Oliver Gavin's Mini Goodwood Revival summary

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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,...

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."

-credit: olivergavin.com

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