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This year's festival includes a celebration of the Mini, which was introduced to the world 60 years ago in 1959. The Mini is routinely listed as one of the most influential car designs of the 20th century.

COURTESY MINI USA - Paddy Hopkirk's famous racing Mini Cooper S, which won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally.

Every September for the last 43 years, Portland's British car community has gathered at Portland International Raceway for the All British Field Meet (ABFM). The event is a combination car show, swap meet, and opportunity to share enthusiasm for the quirky cars of the United Kingdom.

For the last 17 years, the ABFM has shared the track with the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN), who hold the Columbia River Classic racing event on the same weekend.

This year's festival includes a celebration of the Mini, which was introduced to the world 60 years ago in 1959. The Mini is routinely listed as one of the most influential car designs of the 20th century. The diminutive car built by the British Motor Corporation pioneered the front-wheel-drive subcompact design that inspired later cars such as the Honda Civic and VW Rabbit.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The author's classic Mini.

To honor the Mini, the field meet will host legendary rally and racing driver Paddy Hopkirk, who upset the racing world in 1964 by winning the Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S. On the racing side, SOVREN expects to host a special racing group of more than 20 Minis.

The field meet includes live music, education sessions on British cars, people's choice awards, an art and craft show, and adventure rides in Land Rover vehicles. Additionally, SOVREN vintage racing will be on track throughout the weekend.

General admission tickets are available at the PIR front gate for $10 per day on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8. British car owners can register their cars for the show at www.abfm-pdx.com.

COURTESY MINI USA - A comparision of an original British Mini and a new one produced by BMW.


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