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Celebrating 50 years with
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Words and photos Brett

communities. stuff to us.

August 30,
he day started as a
beautiful summer day
at North Pine Dam until
the westerly wind came
blew a lot of our registration
on a navigation run in
Queensland Hinterland.
to the
The Mini Cooper Register
graciously invited the Mini
Soon everyone started
engines and departed
their navigation questions
and first poker cards for

We also want to promote the

paperwork into the water. Owners Club of Queensland a
Australia scenic drive to the first
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Website making this a wonderful Woodford, meandering
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this day of days which funds with lots of Mini bends, was for research for the Crohns to
australia/ beautifully orchestrated and collect their next poker
by Mini Cooper Register and Colitis Association
of card from Judy and Ray
Australia stalwarts, Tony Australia.

fun side of Mini-ing - with

and With lots of helpers and Retchless.
Kath Formosa, to undertake Unfortunately, Brian Heys’
a Poker Hand Run Day donations - particularly
which cash little beast had a clutch

your contributions, but we’re

involved the purchasing and beautiful Darling Downs
problem and couldn’t make

of meat from club member
varying numbers of cards
to five) at various locations
(up Hooper of - the BBQ breakfast the trip. It was tucked up safe
was finished in record and sound at the Formosa’s
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Fresh faces and fresh cars with
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eigning Mini Challenge
champion just fell short Knox made it into fourth
of through
a hat-trick of wins in the Turn One for the third five after an almighty
time and

we are not restricted by ridiculous

Richardson followed into scrap with
opening rounds at Rockingham Deene. the determined Allen.
, Mills was next to fall as “Loved it. I
when Chris Panayiotou Knox knew I would pick up
clinched charged by into Deene a few places

or interviewing a Mini legend

his maiden victory in the a lap later. at the start, they had the
final Up at the front though, edge over
race of the weekend. Only Caudle me at the Esses though
0.769s had everything under every time,”
secs covered the top three control and said Allen.
after cruised to a comfortable
qualifying, with Caudle’s victory. “I Chris Smith’s R56 was
new John seventh

company policies, nor do we need

Cooper Works Class car was a bit worried at the and former MG Champion
taking pole start, but I Lee
from ex-Formula Vee and think we all made a few Sullivan secured second
Formula mistakes,” in the
Ford racer, Jason Mills, he said. class leaving Steve Liquorish S

- but the limit is only limited by

with Panayiotou was a comfortable to fend
Panayiotou in third. Lee off Dean Raymond for
Allen just second, but although Knox third in class.
had the edge over Steve retained Kevin O’Connor took the
Liquorish third from lap four, he Club Class
for S Class pole and debutant had spoils by a whisker from
David Richardson on his tail debutant

to be nice about everything just to

Ogden topped the Club at the flag. David Ogden, having led
Class. Mills ended his race in all the
Caudle led the initial charge the gravel way.
through Turn One from at the Esses after an earlier

your imagination.
Panayiotou loss gave way to brake
and Mills. But Allen made
sensational start and charged
a had started to lose power
failure. “I Race Two
past from the Knox got the jump on
Mills into the Deene Hairpin. third lap but when the Caudle at the
As brakes failed start of race two, but the
the lead duo began to I managed to angle into Champion

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escape Mills But after I got out it caught shot down the inside into
recovered third as Allen alight Deene
had the under the bonnet,” he to take charge again. Panayiotou
JCW’s of Jason Richardson explained.
and Former Sport Maxx Cup grabbed third with Allen
Chris Knox in formation racer fourth
behind. Chris Oakman rounded after another demon start.
off the top

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and opinion on topics and events,
A social club for Mini enthusi
asts, with weekly
Born not long before the Mini meets and fun for everyon makeover
was launched, Submitted by Marie James e.

The se
Martin Bell recalls his memorie
s of growing up
anchester Minis is in
online forum that anyone
in the world alongside the it’s 11th year and still can join

and, with an army of enthusiasts

and there are sections
going strong, with new on there for more aggressive stance,

mechanical help, as well cond refresh to the MINI’s which to join the foglight
members joining every as all the may be to the liking of on the
he recent snowy weather month. all important upcoming appearance has been most
knitted by their mums to We have over 100 active events, male drivers. lower rear bumper.
members and a general chit chat revealed, along with an
got me thinking back to and would perhaps be sent to and these spread from section. The Clubman has had
keep out the cold, but I also Cornwall to At the Cheshire Line Tavern announcement of two
For Cooper S owners -
who its
the really bad winter & our bedroom, where there was Leeds, not just Manchester have been crying out for own tweaks with the rear
remember we still had to wear . where we meet, I often diesel models for 2011. brake light cluster confoming
snow of 1963 which started of course no TV or heating We are more than just
a Mini organise From September 2010, cooling vents - their prayers more
short trousers despite the cold quiz and raffle nights for all

at the end of the mouse, we can do

on Boxing Day 1962 and club that meets once a everyone have been answered negating to other models with a
apart from maybe a hot water month, we (I’m the Events Organiser, MINI saloon, Clubman chrome
weather! are more of a social club, so
the need to remove the surround, while the Cooper
lasted until March ‘63 in bottle at bedtime! If it got and we everyone kind of looks Cabrio models will be
subject front S model
meet every week on a to me for to the update, although foglights for a similar effect. has a wide opening
many places... back then we Wednesday things to do, but occasionally we between the two exhaust
FeW luxurIeS really cold then there wasat the Cheshire Line Tavern, we expect newer models to Optional xenon headlights
still had to go to school each an extra paraffin heater Cheadle. Most discussions get some nice fellows who
can be ordered with either pipes which replicates
At home few had central are arrange feature elements of the the
day, staying home and playing not Mini-related, but of their own entertainme new form of an air outlet and
heating, very often there would for the hallway which course nt so I get look. The subtle changes black reflectors or adaptive is
out in the snow would have we do have the usual Mini to just join in and take lighting which turns the bordered by chrome edging.
a step follow on from 2006’s refresh,

almost anything you’d like to see.

be ice on the inside of my ran on esso Blue or Pink chats, back). All the proceeds Inside the central facia
been considered skiving. For but just about anything
Paraffin which were always passes as go to the which again moved the headlights as you turn
a bedroom window when you conversation. And we have club funds which buys
things like away from it’s child-like
steering wheel - essentially has been darkened from
youngster, of course, snow is advertised with a catchy quite look
an woke up on a freezing
cold few technically and mechanical a flyers, gazebos, banners,
website to something more serious. enabling you to see round contrasting light grey to
adventure and I can remember tune on TV in the winter ly- renewals etc. We also and a new LED display
morning! There were only two minded people, so that
helps with do autotest Overall, the cars have corners better. sits
walking through the deep snow months. any Mini or non-Mini nights once a year at touched up inside and
From the side the indicator within the basic speedo.
warm rooms in our house; the related out optional
to school in Wellington boots 1963 is also about when my the and there is also a new repeaters have been visually premium speedo now
kitchen, due to heat from the problems. set comes with a colour screen
and climbing to the top of own early memories of the Mini of colours and a new range enhanced, looking less
cooker and the coal-fired boiler We have plasticky and featuring which can be used to watch
tall snow piles at the sides of begin. At this time the Mini
wheels to tie-in with the a glass videos via an
for heating the water, which an restyling. cover with concentric circles. external device.
the roads and driveways that was just about the only front More chrome has also
had to be lit each morning with S owners are again treated
had been cleared. The school wheel drive car available, so something a little more
to been added to the interior
a dangerous-looking gas poker Starting at the front you flashy. surrounding
playground quickly became even though my dad didn’t can see the most noticeable At the rear all MINI models airvents and
by my mum. One of my pocket like on the steering wheel.
an ice palace with one slide them much, to my delight he change in appearance now feature dynamic LED Trim
money is in the colours have been revamped
stretching almost the length lower bumpers, front and
rear lights that shine brighter
jobs borrowed one and claim to be made
of the playground. The bigger
boys would run up and launch
was to The Mini had much better from his garage
which have been extended
downwards to conform
the harder you brake. Under
particularly hard braking
better materials than before.
Optional ambient lighting
fetch the
traction in the snow than and car sales they will even flash to

The lock-up
those new pedestrian safety warn is
themselves on it, hurtling along regs and prevent knee following cars that you now also available, covering
buckets business to get injury are 756 shades of colours,
at high speed and unable to
stop for anyone in the way.
of coal
most cars of the time to work in the in the event of a collision.
in turn has given the MINI
braking sharply. Additionally
the reversing light has
and the
interior and exterior mirrors
snow a little a Showing us your Mini are available with auto-
would give today’s health & 118 position stuff

Share it
from the light cluster
from the coal bunker out in easier — as love:mini dimming.
safety conscious school staff the Minis, with the engine weight
a back garden. The other warm
heart attack! over the front driven wheels, Bruno Cottanceau
room was the living room where
Today it seems many schools had much better traction in
we mainly watched TV and
stop children going out to play the snow than most of the rear
which had a gas fire. However,
in the snow even if they opened wheel drive cars of the time, Hello love:mini, my name
if any of us left the door to is Bruno Cottanceau. I’m
— much too dangerous…

Are you’re doing something exciting

this room open and let all the unless a heavy weight was single and I live in France.
Many boys used to wear dark placed in the boot and snow
expensive heat out into the Here is a picture of my
woollen SAS-style balaclavas cold chains fitted to their wheels.
hallway we were in big trouble MINI Cooper S, which
I have

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The only 4x4 vehicles then were nicknamed UK GIRL!
She is a 2004 Cooper S
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my own media production the
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The Clubman has had
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who own tweaks with the rear
appearance has been For Cooper S owners - more
revealed, along with an brake light cluster confoming chrome
have been crying out for to other models with a
announcement of two cooling vents - their prayers

cheaper advertising. So it’s a double-bonus really - a wider

surround, while the Cooper
diesel models for 2011. have been answered negating opening
all front S model has a wide
From September 2010, the need to remove the between the two exhaust

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form of an air outlet and

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expect newer models to black reflectors or adaptive

reach to advertise to and for a cheaper price.

Inside the central facia

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Born not long before the Mini feature elements of the lighting which turns the the
changes turn the has been darkened from
was launched, look. The subtle headlights as you
contrasting light grey to

Martin Bell recalls his memorie follow on from 2006’s refresh, steering wheel - essentially new LED display sits
s of growing up which again moved the
enabling you to see round
and a
in the world alongside the within the basic speedo.

Mini. away from it’s child-like corners better. now

optional premium speedo
to something more serious. From the side the indicator

been comes with a colour screen
he recent snowy weather Overall, the cars have repeaters have been visually
knitted by their mums to out which can be used to watch
got me thinking back to touched up inside and enhanced, looking less via an external device.
keep out the cold, but I also and new setperhaps be sent to
and there is also a would plasticky and featuring
a glass videos
the really bad winter & range where More chrome has also
remember we still had to wear of colours and our
a new
bedroom, there was cover with concentric circles. to the interior
snow of 1963 which started the to been added
short trousers despite the cold wheels to tie-inofwith
course no TV or heating S owners are again treated airvents and
on Boxing Day 1962 and restyling. apart from maybe it is really
you how something a little done.
more flashy. surrounding Trim

DYNAMIC ways to communicate

weather! Showing a hot water on the steering wheel.
lasted until March ‘63 in bottle at bedtime! If it got At the rear all MINI models colours have been revamped
many places... back then we Starting at the front you now feature dynamic LED from
really cold then there was e and claim to be made
num ber plat
can see the most noticeable rear lights that shine brighter
FeW luxurIeS
still had to go to school each better materials than before.
Replaci ng the
an extrais in the
day, staying home and playing
At home few had central change in appearance paraffin heater the harder you brake. Under Optional ambient lighting
for and rear, braking
heating, very often there would lower bumpers, the hallway which particularly hard
now also available, covering
out in the snow would have which have beenran extended by Pete Parmiter
they will even flash to
light hou sing
be ice on the inside of my on esso
to Blue or Pink 756 shades of colours, and the
been considered skiving. For are
a bedroom window when you downwards to conform
Paraffin which were always following cars that you interior and exterior mirrors
youngster, of course, snow is those new pedestrian safety braking sharply. Additionally
an woke up on a freezing preventadvertised with job
knee simple to do and onlythe
a catchy requires a light has moved are available with auto-

