Britannia Dates for 2014
Mini Britannia 9 - 10 May
Tour Britannia 7 - 8 - 9 August
Mini Britannia will be on 9th & 10th of May 2014.
We have been very fortunate to secure the Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park as our HQ base. Our plan is to get Documentation and Briefing out of the way late on Friday afternoon the 9th before an optional dinner in the one of the Club’s dining rooms. We will then be free to get on with the order of the day, namely enjoying Saturday 10th May in our cars.
Notable venues we will visit during the day will be Dunsfold Park, the home of BBC Top Gear, Brooklands Museum and the Mercedes-Benz test track. Also in keeping with our Tour Britannia tradition of finding venues new to motorsport we will have an exciting stage within the grounds of Woodcote Park.
We return to Woodcote Park for our Finish and prize giving that Saturday evening.
Entries are now open and the form can be downloaded by clicking here or from the right hand sidebar. As previously on Tour Britannia we are running a reduced entry earlybird scheme valid until 31 December 2013.
Tour Britannia will be on 7, 8 & 9 August 2014.
Tour Britannia 2014 will be located in Cheshire and North Wales. We have been encouraged to go back to the original and successful 2/3 day format. The key factor will be to use more open driver’s roads. There is an excellent selection of venues in that locality from which we can choose and we will take direction to that effect from our Survey currently taking place.
Our plan is to do an Earlybird entry scheme for Tour Britannia with a cut off at Easter.
However, the order of the day is now for you to please block off our dates in your 2014 diary and get your entry rolling for Mini Britannia.
What cars are eligible for Mini and Tour Britannia? We favour all road legal cars first registered before 1986, but we do have classes for modern cars as well.
Mini Britannia – a new challenge by Ben Cussons
Extract from the Motoring Bulletin of the RAC
Whilst the London Grand Prix remains speculation, former British Touring Car Champion, Alec Poole, brought his own brand of motorsport to the centre of London, when his ‘Mini Britannia’ started from Battersea power station on Saturday 5 October. Following on from his successful multi-day Tour Britannia, Alec has created ‘Mini Britannia’, a one day motor tour with special stages at four spectacular venues. There are two categories; competition for those who just want to go 'flat out' and regularity for the more exact type of person, where accomplishing the stages in a precise time is the challenge for driver and co-driver alike. The entries were evenly divided with a really interesting selection of cars from Anthony Pozner's beautiful Ferrari 275GTB/4 to Joel Wykeham's extremely loud, in all senses of the word, orange BMW.
After starting under the shadow of Sir Giles Gilbert-Scott's Battersea masterpiece, Howard Redhouse and I headed in the trusty C-Type Jaguar for the first call of the tour at Brooklands and a packed schedule. Drivers completed the Test hill, a section off the famous banking and two laps of the Mercedes World circuit before heading off to Dunsfold, the home of Top Gear. The opportunity to drive the circuit at full chat is a rare treat and drivers tested their cars to the maximum, sliding around ‘hammerhead’ and other well-known corners. With lots of run-off it is a driver’s delight and you soon realised that even Jeremy Clarkson could look good there! But the best was yet to come. Alec's team had mapped out a challenging 2.27 mile stage around the perimeter of Farnborough airfield.
After a well-earned lunch next to the restored Airship hangar, drivers attacked the stage; there was no room for error with the giant steel girders of the redundant engine test beds forming the run off. Challenging; yes, tight; yes but great fun. And quite unique. Finally it was off to Laverstoke Park, the home of Jody Scheckter, occasional Formula 1 champion and now farmer. With a slippery stage featuring farm tracks, it claimed a few scalps as Jody's sheep fencing proved no match for a wayward Porsche or BMW. With the stages completed it was time for enjoy some great roads on the route back to the finish in Chelsea Harbour including a rare opportunity to drive through Windsor Great Park, enjoying spectacular views and a great photo opportunity.
There are other ways of enjoying a Saturday but none come close to Mini Britannia. It is how motorsport should be; friendly officials and competitors, great driving on both road and track and best of all I was only slightly late for dinner, not that my hosts seemed to worry! As my Irish co-driver said: ‘Good craic!’ My only regret was that the day was not long enough to spend more time driving the stages, particularly Dunsfold and Farnborough, but there's always next year.
Latest additions on the website
Entry form for Mini Britannia 9-10 May 2014 available now.
photos courtesy of Paul Lawrence