There will be a real Mini flavour to the Historic Rally Car Register's fifth annual Open Day at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon on Saturday 10 January 2009.
As one of the most iconic rally cars of all time hits 50 years old, the Open Day will give pride of place in the main exhibition hall to Paddy Hopkirk's Monte Carlo-winning works Mini Cooper.
The Open Day will also mark the formal launch of the new Mini 50 Cup, the HRCR stage rally series for all Minis up to 1981 that has been created to celebrate 50 years of the Mini.
Meanwhile, some Minis and Mini Specials will be in action in an autotest demonstration in the skilled hands of drivers like current champion Alistair Moffatt and Mike Sones. They will run as part of the Open Day's 'live action' element, a demonstration arena for the type of tests regularly included on rounds of the HRCR Clubmans Rally Championship.
The Open Day will start at 9.30am and run until 4.30pm. Non-members are most welcome to take a closer look at the HRCR and its activities. It is the perfect chance for those considering any branch of historic rallying to find out more about one of the fastest growing areas of the sport in Britain.
As the first significant date in the historic rallying calendar, the 2009 Open Day will include many specialist traders and event organisers. Representatives from UK stage and road rallies will be on hand, as well as a number of important international event organisers such as CRA and HERO.
The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon is just off junction 12 of the M40 near Warwick. The on-site café will be open and visitors to the Open Day will have the chance of a reduced rate admission to the Heritage Motor Museum. Event admission is free to all visitors.