When the forerunner of the Mini Seven Racing Club held its first Formula Mini-7 championship race at Brands Hatch on April 17th 1966, I bet no one could imagine it would still be going strong in 2018. Eight 850cc Formula Mini-7 cars started that day but, even so, the racing was exciting according to the motoring press reports at the time. One aspect has changed since those early days… grid sizes are much larger and we now have three active formulae: Mini Se7en, Mini 7 S-Class and Mini Miglia. The appearance of the cars is staggeringly different to those somewhat amateur days in 1966, but it is without doubt that the racing is just as exciting. The Club this year will be entering its 50th season of racing and, as Chairman, I am confident that this year will be as close and gripping as in previous years.
We have also a new Challenge title co-sponsor in 2015, namely Mini Spares. Not only are they offering a very generous sponsorship package, but they will be attending the race meetings with numerous spare parts for those ‘racing incidents’ that can often occur.
So, in summary, I believe that we have an exciting year ahead of us, and here’s to a great 50th season. I wish all my best to new, existing and returning drivers.
Nick Cooke - Chairman of the Mini Seven Racing Club