1967 European Formula 2 Champion and owns eight World Championship F1 victories (and three non-championship wins) plus second place in the 1969 and 1970 F1 World Championships. Ickx scored 37 individual race victories in the World Sports Car Championship and back-to-back World Sports Car Championships in 1982 and 1983. In America he won the 1979 Can-Am Championship, the 1969 Sebring 12 Hours with Jackie Oliver and the 1972 Daytona "24" with Mario Andretti. The versatile Ickx also logged victory in the 1977 Bathurst 1000 and the 1966 24 Hours of Spa, a class win and second overall in the Nurburgring's grinding 84-hour Marathon de la Route plus his legendary victory in the brutal 10,000-kilometer 1983 Paris-Dakar Rally -- "the war without bullets" -- for Mercedes-Benz.

  "It is an honor to have 'Mr. Le Mans' as our 2019 honoree," said Warner, "Especially on the 50th anniversary of the first of his six Le Mans victories."

Amelia Concours d'Elegance's 2019 Honoree Jacky Ickx is a six-time Le Mans winner, 1979 Can-Am Champion, a Formula 1 victor and a Daytona, Sebring and Paris-Dakar winner.

MINI IN THE PARK - Sunday 12th August - Santa Pod Raceway

What ever type of Mini Owner you are we want you to join us at The Pride of Ownership Display! 

Open to all Mini owners this is the laid back sister of Show 'n' Shine and ConcoursIt's simply about displaying your Mini and your style in a display where all the Mini personalities come together!

On the day, the top 20 specially selected Minis will be invited to take part in the Pride of Ownership parade in the Live Action Arena and one owner will be crowned the winner! 
Want to enter follow the link below  only 40 minis will be selected so it's important you enter now! Entry closes Friday 13th July. 

Don't forget, two children under 14 go FREE with every adult ticket!

Weekend camping tickets also available for just £25*





• New support for TV’s Wheeler Dealer shows at the Silverstone Classic 
• Austin 7, ‘Frogeye Sprite’, MGA and Porsche 356 under the spotlight    
• Comprehensive selection of world-famous Haynes manuals on sale
• All tickets must be purchased in advance  

One of the most famous names in motoring will be in the spotlight at this month’s spectacular Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) with today’s announcement that Mike Brewer’s hugely-popular Car Clinics will be presented by Haynes Publishing.

Founded by John Haynes OBE, Haynes Publishing has been the power behind the world's leading illustrated workshop car and motorcycle manuals for more the 50 years. Its range of essential guidebooks will be well-known to the vast majority of the 100,000 attending the magical three-day festival, notably the owners of the 10,000 classic cars that make up the dazzling in-field displays.

Enhancing its revered reputation, Haynes Publishing will not only be presenting the Car Clinics hosted by TV personality Brewer from the Discovery Channel’s ‘Wheeler Dealers’ programme but will also have a comprehensive stand from which visitors can purchase manuals.

Adding to the collaboration, an Austin 7 ‘special’ and an Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite are among the captivating cars coming under Brewer’s expert eye during breaks in the unrivalled roster of retro races. Both of these treasured models have significant pertinence to Haynes.

While still at school, in 1956 a young John Haynes wrote and published his book on building a ‘special’ based on an Austin 7. Then, ten years later, the first ‘proper’ Haynes Owners Workshop Manual followed the strip-down and rebuild of a Frogeye, complete with the practical step-by-step photography that has become so synonymous with all Haynes manuals.

What’s more, the two models coming before Brewer both have great stories to tell. Nick-named ‘Simplicity’, the Austin 7 (photo: below top) was built as a competition special in 1930 by Jack French and today is still regularly seen in VSCC organised sprints and hill climbs, while the Sprite (photo: below bottom) is arguably the most important in existence having won its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1959.

Other notable cars being reviewed on Brewer’s stage include an ex-works MGA with RAC Rally and Mille Miglia pedigree, an interesting 1954 Ford Consul MK1 (photo: below middle left) now armed with a 2-litre Ford Zetec heart plus a beautifully restored Porsche 356 (photo: below middle right) – a fine example of the first production model produced by Porsche in 1948, which is celebrating its 70th birthday at this summer’s Classic.

“We could hardly have found a more apt – nor able – partner for our Car Clinics than Haynes Publishing. It’s a legendary company whose manuals have become a godsend to all those lucky enough to have a classic car in their garage,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, organiser of the Silverstone Classic. “In recent years, Mike’s highly informative and entertaining clinics have become a big hit with Silverstone Classic visitors and he certainly has some wonderfully interesting cars to review later this month.”

Like so much of the amazing off-track entertainment at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, admission to Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics presented by Haynes Publishing is totally free to all ticket holders along with access to both racing paddocks, open trackside grandstands, vintage funfair rides, the Yokohama Chelsea Skills zone, 4x4 rides, streetcar shootout showdowns, Terry Grant’s stunt driving shows plus a host of fun-fuelled family activities on the JET Village Green.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and adult admission is priced from just £45 with considerable savings on offer for both families and those spending the full weekend at Silverstone. Hospitality and camping options are also available. Full details can be found on the website.