New mural honours Surbiton’s automotive history ahead of upcoming Mini Cooper festival

By Oliver Monk

17th May 2024 | Local News

Roo Art and Surbiton locals working on the mural on Sunday, 12 May. (Photo: The Community Brain)
Roo Art and Surbiton locals working on the mural on Sunday, 12 May. (Photo: The Community Brain)

A new piece of community art has been created in Surbiton in the run up to a festival honouring the area's contributions to the motoring industry.

The mural, led by street artist Roo Art, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Mini Cooper's first win at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964.

Members of the community joined the artist on Sunday, 12 May, contributing to the mural as part of a workshop organised by local charity The Community Brain.

The artwork is part of an entire programme of events honouring Surbiton's contributions to the classic car, including a public exhibition at London Waterloo Station in January 2024.

The headline event is yet to come; the Mini Moments Festival's Mini Day is scheduled tomorrow, Saturday 18 May, at Hollyfield Road in Surbiton.

Over 150 Minis from across the ages will be in attendance, among them the car that won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, known as 33 EJB.

The event starts at 11am, with a Mini parade through the streets of Kingston running from 1pm to 2pm.

Tours of the former Cooper Garage will also be available throughout the day, although booking is required.

The finished Mini Cooper-themed mural. (Photo: The Community Brain)

Surbiton-born John Cooper founded the Cooper Car Company with his father, Charles Cooper.

It was in a small garage in his hometown that Cooper designed the first Mini Cooper, a car which would go on to become a British icon.

Beyond its rallying pedigree, the car also saw fame on the silver screen, featuring heavily in The Italian Job – which will be screened at tomorrow's festival at 3pm and 5pm.

"Celebrate your favourite decade of fashion and come dressed to impress!" say the organisers at The Community Brain.

More information is available on The Community Brain website here.


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