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In its 60th anniversary year it seems the Mini has really captured the imagination of historic racers and it seems we will be seeing plenty of them in action this summer. With such demand at Goodwood that they had to run two Mini-only grids instead of one, there are also two races for the little car and a huge parade scheduled at the Silverstone Classic. While the Mini was a successful racing car, it was also a giant slayer in the rally world in the early ‘60s, with Paddy Hopkirk taking outright victory in the Monte Carlo in 1963. The Historic Rally Car Register runs a Mini trophy within their UK championship sponsored by Mini Sport of Padiham and Mintex brakes, and they report that they have a record 27 Minis registered in their Mini Sport Cup this year.
|In one of the most significant changes to the administration of motorsport in the UK, Motorsport UK Council Members voted unanimously to approve new articles of association, which bring it in line with Sport England’s Code of Governance and best practice. The new articles see the Motorsport UK Board become the ultimate decision-making body in the governance of UK motorsport. This has historically been the role of the Motorsport Council, who will now become the body that informs and advises the Board on key issues affecting motorsport, helping to shape strategy and promoting the sport in the UK. The Board will be made up of a greater proportion of independent non-executive directors, in addition to the members representing the sport’s direct interests.||
The Council will expand significantly to include representatives of a wider range of stakeholders, including motorsport venues, broader motorsport activities such as commercial karting and the motorsport industry in general. This will allow a greater range of views to be considered and ensure the governing body better reflects the whole sport. Another important decision taken by the Board was the appointment of Tom Purves as the new Chairman of the reformed Motorsport Council, taking over from Tony Scott Andrews at the end of his nine-year tenure. Purves has previously served as a Director of Motorsport UK and is also a former Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club.
Launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1969, and marketed by Ford as ‘The Car You Always Promised Yourself’, the Ford Capri celebrates it 50th anniversary this year and will be given time on the Grand Prix circuit for a special parade at the Silverstone Classic. Close to two million Capris were produced before the model’s demise at the end of 1986. This will be an additional celebration to the Mini 60th anniversary and Bentley’s 100th birthday, which will also be marked at the Classic. For racers, the Capri represents a very successful Touring Car and the world’s most successful Capri racer, Gordon Spice, will lead the celebrations with the presentation of a special trophy to the top-performing Capri in the HTCC race at the Classic. This grid regularly features large numbers of Capris –including some actually raced by Spice in period - and as part of the anniversary celebrations, exceptionally this year’s grid at the Classic will also accept entries from a number of later-generation, flame-spitting Ford Cosworth RS500s. These have raced at the Classic in the past in the Super Touring field, but diminishing grid numbers have meant that the super tourers will be taking a break from the Classic this year.