Now that the news feed is back up and running here at MotorMartin Towers, it’s time to share this great news from MINI regarding their latest new model. With nostalgia taking a front seat it seems somewhat appropriate that the global debut of the first design model of the current generation of MINIs, MINI Seven, will take place at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23-26.
Taking its name from the very first Mini, the 1959 Austin Seven, MINI Seven has been designed to fuse the brand’s classic heritage with modern design and technology and in MotorMartin’s eyes, the new MINI captures this spirit superbly.
MINI have shared with MotorMartin that the MINI Seven joins the current MINI Hatch range in 5-door or 3-door form and features specially designed exterior and interior looks unseen before on this generation’s model line-up. The new car, which will also feature a bespoke option pack called MINI Seven Chili and will be unveiled for the very first time at Goodwood’s Moving Motor Show on Thursday, June 23.
As well as the world premiere of MINI Seven, MINI will also have the new John Cooper Works Challenge Edition going up the famous 1.16-mile Hillclimb course in the First Glance category during the main FOS days. The Festival of Speed will also represent MINI CHALLENGE racer Charlie Butler-Henderson’s debut as MINI’s newest brand ambassador, since working hard to defend his title as the CHALLENGE champion in 2015.
MINI will also have brand ambassador and Dakar Rally ace, Harry Hunt on hand to drive the MINI ALL4 Racing car, in which he finished 10th in this year’s Dakar at his first attempt on the world’s toughest road race.
BMW Group have also confirmed with MotorMartin that BMW, MINI, Rolls Royce and BMW Motorrad will all help to celebrate its illustrious sporting past and the diversity of its brands at this year’s Festival of Speed, with BMW taking centre stage as the Honoured Marque, see http://motormartin.com/2016/04/12/news-bmw-honoured-marque-at-the-2016-goodwood-festival-of-speed/. BMW and MINI will continue the centenary celebrations at Goodwood, during which they will focus on the future of mobility. As part of this, MINI will showcase its ‘Vision Vehicle’, created through partnerships with three pioneering experts in the fields of design, art and interactivity. The week-long exhibition celebrating 100 years of the BMW Group, which is free to the public will showcase its three innovative ‘vision vehicles’ to the Roundhouse in Camden from 18th – 26th June and will be well worth a visit.
There are still some tickets left so if your quick you might still be in luck. Tickets and hospitality packages for both events are on sale with Saturday and Weekend tickets already in limited numbers. More information is available via www.goodwood.com/tickets or via phone 01243 755055.
So there you have it, another reason to visit this excellent show and bathe in the unique mix of nostalgia and contemporary in the glorious Goodwood setting.
Where will you go?