Three Mini Se7en driv­ers to crew for Bir­kett Re­lay 50 years after podium

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Three of the six Mini Se7en driv­ers who fin­ished third in the 1966 Bir­kett Re­lay will re­turn to crew an en­try in this week­end’s 2016 event, 50 years after their achieve­ment.

Bob Fox – win­ner of the first two Mini Se7en ti­tles in 1966 and ’67 – Colin Youle and Gordon Line will help to run the pit­wall of the Mini Se7en team that takes on the 750 Mo­tor Club’s six-hour hand­i­cap event, as the Mini club also com­mem­o­rates its 50th an­niver­sary.

Of the re­main­ing 1966 line-up, Nick Faure and Phil Wickes both had ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments while Ju­lian Vereker passed away in 2000.

The six 2016 re­lay cars will race with the #32 – the orig­i­nal num­ber used by the 1966 en­trants.

Mini Se7en reg­u­lar Dave Robin­son, who is part of this year’s team of driv­ers, said the idea to get the orig­i­nal team back to­gether came about after a con­ver­sa­tion about cel­e­brat­ing the club’s an­niver­sary.

“It’s the 50th an­niver­sary of the Mini rac­ing club so I took it upon my­self to sug­gest that we en­tered [the Bir­kett],” said Robin­son. “I spoke to our ar­chiv­ist, Richard Wil­liamson, and he seemed to re­mem­ber the club get­ting a podium in 1966. As soon as he said that, I thought that’s it; if they’re still around I’ll try to get them on our pit­wall. We al­ready knew Bob Fox, who won the first ever Mini rac­ing club cham­pi­onship. I got in touch with Bob and asked if he wanted to work the pit­wall; he was well up for it, and gave me all the names of the oth­ers in­volved.”

The Mini Se7en class of ’66 will crew Re­lay car at this year’s Bir­kett

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