Calling on Minis of all ages, types, size and colour to join the Italian Job motoring events and support disadvantaged children in your own community. Visit our "next eventS" page and join our challenge to help us reach our next target. We only need to raise £88.291,38 to break the £3 million target!

Raising Money For Children In a Fun Way!


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The Italian Job is a driving adventure through some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe and a fundraising challenge in aid of children's charities.... combined.


Anyone who shares a passion for the Mini, or any classic car which featured in the Michael Caine film The Italian Job can enter. The aim of this modern day self-preservation society is to raise money for children's charities in a fun way! This year we are supporting Buttle UK.


Please join this year’s run or help in any other way you can.



Freddie and Giulia 

#IJ Organisers



Mile of Minis Attempt

Sunday 23 May 2021

Includes a one day treasure hunt over a leisurely navigational route starting at the MINI Plant, Oxford and culminating with the Mile of Minis Attempt at Gaydon, home of The British Motor Museum


Participants will park at the designated area at the MINI Plant between 8:30am-10:00am to enjoy a welcome breakfast, photos and a few speeches of welcome. Teams will then be flagged off around 10.30am for the start of their driving adventure.

The aim is to fundraise for Buttle UK who are helping families in crisis, up and down the UK, who have been so massively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each team is requested to do their very best to raise as much money as possible - at least £40.

For full details read the Mile of Minis Attempt blog and to register your interest please email including your name, DOB, number of people and Mini registration number.

Step into France Weekend

Spring 2022

A one-day event, driving through the opal coast up to Montreuil (lunch) and optional overnight at Le Touquet, with  return late afternoon next day.

For full details and to register your interest please email including your name, DOB, number of people and Mini registration number.


The Italian Job 2021

Planned for May, we believe it was prudent to postpone the event to the usual month of October, by which time the pandemic is hopefully over in the UK and on the continent. .



START in Imola on October 25th FINISH in Turin on November 3rd 

Registration is open


(Example itinerary)

From our base at the Molino Rosso Hotel in Imola, we will explore the newly-covered market in the beautiful city of Ravenna; visit a local producer in the Rimini Hills area and spend a day at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit.

Farewell to Imola and the opportunity to follow your own itinerary to the medieval hilltop town of Barga and the Renaissance Hotel il Ciocco where you are expected for dinner.


Two days to explore the Garfagnana area of Tuscany – a steep forested region that follows the valley of the river Serchio and offers some stunning driving routes, and a chance of visiting the cities of Siena and Lucca

An early drive to Monza and the F1 Circuit for a day of sport before heading to the city

of Turin

Our stay in Turin will include a visit to the Royal Hunting Lodge of Stupinigi,  to  the

gardens of the Royal Residence Venaria and the unique sighseein tour of the city

escorted by Turin Traffic Police.

Will close the event with a Gala Dinner al La Pista Restaurant on the recently

transformed Lingotto roof top.


After breakfast departure following the service van route (TBC) back to the UK.

£1,490 per person

Based on two people sharing a bedroom and subject to currency fluctuation and a minimum of 40 teams participating.


Fully inclusive of:

Eurotunnel travel Folkestone to­ Calais and return
9 overnights and buffet breakfast in 4 and 5 stars hotels
All meals including luncheon en route daily and dinners with wine at our hotels
Pre Gala reception and Gala Dinner
Team entry in the Navigational Rally, official car decals, Road Book, classification and trophies, baseball cap, finisher award, certificate of participation
Entry to the racing circuits and all visits included in the itinerary
Service charge and local taxes
Fully escorted by the organisers, marshals and Service Van with 2 mechanics
Full-time assistance of the Organisers’ Office


Registration is open


Places will be allocated on receipt of the appropriate Entry Form to be emailed to and a £200 deposit payable to:

Lloyds Bank Sort Code 30­-98­-74 Account Number 01921155.

Confirmation of Entry and full details will be sent within 2 weeks of receipt.

The Yorkshire Job 2022

We’ve thought for many years that it would be huge fun to host an Italian Job in the UK. In 2019 we celebrated 30 years of our event by going further into Italy than ever before, with most teams enjoying almost three weeks on the road, raising nearly £200,000 for Buttle UK in the process. New we feel it's the right time for our first ever UK-based event.

North Yorkshire to be precise. 


Spring 2022

Registration is open


Starting with Registration and an 11am flag off from Oxford MINI Plant for a 200 mile drive to Harrogate. Evening briefing on The Yorkshire Job navigational drive rules.

