The legendary Brands Hatch circuit in Kent once again hosted the Brands Hatch Mini Festival for the fifth time on 16/17 July with a bigger and better event for 2016! The event is a celebration of all things Mini from the classic Austin Mini of the late 1950s to its modern hatchback incarnation - all are welcome to join in the fun!
On track action was solely devoted to the Mini with the Mighty Minis and Super Mighty Minis joining the superb race schedule provided by the Power Maxed MINI Challenge, Mini Se7en, Mini Miglias and Pre-66 Minis.
Coupled with a superb race schedule, there was a host of Mini-themed activities away from the circuit, including an extended Terry Grant stunt show across both days, live music, jet minis, rally demonstrations, children's entertainment and trade village.
Mini clubs from across the UK and Europe showcased their pride and joys with the chance to take part in a parade lap around the track. More than 30 car clubs were in attendance.
The third Oulton Park Mini Festival took place on 20 August, after a spectacular event in 2015, with a bumper line-up of entertainment on and off the track. On-track entertainment was provided by an all-Mini racing line-up, with all types of Mini set to star, from the original Austin Cooper S to the latest BMW incarnation.
Newer machines compete in the Power Maxed MINI Challenge, the fastest Mini racing series in the UK. From 2016, MINI Challenge is divided into three grids, one for the John Cooper Works Mini and the brand new Gen 3, which is the highest-spec UK tin-top available outside the BTCC, and one for the entry-level Cooper Class. A new Open class will see action from the ever popular R53 Cooper S.
The classic Issigonis design is represented by the Mini Se7ens and Mini Miglias, two championships renowned for wheel-to-wheel action.
The Mini racing line-up is completed by an all-comers race, which is open to all types of Mini, including modified one-offs.
The venue was filled Minis, with enthusiasts travelling from far and wide to soak up the atmosphere. There were opportunities to mingle with like-minded souls from Mini owners' clubs, browse Mini paraphernalia in the trade village, and get closer to the race cars in the open paddock as they were prepared for battle.
For more information, please visit the official website here