Being a digital publication we can offer unique ways to

adventure and I can remember cold regs andThis is a very reversing
light dimming.
morning! There were only two event of tune
a on TV
collision. This
in the winter I picked up a silver
from the light cluster
walking through the deep snow in the
screwdrive r. At Castle Combe position one.
warm rooms in our house; the in turn has given the
months. MINI a replace my boring black OBJECTIVE
to school in Wellington boots housing for my silver Equinox to Change the
kitchen, due to heat from the 1963 is also
and climbing to the top of 118 love:mini
Here’s how I fitted about
it. when my
own early memories of the Mini numberplate
cooker and the coal-fired boiler Start by unscrewing
tall snow piles at the sides of
for heating the water, which begin. At this time the Mini
1. housing on a

the four screws later Mini.

communicate and interact with potential customers.

the roads and driveways that was just about the only front
had been cleared. The school
had to be lit each morning with holding the lights in place
a dangerous-looking gas poker wheel drive car available, so - two on each light. This TOOLS
playground quickly became even though my dad didn’t
an ice palace with one slide
by my mum. One of my pocket like will make it easier when Phillips screwdriver
money them much, to my delight he removing the housing. Replacement light
stretching almost the length housing
jobs borrowed one
of the playground. The bigger The Mini had much better Move in to the boot
boys would run up and launch
themselves on it, hurtling along
was to
fetch the
traction in the snow than
from his garage
and car sales 2. and unscrew the three
screws holding the housing
10 minutes
buckets business to get hold
at high speed and unable to in place. Make sure to
stop for anyone in the way.
of coal
most cars of the time to work in the
the old housing with your
snow a little
would give today’s health &
from the coal bunker out in easier — as other hand so it doesn’t
safety conscious school staff
a back garden. The other warm
the Minis, with the engine weight drop off, taking the lights ALTERNATIVE METHOD
heart attack! over the front driven wheels, with it. N/A
room was the living room where
Today it seems many schools had much better traction in
we mainly watched TV and Pull away the rubber
stop children going out to play COST
which had a gas fire. However, the snow than most of the rear About £10 new
in the snow even if they opened surround and gently
if any of us left the door to wheel drive cars of the time,
— much too dangerous… take the lights out, the
this room open and let all the unless a heavy weight was
Many boys used to wear dark old housing can now
placed in the boot and snow
expensive heat out into the be discarded, the new
woollen SAS-style balaclavas cold chains fitted to their wheels.
hallway we were in big trouble housing can now be
The only 4x4 vehicles then were fitted start by re-
love:mini attaching the lights
then the screws in the

4. And it
should look

something like
this. There we

go, a new light

housing fitted
in the space of
5 minuets and
it looks much
better than
the old one.
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more you get involved the better it will be! work is done in our spare time, but 2010/11
The idea came about after speaking to we think it’s worth it to be able to
many Mini people and finding they had offer something fresh to the scene.
become disillusioned with the scene and So if you like what you see and want
dedicated magazines that limit themselves to see more then get in touch and keep
in what Minis they feature and through your eyes peeled, ears pinned back and
political red tape. We thought, ‘hey, we cameraphone at the ready for anything we
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This is where it all begins - where it
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Craig McBeth




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e r
Born not long before the Mini
was launched,
Martin Bell recalls his memories
of growing up
in the world alongside the

T he recent snowy weather

got me thinking back to
knitted by their mums to

8 Timewarp
keep out the cold, but I also and would perhaps be sent to
the really bad winter & our bedroom, where there was
remember we still had to wear
snow of 1963 which started of course no TV or heating

short trousers despite the cold
on Boxing Day 1962 and apart from maybe a hot water
lasted until March ‘63 in bottle at bedtime! If it got
many places... back then we really cold then there was
still had to go to school each FeW luxurIeS
At home few had central an extra paraffin heater
day, staying home and playing for the hallway which
heating, very often there would
out in the snow would have

How things were

be ice on the inside of my ran on esso Blue or Pink
been considered skiving. For Paraffin which were always
a bedroom window when you
youngster, of course, snow is advertised with a catchy
an woke up on a freezing
adventure and I can remember cold
morning! There were only two tune on TV in the winter
walking through the deep snow months.
warm rooms in our house; the
to school in Wellington boots 1963 is also about when my
kitchen, due to heat from the
and climbing to the top of own early memories of the Mini
cooker and the coal-fired boiler

back in 1963.

tall snow piles at the sides of begin. At this time the Mini
for heating the water, which
the roads and driveways that was just about the only front
had to be lit each morning with
had been cleared. The school wheel drive car available, so
a dangerous-looking gas poker
playground quickly became even though my dad didn’t
by my mum. One of my pocket like
an ice palace with one slide them much, to my delight he
stretching almost the length
jobs borrowed one
of the playground. The bigger
boys would run up and launch
was to The Mini had much better from his garage
themselves on it, hurtling along
fetch the
traction in the snow than and car sales
business to get
at high speed and unable to
most cars of the time

16 At Home with...

of coal to work in the
stop for anyone in the way.
It needed snow a little
would give today’s health &
from the coal bunker out in easier — as
safety conscious school staff the Minis, with the engine weight
a back garden. The other warm
heart attack! over the front driven wheels,
room was the living room where
Today it seems many schools had much better traction in
we mainly watched TV and
stop children going out to play the snow than most of the rear
which had a gas fire. However,
in the snow even if they opened wheel drive cars of the time,
if any of us left the door to
— much too dangerous…

John Rhodes, legendary

this room open and let all the unless a heavy weight was
Many boys used to wear dark placed in the boot and snow

expensive heat out into the
woollen SAS-style balaclavas cold chains fitted to their wheels.
hallway we were in big trouble
The only 4x4 vehicles then were
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Mini driver.

22 Memory Lane
Your classic Mini photos


24 Storytime
A handful of your
short stories.


26 Club Profile
Getting a closer look at
Manchester Minis.

30 Event Reports
This issue, some of the
shows we have attended.

48 Motorsport MINI 2011

Overhaul ing the MINI’s
look and two new models.

MINI Challenge, Miglias,

Minicross and more...

@ The se which to join the foglight

on the

@ @@
more aggressive stance, lower rear bumper.
may be to the liking of The Clubman has had
cond refresh to the MINI’s

68 On the Pulse

male drivers. own tweaks with the rear
appearance has been For Cooper S owners - more

brake light cluster confoming chrome

@ @ @@
revealed, along with an have been crying out for

new to other models with a
announcement of two cooling vents - their prayers surround, while the Cooper
diesel models for 2011. have been answered negating model has a wide opening
all front S
From September 2010, the need to remove the

@ @@ @@ @@
and between the two exhaust
MINI saloon, Clubman foglights for a similar effect. pipes which replicates the
Cabrio models will be Optional xenon headlights is
we form of an air outlet and
to the update, although can be ordered with either bordered by chrome edging.

@ @
expect newer models to black reflectors or adaptive

In-depth news on
@ the
@ @ @
new Inside the central facia
feature elements of the lighting which turns the the
the has been darkened from
look. The subtle changes headlights as you turn

@ @ @
contrasting light grey to
follow on from 2006’s refresh, steering wheel - essentially sits
and a new LED display

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@
which again moved the enabling you to see round The
look within the basic speedo.
away from it’s child-like corners better. premium speedo now
serious. indicator optional
to something more From the side the
been comes with a colour screen
Overall, the cars have repeaters have been visually

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@
which can be used to watch

biggest issues.
touched up inside and enhanced, looking less external device.
and there is also a new
set a glass videos via an
plasticky and featuring More chrome has also
of colours and a new range circles.
cover with concentric been added to the interior
wheels to tie-in with the S owners are again treated

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @
surrounding airvents and
more flashy.
restyling. something a little on the steering wheel.
At the rear all MINI models

colours have been revamped
Starting at the front you now feature dynamic LED from
and claim to be made

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @ What @
can see the most noticeable rear lights that shine brighter better materials than before.
is in the
change in appearance the harder you brake. Under Optional ambient lighting

@really gets our goat

lower bumpers, front and particularly hard braking
warn now also available, covering
which have been extended they will even flash to
and the

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @ @@ @@
756 shades of colours,

108 The Business

to are
downwards to conform following cars that you

82 Shout/Rant
interior and exterior mirrors
those new pedestrian safety braking sharply. Additionally
injury are available with auto-
regs and prevent knee
a collision. This
the reversing light has
cluster dimming. Bitesize
of position from the light

@ @
in the event
from the scene
@ @ @
@ @@
in turn has given the MINI

THis issue:
@ @ @ @ @ @ @@ @ @ OLes POTH 118 love:mini

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @ @@ it’s@@ @@ @@
@ hold @ back,
@ @ get @ it @ @ Finding out about Bill
been months since the
crux residential streets, and
of the harsh winter weather those on the

@ @ @ @ @ @
hit the uK, freezing, cracking popular back-routes? These,
and for the 3000 miles and
eroding our roads, but time being, seem to be the love:mini
subject to

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @ @@ @@ @@ @@
still, today, neglect. At this rate, they
driving around town there might just Mini is still going
are be fixed in time for next
countless potholes that winter. strong.
i am forced it’s easy to point at road
to keep my eyes peeled tax (and
for. And

off@ your chest

@ and tell us Richards Racing.
many other uK taxes) MiNi Countryman

@ @ @ @ @ @
these aren’t tiny bumps and say that
that are the councils and government

occassional, these open day at MiNi

@ @

@ @
OXFOrD gives us a

@ @
are regular, wheel- be doing more, but

@ @ @ @ @@ @@ @@ @ @ @ @@ @@ @
@ swallowing canyons could there be more good look.
that can cause to this? Do these
Meeting new
untold damage on people care? There’s

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @
friends in Australia.
the Mini, and even no arguing that uK

@how @ you
@ really
@ @ feel.
the MiNi. what the drivers pay more than

@ @ @ @
weather in the
hell is going on? their fair share in taxes, uK finally hits 25C.

@ @
@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @ @@ @@ @@ @@ @
Doing some one way or another, so
errands today i had why don’t these plums Aluminium billet
to visit my local have some foresight alloy cylinder

110 GEAR
council offices, and to realise that a bad heads hit the

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @ @@ @@ @@ @@ @
low and behold winter — again where market.
the worst road i councils were ill- Panic: two days
had come across led staright equipped with road salt before L2B and the
to — will lead to more road

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @
the council building. Fortunately, damage and Mini’s damper bolt
someone had obviously hence more repairs and
pulled their resurfacing? snaps off.
sure the inconsistent weather

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @
thumb out of their ass

84 The lock-up
as there was doesn’t
a massive resurfacing help, but i’ve seen on Tv inconsistent
truck and new

Bits to buy for

machines that can fill

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @
about six or seven people a pothole in weather is playing
working 20 minutes, a job that
on this one 100m stretch would take a havoc with our
of road. i’m

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @
sure it would have taken manual worker a lot longer. Mini maintenance
them at As usual it seems the
least all day to fix this beauracrats plans. Not all of
section, but

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @
what about all the odd are willing to take our us have heat, light
potholes on money and
offer very little in return. and space in our

@ @ @ @ @ @ @@ @
garages, you know.

your Mini.
YOur views from Potholes still not

@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @@ @ @
the digital world filled wrecking out
“We had 40 at the top suspension.
of our road! I had to 40 little speed humps ”
Minty’s exhaust fall off!”
Sonia Bowmar-scothern Queuing for hours

@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @
drive a mile out of my Rebekah Louise Johnstone
way to get to the Post “Yeah we have a pothole up to leave Crystal
Palace on L2B.

@ @ @ @ @ @ @
Office! They have very at a mini roundabout “I’ve been through
roughly filled them now, about 5-inches deep.” three tyres and one

@ @ @ @ @ @
but they have done it so Marcel Parkinson wheel in two months
badly that it’s now like and last month my
“I think they made
@ @ @ @ @ @
mate’s car had £2000

@ @ @ @ @
@ @ @ @ @
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@ @ @ @
@ @ @ @
@ @ @
135 Challenge
Just for fun why not see

how you do.

138 After Hours

92 When you just want to
chill out.

140 Noticeboard
Announcements, stolen
Minis, crashes and misc.

141 Hottest Mini

They put their picture up,
86 MINIWEEN you just have to vote.
One MINI you won’t be
able to miss. 141 Hook-up Zone
Love Minis? Single?
92 Jack’s back Meet others like you.
And threatening to be a
real nightmare. 142 DIGIMINI
Weird and cool Mini stuff
100 DOWN UNDER on the internet.
Driving upside down
in Australia. 144 Changing
Sell your Mini or Mini
stuff for free.

