The third MINI United Festival was held over the weekend at the Formula One track in Silverstone, England
A reported 25,000 fans from more than 40 countries made the journey to the event, arriving in over 10,000 MINI models, most of them individualised.
To mark the 50th anniversary, MINI also took the wraps off a reinterpretation of George Harrison’s flamboyant model. This one-off was presented to Olivia Harrison, who accepted the MINI on behalf of the Material World Charitable Foundation, a charity which George Harrison founded in 1973. The car will be auctioned this year to raise funds for the foundation.
“George was a huge MINI fan and he would have enjoyed this new version. The fact that the 50th anniversary celebrations for MINI will also benefit our foundation has made it an enjoyable as well as meaningful collaboration,” said Olivia Harrison.
Other highlights included the inventor of the mini skirt, 75-year-old Mary Quant, who disclosed a long-guarded secret: the designation “mini-skirt” is not derived from the celebrated brevity of the garment; it was her much-loved car that inspired her to choose this name.
Other celebrities presented their unique designs, including British fashion designer Paul Smith, and designs by David Bowie, Kate Moss, Missoni and Alan Aldridge were also on display, as were the original cars from films like The Italian Job and Austin Powers.