Coventry MotoFest 2017
Coventry Motofest is to honour the memory of one of international rallying’s most iconic drivers Timo Makinen by running his 1965 Monte Carlo rally winning Mini Cooper S on the ‘Bennetts Sprint Circuit’ – along with the chance for a lucky competition winner to take a passenger ride in the car.
Following the death of the famous ‘Flying Finn’ this month, the British Motor Museum, where the Mini Cooper S is now housed, decided to commemorate the rallying legend’s passing. Working with the Coventry MotoFest Team, the Museum will run the 1965 Monte Carlo Race winning car at this year’s event.
Not only will the iconic red Mini Cooper S take to the track, it will do so on its Saturday run with a lucky competition winner in the passenger seat.
The competition – which will run across Coventry Motofest’s social media channels – will give the winner the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, literally putting themselves in the place of Timo Makinen’s co-driver Paul Easter more than 50 years ago.
The Mini Cooper S will carry its famous AJB 44B number plate as it did back in 1965, when it claimed victory in Monte Carlo despite some of the most extreme blizzard conditions experienced that race season.
In spite of this, Makinen’s car completed the route with only one lateness penalty on the road sections, caused by a minor electrical failure in the ignition system and on the run from the starting points to Monte Carlo, AJB 44B was the only unpenalised car.
James Noble, Coventry Motofest Festival Director, said: ““We thank the British Motor Museum for their assistance in honouring the memory of ‘Flying Finn’ Timo Makinen by running his Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini Cooper S at Coventry Motofest.
“It will be the second successive year we have run an iconic Mini Cooper S on the Bennetts Sprint Circuit, having again successfully partnered with the British Motor Museum to run Paddy Hopkirk’s 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winning car, a car responsible for one of the greatest triumphs in motorsport history.
“This year we not only have the car running on track but the opportunity for a lucky competition winner to sit in the passenger seat and experience the thrill of running around the Bennetts Sprint Circuit in this iconic car.”
As well as the Mini Cooper S, the British Motor Museum will bring along three additional cars to Coventry Motofest as part of their presence at the event.
The cars will be a 1925 Morris Oxford Red Flash Special, which ran on the famous Brooklands race track during its time and a 1955 Armstrong Siddeley 346 Sapphire, built at the manufacturer’s Coventry factory.
British Motor Museum will also bring a 1969 Triumph GT6 mark II, the GT sharing the lower bodywork with the Triumph Spitfire but with a fastback coupé roof, very similar to the Le Mans versions of the Spitfire, which ran at Coventry Motofest a couple of years ago.
In order to enter the Mini Cooper S passenger ride competition, entrants should to go to @CovMotofest or https://www.facebook.com/coventrymotofest and like + share the competition link.