146 Forthcoming

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coming events.


Upgrading MINI door Learn about the MINI
WORKSHOP check straps. ONE MkII
Showing you how it is really done.

Replacing the number plate

by Pete Parmiter
light housing

114 DIY TECH I 122 DIAGNOSTIC 136 Get the look

This is a very simple job to do and only requires a
screwdriver. At Castle Combe I picked up a silver light
housing for my silver Equinox to replace my boring black one.
Here’s how I fitted it. OBJECTIVE
Change the


Start by unscrewing
the four screws housing on a
later Mini.

Finding a fault and of the MkIII classic

holding the lights in place

Bleeding the brakes

- two on each light. This
will make it easier when Phillips screwdriver
removing the housing. Replacement light

2. Move in to the boot

and unscrew the three TIME

fixing the problem. Mini Cooper S.

screws holding the housing 10 minutes

using an Eezibleed kit.

in place. Make sure to hold
the old housing with your DIFFICULTY
other hand so it doesn’t 1/10
drop off, taking the lights
with it.

3. Pull away the rubber

surround and gently
take the lights out, the
About £10 new

old housing can now

124 Diaries 137 Street spirit

be discarded, the new


housing can now be
fitted start by re-

2 attaching the lights

then the screws in the

4. And it
should look

What people have been You recommendations
something like

Replacing a rear
this. There we
go, a new light
housing fitted
in the space of
5 minuets and
it looks much

number plate housing. up to with their fleets. for best roads to drive.
better than
the old one.

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Reliving the life of the Mini 1963
L ondon, 1963.
The Morris Mini
Minor Super DeLuxe
(pictured) had not long
been in production,
(from October 1962),
and world peace was on
a knife-edge.
The threat of nuclear
war had just eased with
the Cuban Missile Crisis
in late 1962, and this
was swiftly followed by
a prolonged winter in
the UK which became
known as ‘The Big
In March of ‘63 the
UK government was
advised to severely
scale back the country’s
railways to reduce
mounting losses as cars
became more affordable
and people moved from
using the railways as
their daily transport.

Born not long before the Mini was launched,
Martin Bell recalls his memories of growing up
in the world alongside the Mini.

T he recent snowy weather knitted by their mums to would perhaps be sent to our
got me thinking back to keep out the cold, but I also bedroom, where there was
the really bad winter & remember we still had to wear of course no TV or heating
snow of 1963 which started short trousers despite the cold apart from maybe a hot water
on Boxing Day 1962 and weather! bottle at bedtime! If it got
lasted until March ‘63 in many really cold then there was an
places. Back then we still Few luxuries extra paraffin heater for
had to go to school each day, the hallway which ran on
At home few had central
staying home and playing out Esso Blue or Pink Paraffin
heating, very often there would
in the snow would have been which were always
be ice on the inside of my
considered skiving. advertised with a catchy
bedroom window when you
For a youngster, of course, tune on TV in the winter
woke up on a freezing cold
snow is an adventure and months.
morning! There were only two
I can remember walking 1963 is also about when
warm rooms in our house; the
through the deep snow to my own early memories of the
kitchen, due to heat from the
school in Wellington boots Mini begin. At this time the
cooker and the coal-fired boiler
and climbing to the top of Mini was just about the only
for heating the water, which
front wheel drive car available,
tall snow piles at the sides of had to be lit each morning
so even though my dad didn’t
the roads and driveways that with a dangerous-looking gas
like them much, to my delight
had been cleared. The school poker by my
he borrowed
playground quickly became mum. One
an ice palace with one slide of my pocket The Mini had much better one from his
garage and
stretching almost the length
of the playground. The bigger
money jobs
was to fetch
traction in the snow than car sales
boys would run up and launch the buckets most cars of the time business to
get to work
themselves on it, hurtling along of coal
in the snow
at high speed and unable to needed from the coal bunker
a little easier — as Minis,
stop for anyone in the way. It out in the back garden. The
with the engine weight over
would give today’s health & other warm room was the
the front driven wheels, had
safety conscious school staff a living room where we mainly
much better traction in the
heart attack! watched TV and which had
snow than most of the rear-
Today it seems many schools a gas fire. However, if any of
wheel-drive cars of the time,
stop children going out to play us left the door to this room
unless a heavy weight was
in the snow even if they opened open and let all the expensive
placed in the boot and snow
— much too dangerous… heat out into the cold hallway
chains fitted to their wheels.
Many boys used to wear dark we were in big trouble and
The only 4x4 vehicles then
woollen SAS-style balaclavas
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were Land Rovers and these
were mostly owned by farmers
and people in the country,
cars, until you earned 1000
points to send off for a special
I-Spy badge. It sounds a bit
was much
so no-one in London or the like trainspotting maybe, but more in the mainstream of the
suburbs really had them, except remember some cars, especially sports news then and Rauno
perhaps as a garage breakdown foreign models, were far more collecting the coveted ‘Coupe
vehicle or tow truck. unique and unfamiliar sights Des Alpes’ was the talking
The Mini was becoming on British roads then. With point of the event reported
the most common car on Minis we would be looking on radio and TV news. The
the road then, as UK Mini out for the rarer Mini Coopers Mini was not yet the well-
sales actually peaked with with their black or white roofs, known giant killer of racing
134,346 sold in 1963, although or a Moke would also be worth and rallying legend it was
worldwide sales would not more points! soon to become with the later
actually peak until nine years 1963 saw the introduction famous Monte victories. Paddy
later in 1972. Today, it always of the first Mini Cooper Hopkirk also followed up with
makes me smile when younger S (1071cc), with Rauno a 4th overall in an S on the
Mini owners think the classic Aaltonen winning the Touring tough 1963 RAC rally here in
Mini has always been owned car cateqory of the Alpine Great Britain.
by dedicated enthusiasts all Rally only one month after its Around this time an Almond
waving to each other on the
road, when the reality is, it Martin Bell
was then just as common
I was born a couple of years before some old Mini stuff in my garage
as, say, the BMW MINI is the Mini was launched in 1959, so I recently I found a small green metal
now. Mini drivers only really grew up with it always there in the souvenir plaque from the ‘Mini 21st
started waving or flashing background. My dad had a garage, Birthday Party at Beaulieu 26th August
lights at each other in the late car hire, repair and sales business in 1980’. I remember going to this and
1980s, when Mini’s started to South London and so was involved with again entering the concours, as there
rapidly decline in number and cars but he was not keen on Minis... were very few annual Mini events then.
’too complex and cramped under the It seemed like quite a small gathering
disappear from our roads as bonnet’ and so he mainly owned more after the Official Austin-Rover Mini
everyday transport and became conventional Fords and Vauxhalls. 20th Birthday Party celebration held
almost exclusively owned by However I had three brothers who all the previous year at Donnington which
diehard enthusiasts. owned modified Minis through the had been the biggest Mini gathering
1960s, ’70s, ’80s and even right up so far. At the time we all expected Mini
SIMPLE FUN to today. We had Minis of all kinds, production would soon come to an end
modified them and from the 1970s due to the impending launch of the
Another motoring memory even went racing in Mini Se7en and Austin Metro. I’ve been driving Minis
from this time was the I-Spy Special saloons in the days when you and going to Mini events including all
books for children used to could still ask advice from famous the big birthday party events ever since.
break the monotony of long car Mini tuning aces in the paddock, like Today, I still have one of my classic
journeys. Basically, they were Dave Vizard and Chris Tyrell. Minis, which I have had for about 25
I joined the Mini Cooper Club (later years now, and continue to modify it
small logbooks where
the MCR) and also Chris Cheal’s (just about to return it to 10” wheels). I
you tried to collect National Mini Owners’ Club when they even replaced the bodyshell back when
and cross off, for both started in 1979. I went to some no one cared much about originality.
example, car number of the first Mini show events, like I have a modified 2002 BMW MINI as
plates with the Beaulieu, which only had about 40-50 an everyday driver and recently I have
different area letter Minis attend that first year. It was been helping my brother restore a few
also much easier to win the concours Minis (currently a very rusty Minivan).
codes. Another book
then, much to my surprise I won the He has recently also got back into early
was for collecting modified class at the first National classic Minis after having fun driving
sightings of different MOC Show at Twycross Zoo, and still his 2002 new MINI Cooper S and
makes and model of have the trophy! Whilst sorting out modding his son’s MINI One!

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Green and white Mini Cooper was also a major news story robbers had covered the green
appeared on one of our when on 8 August 1963 a mail signal light and connected a
neighbours’ driveways, but train was held up at Bridego six-volt EverReady battery to
we still couldn’t convince my Railway Bridge, Ledburn power the red signal light.
dad to get one and a new blue in Buckinghanshire by a At the bridge the robbers
Ford Consul Cortina Mk1 soon 15 strong gang of robbers removed about 124 sacks
became our more spacious and from London, including which they transferred
practical family transport. Ronnie Biggs, and was quickly from the HVP
In the wider world of events soon being re-inacted by to a truck by forming a
in 1963 I vaguely remember kids like us in the school human chain.The bulk of
US President John F Kennedy playground! The train’s second the stolen money in used £1,
getting assasinated, but this carriage behind the engine
John F. £5 and £10 notes was never
was of more concern to adults, was known as the HVP (High Kennedy recovered. At the time, it was
although as kids we were Value Package Coach) where probably the largest robbery,
hoping his promise to get a registered mail was sorted by value, in British history.
man on the moon by the end of and this contained valuables
the decade would still happen. including large quantities of Holiday in bognor
I remember being madly money, registered parcels and That summer we went on a
interested about anything to packages. Usually the value of seaside holiday to Bognor
do with the space race between these items would have been (few families went abroad
the USA and Russia and in the region of £300,000, but then) in yet another of my
was excited at the prospect because there had been a Bank dad’s Fords - a two-tone
of a manned moon landing Holiday weekend in Scotland, painted Mk2 Zodiac. Bognor
happening in the not-too- the total on the day of the is only down on the Sussex
distant future. robbery was £2.6 million. coast but it seemed miles from
The Great Train Robbery (about £40 million today). The London to us, but there were

August 1963 A Royal Mail train is robbed of

£2.6m in one of the biggest heists in UK history.
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June 1963 Rauno Aaltonen and Tony Ambrose on
their way to 1st place on the Coupe des Alpes.

