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Spent Sunday at Brands Hatch circuit covering the Mini Festival for Performance Mini magazine, the event had plenty of this iconic cars 60 year history on track and display, along with live music and club displays...
Mini's are everywhere, starred away in the warmth of a collectors garage, used as a daily runaround for school runs and the weekly shop or as a track day car. Enthusiasts flocked from all over the UK and Europe to attend MiniFest at the legendary Brands Hatch motor sport circuit in the heart of the Kent countryside, first used as a grass track motorcycle circuit on farmland, it hosted 12 runnings of the British Grand Prix between 1964 and 1986 and currently hosts many British and International racing events.

I used Mrs D's Cooper S to feel part of the gang and upon arrival joined the Miniacs display situated a perfect spot on the bend which had great vision of Hawthorn bend as it snaked round to Dinge Dell, burgers, coffee and banter were very much of this friendly and ever growing group of Mini owners. One thing you can always guarantee at any car meet is that you will see something new every time, stand out was Jake Inwood's "Gonzo" a real love affair that has seen the owner make the car in to a creation of art, he has even made a low rider bicycle to match the car, this summed up the day for me, fun, humour and the freedom to do whatever you want with your car, I always think with Mini's the sky's the limit and it won't look out of place.

I covered a few of the early morning races, the pre pit walk about gave me the chance to photograph some of the stars of tomorrow, i'm not sure if some of them were even out of primary school, made me feel very old. The racing was bumper to bumper, very much touring cars and not the dreary F1 scenario that we have seen over the last few years. The 60 year anniversary also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Italian Job film, one of Michael Caine's most infamous roles and the coach and trio of classic Coopers brought a smile to everyones face, don't confuse this with the dreadful Matt Damon and Brad Pitt remake in 2003.

After covering some owner profiles I caught some of the live music and general photos showing the mix of Minis on display, I loved the fact that old and new Mini owners were chatting to each other, the new "BMW" Mini has been around for some years now and for me, much like the Ford Mustang has created a new following.