When Sir Alec Issigonis developed the classic MINI in 1959, he could not have foreseen that he was creating a style icon of the automobile world. The vehicle concept was revolutionary and clever in many ways, the design was boldly unconventional and the go-kart feeling was thrilling. All this made the MINI a unique phenomenon among the automobiles of its era. This year it celebrates a milestone anniversary. To mark the occasion, MINI Classic has unearthed fascinating stories that show the MINI to be a long distance runner: world tours, road trips and adventures, from 1959 to the present day. They all reflect demonstrate the MINI’s capacity to constantly re-invent itself – firmly rooted in tradition yet always open to future change.