very few stretches be allowed to sit up

of dual carriageway front in the middle of
of course, seeing Minis up
and hardly any the front bench seat
against far bigger cars like
motorways (the (no seat belts) and help
Jaguars and the occasional big
M1 had only opened dad change gear with the
V8 American saloon car.
in 1959) so most car steering column mounted gear
My older teenage brothers
journeys involved long Ford Zodiac lever.
were also starting to buy
torturious sections of single Sunday was still a much
carriageway A-roads, often Mk2 quieter day then, with nearly
records around this time as my
dad had just bought a brand
held up in queues of traffic all shops shut and no out-
new Phillips Radiogram.
trapped behind slow moving of-town retail parks, DIY
It was like a large wooden
cars and, worst of all, lorries stores or garden centres etc.
cabinet piece of furniture on
or coaches belching out clouds to visit like there is today. I
thin legs which contained a
of foul-smelling diesel fumes can remember thinking that
radio and, most importantly,
slowly trying to climb hills. Sunday was a
Also, you had to pass through
the traffic bottlenecks that
very boring day
as a kid, except
Sunday was a very
many town centres had become for the occasional
drive out to the
boring day as a kid
and had yet to be by-passed. A
big treat on such trips was to country or day out to some
a record player — including
kind of event. A highlight
a slightly unreliable stacking
Bognor were visits to Sunday club
system for playing several
race meetings at Brands
45rpm singles automaticaly
Hatch or Lydden in Kent. The
like a jukebox. The volume
meetings drew big crowds most
was soon being turned up by
weekends because there were
us, and down by dad on the
less places open or things for
first Beatles album, Please
people to do then. The saloon
Please Me, which my brother
car racing was a favourite,
had brought home. I still have
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Time:warp Highs and lows
the well worn and ON THE BOX Pictured left to right, from top:
scratched vinyl LP Martin Luther King gives his
Other TV highlights famous ‘I have a dream’ speech,
in its torn cover. for me in 1963 were campaigning for racial equality
Little did we realise the puppet based and an end to discrimination;
music history was in the childrens’ science fiction TaB cola is launched as a diet
making and the Beatles music shows like Gerry Anderson’s version of Coca-Cola, preceding
would still be played today. Diet Coke. TaB cola is still in
Fireball XL5, Stingray (still
Our TV then was very small, production; A buddist monk sets
shown on TV today because fire to himself in protest of the
black and white with only it was made in colour for persecution of Buddists in Vietnam
two channels - BBC and ITV. the US), but my favourite by the country’s President, Ngo
It took a few minutes for the of them all was Roberta Dinh Diem. Diem was assissinated
valves inside to warm up when Leigh’s Space Patrol series, just five months later; Ferruccio
first switched on. The sound Lamborghini opens up a new car
until recently thought lost, but firm to rival Ferrari; Anti-nuclear
came on first followed by the now re-discovered stored on marches were common as the
picture a little later. And when old film reels in an old garage Cold War and space race hetted up;
you switched it off a small and re-released on DVD and Myra Hindley and Ian Brady begin
dot of light would stay in the YouTube. They may look a bit their killing spree of five children
middle of the screen for quite a abducting Pauline Reade and John
primitive now, but we looked
while after! Kilbride in 1963; Malaysia is formed
forward to the next episode by merging the Federation of
1963 was the debut of Dr. every week and if you missed Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo
Who and my favourite enemy Of the older
it - with no way of recording generation?
and Sarawak; Prostitute Christine
– the Daleks. I remember they anything - you had to wait Keeler helped to bring down the
We want to
became a bit of a craze and months for a repeat. British Government when Secretary
hear your of State for War, John Profumo,
even my dad’s newspaper At the cinema the stories of
was discovered having an affair
was full of first James Bond film growing up
with the Mini. with her. She was also sleeping
pictures, stories Dr No had recently with a Russian spy. Profumo and
and competitions been followed up by later the Prime Minister resigned;
about them. From Russia with A new island is formed when a
For my younger massive underground volcano
Love but it was
brother and I our erupts. It is named Surtsey;
to be the next one, Vostok 6 carries Soviet cosmonaut
best Christmas Goldfinger, which Valentina Tereshkova, the first
presents that year I remember best because I woman, into space; Disney releases
were battery-operated black saved up all my pocket its 18th feature-length animation,
plastic Dalek’s with a red money for weeks to buy The Sword in the Stone; Astro Boy
flashing light inside. I recently cartoon first airs on Japanese TV;
the gold Corgi Aston The first X-Men comic is released;
saw one the same still in it’s Martin DB5 diecast Pope Paul VI is elected as the 262nd
original box fetch several model car complete with Pope, succeeding Pope John XXIII;
hundred pounds on eBay! If a working passenger The second James Bond film, From
only we still had them tucked ejector seat, now Russia with Love, is released less
away somewhere... than six months after the first;
also a sought after
Alcatraz Island is closed as a
collector’s item! Federal Prison; The first Iron
Unlike my Dalek this Man comic is released; The
has survived and is increase of car use saw a decline
stored in my loft with in demand for trains and
several other prized the demolition of New York’s
beautiful Pennsylvania station
Corgi and Dinky began, causing international
cars, including outrage. Madison Square
some Minis! Gardens would eventually be
built in its place.
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Words: David Overfield/Mark Gameson Photos: Mark Gameson

n the Mini’s heyday John ‘Smokey’ Rhodes was one of the
leading figures on the track. His infamous style of drifting the
Mini sideways through corners made a memorable impression on
the public and set him up for a host of wins.
While Timo, Paddy and Rauno, were making headlines for their
winning exploits on the rally stages of Monte Carlo, John was
part of a pack of racers setting the pace on the oval circuit. We
wheelspan our way to him at his home in the Midlands for a chat.

love:mini: John you have had a JR: The first phase started
successful motor-racing career when I joined the Hagley and
and are well known in the District Light Car Club, which
Mini scene, what first got you in those days was the mecca for
interested in motor racing? motorsport. We had people like
John Rhodes: When I was Ken Wharton and Peter Collins
younger I used to go and watch - a whole host of Formula 1
cars like the Auto Union (now drivers.
Audi) cars race. In those days
spectators could stand on the lm: What car did you have to
edge of the track with little compete in at the time?
more then a few straw bales or JR: I had an Austin Seven
a row of tyres between them Special with a supercharged
and the cars. This got me into engine. As you were competing
motor racing and my career had against the very best who had
three phases. very quick cars you had to
constantly raise your game. If
lm: So this got you interested you got within half a second,
in motor racing, how did you or one second of drivers like
actually get involved in the Ken Wharton, which I did, you
sport and what was the first were very pleased with yourself
phase of your career? - especially as I used to be
my own mechanic. I actually

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I changed a complete axle
between events once

changed a complete axle between events once,

for which I got a very nice award.

lm: Did you meet anyone at the club that helped

advance your career?
JR: I met three brothers, Chris, Julian and Tom,
whose family ran a Glassworks in Stourbridge
and were obviously very wealthy. They could
see I was driving very well and could see I was
very good on the spanners. They asked me to go
over to Chimay in Belgium.
Julian had a Lotus Eleven which they trailered
over on the back of a Land Rover and Chris had
a Tojerio MG. When we arrived the first thing
Julian did was to barrel-roll the Lotus. Chris
then hit a well-known Belgium journalist in
the MG causing both cars to burst into flames!
So we had a mangled heap of a Lotus and the
chassis tubes off the MG which we strapped
on to the trailer. At that time you were only
allowed to take £50 out of the country, and
while going through customs a customs officer
came up to us and said “excuse me sir, have
you done anything to enhance either of these
vehicles?” When we got back to the UK Julian
said to me that he couldn’t take [the wreck]
home as his mum would have a fit, so he gave
me the wrecked Lotus which I repaired and put
an MG engine in it and used it to compete in.

lm: It sounds like the club was a very friendly

place despite the rivalry when in the car?

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John Rhodes
JR: Yes, it was a friendly place. I was good friends with lm: You did well in the single-seater racing, did you
a few of the guys; David Baker; Richard Attwood and continue in this form of racing?
Alan Evans, who was a trainee accountant. We were JR: Yes, The Midland Racing Partnership was formed
regulars in the pub and knew the doctor well. and they found me a car which was a Cooper MkII.
One day the doctor asked Alan how he was, Alan This was yet another prototype for the Cooper S as the
said ‘not so good’. So the doctor said; ‘look Alan, you engines kept getting better and better as Eddie Maher
need to do something different was tuning them for John Cooper.
- this training to be an accountant
is getting above you.’ I knew that An idiot crashed the car I did very well in that car and
won a number of events.
John Cooper had got a kit for the
MkI Cooper so I mentioned this to and injured me At the end of the year I
attended a wedding. On the way
Alan - his father was chairman of back I was a passenger in a car,
a big company so he had plenty along with Alan Evans, who was
of money - I said I’ll build the car and we’ll share the in the back, and we were being driven by a complete
racing, which is what we did. We had a lot of success idiot who crashed the car and put me out of action.
with the car which of course was the start of the Mini
Cooper S. lm: What did you do after you had recovered from the
lm: By now you had obviously started to get noticed. JR: I drove every conceivable Formula Junior car apart
Did you get any support from any influential names in from the Lotus. Then, Bob Gerard, who was a very
the sport? good amateur racing driver, got hold of me and asked
JR: We had a lot of support for a guy called Eddie me if I would like to drive one of his Coopers, which I
Maher who was a top engineer at BMC. He would did, and I went all over the place.
make something like six different camshafts every
month and give them to Ken Tyrrell for the Cooper lm: You drove in Formula 1 for a time how did you get
team cars which I was racing against. I managed to involved in that?
get one of these camshafts and I was beating Tony JR: I used to build the Cooper Junior Cars for The
Maggs and John Love - both drivers for Cooper - at Midland Racing Partnership at John Cooper’s workshop
Oulton Park until the steering broke. I never got in Surbiton and got to know the team manager ‘Ginge’
another camshaft! and all the top people - including John Cooper of

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lm: What did your team think of your driving style?
JR: The tyres used to reach 125 degrees and Dunlop
were terrified every time I went out because of what
I put the tyres through - I did have tyres burst on
occasion. Although, in four years with the Mini
Coopers I don’t think we had a breakdown. There were
times when I’d say to Ginge this isn’t quite right and
he’d say OK and I’d go away, come back, go out in the
car again and say that’s much better and he hadn’t
done anything to change it.

lm: What was it like driving for the Cooper team?

JR: Because Cooper was an F1 team - the McLaren of
their day - everything was very well prepared. Ginge
would always make sure my car was ready first so I
could go out and set my time early and put the car
away. If one of the cars got damaged we had another
car set up exactly the same, this was a real benefit
compared to some of the top guys who had invested
all the money into one car. So, although they had
faster cars, we were able to push ours to the limit and
break them. John Cooper decided to sell the F1 team to
Marks and Spencer and went to work with Britax. Ron
Dennis used to wash my car when I was at the Cooper
works. We used to see lots of famous names like Jack
Brabham there too.

lm: So that ended your time at Cooper what did you do

JR: I went over to British Leyland who at the time
were the only people who could afford me. I got the
course. They were at Silverstone testing their cars with same money as Paddy Hopkirk, which, to me, was
drivers Tony Banks and John Love at the same time as quite extraordinary as rallying and racing were two
I was. Ginge was there, so I said to him ‘can I have a totally different entities. This of course was during the
go in one of your cars’, to which he agreed. This was a time when Red Robbo (Derek Robinson, Trade Union
great honour as he wouldn’t let anyone other than the spokesperson) was in charge of the company and there
team drivers drive his cars, and I was immediately on were strikes all the time. All the work on those red and
a par, if not quicker, than both of them. white cars had to be done on the quiet, because if the
union found out, that would have been it. They gave me
lm: So you were instantly in tune with the car, how the chance to race MGBs and Healeys. Peter Browning
did your driving style change with the different type of was a good as gold as a team manager.
JR: In being as quick as I was my driving style lm: Did you ever race with the likes of Paddy?
changed and I obtained my driving style that is
recognizable today. Going into Copse, the first corner,
I shot in and, well, the brakes in those days were only
tiny little discs and not very good at all, so I put the
car into the corner and let it oversteer and floored the
throttle. The car went round the corner in a complete
drift and I decided this was the way to drive from then
on. For the next four years in the Minis I used that
style to help me win the championship with all the
other drivers out to beat me. As tyres got better and
wheels got bigger I had to drive ‘properly’ as my style
would have turned the car over.

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John Rhodes

JR: Yes, we did. In fact, when he gave me a copy of his lm: Back when you were competing it was very much a
book he wrote in it ‘John you were always faster then sport, unlike today, have you got any stories from then?
me’ which was nice. JR: Back then no one really had any money and
everything was done on a budget. John Cooper was
lm: What did you do when Leyland closed the given the bodyshells and tyres. At one time I had
competition department? a MKII Jag and every two weeks I would go up to
JR: Throughout my racing career I had run my own Dunlop and they would fit a new set of tyres to it
workshop, although I hadn’t been about much while for me because I’d drive like I was on the race track.
racing, but I went back to that. Everything was given to you - your petrol tank was
filled up at every circuit you went to too.
lm: Was that the end of you career?
JR: No. I had a call from Lord March asking me if I lm: Have you had any involvement with the New MINI?
would like to be involved in The Revival Meeting which JR: Mike Cooper asked me to go to Goodwood and
I have now been attending for the last 10 years, where I drive the top brass from BMW round the track in his
have been lucky enough to drive a wide variety of cars 210bhp MINI Cooper S which I did for four years. My
including A40s, Riley 1.5s and Lotus Elites. son, Tim, had a MINI Cooper which Mike tuned up for
him. It went like a rocket but it was too loud for me.
lm: What is like to race at Goodwood? Is it is still the
same track as it was when it closed? lm: Why did you give up racing?
JR: It’s exactly the same, if you go off there you’re JR: I had a big crash at Brands Hatch in 2006 which
going to hurt yourself. I drove one of the Works cars has affected my sight and I can no longer drive. I was
with injection at last year’s revival to celebrate the very lucky as I went in to the tyre wall at about 80mph.
Mini’s 50th. It was fantastic to drive something with The doctors said it was only the fact I was so fit after
small wheels again but the tyre adhesion is probably completing a charity bike ride a few weeks before that I
80% better then it was and to drive a car like I used to didn’t suffer worse injures.
physically hurts these day due to the grip?

lm: What would you say was the best circuit to race at,
Silverstone is obviously where acquired your driving
style but is it your favourite track?
JR: I never liked Silverstone because it is a speed
circuit and when you think we were driving cars that
was like a brick going through the air, so we weren’t
fast enough, but Woodcote corner was absolute bliss
because it was a corner that sorted the men from the

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Memory Lane
Your classic Mini memories from 1959-2000

My first Mini
Holly Brown Horsler 1996
Here are a couple of piccys of
some of my Mini Memories,
the piccys aren’t great quality
but nevermind you get the


This one is from my 20th This is of me getting Min my very first Mini as an 18th birthday
birthday. Having passed my present from my parents.
driving test that day, I got some
nice new shiny bits for Min as
birthday presents.

