MiniWorld April 2021

MiniWorld is the original and best-selling magazine for the Mini. It’s jam-packed with the best modified Minis in the world, from full-on custom cars to beautiful restorations. There’s news, club info and technical features, plus our huge classified section can get you on the road to enjoying the brilliant Mini scene.

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forward thinking

The photo above captured a moment of excitement for me during the strange summer of 2020. To be fair there wasn't much of note happening around that time as there were sadly few chances to meet up with folk at Mini shows. The lack of events meant that we were reliant on our lovely readers letting us know about their fantastic Minis rather than us happening across them while at Mini events. This year has started off in much the same way so do please email me a few photos of your Mini if you would like it featured in MiniWord. We'd particularly like to hear from owners of Mini Coopers as it's the 60th anniversary of the start of production. We are hopeful that some Mini and classic car…

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miniworld tribute: rémy julienne

Precision stunt driver, Rémy Julienne, who turned the Mini Cooper into a movie star with his work on 1969 film The Italian Job, died in January at the age of 90. Once described as the "daredevil of French cinema," Rémy’s 40-year career saw him participate in more than 1,400 productions, including six James Bond movies. Born in the village of Cepoy in the Loiret, Julienne was riding motorbikes by the age of 12 and was the 1957 Motocross Champion of France. He turned up on the set of the 1964 comedy, Fantômas with his BSA Gold Star, hoping to secure work. The stunt supervisor, Gil Delamare, was impressed and Julienne never looked back. “At the time, I had no career plan but I was a big fan of cinema.” At first,…

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electric dreams for small car big city

Tour company Small Car Big City, which drives visitors around London landmarks in Minis, is asking for public help to future-proof its business and make it more environmentally-friendly. A SCBC spokesperson said: “Environmental preservation has always been hugely important to us. The next decade is going to be critical in the fight to combat climate change and we firmly believe that everyone has a responsibility to play their part in the recovery. Inspired by the Mayor of London’s commitment to improving air quality in the capital, our aim is to not only offset the carbon we produce but to actually be carbon negative by 2022. We’ll do this by converting our fleet to electric, focusing on sustainable tourism and providing eco-tours of the capital. The goal is ambitious but simple:…

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coventry's italian job

Over the weekend of 17-18 July 2021 there will be a chance for Mini owners to pay homage to the 1969 film The Italian Job in Coventry where the famous sewer scene was filmed. Kevin Conway, an organiser of Coventry’s Italian Job said: “In the year Coventry becomes the City of Culture, we are recreating the classic route taken by Michael Caine and others in the classic film The Italian Job. The 1969 movie’s iconic drive through the tunnels were filmed in Coventry’s Stoke Aldermoor. Now, 52 years later, the city will witness the car chase where it first took place. For years I’d known the movie had been filmed round the corner from where I lived but there was nothing to show for it, and I couldn’t bear it.…

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classics for carers

The next Classics for Carers event happens on 20 March 2021. The stay-at-home car show will feature a Mini on its plaque so organisers would love Mini owners to get involved. The event will raise funds for NHS Charities Together, an organisation representing and supporting National Health Service (NHS) charities across the UK. Classics for Carers events were held last year in May and June, raising £17,500. Organiser Nick Chivers explained: “Numerous mini motor shows on people’s driveways gave classic car and bike enthusiasts a chance to put their passion on show and fundraise for a national cause. We are honoured to have been voted 2020 winner of a Royal Automobile Club Historic Award, in the category of Motoring Spectacle. A true testament to everyone who supported the events of 2020.”…

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silverstone classic 2021

The 2021 Silverstone Classic will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mini Cooper, over the weekend of 30 July to 1 August, with pre-1966 Mini racing. A total of 60 racing Mini Cooper Ss will compete in Masters Historic Racing contests. Qualifying will take place on the Friday with 20-minute races taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. General admission for adults starts from £39 with the price of full three-day weekend tickets currently frozen at £105. Free admission is offered to accompanied children aged 10 and under, while day tickets for those aged between 11 and 15 are priced from just £6. All tickets carry a COVID refund guarantee. Find out more online at: www.silverstoneclassic.com…