James Martin, famous TV chef and “Strictly Come Dancing” participant who made it to the semi-finals will be their driving a vintage Mini in two of the twelve races dedicated to Minis.
James owns two Mini John Cooper original 1960s works rally cars so is a real Mini enthusiast. He will be teaming up with Andy Harrison in Andy’s Austin Mini Cooper S on Sunday in the 40 minute Sanwa Trophy which is an endurance race. The other race that they will take part in is the Mini All-Comers again being held on Sunday. They will be car number 72.
James said, “I’m really looking forward to the Mini Festival. The Mini is iconic and I think everyone has a place in their heart for the car. I will be dropping my pans at the Saturday Kitchen and coming straight down to Brands Hatch for qualifying on Saturday. Andy Harrison, a friend of mine who helps me prep my Minis, told me about the event and I’m particularly looking forward to taking part in the Sanwa Trophy Endurance race. It’s the first time I have raced this car so it’s going to be interesting, it will certainly handle differently to the rally Mini I drive. I’ve driven a few laps around the circuit but nothing like this, but I’ve been looking at the racing lines on YouTube. Brands Hatch is a great circuit for the spectator and an ideal place to race a Mini.”
Russ Swift is a world recognized stunt driver who will be doing a Mini stunt show. Other planned events over the weekend include a fun fair, rally demonstration, live music and air show.
If you are visiting the show in your classic Mini you will receive free privileged parking but do make sure you have classic car insurance in place before setting off.