My 21st birthday cake made by

my father-in-law Keith to look
just like Min. This is me just after I had my very first driving lesson in Min.

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Bought new
Paul Taylor
Hi there, just thought I’d send
you a pic of My Mini 25. The
photo of the 25 was taken
on August 1, 1984 - the day
I got it. The other Mini (in th
ebackground) would have been a
The car originally cost £4200
and it was my daily runner. I
sold it back to the dealership in
1988, as I had taken up motor
racing and needed the cash for a SUBMIT
tow car! According to DVLA, it
1984 Mini
was last taxed in 1992.

Video history Find it at:

Longbridge General been partially sold off for commercial and

residential developments.
office block Demolition This video is one in a series showing the
Longbridge, Birmingham, UK, was the main bulldozers pulling down buildings, some
factory where the Mini was built thoughout of which first opened 100 years previous.
its production. Since the collapse of MG Rover Informative captions and sentimental music
Group, which saw the plant close, the site has add to the tearjerker factor. Prepare the tissues.

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Storytime Sharing your tales, new and old.
awoke the next day bitten to death,
and headed into Venice itself. A
coffee just off the Piazza da Roma
convinced me that if we wanted to
have enough money for the petrol
home, this was not the place to be!
So off we shot, down the Adriatic
Coast to just south of Ravena, to
a pleasant campsite on the beach.
To this day, Pam reckons she is
the only person in the world to go
to Venice, and not see St. Mark’s
Square or the Rialto Bridge!
We set up camp and by this time
the fuel pump was becoming a
bore. So off we walked, fuel pump
in hand, to a garage some four
miles away, along a hot and dusty
road amid the mad Italian drivers.
Italian Job 1968-style campsite nears Grays. Now you are
probably blissfully unaware of what
I paid the owner an extortionate
by George Wright amount of money when I collected
the sanitary arrangments in France the ‘repaired’ pump, and we settled

were like nearly 40 years ago, but down to a great time by the beach,
am, my then fiancee, decided
two bricks, a hole, and no running watching the Germans organise
that we ought to go to Italy
water once,
on holiday. Being but poor
just begins to
students, the only way was to drive,
describe it!
and camp. Easy, when you have a
So the next
morning we sped
So, after a bit of fettling (yellow
off towards the
head lights, GB sticker and such
Alps. I had only
like), I set off from my house in
ever seen the
Nottingham, down the old Fosse, to
place under feet
pick up Pam at Yeovil. Then along
of snow, it’s so
the south coast - no M25/M27 then
very pictuesque.
- to Dover, where we spent the
And we had
night. No need to pitch the tent as I
plenty of time
had a mattress in the back!
to take in the
Next day, going up the ramp on
scenery, as the
the ferry, my engine cut out! The
van boiled up quite a few times on their families to do all the chores,
old problems with the electric fuel
the way up! and then go out and catch the
pump were back. Quickly switching
We camped just over the border chocolate bars dropped by small
the ignition on and off did the trick,
into Italy at Aosta, a famous town parachutes from planes flying along
and we were soon parked up. After
just over the pass, and still quite the beach.
an uneventful crossing we were off
high up. We sampled some cheap The time had come to pack up
into La Belle France, stopping at a
Chianti, rough enough to take the and go, and we had an uneventful
enamel off your teeth, which taught journey back to Dover, apart from
us not to buy the cheapest again. the rapid ignition switching every
Down the mountains the next time the engine cut out! We were
day, and off to Venice, we camped sat eating our lunch before sailing,
at Mestre - the Newcastle on Tyne when I happened to look at our
of Italy, famous for shipbuilding. tickets, that didn’t say 3.30pm, but
The campsite seemed to be in 13.30, which was in 20 minutes
a shipyard from the noise, and time. We chucked everything in
the mosquitos were like bats. We the van, and roared through Calais,

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Do you use your Mini every day?
by Karen Davey

i, I am now happily using clear with your demist pad or brave
my Mini as my everyday car. the fumes, open the window and
Generally our relationship is get well and truly gassed. Tricky
getting there just in time. And very good but for one small problem! question - my husband now refuses
true to form, the fuel pump Ever since the engine was rebuilt to travel any distance in my car and
did its bit on the ramp, and it has been burning oil and try as threatens to jump out if I dare open
we struggled to get on board. I might I cannot stop the fumes the window.
Back at Dover, we declared entering the car. Opening the Only one solution left now - yes the
our Chianti (mid-price this windows is a big mistake - because engine is coming out - I will have a
time), only to be told we were as all classic Mini owners know they temporary 1000cc’s of snarling death
only allowed half a litre each, have a tendency to steam up inside! instead of the 1293 I am used to,
not the litre and a half we What to do? Peer through the bit what a shock that will be, especially
had both bought. We must of the windscreen you can keep uphill!
have both looked devastated, I need new valve guides and to
and poor, as we were waved have the piston rings checked, so no
through anyway. Back to quick fix for me. If you see a Mini
Yeovil, I dropped Pam off with clubman 1275 GT in black pottering
her parents and I headed up to along at a very sedate speed it will
the Midlands again, the fuel be me pretending I am not in any
pump packing up seven times hurry!
on the last part of the journey. Minis eh? Don’t you just love
A great holiday! them?

Soap opera racing drama

by Dave Hale

or some time now we have been advertising an
‘Arrive and drive’ package on our spare Mighty
Mini. We have had a few tentative enquires and
one rental. Most enquiries quickly turned down due to
uncertainties on driving capabilities, drilled into me by
my mum, who always said to me ‘be careful who you
lend your toys to!’
Now imagine our surprise when we see an article in
the Daily Mail by Tina Hobley saying she wants to race Silverstone.
a Mini, and the same week a chap called and asked The race day came quickly and luckily qualifying
about rental. The caller turned out to be Oli Wheeler, passed by incident-free for the classic-mini team, thus
Tina’s husband! Unfortunately the BBC had banned leaving us time to enjoy some racing and meet Tina
Tina from racing so Oli got the drive. and the family.
Oli has been racing for some time, mainly in Our race was mid-afternoon, and we were all hoping
Caterhams and lots of karting - karting with the best, it would stay dry. Fortunately it did, however the race
Jenson Button! But he fancied a real challenge, one didn’t quite go to plan. Oli had a great start moving up
where the driver wins and not the most expensive car - from 13th up to 7th in one lap. Unfortunately his race
hence his choice, ended early. Whilst challenging for more positions he
Mighty Minis. was tapped into a spin which ended his race with a
2009 was Oli’s very unlucky front impact.
40th birthday, Oli is not disheartened from his Mini experience and
hence his race says he wants to race for four rounds in future! Our
number 40! Oli’s classic-mini team (Caroline and David) should be racing
chosen race at all the events this year - sponsorship permitting - as
was the 2009 our main team sponsor CRS Risk has decided to leave
season finale at us after five great years.

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Social life
Club Profile:
Manchester Minis
A social club for Mini enthusiasts, with weekly
meets and fun for everyone.
Submitted by Marie James

anchester Minis is in online forum that anyone can join
it’s 12th year and still and there are sections on there
going strong, with new for mechanical help, as well as
members joining every month. all the all important upcoming
We have over 100 active members events, and a general chit chat
and these spread from Cornwall to section.
Leeds, not just Manchester. At the Cheshire Line Tavern
We are more than just a Mini where we meet, I often organise
club that meets once a month, quiz and raffle nights for everyone
we are more of a social club, (I’m the Events Organiser, so
and we meet every week on a everyone kind of looks to me for
Wednesday at the Cheshire Line things to do, but occasionally
Tavern, Cheadle. Most discussions we get some nice fellows who
are not Mini-related, but of course arrange their own entertainment
we do have the usual Mini chats, so I get to just join in and take a
but just about anything passes as step back). All the proceeds go to
conversation. And we have quite a the club funds which buys things
few technically and mechanically- like flyers, gazebos, banners,
minded people, so that helps with website
any Mini or non-Mini related
We have

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Social life

renewals etc. We also My Club
do autotest nights once
a year at the pub we
meet at, which always
brings a good turnout of people as and classic car specialist. After
it’s great to watch. he spent nine gruelling months
As well as attending all the working on my beloved car, I got
main Mini events, we also it back on the road in December
organise a few of our own club 2008 and three weeks later a lady
runs, which are generally just drove into the back of me at a
to a chippy or a pub, but we try set of traffic lights. Devastated
and stick to the A and B-roads wasn’t the word, but it’s the polite
as they are more fun! We also version. Thankfully it was quickly
meet up for curry nights, or just sorted out and I got it back at the
a drive out when the weather is end of January 2009 and it still
good. We attend many Mini shows looks fantastic.
throughout the year and often We’ve also had two Mini club
have a club stand to display all weddings. One of which wanted as
our lovely shiny polished Minis. many Minis as possible to come.
We do a lot of camping!! In 2009 So a bunch of us came with our
we went to Minis and
Tatton Park
Classic Car
The_ a_ and_ b_ roads drove the
bride and
Show and
we won 8th
are _ more_fun bridesmaids
to the
place out of wedding
81 entries for Best Club Stand. venue. It really made her day and
We currently have a few Minis made it that bit more personal.
off the road being restored, I’m We also go away as a club
sure they’d like to keep you once a year, Angelsey weekends,
informed of what progress they Snowdonia weekends, all of which
are making, most of the info can can be found on our website
be found on our forum where they
post pictures of where they are up We are a very active club and
to, in the ‘Mini Projects’ section. always welcome new members.
Paul Howes and Richard King You don’t have to own a Mini, but
are just two of the many who are if you are an enthusiast , ex-Mini
currently restoring a Mini or two. owner, or your just into cars, you’ll
I personally have recently had enjoy an evening with us. The
my Mini restored by my partner Mini scene is just the best place
(Paul Howes) who is a mechanic to be.

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l Club FactFIle
Social life
M Manchester Minis

n Formed 1998 Altrincham, Ashton-under-

Lyne, Leeds, Stockport, Cheadle,

Meeting place Bredbury, Manchester, Edgeley wouldn’t be fair to point out any
Cheshire Line Tavern, (all the Manchester and south one.
Manchester Road, Cheadle, Manchester areas really).
Project cars
Members So many projects are on the go
all the time, but Chris Jackman
Contact details Over 150 members, about 50
has a Clubman Estate project,
Club President active members.
q Dave Vincent Activities
Paul Howes has a couple of
projects, one on his Mayfair Mini,
a complete overhaul, and one on
Car rallies, shows, camping a Minivan, finishing off where
r Events Organiser
Marie James
events, charity events, chippy
runs, autotest nights, raffle and
the last owner left off.

most desired club car? quiz nights, social get-togethers.
I think my Mini always gets a
We meet weekly, not monthly lot of attention. People say they
Areas covered as many other clubs do, so it’s love the colour and would have
We have members from Wigan, more of a social gathering. my car anyday. It’s a 1971, Teal
t Blue Mini 850 (converted to 1293
engine), with tinted windows.
Why should people join Membership fee Restored in 2008.

your club? £10 a year. Membership entitles
We are friendly Mini enthusiasts you to discount at Moss Europe most popular paint
and welcome anyone with an in Cheadle and usually gets you colour?
interest in the classic Mini, cheaper car insurance, when It seems to be blue. We have a

v (MINI owners also welcome).

We do lots of major shows run
you are a member of a club. lot of different shades of blue
by British Mini Club, as well cars of interest

as other local events such as Too many to list really. We have motorsport
Northern Minis Moorland and too many gorgeous Minis, it competitors?
Coastal Mini Adventure, and
also weekend camping rallies

x and watching racing, and going

to classic car shows (not just
Minis). We enjoy socialising

and meeting new like-minded
people, and there is always
someone technical at hand
to help with any car-related

z issues. We also try and hold

raffle and quiz nights at the
club, and do an annual autotest
in the car park which always
0-9 attracts a lot of attention.

