THIS year’s Shelsey Walsh Hill Climb from June 12 to 13 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of two iconic British cars – the Mini Cooper and the E-Type Jaguar.
The spectacular weekend will pay tribute to both game-changing cars.
The Mini, in all its forms, will feature throughout the fun-packed weekend, from exciting racing action, star cars, demonstrations and movie-scene re-enactments to music, op art, films, fashion and more.
First launched in 1959, the ground-breaking Mini not only revolutionised small car design, but became a British style icon of the Swinging Sixties.
No other car has become such a huge part of the fabric of our society, fashion, popular culture and film in the way that the Mini has.
From scene-stealing lead roles in The Italian Job to boasting the likes of the Beatles and Peter Sellers as ardent owners, the Mini has enjoyed unrivalled success.
In motorsport, the Mini Cooper shot to fame winning countless trophies in the hands of legends such as John Fitzpatrick, Sir John Whitmore, Paddy Hopkirk, Rauno Aaltonen and Timo Mäkinen.
Six decades later, it continues to be a popular competition car thanks to its diminutive size and its ability to be tuned to make the most of its handling qualities.
Philip Porter said: ‘We are delighted that rallying legend Paddy Hopkirk will be joining us along with former racer John Fitzpatrick.
“The E-type 60 weekend will celebrate both the Mini and the Jaguar E-type anniversaries with a super display of historic and special cars.
“Add to that some great 60s music from tribute band The High Tones, hill climb action on both days, Mods and Rockers scooter fun, top-notch specialist exhibitors, fashion, dancing and much more… we are gearing up to having one hell of a celebration.’
Paddy Hopkirk said: “I know that I’m not the only one who holds the Mini in great affection, and I hope you will join me in raising a glass to a true motoring icon’.”
For more on the event, what is happening when, ticket prices and booking, visit the website here.