For the next three days, following the specially-prepared Road Book, we will each day explore the region, covering miles of exciting views, challenging bends and the opportunity to visit stately homes and picturesque historic buildings along the way for a Kodak moment or two. We will travel along off-the-beaten-track-roads, visiting the rocky peaks and moors of the Bronte country ... stop at the Butter Tubs Pass.... enjoy some gymkana special stages at Harewood Race Track, having lunch at the Piece Hall in Halifax... fish and chips at Whitby and enjoy a cup or two of the special Yorkshire Tea. 


We will close the event with a reception and awards presentation dinner (black tie) followed by a disco.

£549 per person

Based on two people sharing a bedroom and fully inclusive of:

Accommodation and dinners with wine at the hotel and luncheons en route

Reception, Gala Dinner and all visits

Team entry in the navigational rally/event, classification and awards, road book

Assistance of the organisers, marshals and service van

VAT and local taxes


Registration is open


Places will be allocated on receipt of the appropriate Entry Form to be emailed to and a £100 deposit payable to:

Lloyds Bank Sort Code 30­-98­-74 Account Number 01921155.

Confirmation of Entry and full details will be sent within 2 weeks of receipt.



To sign up for one of our motoring adventures, including the first ever UK Italian Job, and raise money for the UK charity Buttle UK helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children to reach their full potential, here’s what you need to do:




Downloading and/or printing the appropriate Entry Form. To print the form, click on the corresponding REGISTER link below, which will open the Entry Form in a new window, and then select Print from your browser’s File menu. You can also right-click on the Form and follow your browser's instructions to download the PDF file and print it at another time. Please also read the Rules & Regulations, then follow the instructions on the Entry Form, fill it out entirely and send it to us.




You can contact us by telephoning +44 (0)1273 418100 or email us at




You could write or fax details to us by using the details on the Contact Us section of the website.


Whichever way you register, thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing an adventure with you!!

Our Fundraising Record

Since 1990 The Italian Job has raised over £2.9 million pounds and donated

much needed funding to projects and charities in the UK and across the world.


UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND:  Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Buttle UK, Children 1st (Scotland), Chestnut Tree Foundation, Children in Need, Childline, Feed the Children (UK), Fire Benevolent Fund (Scotland), Goal in Ireland, Meningitis Research Project, NSPCC, Pilgrims Hospice, Society of Stars, Tsunami Fund, NCH, White Lodge Centre, Brain Tumour Trust, Variety The Children’s Charity.

AUSTRIA, GERMANY, HOLLAND and ITALY: SOS Kinderdorf in Imst, Deutsches Kinder Dunkelziffer Charity, Stichling Charity (Netherlands), La Nostra Famiglia in Conegliano,

Lega del Filo d`Oro in Rome, Ospedale Bambin Gesu in Rome, Regina Margherita Hospital in Turin, SOS Village in Trento, Unitalsi in Imola.

NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN and USA: The Princess Margaret Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, Parent Project, Child Crisis, Autism Speak, New Zealand Youth in Search Project, St Andrew Children’s Clinic, The Kobe Earthquake, Toronto Children's Hospital.


Want to find out more?

Contact Giulia St George, The Italian Job organiser, at ​​




Buttle UK helps children and young people who are seriously in need. It makes grants to meet critical needs of children whose safety, health or development are at risk. Buttle covers their own administration costs thus ensuring that 100% of funds donated will go to help a child in crisis. They can also ensure that the money raised by Jobbers is spent locally, anywhere in the UK. An important aspect for sponsors eager to support their local community.

IJ2019 raised an incredible £192,000, equivalent to over 150 grants, ranging from essentials like children’s beds and clothing all the way through to therapy and technical equipment, allowing Buttle UK to support as many as 400 additional children.


The following fantastic companies and organisations support The Italian Job in a wide variety of ways. Check them out and give them some love in return!

THE CRM Agency
Mini Spares



Please email if you have a question that isn't answered below.

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What does the entry fee include?

The per person entry fee includes return cross channel travel for your team (when the IJ is based in Italy), all hotels from the start to the end of the official dates, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), participation in our navigational event, final gala dinner, door logos, event marshals, service van and fundraising support.

Can a team be just one person?

Sadly, no. A team is normally two people. For safety, given the distances that we will be driving during The Italian Job each team really needs a driver and a co-driver. Additional passengers are of course welcome.

