Minis at Goodwood will take place again on Sunday 29th August 2021, that’s the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Our 2021 event is a rollover from 2020, as the 2020 event was postponed due to COVID restrictions.
The event has been organised in the spirit of The Italian Job charity event, and the main aim, as well as providing a unique day out, is to raise a fantastic amount for our nominated charity, Buttle UK.
As with the Italian Job, Minis at Goodwood is open to any Mini, old or new. We’ll also welcome any vehicle that featured in the original 1969 film (Lamborghini Miura, E-Type Jag, Aston DB4 and others), or any vehicle which has competed in the Italian Job event.
The main element of the Italian Job is the navigational drive, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be incorporating a drive out into the fabulous Sussex countryside into our event!
We couldn’t have an event at Goodwood without taking you around the iconic racing circuit, and no Italian Job would be complete without a special stage or two!
- Capacity for 143 cars
- Ticket only event for participants
- Use of all three iconic covered Goodwood paddocks
- Track laps, special stage and navigational drive
- Full hospitality available
- Spectators welcome, no ticket required
- Professional photographers will be at the event, and all photos will be made available to you (electronically) after the event at no extra charge.
On arrival, event participants with a valid ticket will be parked in the iconic covered garages in the three Goodwood paddocks. Refreshments will be available from the Jackie Stewart pavilion. Parking will be provided for spectators.
Gates will open at 08:30, the event will begin at 09:30 with first activities starting at 10:00am.
With around 140 cars, it will be difficult to have everyone on the same activity at the same time, so cars will be split into two groups of circa 70 cars.
The first group will depart on the navigational drive. Cars will be dispatched at 30 second intervals, and you will follow your tulip-style road book to guide you around the Sussex countryside. The navigational drive is not a race, there are no points for completing it the fastest. The drive is all about accuracy, and ensuring you arrive back at Goodwood at the right time, this will all be explained further on the day.
The second group will take to the track. You will follow a Goodwood course car around the track in groups of 10-12 cars for a few laps at a time. As you come off the track, there will be a special stage waiting for you.
The special stage will be a course laid out using cones. You will need to navigate your car through the cones as instructed. Again, this is not a race, there will be a time in which you should complete the course, and the idea is to moderate your speed to finish in that time – it’s trickier than it sounds.
Should time allow, there will be opportunities to go out on track more than once if you’d like to.
We’ll break for lunch around 12noon. There are two cafes on site at Goodwood which everyone is more than welcome to use, the Naafi van in the paddock will also be open serving organic Goodwood Burgers and Hot Dogs.
Should you fancy a more elegant lunch stop, we will have 100 places in the Jackie Stewart pavilion (two sittings of 50) for a superb buffet lunch. This will only available to those who have pre-booked, and is on a first come, first served basis. You can book lunch in the Jackie Stewart pavilion at the same time as your event ticket, subject to availability, and the menu can be found here.
In the afternoon, the two groups will switch, so those that were out on the navigational drive in the morning will take on the track and special stages, and those that were off exploring will head out onto the track.
At the end of the day, once everyone is back in the paddock, we will take all 140 cars out onto the track for a giant parade lap, culminating in a huge group photo on the grid, adjacent to the iconic pits as pictured on the home page of this website. It’ll be quite a sight, I’m sure!
Prize Giving and Departure
Well, we couldn’t make you do all that and not give out a few prizes!
The car which is the most accurate on the navigational drive and special stage will be the overall winner on the day. Other prizes will be announced on the day.
From the group photo we’ll be leading you off the grid and toward the exit to start your journey home, we envisage the event finishing around 4.30pm.
Please find below costs for the event:
|Paddock Pass |
Price is per car, passengers are allowed free of charge.
Cost includes paddock parking, entry into the
navigational drive, track laps, special stages,
refreshments and a bacon roll on arrival
for driver and passenger.
|Lunch in the Jackie Stewart Pavilion|
Price is per person for a buffet style lunch in the Jackie Stewart Pavilion
|Spectator entry||Free of charge|
Buckets will be in place for Buttle UK, all donations are appreciated. Spectators will be able to purchase food and refreshments throughout the day.