The weekend of the 12th August marked a tremendous event for any competition Mini fan… The return of the Works Minis to Abingdon!
Sponsored by Mini Sport, and organised by John McIntosh, this perhaps ‘once in a lifetime’ event was truly something special, reuniting Works Minis with both their owners and drivers/navigators, past and present.
Over 20 original Works Minis were in attendance, along with some truly spectacular replicas, Mini Sport were not only proud sponsors, but also lucky enough to be in attendance with not one, but two Minis… Our very own Works Mini JBL 494D, previously driven by Rauno Aaltonen and Henry Liddon, and of course, our iconic 33 EJB replica.
A feast for the eyes and ears, with these historic Minis lined up outside, whilst some of the most notable names in Works history conducted panels inside with ex-drivers and navigators, including talks from former Comps managers Stuart Turner and Peter Browning!
Never a dull moment, with the fascinating history of the BMC Competitions Department, in to exciting talks about the thrills of being out on the track from names such as Paddy Hopkirk, John Rhodes, Paul Easter and Willy Cave, to name but a few.
Perhaps one of the most exciting activities of the weekend, the visit to the original Comps Hangar, where owners were given photoshoots for their Minis and a chance to explore the old Comps building, which is now a UK Mail depot!
But the weekend didn’t end there, Sunday morning came around and gave the opportunity to the owners to really test their skills putting their Minis through their paces out on the Abingdon airfield, followed by a run on the old MG test circuit route, before finally finishing off this nostalgic weekend at the Doghouse, the old Comps ‘watering hole’.
A wonderful weekend was had by all, and we certainly feel honoured to have been involved! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for exclusive footage from the event.