Priv8teer 8 driver, Phil Wicks
Few, if any, can match his longevity. While perhaps most popularly known for being one of the Mini Cooper stunt drivers in the original “Italian Job” film starring Michael Kane, for over a half century, the name Phil Wicks has been synonymous with motor racing. His racing career spans the “golden” age of saloon car racing and is one of the most respected driving experts in the industry today. He started his professional career back in the 1960s as a works supported driver competing in a Mini Cooper at race tracks all across Europe. He was instrumental in the development of the Mini Cooper as a successful saloon car and was one of the first to compete in an Austin Mini Cooper “S.” Since the origins of the brand, Wicks has been at the forefront of all things “MINI”. With the reintroduction of the MINI Cooper to the U.S. market in 2002, Wicks was again leading the way to introduce the brand to a new generation of MINI enthusiasts through his Phil Wicks Driving Academy events. These MINI events were held at various race tracks around the country and successfully instructed performance driving techniques to over 10,000 students. In addition to the academy events, Wicks developed the North American MINI Cooper Championship for two successful seasons. Working in concert with colleagues in the UK, Wicks spearheaded the efforts of cooperation between the US and UK variants of the MINI Challenge Series resulting in the champion from each respective series competing in the opposite series as a guest driver. In addition, Wicks helped negotiate the television rights to the series and broadcast it nationally on the MavTV cable network.
In addition to the MINI brand, Wicks has raced, instructed and sold numerous brands over the past half century including Fiat, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes, Ferrari and others. His expertise is sought after for personal appearances, expert analysis, television commentary, stunt driving and numerous other auto centric activities.
Phil’s racing history in the original Mini provided the foundation and the expertise that Wicks carries to his involvement in the sport today