2019 is the year that the Mini celebrates its 60th Birthday and to mark this special motoring milestone, the central theme of this year’s BVAC Classic is ‘The Year of the Mini’.  

The Borders Vintage Automobile Club are delighted to celebrate 60 years of this much-loved small car in a big way at their annual Festival of Motoring on Sunday 2nd June at Thirlestane Castle in Lauder.

But quite incredibly, 2019 is also a year that is absolutely jam packed with other motoring milestones, significant birthdays and anniversaries. From the Mini to the Ford Capri, Bentley to Fiat and the Austin Healey 3000 to the Jaguar Mk 2!

From the birth of several very famous models to anniversaries of some of the biggest car manufacturers, here are some of the motoring milestones which are enjoying a special celebration this year.

THE MINI – 60th Birthday

BENTLEY – 100th Anniversary

FIAT – 120th Anniversary

RENAULT – 120th Anniversary


AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 – 60th Birthday

THE TRIUMPH HERALD – 60th Birthday

CITREON – 100th Anniversary

FORD CAPRI – 50th Birthday

ROVER P4 – 70th Birthday

PORSCHE 914 – 50th Birthday

JAGUAR Mk2 – 60th Birthday

LOTUS M100 – 30th Birthday

MERCEDES BENZ W126 S Class – 40th Birthday

MAZDA MX5 – 30th Birthday

With more than 1200 classic and vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes making the journey to Lauder, this year’s event promises to be an absolute classic.

BVAC Classic at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Sunday 2nd June from 11am  

Described as the ‘Best Classic Car Festival in Scotland’ there will be Veteran, Vintage and Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Commercial, Agricultural, Military, Steam and American Classes on show.