You’re never too young to start a mini love affair

13th August 2014
13th August 2014 Lee Hall

Youth may be wasted on the young, but the charms of the new MINI Hatch won’t be. MINI has further strengthened its relationship with MotorSport Vision by supplying 11 new MINI Cooper D Hatch models for its YoungDrive! programme.

The YoungDrive! scheme offers children as young as 11 years old (and a minimum of 4 feet 8 inches tall) the chance to have their first taste of motoring. It’s intended to allow eager pre-teens the opportunity to experience driving in a safe and controlled environment. Available at Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Bedford Autodrome and Snetterton, each session in the MINI comes with a DSA-approved instructor who will teach the young drivers essential motoring skills in a traffic-free environment before they hit the road for real.

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The 11 dual-control MINI Cooper D Hatch replace a fleet of previous generation MINI One Hatch that MotorSport Vision has used for the YoungDrive! scheme since 2012.

“What better way to experience driving for the first time than by climbing into a new MINI Hatch?” said Chris Brownridge, Director, MINI UK. “The MINI Cooper D is agile, nippy and a perfect accompaniment to some of the UKs most famous racing circuits – it really is the perfect car for young people to sample driving for the first time.”

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Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of YoungDrive! operator MotorSport Vision, said: “MINIs are the perfect choice for our unique YoungDrive! programme – they’re easy to drive and they’re fun, perfect for encouraging the desire to learn car-control skills and for fostering a love of driving.”

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Designed from scratch by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, there is nowhere else in the world like Bedford Autodrome. The venue has been purpose built for speed and space, containing four entirely distinct circuits and over 5 miles of track laid out across a 384 acre site, with vast run-off areas that provide optimum safety.

Whilst there are several track configurations, with every kind or corner, there’s no motor racing at the Autodrome, so there’s no crowd-protecting safety barriers or concrete walls. Guests can drive to the limits safe in the knowledge that pushing too hard will result in a harmless spin across endless flat grass.

Whether you’re a guest as part of the world-renowned PalmerSport event or you’re enjoying a trackday, Bedford Autodrome is the best place on Earth to drive fast cars to the limit.

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Lee Hall

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with a great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.