It was reminiscent of a ’60′s love fest. A fortnight or so ago, more than 25,000 Mini lovers and their 10,000+ Mini cars assembled at the famed Silverstone F1 Raceway, just a short drive from London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the quirky little car, aptly named Mini United.
This is an anniversary year for several other renown British institutions – Wedgewood’s famous blue object d’art, Darwin’s two hundredth birthday, the sinking of Radio Caroline, mini skirts and the whole Carnaby Street sixties phenomenon.
To prepare a small group of journalists for the Mini event, the British Tourist Association planned a special itinerary that revisited several venues on a cross-the-UK-odyssey in Mini’s all with right hand drive on motorways (expressways) and lovely country lanes with bordering hedgerows.
The sights included Carnaby Street, Camden, the Heritage Motor Museum, the oldest movie house in the UK, a Birmingham shop specializing in artwork for album covers, Darwin’s hometown and then to Silverstone. Two days of rather intense driving, sight seeing and historical backgrounders. (more…)