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It was fifty years ago – August 26, 1959 to be exact - that British Motor Corporation revealed the result of their development activities in creating a new compact car. The MINI was born!
It began with two new models: The Morris Mini-Minor and the Austin Seven, both with seating for four jockeys, or two nose tackles. Production of the classic Mini just kept on keeping on, finally coming to a stop in the year 2000. Then, as we all know, came the re-birth of the brand with the market launch of the new MINI in 2001.
The brand, MINI, celebrated their gold anniversary with people from all over the world wallowing in their collective MINI heritage. The festival was held at Silverstone Race Track in Great Britain last week.
MINI lovers came from Russia, Spain, Greece and Sweden. They enjoyed music, shopping for new MINI parts and accessories, racing around the track in their own Minis, Mini driver training, a carwash with some lovely ladies and seeing dozens of tricked out MINIs… call them “variations on a theme.”
But what the hey. A party like this only comes along every 50 years.
It was definitely MINI Parking Only in the sleepy little town of Clarens, South Africa when the MINI 50 celebration came to town!
Here's another of those MINI turning 50 celebrations, this time from the usually quiet Free State village of Clarens, South Africa. If you know any South Africans, you know how much like enjoy a good party!
The weekend saw an influx of MINIs both old and new lining the streets. The village green was transformed into a "MINI-Woodstock" that hosted some of the country's most popular bands, and pubs and restaurants were packed to capacity with revelers of all shapes and sizes.
Besides the requisite overpriced MINI garment sale there was a real highlight: a Q&A session with Rauno Aaltonen, the legendary Finnish racing driver who won the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally behind the wheel of an original Cooper S. At age 71, the appropriately named “Rally Professor” took to the stage for twenty minutes on Saturday afternoon and thrilled the crowd with his nostalgic racing stories from the golden-era of motor sport.
It was the place to see and be seen, where you could cut the enthusiasm with a knife. This, my friends, is what MINI motoring is all about!
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