Yardley Hastings' very own international sportscar star, Oliver Gavin, this weekend celebrated yet another victory on the race track. But, instead of his usual mount of a GM Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, Oliver was at the Goodwood Revival meeting, near Chichester in Sussex, racing a pre-1966 Mini Cooper S.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the world's best loved small car, Goodwood staged a special saloon car event devoted entirely to Alec Issigonis' masterpiece. A full 30-car grid of 1275cc Mini Coopers contested a closely-fought race but it was Oliver Gavin and his driving partner, Nick Swift, in the Swiftune-prepared Mini that took full honours. Gavin claimed pole position on Friday, and both he and Nick Swift each won their heat of the two-part St Mary's Trophy race. "The whole weekend was enormous fun," said Oliver afterwards, "and it's the first driver's briefing I've ever been to where champagne was served and I was wearing plus-fours! I can't wait to do it again next year."