Silverstone, England – Some 25,000 fans from more than 40 countries attended the third Mini United Festival in Silverstone, England last weekend, bringing more than 10,000 cars to celebrate the brand’s 50th birthday.
Participants from Germany, Russia, the U.S. and South Africa made the trek to the event, which included racing, a music festival and celebrity appearances.
As part of the world premiere for the new Mayfair and Camden special models, 75-year-old British style icon Mary Quant revealed that when she designed the first miniskirt, she named it not for the garment’s length, but for the name of the car.
To mark the 50th anniversary, Mini also presented an updated interpretation of Beatle George Harrison’s model. It was presented to his widow Olivia Harrison, who accepted it on behalf of the Material World Charitable Foundation, a charity founded by George Harrison in 1973. The car will be auctioned later this year to raise funds for the foundation.
Paul Weller, frontman of legendary bands The Jam and The Style Council and now a solo artist, appeared at the event. In tribute, the band Twisted Wheel performed a cover version of one of his classic numbers, “That’s Entertainment.” The track will be exclusively available for download at