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We all like to take part in as we can. It’s become one of Barnes). We had all ordered
the quarter-mile dragstrip at the events that is always in the drinks by then, and as he
Shakespeare County Raceway, diary and not to be missed. We came in, we were ordering our
and also Santa Pod. We used to
all do get along so well, it’s just starters. The waiter came over
have a member who raced his
Mini, but he sadly moved away. such a great club to be in. and asked him if he would like
One other memberable bit of any starters, and his reply was
in a band? info is when we went on a night “Yes please, 2 Cobras” we all
No one out for one of the member’s riled with laughter. He didn’t
birthdays, we went to a curry hear that he had said starter and
the most? house on the Curry Mile in not drink. But it’s something
It’s a close call between Byrney
Rusholme, and he was running that has stuck and it’s a running
and Richard King and Paul
Howes. late (the birthday boy, Tony joke.

the oldest? WHO’s WHO?

Well the oldest roadworthy and
running Mini would be mine, Who’s the Chief?
1971, but I think for the oldest I (Marie James) get called “Manchester Minis’ big sister”
Mini I would probably say Paul
Who’s the Techie?
Howes and his Minivan which I
Various people have knowledge of many Mini technical
think is 1969.
Tell us about some Who’s the Computer boffin?
of your adventures Christopher Jackman and Richard King jointly
together, the ups and
Who’s the Anorak?
downs, the banter, the
breakdowns and fun That would definitely be Edward Lowick (moved to Leeds, but
times. still a member and comes to events with us still)
So much to tell, the majority of Who’s the Boy Racer?
events we do are on the website Paul Howes
with links to pictures (not many
write-ups for the recent ones) Who’s the Wise Owl?
But in the past we did a tower Club president, Dave Vincent
to tower run, Blackpool tower Who breaks down the most?
to the Eiffel tower. That was a Not had any breakdowns for a while, the last was Robert
great adventure. We also did Gough, when his clutch gave up
the International Mini Meet to
Denmark, another great adventure, Who is the one who always runs on empty?
although we did have a Mini Tony Barnes (and his petrol guzzler)
breakdown on the way back, and Who is the prettiest?
we had to leave him in Germany Oooh tough one, we are all gorgeous!
as we had a ferry to catch. His
head gasket had gone and he Who is the oldest?
barely got onto the ferry the next Dave Vincent FEATURE
Our Moorland and Coastal
Who is the most musical? My Club
Robert Price
Adventures are the best. So
many stories can be told about Who is the cheekiest?
the weekend’s antics it would Robert Price
take me all day to sit and write
Who is the most likely to have road rage?
it. But let’s just say, we always
Paul Howes
get remembered when we go to
the event, as we always have so Who is the most likely carry lots of spares?
much fun and join in as much Christopher Jackman

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Mini run

Moonraker Run
Moles Mini Club event serves up
fun, fancy dress and historical run
Words and photos Rob & Jessica Ware

his year’s Moonraker Wadworth’s Brewery, Devizes next year, about the same
UK Run demonstrates again Motor Panels, WH Smiths and time, so why not come and
how great the weather others. join in the fun. Watch the
can be in April and how Sunday dawned bright, and diary dates for details.
generous Mini enthusiasts are after a hearty breakfast in
for charity. the pub Minis from all over
The weekend started on started to arrive. It was great
the Saturday afternoon with to see such a mix of modern
a tricky treasure hunt around and classic Minis all in one
Devizes, with clues leading place enjoying the same thing
us all over this pretty historic and loving Minis for what
town, starting at Wadworth’s they are, great cars.
(the local brewery) Visitor This year’s run took us
Centre. It was then back through Market Lavington,
to camp to get into fancy Pewsey, Alton Barnes, Calne,
dress costumes and enjoy Bromham and loads more
a BBQ and quiz. Never had towns and villages. Driving
we seen so many famous through these was amazing,
people in the field behind the but Lacock was the pinnacle
Three Magpies public house as all the tourists were
as Billy Connelly, Freddie waving and taking pictures as
Mercury, Penelope Pitstop, we went through.
DATE Clint Eastwood, Matt Smith, This was a brilliant weekend
April 24-25, 2010 Britney Spears and many raising just under £400 for
more attended. (Of course Dorothy House Hospice Care.
Location these were our fancy dress Moles Mini Club would like to
Seend, Wiltshire costumes!). Our thanks to thank everyone who attended
LENGTH Jurassic Coast Minis who, for supporting this great cause
Around 50 miles somehow, ended up in charge and especially Wadworth’s
of the cooking and the food for their sponsorship and the
Website was great. Three Magpies’ landlord who
The charity raffle was again generously donated all
a success with prizes the camping fees.
donated from New Mini Day, There will be another run

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Autosport International
Not really a show for Mini lovers of any
kind, but they were there to be found.
Words and photos David Young

ick Swift’ gorgeous St was no one from the MINI the Autocross teams! The star
Mary’s Trophy-winning Challenge series to be seen! of the show was the real Stig UK
S was on the Kent So no one could even enquire (Stig Bloemvist) in an original
Cams stand in all its glory. about test drives or costs. Audi Quattro racing round the
Nick had great pleasure in There were a few other Minis arena on full opposite lock.
telling me that the Historic around, grasstrack Minis and The two main showhalls by
Masters Series is this year Autocross Minis. mid-afternoon were packed,
going to include a series just Chris Dugan had a great it took ages to get from one
for pre-1966 race-prepared display of picture cards stand to another, people
Minis Historic FIA Appendix illustrating 33 EJB (‘64 Monte were looking at scantily-
K in both over and under Winning 1071 S), a 1964 Mini clad girls and having their Next event
1000cc classes. Just like the Cooper S in Surf Blue and a pictures taken with them. I
good old days, when I was Cooper Car Co. racer of 1964 never understood why they JANUARY
young and club racing and vintage. These cards are have to have girls posing at 13-16, 2011
rallying was a hobby! beautifully presented and well car shows, but it does attract
The Dunlop stand was priced at £2-3 each, Chris the boys so perhaps I have
probably the biggest stand, can be reached on chris@ answered my own question.
with its famous Dunlop Cafe, 02392 A number of stalls also had
Colin Turkington’s rapid BMW, 479467. free hats and stickers as well
a DTM car, plus the new R56 The show itself was massive, as lots of simulators to try
JCW Class car for this year’s anyone who had the slightest your luck on. This show, in its DATE
MINI Challenge. Basically interest in motor racing would 20th year, is about the racing January 15-16,
an R56 Cooper S with all have found something of community getting together in 2010
the racing bits that are used interest, £29 to get in plus the rainy season to show its
abroad for the European £8 to park the Mini! But wares off to the punters, the Birmingham
JCW Challenge, using KW it was a full day. The Live rest of the year they are too NEC, UK
Suspension, six-piston brake Action Arena featured an occupied with racing. It does
callipers and 17” Dunlop slicks hour long show with cars that very well. I will certainly Website
as well as a welded-in full of all types, including some be going next year, athough www.autosport-
rollcage. It certainly looks the grasstrack Minis with two I would advise on getting in
part, but on the Saturday there motorbike engines, beating early and leaving early!
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Mini run

London to Brighton
Sun, rain, camping and queues
- it must be London to Brighton
Words and photos Craig McBeth

ike many enthusiasts of months and hadn’t been to just knock the old bolt out.
gearing up for LSMOC’s a Mini show yet - let alone a OK, so I gave it a go - three
25th London to Brighton, journey of this scale. hours of lube, drifts, a drill
we ended up having a bit of a With a few days before and a neighbour’s complaint
mad panic a few days before setting off, and as usual later and I gave up. It wasn’t
DATE to ensure we could go. before a long journey, I budging, even the drill had
May 15-16, 2010 My mate, Pete, who had checked the Mini over. It was hardly made an impact.
already bought a ticket for here that I discovered the bolt As it turned Friday - the
Location the run had been involved that attaches to the driver’s day before we set off - I was
Crystal Palace, in an accident just a week side top suspension arm and starting to get a little bit
London, UK
before the event. A lorry had lower part of the damper had worried. It took less than an
Brighton, UK failed to spot him and tried to snapped clean off, leaving hour to get the top arm off
crush him as it moved into his the damper flapping about. the car, but this meant I had
48 miles
lane. Thankfully he was fine, That can’t be good, I thought. to find somewhere within
but the Mini was not. This I wasn’t too worried because walking distance to see if they
Website was good news for me, as it I had another top arm in the could get the bolt out. I took meant that we would likely garage, but, after consultation, both top arms to Chippenham be taking my Mini, who had the collective on Facebook Vehicle Services who spent an
only been on the road a couple suggested I should try and hour with the blowtorch and

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bench press trying to get the brown tape and stuck it down
bolts out - to no avail. By this before going on to relieve Above and below:
time it was 5pm on Friday and his boredom by creating a Mighty morphin’ Matt black stealth
things were looking bleak. dashboard from brown tape turbo clubby. Nice.
I called up some Mini and masking tape. How very
friends to see if there were creative!
any second-hand spares that Reaching decent speeds,
I could buy after Somerford vision became increasingly
Mini quoted me something obscured as a number of bugs
astronomical. My regular impacting the windscreen. As
life-saver, and the man who we entered central London we
superbly welded up my Mini, had to keep our wits about
came to the rescue, digging us with the busy traffic and
one out of his garage spares. masses of football fans who
Within an hour the new arm were out for FA Cup Final day,
was on and the Mini was passing right through Chelsea
ready to roll. along the way.
Pete arrived at mine at
about 1pm on Saturday and
we set off at about 2pm. I’d
Royal entrance
Arriving at Crystal Palace,
spent the morning loosely
where the run would start, we
wiring in a stereo so we could
were directed to the bottom
have some tunes, but hadn’t
field. We parked up next to a
secured the head unit. As we
group of girls and began to
hit the M4 Pete found some

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Officially registration didn’t open until 5.30am, but people were queueing
way before that. This photo was taken at about 7.30am, with many calling for
registration to open on Saturday to prevent such queues.

set up camp. I’d bought a new four- bumped into the latest craze that the
man Lichfield tent from Argos and South Central Mini Club has adopted
was hoping that it would at least stop - fully body lycra suits, or, the Morphs. SmallCarBIGcity team.
condensation forming overnight - it Drawing attention from Mini folk and
didn’t. Pete and I pitched up the tent locals the team were reveling in the
behind the car and left a wide berth limelight.
between our tent and the girls’, as The big screen was up and already
I didn’t want showing films
them to hear me
The evening parties of while people chilled
out in the early
Just a few
minutes later,
previous years seemed to evening sun, and
a red Routemaster
some fellow
friends from
have been dampened down returned from
ferrying early
Chippenham, Jas and Kayleigh, parked campers to London.
up behind us, which was nice. They’d After weighing up the fast food
come with some friends of their options in town we opted for Domino’s
Mini Hoff Club, named in tribute to any size takeout option for a tenner.
Hasselhoff. After a quick look around and split the toppings on half the pizza
the venue we headed into town for to our own preference.
beer and food. As we left the park we The evening parties of previous

Pete had wiped the sleep out

of his eyes quicker than me on
Sunday morning noticing this
very cool W&P Mini
with speakers in
the headrest.

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Pete only received a few evil
glares whilst driving my Mini -
after crunching into first gear.

As we headed south it was inevitable

we would catch up with some others
who had left early. Other traffic was
minimal as we passed through Croydon.

As we arrived on Madiera Drive at years seemed to have been dampened down,

around 9.15am, we managed to get a although a group of French campers no doubt
prime spot not far from the traders. used the language barrier as an excuse to
celebrate someone’s birthday rather loudly!
On our late night travels we also found
a stupendously drunk Craig Jarrett almost
passed out and facing the wrath of a fellow
Mini owner by encouraging people to write
‘gay’ comments on the car. Needless to say, the
owner didn’t fancy driving through Brighton
with such comments, and set about scrubbing
it off. We also came across one lad, the owner
of the police van, who didn’t seem too happy
about spending the night with two girls in a
one-man tent! While the highlight for Pete was
No. of MINIS 1000s finding someone watching Lost via projector on
Weather Bright the inside of their tent.
location Brighton Turning in at midnight, we anticipated a
seafront good few hours sleep before everyone woke at
Cost £30 or free the prescribed 6am start. 3am we were awoken
Highlight Camping to engines starting and cars being moved into
and atmosphere at position. The night had turned rather cold and
Crystal Palace Pete decided to try and squeeze his 6ft 4in
frame into the Mini for some sleep, while I
Next event
perservered in the tent until 4.30am.
May, 2011
One of the main complaints about any L2B
I’ve been to has always been the queue getting
out of Crystal Palace - with some runners not
leaving until 12pm. I was mindful of this and
wasn’t too keen to be stuck. As more people
woke up, I started walking around chatting
to people. At around 6am I saw a club make
a break for it en-masse through the bottom
gate to park outside the park gates and avoid

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the queue. I ran to the Mini Once most of the Minis had arrived - at about
and followed suit, while Pete midday - the crowds soon picked up.
headed for the line for the run
pack. At around 8am I met up
with Pete again who had just
got his pack, and looking over
his shoulder could see the line
snaking off into the distance.

