As a tribute to Best Motoring International, EVO UK has produced a thrilling and rather hilarious race between a 2006 GP, 2013 GP, R56 Challenge and F56 Challenge track cars. Click through to watch these seasoned drivers wrestle the most capable factory MINIs and MINI race cars around the Bedford Autodrome.
EVO provides some background to Best Motoring International,
“Best Motoring International is perhaps one of the greatest hidden secrets of automotive fun to be had on YouTube. From 1987 all the way up to 2011, Best Motoring produced video series that saw some of the best racing drivers in Japan battle it out in the iconic cars of the time.”
The MINI is one of the most iconic British automobiles which makes it the perfect make to re-imagine Best Motoring’s vision on UK soil. It is rare to see street-legal MINIs race side by side with their Challenge big brothers yet the GPs hold their own well as R56 Challenge driver Richard Meaden remarks while trying to catch up to the GPs:
“These are *** fast for road cars, aren’t they! It took a surprising amount of time to catch the road cars.”
Although MINI aficionados often have a preference for the first, second or third generation cars, what was shared was a tremendous amount of laughter and mirth. The F56 Challenge car is still undergoing shakedown testing and it will be exciting to see what changes occur before we see these in the MINI Challenge series. Be sure to watch through to the dramatic finale.
Picture from Evo