Mini One-Off Revisits George Harrison's Original Custom for Charity
By KBB.com Editors on May 15, 2009 7:25 AMNext weekend, thousands will gather at the Silverstone circuit in England to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mini. Billed as the world's biggest fan event, "Mini United" promises three days of live music, racing, and historic displays that cover virtually every aspect in the saga of this truly iconic member of the automotive world. One of the highlights there will be the first public appearance of a unique vehicle that pays modern-day homage to one of its best-known original forebears: a Mini owned by the late George Harrison. Back in 1966, when still part of the Beatles, Harrison was given a Mini by the band's manager, Brian Epstein. A major Mini fan, he proceeded to decorate it with a variety of exotic Indian images and mantras that characterized the group's "psychedelic" era. The car subsequently went on to star in the Beatles 1967 film "Magical Mystery Tour." Now, to help celebrate the marque's golden anniversary, Mini and Harrison's widow, Olivia, collaborated to create this new interpretation. Following its presentation to Olivia at Mini United on behalf of the Material World Charitable Foundation, this latest Magical Mini will be auctioned off later in the year to help raise funds for the philanthropic organization that she and George established back in 1973.