Beat the rush

I’d already decided to let
Pete drive the Mini down to
Brighton - after all he had
bought the ticket for us - and
after some careful words
about some of the Mini’s
foibles we set off ahead of
the pack. We soon caught up
with some others who had left
early and convoyed through
Croydon on to the A23/M23.
Once on the motorway, we
blitzed past most other motors Rick Wyard’s cool
and arrived at Brighton at rusty rat-look Mini.
about 9.15am. The weather
throughout the day was a bit
changable, but stayed fair for
most of the day.
As usual there were some Some Minis arrived
Minis making their debut any way they could.
after an overhaul, and a
plentiful selection of concours
cars and dolled up club
stands. Autotesting was on
display to wow the punters,
but it was Paddy Hopkirk, in
attendance again, who drew
the biggest crowd. Despite
a mild panic when a
child went missing
for 15 minutes, the Hardly any of the MINIs in
day was without concours were standard.

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Anyone reported two loonies

“I pull on this wire...”


Pirates of

our eye was a Stimson Safari Six and Holly

Brown-Horsler’s newly-styled Traveller amongst
As the day came to a close we set off back
Safari Six
to Chippenham through the back roads to
Petersfield, Andover and Devizes, where, after
a long, tiring day, I wasn’t prepared to sit in
Sunday evening traffic. Pete said my overtaking
was a little ‘ambitious’, but I swear I had loads
of space before the Land Rover reached us!
After a 270 mile round trip, we made it
back and the Mini had proved itself up to the
endurance test. What’s next?

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No. of MINIS 100s
Showtime Weather Bright
location A farm
just outside Bristol
Cost £7 per car

Bristol Mini Day Highlight Club

challenges and
new venue.
Next event
New venue hits the spot. June, 2011

Words and photos Craig McBeth

he Bristol Mini Show has a field that didn’t overwhelm teenagers to try their hand at
been somewhat of a lost the show, it ticked all the some autograss in the back
soul in recent years, not boxes required for a Bristol- field in an effort to encourage
having a place to really call its based show. Perhaps now it newcomers to the sport.
home. After a successful spell has finally found a place it The weather had its ups and
at Bath Racecourse in 2007, can settle into. I was a little downs, but by the end of the
the event moved to Puxton dubious about the decision to day a red neck and face gave
Park, not far from Weston- host the concours cars on a a positive weather review.
DATE Super-Mare, but neither felt large gravelly surface, given Long distance travellers,
June 6, 2010 like the right place for the the chance of stonechips, but Torbay Mini Club, found room
Location Bristol show. In contrast, this that was only a minor issue for my Mini on their stand
Washingpool year’s venue was brilliant. in what was otherwise a great and generally attendance
Farm, Easter Situated just a mile from the local show. seemed to be up on previous
Compton, Cribbs Causeway junction off Organisers had made years - perhaps the more
Bristol, UK the M5 in Easter Compton, the efforts to include more club clement weather had a hand
Website rural location had a familiar activities, with a big tent in that.
www. Mini show feel to it - and hosting its very own World Rounding up the day was a
bristolminiday. none of the soulessness of Cup challenges. Traders were sackful of trophy presentations Puxton Park. plentiful, as were the club with perrenial winner Sandra
With both grass and cars and club stands. There Britton taking three trophies
hardstanding available and was even the opportunity for for Best MkI/MkII, Best engine
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Spam, spam, spam spam

Fairground fun
for the kids.
Hopping with big balls between your
legs, penalty shootouts and ball and
spoon races were just some of the
World Cup themed challenges.

The very accomodating stand

of the Torbay Mini Club - with
Heading to the Au
some scruffy silver Mini (mine) tograss trials.
bay, and Car of the Show. taking a prime spot!
while Somerset MOC took the
club games award and Paul
Lewis won the Best MINI in
As I left for home the roads
were refeshingly clear and
there were no queues to exit
the showground. Driving
back through the village
some locals had even come
out to give the Minis a wave
and cheer, and courteously
I responded in kind, giving
them a pip of the Mini’s horn.
Hopefully the show will
remain at this venue, and if it
does it can go on to become
even bigger and better.

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Gerry Taylor
was proudly
showing off his Farina Grey
Estate - officially the oldest
known surviving Austin Seven
Countryman. There were plenty
of people interested in talking
to Gerry, and it’s not surprising
The World Cup
- having owned it since 1977, he
just got a whole lot
more interesting! has plenty of tales to tell!
Vauxhall Ecotec

Hi Craig,
remember me?

my Mini can
only dream of

John Deere
Scamp looks

Wheely cool
My favourite find of the day
was this Elswick Envoy.
Driving with an Alsatian in the car must Created as a vehicle for
have been... err... tricky!
wheelchair users, it’s based
around Mini mechanicals
Bristol Mod Scooter Club and an auto engine.
turned up. Owner Neil Bayliss is
having lots of fun with his
new purchase, having just
driven back from the IMM
in Germany! The space-
age, stealth-like angles just
scream of retro cool.

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Natalie Curtis won best car on

a clubstand.

Mongol Mad
Every year there seems to be a
team taking part in the Mongol
Rally in a Mini - and this year it’s
South Devon Mini Club favourite,
James Cornner and his mate.
Attempting to drive from the UK
over 8000 miles to Mongolia,
the pair will travel though many
‘dodgy’ countries, whilst raising
money for charity.
The Clubman Estate seems a
decent choice, but not so sure
how practical that banner will be!

Super Nova
Dean Collier’s Mini is home to
something a little bit different, with
a Nova GSi transplant, a bulging
bonnet and snake vivarium vents.

Gareth Beech’s newly finished two-tone cabrio stood out

with its Yamaha Brilliant Red centre stripe.

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National Mini Cooper Day

A Mini history lesson.

Words and photos Craig McBeth

here’s something about quaint village, rural location
the National Mini Cooper and museum grounds are a
Day at Beaulieu that sets beautifully picturesque setting
it apart from the other shows for some gleaming Minis.
of the season. It could be that Cooper owners do get
Checking every last
UK it’s almost like a Goodwood
Revival for Minis, where the
privileged parking at the front
of the car displays, and when detail before the
oldest and most fascinating you see so many lined up next judges come round.
cars turn up. Or it could be to each other it really feels
that it caters for all tastes like a family reunion (and not
without even trying to, with just because I have a Cooper).
MINI clubs now pitching up Of course those with
stands alongside classic clubs. Coopers of historic interest get
DATE When celebrities and Mini bumped up further in front,
June 13, 2010 legends decide to make an and every year there seems
Location appearance, this is their Mini to be at least one battered
National Motor show of choice. Mini sat beside a lovingly
Museum, Despite being christened restored rally hero. Amongst
Beaulieu, the ‘Cooper’ day, the appeal those heroes was TV chef,
Hants, UK is more than just these nippy James Martin’s 1962 ex-Works
Website Minis. The location at the Cooper S – 8 EMO. He bought
www. National Motor Museum in it in 2009 for £67,500 (£13k the New Forest, not far from under the guide price!), but
the coast, has been blazingly wasn’t afraid to give it some
hot every time I have been for beans as he tore up the grass
the past four years; and the in an enthusiastic display for
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standard over-priced food
TV chef James Martin vans offered up the usual
showing off in his
grub. However, the museum
rather expensive
historic rally Mini.
restaurant was a refreshingly
cool atmosphere and great for
some respite from the sun.
Prices were higher, looking
at around £7-8 for fish and
chips, but the difference in the
quality of food was evident. I
played it smart and got a bowl
of chips and a coke for about
£3.50. The museum is another
area that is open to showgoers
during the day, housing a few
Minis, and other classic cars
of interest.
Another year, another
excellent show at Beaulieu.
This was the first Cooper Day
I’d attended in my Cooper, so
it was a little bit extra special
for us both, and again it was
great to meet up and make so
many friends, new and old.

the crowd. the arena club stands lined-up

Over the loudspeakers, along the edge of the grounds
compere Graham Robinson while wave after wave of cars
kept visitors informed of the filled the space inbetween.
arena show times as they Traders were arranged, mostly
walked around the site, while in the shade, providing mild
also taking time to talk to cover to those slow browsing
other Mini historians. From the goods on offer, while the

The day included

Bournemouth Mini
Club’s annual birthday

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Single-minded Broadspeed
Drawing plenty of admiring glances
throughout the day was Chris Wooden’s
Broadspeed GT. Chris has a few Broadspeed
GTs, but this particular car was the first
of just 21 built and was also the personal
transport for the designer’s wife - Mrs Broad.

The MCR set

aside space for
dedicated MINI
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So many Minis, so
much to see and so
little time.

Historians. In a
world of their own.

Taking the mic

Regaling the punters
with historical
tales was Graham
Robinson (right) and
John Parnell (left).
The historians talked
about the myths of
Minis and many of
the great men and
women behind it.

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Mini run

The Royal Agricultural

College was a beautiful
starting location.

Minis for Heroes

A simple idea that quickly
became a phenomenon.
Words and photos Craig McBeth

ow many Facebook be pulled off smoothly. Gerry I approached I could see
invites do you get each Watkins is the man who no more than six or seven
week to random meets takes the credit for the idea Minis, and for a moment I
and runs organised by Joe and organisation, and as thought could it have flopped?
Bloggs from miles away? This some of you may have seen Unbeknown to me at the time,
is how the Minis for Heroes in the news, these Facebook- hiding around the corner was
run started out, and, at first, organised events don’t always a car park full of over 200
it was anyone’s guess how go as planned. Minis waiting for the word
successful/popular it would With Wootton Bassett a go. Around 40 of whom had
be, and whether it would even stone’s throw away from me, camped the night before at the
go ahead if there wasn’t an it would have been rude not to local pub, and with nothing
DATE interest. But anything that turn up and stretch the Mini’s but praise for the hospitality.
July 11, 2010 aims to raise money for the wheels on a hot summery Departing from the front
Location Help the Heroes charity, as Sunday. of the grand Grade II listed
Cirencester, well as offer the opportunity I didn’t know quite what building, famous for spawning
Glos., UK to pass through the hallway of to expect as I approached graduates such as Jonathan
repatriated soldiers – Wootton the starting location at the Dimbleby, a band of bagpipers
LENGTH Bassett – is bound to pull on Royal Agricultural College played us out, as the
43 miles heartstrings and draw some in Cirencester, and typical motorcycle marshals held up
Website attention. me, I drove up the wrong traffic and led the way.
www.h4h-mini- And so, as the Facebook road to the start line instead After a quick U-turn round group swelled, the wheels of joining the queue from the roundabout we headed
behind the scene were set the back – sorry about that. towards Wootton Bassett via
in motion to ensure it could Funnily enough though, as Kemble and Crudwell before a
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Stopping at Wootton
Bassett to lay
a wreath at the

Supporting their loved ones in action.

beautiful Wiltshire B-road past Once the stragglers had end point at Castle Combe
Cleverton and Brinkworth. finally turned up Gerry could with food vans and a few
As the Minis swarmed get on with the raffle and autojumblers was all spot on.
into Wootton marshals were make some serious money This is what a Mini run
powerless to stop local traffic for charity. All in all, over should be about. We had
mingling with the Minis. £4,414.11 was made and over around two hours of driving
Gerry had little time to stop 223 Minis turned up and there on some lovely A and B-
at the war memorial on the was little room for criticism roads. The weather was fine
high street and lay down the for the whole event – it was and whole event flowed like
Mini-shaped wreath in tribute really well organised and a dream. I, and I know many
to Britain’s fallen soldiers. exceeded all expectations. The others, will be looking forward
Each of the hundreds of marshalling was excellent, to this one next year.
Minis filed past the memorial the facilities for camping, the
individually taking a moment involvement of the college
to pay their own personal and their willingness to
respects. Some Mini owners help contribute further in
had come because they had future events, the route, the
a loved one serving in the
forces, or had known someone
who had been injured in
conflict, while others just
came to support the cause
and enjoy a day out driving.
The convoy then headed
to Lyneham, a few miles
away, where the RAF
aircraft actually return with
the soldiers. Passing the
airfields we were directed
down through Calne and
Chippenham, where many
cars got lost thanks to the
traffic lights, finishing up at
Castle Combe racing circuit
which had kindly agreed to Castle Combe circuit
kindly provided an
host the after-run meet and
end point to the run to
allow for fundraising.
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Words Peter Scherer
Rally:Circuit:Hillclimb:Autograss:Sprint Photos

