Mitsubishi UK is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate this momentous landmark the car manufacturer will be taking 60 Mitsubishi vehicles that were manufactured before 2001 on the Mitsubishi Motors Grand Tour.
The tour starts on Saturday 31st March at Rendcomb Airfield in Gloucestershire, finishing at the historic venue that is conveniently located just a few miles north of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s Cirencester headquarters. (The former World War 1 Royal Flying Corps airbase is now a home base for the Breitling AeroSuperbatics display team.)
All participating vehicles will take place in a lineup on the airfield, and at 9.30pm TV’s Mike Brewer will be waving the start flag to get the first car going on the 120-mile route that takes drivers, cars and co-drivers through the heart of the Cotswolds, into Oxfordshire and then Northamptonshire.
As many of you will know, the countryside and villages in that particular part of the country are particularly picturesque, and the participants will be visiting a series of check points throughout the region before reaching what is generally regarded as the home of British motorsport: Silverstone. This stop point is particularly poignant in the 40th Anniversary celebration of Mitsubishi as Silverstone was home to Mitsubishi’s first ever track day in the UK.
Once at Silverstone (where one of the British GT Championship rounds will be in progress), entrants to the Tour will drive around the perimeter roads to the circuit’s striking new Wing building for a lunchtime pit stop.
Suitably refreshed, the tour will then head south to Oxfordshire for a visit to Cornbury Park, a renowned venue for rallies and other motoring events where tour participants will be able to drive over some of the roads that were once used for the special stages before starting the final leg.
To finish the tour off it will be a continued trip through the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside before returning to Rendcomb Airfield to pick up a finisher’s medal in a final parade before setting back to watch a display by the Breitling Aersosuperbatics team.
There will be other presentations prior to the display in a number of categories that include: Oldest vehicle, Best presented saloon vehicle, Best presented coupé/sports vehicle, Best presented hatchback vehicle, Best presented 4x4 vehicle, Spirit of the event and Best overall entry; the presentation hosted by Mike Brewer with trophies presented by Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.
Once all the presentations are over there is a barbecue being held in the evening with, if you dare, a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for entrants to take a flight or perform a wing-walk courtesy of the Brietling Aerosuperbatics team.
Mr Bradley is excited about the day: “I am very proud to be part of this business as we celebrate 40 years in the UK. The Mitsubishi Motors Grand Tour will be fun day and will be the start of many events planned throughout the year to mark our anniversary. This year promises to be another excellent year for Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. With plans to increase our sales volume, grow our dealer network and the launch of the world’s first 4x4 SUV plug-in hybrid in the spring, there are very busy but exciting times ahead!”
Applications for entry into the Mitsubishi Motors 40th Anniversary Grand Tour are now open, and all you need is to own a Mitsubishi vehicle that was officially imported between 1974 and 2001. Organisers will be carefully looking at each entry to make sure that the vehicle keeps in with the spirit of the event. Full details are available on the Mitsubishi website at: www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/gt.