The Mini Seven Racing Club is pleased to announce for the 2017 season, the launch of the Mini Libre formula.
This new formula, meaning ‘free’ or ‘liberty’ - is the M7RC’s modern-day interpretation of those heady days of Free Formula and Special Saloons in the late-1960s/early-1970s, where Mini tuning really began to push the boundaries of performance.
Mini Libre will once again offer racegoers the spectacle of power-packed grids, with the now 1.3-litre Miglias ready to do battle alongside equally enthralling Mini variants and A-Series developments of the modern era.
Alongside the 2017 Mini Miglia champion-to-be, the M7RC will also be looking to ‘crown’ their first ever Mini Libre champion at the end of season awards, with the winner receiving the prestigious ST Trophy.
As the name implies, the Mini Libre formula is open to all steel-shelled FWD racing Minis, running on 10-inch wheels and powered by a traditional A-Series block and gearbox. It will be a free formula, as it was in the early '70s, to allow car building creativity to really shine. 1460 on twin split Webers, or 998 turbo? All good!
In a statement, club chairman, Nick Cooke said, “we think that there are more than 50 racing Minis out there that would be eligible for this Trophy, and with the launch of the Mini Libre formula, we wanted to get these cars back out onto the grid for 2017. It will bring back some of the excitement of the original Miglia formula from the 1970s to today’s modern day spectators.”
The Mini Libre formula will run with the Mini Miglias at each of their 14 rounds of the 2017 Championship, with the ST Trophy awarded to the winner at the annual end of year trophy presentation. We race at some of the very best circuits in the UK including both MSV Mini Festivals, north and south.
Regulations for the new series will be released in due course. The basic outline is a Mini Miglia style racer using a steel bodyshell (no spaceframes), BMC A-Series engine of any type and 10-inch diameter wheels. The usual safety regulations and MSA scrutineering will apply.
Expect to see BMW bike head conversions, 7-ports, 8-ports, KAD twin cams, turbos, fuel injection and five-ports that wouldn't usually comply with our 1293cc Mini Miglia regulations.
Perhaps you already have a 1380cc hillclimb Mini and fancy joining in with the Miglias, or maybe there's an old Miglia and a collection of engines lurking in the garage? We want to see you back on track, and now's your chance!
To register your interest, please e-mail Colin Peacock