There was nothing mini about celebrations at this year’s Goodwood Revival, except to mark the diamond anniversary of the historic car.
The original Mini was produced by the English-based British Motor Corporation until 2000 and considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture.
On its introduction in August, 1959, the Mini was marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor.
BMW acquired the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) in 1994, and sold the greater part of it in 2000, but retained the rights to build cars using the Mini name.
Around 150,000 fans who flocked to the classic three-day event last weekend, many in period dress, were in for plenty of special treats.
The meeting gave everyone the chance to take a step back in time with the festival celebrating the glamour of car racing when Goodwood was a motor circuit between 1948 and 1966, with special Mini celebrations and D-Day commemorations. Vehicles included an M4 Sherman tank, a Ford Swimming Jeep and an M8 armoured car.
With three days of glorious sunshine, the heat was on both on and off the track. Petrol-heads were treated to 15 races, track parades and demonstrations while vintage fashion enthusiasts could browse the many stalls, or catch the daily best dressed competition presented by Mastercard.
Another special 60 years celebration took place when Goodwood Revival recreated the historic 1959 RAC Tourist Trophy.
The Revival took the opportunity to bring the remarkable race back to life not only in celebration of Aston Martin’s landmark anniversary, but also as part of birthday celebrations being staged to honour Sir Stirling Moss, who turned 90 on Tuesday, this week.
A full house of VIPs and members of the media flocked to the iconic Race Control building at Goodwood Revival on Saturday for the Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum.
Before track action officially got under way, the star-studded panel of Derek Bell, Jochen Mass, Alain de Cadenet and Professor Gordon Murray shared their memories of the 1970s.
The Duke of Richmond made an appearance to the forum to share fond memories of a decade in which the Goodwood Motor Circuit was officially closed to racing:
He said: “I used to ring up the Control Tower, then drive round in whatever car I had at the time. People used to be here testing – sometimes illegally! By the time we knew they were here, they’d gone. It’s amazing that we’re all back here at Goodwood 40 years later.”
Between the racing and incredible D-Day track parade to mark 75 years, more Minis were on display in the Earls Court building, which was transformed into a live film set and celebrated 50 years of the film The Italian Job.
The Italian Job is a British comedy caper film starring Michael Caine as Charlie Croker, leader of a cockney criminal gang released from prison with the intention of doing a “big job” in Italy to steal gold bullion.
Marking the anniversary of the film, visitors could watch red, white and blue Coopers recreate the iconic car chase, which took place through the beautiful Italian city of Turin, with the three cars racing round past the cafes.
Spectators could also recreate their own scene with a special photo booth inside a replica of the minibus with a stack of gold.
In the film, on the mountain roads, the driver loses control of the coach. The back of the bus is left teetering over a cliff and the gold slides towards the rear doors.
Michael Caine’s character’s 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Volante was also on display next to a front end loader which famously crushes the car in the film.
For aviation enthusiasts, planes on display at the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation included a rare 1939 Douglas C41A, a 1944 Beechcraft D-17S Staggerwing, a 1914-type Bristol Scout and air displays including a Spitfire-Mustang Duo.