A Reminder that Vintage Minis Make Great Race Cars

Bring a bunch of Minis to a race track, and you're going to have a good time no matter what.

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You might think watching low-horsepower city cars drive around a big, open track would be boring, but you'd be wrong. Goodwood had an entire race dedicated to vintage Minis at this year's Member's Meeting, and it was one of the most fun events to watch all weekend.

Despite having under 100 horsepower, early Minis are incredibly quick around Goodwood's road course simply because they're so light. Long, sweeping turns most cars have to slow down for can be taken flat-out by the Minis, with drivers tossing the car into the corner and balancing the slides. It looks incredibly fun from the outside, and makes for some seriously good racing, as evidenced in this highlight clip.

Drivers Nick Padmore and Nick Swift battled for the lead for the entire 20-minute race, swapping places an amazing seven times throughout. We can only imagine how big the smiles on their faces were by the time the checkered flag was waved.

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