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PostSubject: Happy birthday Mini: 55 years old TODAY   18th August 2014, 20:39





Mini at 55: celebrating the legend:
On August 18th 1959, a small icon was born. A little car that would grow up to become a symbol of the 1960s and one of the most recognisable cars on the planet. We say happy 55th birthday to the Mini with a look through the highlights of the International Mini Meeting (IMM) in Kent.

As the 1959 Mini celebrates its 55th birthday in 2014, we take a look at the highlights of this year’s recent International Mini Meeting. Young and old, most of the family was there…
Happy birthday Mini: 55 years old TODAY – in pictures
http://www.motoringresearch.com/featured/happy-birthday-mini-55-years-old-in-pictures-0818947528

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PostSubject: Re: Happy birthday Mini: 55 years old TODAY   22nd August 2014, 23:49

Sorry but you got your dates wrong, the mini birthday is on 26th Aug 1959 not the 18th
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini
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PostSubject: Re: Happy birthday Mini: 55 years old TODAY   23rd August 2014, 09:52

I think it depends whether you mark the birthday as the official Press Launch day at Chobham, Surrey on 18th August 1959 or the public launch on 26th August 1959.



"When the press first got their hands on BMC’s new car on the 18-19 August 1959 at Chobham in Surrey, they were not shy to praise it; the Mini’s unique personality, exceptional space efficiency, relatively good performance and tenacious front-wheel-drive handling meant that it was a sure fire hit with the critics. It swept aside the conservatism that was rife in the corporation and the perception of BMC in the public’s eye was changed indelibly"

"Launch day itself was the 26 August 1959. This was also the day that the car the Mini was replacing, the Austin A35, went out of production. Perhaps this was because launch day had been brought forward from the 2 September at the last minute."
http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/cars/mini-classic/the-cars-mini-development-history-part-1/

On the classic forums it has also been suggested if the Queen can have two birthdays then why can't the Mini too! The Mini also has 8th May (or something close) for when the first one was built, so a total of three birthdays maybe?  Laughing

Chobham Test Track is located on a former airfield located in Chertsey, Surrey. Chobham offers a unique driving experience with one of the only circuits to have a forest track simulating a rally experience. The 2 miles circuit re-opened to the public in 2009 and offers a range of driving experiences and track days.
Length: 2 miles
Turns: 14
"The super fast testing ground of Chobham Test Track is A.K.A. Longcross Proving Ground, and re-opened in 2009 having spent a few years in the wilderness without operation. Many motor sport enthusiasts were once again delighted to be driving upon the 2 mile circuit that has proved a popular choice over the years, combining many bends & corners with lengthy straights. Chobham test Track is also considered to be so popular largely because of the beautiful countryside of the surrounding area, running through forested areas and giving a certain Rally-esque feel.
The track is an old base that has been under Ministry of Defence control since WWII, and has been used to test tanks such as the Chieftain and Challenger - with great slopes and a 3 mile surrounding driving area."
http://www.experiencedays.co.uk/chobham-test-track
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