Britain's favourite little car will be celebrated at
Oulton Park on Saturday 12 July when the Cheshire circuit hosts its
first ever Mini Festival.
The event has grown from the hugely successful Brands
Hatch Mini Festival, which began in 2012 and attracts hundreds of
A full timetable of 11 races will be complemented by an
assortment of off-track entertainment that includes stunt driver
Russ Swift, taster driving lessons for 11-17-year-olds, live music,
and the opportunity for Mini owners to take to the circuit
themselves at the day's conclusion in a special parade
One highlight of the racing is the
appearance of two-time Le Mans-winning Aston Martin works driver
Darren Turner, who will be driving a Mini Cooper S.
Minis new and old will be in action, the newest and
fastest of which are part of the Power Maxed MINI Challenge. A free
public gridwalk will give fans the chance to meet the drivers and
get up close to cars of the MINI Challenge minutes before their
second race of the day. The Scottish Mini Cooper Cup brings more
new MINIs to the Cheshire circuit for a pair of races.
The earliest Minis are saved for the Kent Cams Cup, open
to Minis produced prior to 1966. Original Minis also compete in the
Mini Miglia and Se7en championships.
World-renowned stunt driver Russ Swift headlines the
off-track entertainment, performing his spectacular show throughout
the day in his MINI Cooper S. The rally stage will be the scene of
some equally impressive car control, with rally-prepared Minis
tackling Oulton Park's asphalt course.
Live music from Manchester duo The Distance, a large trade
village featuring some of the biggest names in the world of Mini,
and a special Mini display will keep Festival-goers entertained,
while younger Mini fans can get behind the wheel with the
innovative YoungDrive! taster sessions. A DSA-approved instructor
will introduce early-learner 11-17-year-old drivers to the basics
of motoring in the 15-minute sessions, which will be available to
book on the day.
Mini owners will cap the inaugural Oulton Park Mini
Festival with a parade around the circuit, and owners are
encouraged to join the large display by taking advantage of special
discounted tickets. There is more at oultonpark.mini-festival.co.uk/mini-owners.
The Oulton Park Mini Festival takes place on
Saturday 12 July. Tickets cost £18 in advance.
for more details.