How old do I need to be to enter?

We ask that the driver is at least 21 years of age and the co-driver 19.

Where does the event start?

We usually start the event in Italy but, new for 2021, we will be holding the event in the UK and starting at the MINI Plant, Oxford. For Italy-based events, we stagger our finish line between the UK and Italy.

I’ve never driven on "the wrong side of the road" before?

Don’t worry. We have a supplemental service van route from Calais to our start line in Italy with many other participating teams, event marshals and service crew. For many this structured route down helps allay any concerns about driving in Europe.

What else do I need to budget for?

You need to budget for fuel and toll fees throughout plus any hotels you use on your way to the start if you don’t follow the service van supplemental route. You’ll also need to budget for the bar in the hotels we use.

Do I need a competition driving licence?

No. You just need to hold a full valid UK driving licence. Depending on Brexit, you might also need an International Driving Licence.

Do I need breakdown cover?

Yes. We think this is essential just in case your car has a terminal mechanical failure. With breakdown cover you’ll be able to carry on with the event while your car is repatriated.

Do I need medical cover / insurance?

Yes. We think this is a very good thing to have just in case something happens and you need medical care.

Can I cover my car in sponsorship?

Pretty much. All we ask is that you leave the driver’s and front passenger's doors free for our official door logos which will be supplied by us. The rest of the car can be stickered up with sponsors' messages. A highly-stickered car typically means a lot of money has been raised.

How do I fundraise?

Our teams are legendary when it comes to fundraising for The Italian Job’s chosen charity. Many put up an online fundraising page via or similar and share it across their connections on social media channels for instance. Others organise events from barbecues to dinner dances and get their friends, families and colleagues involved. We will give you plenty of ideas for fundraising in your welcome pack.

What is the minimum I need to fundraise?

We ask you to try to raise at least £1,500 per team (at least £500 for the shorter The Yorkshire Job 2020). This might sound like a lot, but after 30 years of doing this we know it is achievable. Our aim is that teams exceed this target, and keep going, for every penny raised makes a huge difference.

What support can you give me for fundraising?

We provide a range of materials from sponsorship forms to an A to Z of fundraising ideas. We will also connect you with our chosen charity who will send you collection boxes and other fundraising materials. We can also shout out about your fundraising event via our social media channels and our brilliant monthly E-Newsletter Job News.

How will you stay in touch with me?

We’ll send you our regular updates in our brilliant Job News and also email you directly with any additional information. If you prefer, we can still post letters to you too. Sign up to our newsletter here.

What is The Italian Job auction?

We ask all participants to bring one or two items for our very enjoyable auction which we hold during The Italian Job. The profits from the auction go to our chosen charity. 50% of the winning bid is allocated to the fundraising total of the team that donated the item and 50% is allocated to the winning bidder's fundraising total. To give you an idea of the sort of thing we auction; one year we auctioned John Cooper’s Italian Job cap which went for £1,500 and another year a mug with a picture of a mini on it went for £80! Items vary enormously and needn’t be Mini or Italian Job related.

What is the navigational event about?

You will be asked to navigate between specific places in specific times following a carefully produced Tulip design road book. Partial and cumulative distances will help guide you. Penalty points are awarded for arriving at check points early or late and we also throw in some ‘special stages’ to test you further. It is a lot of fun, as competitive (or not!) as you want it to be but a brilliant way to take you well off the beaten track and explore some beautiful hidden treasures of Italy that you would never ever just stumble across.

What if my car breaks down?

We have two mechanics and a fully equipped service van which follows the event. The service van is full of spare parts and tools so if your car breaks down and is reparable, the service crew will fix it.

What are the locations / pit stops of the event?

These vary year on year. They could be famous cities, small villages, museums, car manufacturers or local food producers. We always try to add variety to the places we visit but one thing we always try and do is ensure that all our pit stops add colour and flavour to our tour. Clues to our route and pit stops are given in our monthly E-newsletters plus a full day to day itinerary is supplied well in advance of the event itself.

What cars can take part?

Any Mini (old or new) can take part as well as any classic car featured in the film. We’ve had every kind of Mini / MINI imaginable as well as Aston Martins, E-Types, Lamborghini Miura, Thames Van/Dormobile, a London Black Cab, Fiat Dino Coupe and LWB Land Rovers. The organisers also reserve the right to invite, at their sole discretion, any special car that may not be connected to the 1969 film.


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