August: A Special Month for Minis
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Julius Caesar had a month named after him, July, so when his distant relative, Augustus, defeated Liz Taylor and Richard Burton to become emperor of Rome, the Senate figured they’d better ante up for him, too. So, the month of Sextillis was changed to Augustus which eventually morphed into August.
Fast forwarding about a couple thousand years and the month of August takes on a special meaning to those of us in the world of Minis. It was on August 26, 1959, that the Mini was officially introduced to the public.
We could start with Issigonis’ birth in 1906, but if you want to go back that far in the Mini’s history, I’d suggest getting a copy of Gillian Bardsley’s book, Issigonis, The Official Biography. On second thought, get a copy anyway. Add to it, Jon Pressnell’s, Mini, The Definitive History, and any of the other dozens...