You may already be aware that 2019 is the 60th anniversary of the Classic Mini – first rolling off the production line on the 24th August 1959, the Mark I Mini was the beginning of a dynasty of vehicles (which soon encompassed the Mini Cooper brand) that took the world by storm.
Enthusiasts of all ages have been celebrating throughout the year, but with summer finally making an appearance (as well as the Mark I’s ‘birthday’ falling in August!), there are a number of events taking place in the coming weeks and months that are perfect for all of the family to attend.
One such event is the British Motor Museum’s National Metro and Mini Show.
British Motor Museum’s 2019 National Metro and Mini Show – Displays of Mark I’s, Mini Cooper and More!
Taking place over a single day on Sunday 4th August at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, the show has moved from its traditional date in June to August, making it perfect to celebrate the birthday of the Mini!
Aside from being dedicated to everything Austin and Morris Mini, the show is also a celebration of the Austin Metro – so any aficionados of the automotive era of the late-50s through the 60s would no doubt be in their element at the displays on show!
Stated on the event’s website, the show will feature:
- Display of ‘621 AOK’ and ‘X411 JOP’ – the first and last-produced Classic Minis.
- Display of the three Monte Carlo Rally-winning Mini Cooper S’s of 1964, 1965 and 1967, as driven by Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen.
- A ‘Britannia Job’ live stunt show – a fantastic tribute to the classic movie ‘The Italian Job’, featuring three classic Minis, police car and Bedford coach from the film (with no literal cliffhangers in sight!)
- Also on display from The Italian Job will be the Jaguar E-Type (“three fast cars if anything goes wrong”), as well as the 1965 Austin Mini Moke from the classic sci-fi series ‘The Prisoner’.
- Live music from ‘The Fab Beatles’; performing ‘early Hamburg materials’ right through to the Beatles’ break-up.
- The opportunity for you to enter your own Classic Mini, Mini Cooper, Metro or MINI into the many competitions and awards categories being held on the day.
- For fans of all classic cars, 2019 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Rover 100 and the show will have the very last-produced model on display; signed by almost 1200 people that were involved in its manufacture!
Events on Saturday & Camping At The Show
If you’re interested in making a weekend of it, The British Motor Museum has a temporary campsite that can be used on the Saturday, with a number of additional events for you to attend on the day too.
The Museum and Collections Centre has two temporary exhibitions on display; ‘The Mini: Great Little Cars’; a vast display of Mini types (including the last Mini Cooper that was produced!) and ‘The Car. The Future. Me’; exploring futuristic car design and challenging your ideas of how we may interact with the cars of tomorrow.
Not just that – but in the Motoring Cinema, the Museum’s Archive Team are also giving attendees a rare opportunity to see historic documents from their collections. The Museum is open from 10am to 5pm and the Collections Centre is open from 11am to 5.30pm – the two archive sessions will take place at 11am and 2pm.
Elsewhere on the Saturday, there are a number of attractions taking place in the afternoon, with food and drink bars being available, an ‘UnGooglable Quiz’ that will challenge the most knowledgeable of car enthusiasts and live music taking place from 6-8pm. The (literal) highlight of the day will be ‘The Glow Show’, in which attendees are encouraged to light up their cars with fairy lights and glow sticks, with prizes for the most eye-catching vehicles!
To learn more about the show, visit the British Museum website, which includes information on ticket and camping prices, as well a facility for you to book advanced (discounted) tickets.
Visit Us At The 2019 British Motor Museum’s Mini Celebration
The Mini Sport team will be one of the many stalls that will be present throughout the day, offering all of the expert Classic Mini advice, sales and general chat you need! Why not come and see us?
If you have any questions about any of the upcoming Mini events, or on how to get a hold of Mini Cooper parts and accessories, our team would be pleased to hear from you. You can get in touch with us by calling 01282 778731 or you can send any e-mail enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org