Allen and Caudle
in the final battle for the title
Going down to the wire for the class champions. Thruxton

ee Allen’s dominance of the stay in touch.
S Class this year was finally After a number of exchanges
Final Standings
confirmed at Thruxton, when Caudle managed to retain his slight Rank Driver Total
another triple class win crowned him advantage from lap 10 and took 1 Lee Allen 397
overall champion. For Luke Caudle victory by 0.376secs. 2 Luke Caudle 393
there was disappointment, another “I had never led a race before, but 3 David Ogden 345
two wins out of three, but a few points managed to keep cool. Luke pushed 4 Chris Knox 328
lacking to retain his overall title from me hard, but there was only slight 5 Kevin O’Connor 318
2009. contact. It’s my best finish but I 6 Justina Williams 317
Although Caudle had pole for the just couldn’t match Luke under 7 Lee Sullivan 284
opening race, Knox nosed ahead into braking at the chicane,” said Smith. 8 Sam Osborne 283
Campbell on the opening lap, but “That was one of the hardest 9 Chris Smith 259
lost out again as they braked for the races I have ever had, but knew 10 Craig Freeman 233
chicane. Following his podium finish second would be enough for the 11 Jason Richardson 222
at Brands Hatch, Chris Smith made it a class title. I still wanted to win 12= Sarah Parsons 202
three car break, with all three having though, but he was better than me 12= Chris James 202
a spell in front. every lap through Church,” Caudle 14 Dean Raymond 162
Knox led up Woodham Hill for the replied. 15 Gavin Bristow 143
second time, but outbraked himself at Knox retained a solitary third, “I
the chicane and saw both Caudle and got my usual good start and led,
Smith go by. A lap later Smith had but then struggled for straightline
edge at the chicane, before it became speed. Once the club Class cars got
a two way scrap as Knox struggled to between us I lost the tow and couldn’t

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catch up again,” he explained.
Jason Richardson had run strongly in fourth
after taking the returning Andrew Bailey on the
second lap, but had a clash with a Club Class
car at the chicane. “The top three had gone and
then the other car turned on me. It damaged the
steering and down the side,” he explained after
retiring to the pits.
Gavin Bristow had made his way by Bailey
and retained a solitary fourth after Richardson’s
demise, “a bit disappointing, they just got away
from me,” he said.

Race Two
Knox again had the better of the start, with
poleman Caudle second until Smith surged by
into the chicane. They continued nose-to-tail,
while behind them Richardson out-powered
Allen for fourth and Bailey followed a lap later.
Bristow had also lost out at the start and began
to pick his way past Sullivan, before closing on
Allen too.
Having got alongside Knox into Noble on
lap 3, Smith led into Allard on the next lap.
But that allowed Caudle to threaten again and
he managed to split the pair, by two wheeling
through the chicane on lap eight.
Caudle’s charge continued and he hugged
the inside line past the pits on lap 13, only for
Smith to fight back again at the chicane. Knox
had started to fall back again, but with the
lead pair side-by-side into the chicane for the
last time, they managed to slow themselves up.
Caudle‘s pace going in left him slower on the
exit, making it a three-car drag race to the line.
Smith claimed his maiden victory, with Knox
snatching second, all three covered by only
“That was too close at times, but a good race.
Halfway through I thought I had got a gap and
then Luke caught me. I thought oh no and didn’t
get a good run at the chicane on the last lap, but
then Luke was slower out,” said Smith.
“I just gambled on their tussle slowing them
up, which worked,” Knox added.
“I just braked too late into the chicane and it
gave Chris the run to the line,” said Caudle.
Bristow claimed fourth again after Richardson
pitted with debris after a big spin. Bailey spun
off at Brooklands on lap 6, which handed fifth
back to Allen and a healthy class win over
Sullivan and Raymond. “The rain shower put a
bit of a twist on it, but I had the class sewn up
early on and made it safe,” said Allen. “A bit The ExcelR8 team’s pitch is a
lonely, just playing on my own,” Sullivan added. hive of motorsport chat.

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moving up to the JCW car next

Race Three year I may have to come back
Caudle, Allen and Ogden for a head to head...” said a
had all been crowned class smiling Caudle.
champions, with only 3 points “I was ahead into the
between Allen and Caudle chicane, made a mistake and
for the overall championship lost it again, but hadn’t seen
and a reverse grid there was the last lap board,” said Smith.
everything to race for in the Caudle hadn’t either. “That was
final round of the season. shaping up to be a good race,
Richardson had pole and then I caught the club cars, out
extending an early lead, came the safety car and it was
when his engine suffered a all over,” said Knox.
temporary misfire exiting the Bristow and Bailey held
chicane. As he pitted Caudle station in fourth and fifth with
took control, from Smith, Knox, Allen sixth. “I have got an R56
Bailey, Bristow and Allen. in the garage, so whatever
The top three soon broke Luke races next year I will,
clear again and Bristow even it’s lorries,” said Allen.
took Bailey for fourth on “I did have a bit of a scare
lap 6, before the safety car though when I thought I had a
was scrambled after the puncture behind the safety car,
unfortunate Kevin O’Connor so I backed them up before the
had been tipped into the green flag just make the place
barrier opposite the pits. safe,” he added.
It came down to a one Raymond was second in class
lap sprint from the green with James pipping Sullivan for
flag. Smith had the lead up third at the chicane on the last
Woodham Hill, but Caudle got lap, after changing a front tyre
by at the chicane to end his during the safety car period.
season on another win. Kounnis took the club class
“What a great season, laurels, from Williams, Osborne
unbelievable. ExcelR8 and my and Ogden. “A stunning year
sponsors have been fantastic, in my first motorsport season,
and in the end it just wasn’t today I let them get on with it,
enough for the overall title just to make sure of the points
this year, but with Lee Allen for the class title,” said Ogden.

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Photos End of season run-out for new setups and newcomers.

ason Richardson proved to be fourth with Allen heading Chris Caudle had been safe in second
the man to beat in the non- Callister-Russell and Chris Smith. until a damaged manifold lost
championship season finale at Richardson made it past Knox for him power and having quickly
Donington Park. He may have had second on lap 3, by two wheeling retaken Allen, Knox took the place
R56 class champion Luke Caudle through the chicane, but the battle on the last lap. “I had just lost too
and Chris Knox up against, but he for the lead had allowed the next much straightline speed,” Caudle
emerged from the day as a double group to close on them too. explained.
winner - his first ever overall After Knox had briefly retaken Allen was delighted with his
victories. second it became four for the lead, fourth place, “yes happy with that,
No fewer than eight new drivers with Allen having made a break being so close to the leaders and
joined the line-up, along with this from his group and tagged on first time in the new car,” he said.
year’s Mini Challenge Champion behind. But Allen suddenly found Smith had got past debutant
- Lee Allen, Club Class Champion himself in third after the young Callister-Russell on the fourth lap,
- David Ogden and Craig Freeman, Scot careered over the gravel at the but gave it back to him on the last,
who moved into the R56 class for chicane, which gave the lead duo “I had tried to get a run on Lee
the first time. a slight break and Richardson a and put two wheels on the grass at
It was a disaster for Freeman as chance to challenge. Coppice,” he explained.
he stalled at the start of the first “I had been alongside Jason but
race and got away dead last. It was just misjudged it,” said Knox.
three abreast though for the lead Into the chicane for the ninth
into Redgate, with Caudle gaining time it was side-by-side for the
the initiative from Richardson and lead but Richardson emerged with
Knox as they charged through a fractional advantage. Richardson
the Craner Curves. Knox snatched gradually consolidated his lead and
second at the Old Hairpin and had collected his maiden victory.
the lead a lap later, but Caudle “This has been a real team effort,
retook into the chicane as the top we really wanted to deliver today
three continued nose-to-tail. and we did. Once ahead I just put my
It was also a three-way fight for head down and went for it,” he said.

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Motorsport David Ogden was seventh, his first
time on slicks and S class winner
Dean Raymond was eighth, having
led the class throughout. Aaron Steele
managed second in class despite
missing qualifying, having got the
better of former European Truck Racing
Champion George Allen early on. George
was out in son Lee’s title-winning car
and having his first race for 15 years.
“Lee suggested it last week, so I said
OK and had to rush around to get my
licence,” said George.
Although Sam Osborne dominated the
Club Class, there was plenty of action
behind. Debutant Paul Watson managed
to escape in second, as Keith Issatt had
to fight off new boys Lee Shropshire and
Peter Priest for third.

Race Two
Knox got the jump on his rivals at the
start of the second, heading Caudle and
Allen into Redgate. Poleman Richardson
was only fourth after being slow to get
away. “It was George Allen’s fault he
had been talking about green lights
before the race and I was waiting for
one,” he joked.
Caudle was inches from Knox’s
tailgate as Richardson reclaimed third
from Allen, but Steve Liquorish was
close in fourth, having taken over Chris
Smith’s usual car.
It was side-by-side for the lead again
at the chicane on lap 2, before Caudle
nosed ahead on the exit. Two laps later
Richardson ousted Knox too with a
similar move before closing down on
Caudle’s lead.
As they exited the chicane for the

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seventh time there was the
tiniest of gaps on the inside Motorsport
for the run into Redgate.
Richardson took it and just
held off Caudle under braking.
But Caudle came back as
strong as ever and retook the
lead a couple of laps later at
Redgate, only to lose out again
to Richardson with four laps
to go.
“I had made a mistake and
Luke got me back, but then he
did the same and I got him,”
Richardson explained.
“I just couldn’t stay with
Jason today, a credit to him.
Looking forward to next
season though, Lee Allen
will soon be used to his car,”
Caudle added.
Knox retained third but
dropped back on the last lap
after a brief off at the Old
Hairpin. Allen kept Liquorish
at a safe distance for fourth
and Ogden completed the top
six. Freeman just held off S
class winner Arthur Forster,
who was out in Raymond’s
car. “Proper racing, front
wheel drive among some
friends, it was awesome,” said LEFT: Jason Richardson takes
the North East Touring Car the win, and shows some
promise for next season.
playboy and sporting hero.
Callister-Russell had a BELOW: Richardson’s team,
subdued race in ninth after an including Miglia legend Bill
excursion and Steele completed Sollis, will be back for 2011.
the top 10. “It’s the cheapest
form of racing I have done
and I would certainly consider
doing it next year, I’m seriously
looking at an R56, I thoroughly
enjoyed the day,” said Steele
after taking second in class,
from Allen Snr and debutants
Bob Hosier and Len Coed.
Osborne took the Club Class
from Watson and Issatt. With
Peter Priest taking fourth
and an impressive fastest
lap. “Apart from a bit of club
karting I haven’t raced before,
I really want to do it next year
now after that,” said Watson,
an opinion shared by most of
the newcomers.

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Phillip Island

Stokell’s superb
Island drive
Stokell makes a blinding start and
ascent through the grid to take the plaudits.

ecoRug Racing’s Paul Stokell After getting away to great starts as high as fifth until a fan belt
has stormed to race 1 victory Peter McNiven, Craig Innes and snapped, forcing the youngster to
during Round 5 of Hertz Josh Hunt all went off the track, on retire from the race. Scott Manson
MINI Challenge at Phillip Island. just the second turn of the circuit, also missed the entire race after he
Stokell began race 1 fourth on the relegating them down the order. failed to make repairs to his R56
line after grid positions were based Fortunately the boys fought back Challenge car in time for the start.
on practice 2 from Friday under the and all finished inside the top-10 Pizza Capers UberStar Innes
Force Majeure ruling. This was due with McNiven the best of the trio, fought back diligently, after his turn
to a small accident in qualifying finishing the race in fourth and 2 off, to finish the race 10th overall
involving Ken Wootton which forced proving that local experience counts and in the process setting the
all competitors back to the garage for a lot around here in Phillip fourth fastest lap-time for the day.
without completing a time. Island.
The battle for fifth was also a
For this, no points were awarded
fierce one with Beric Lynton and
Race 2
for qualifying which in-turn meant Chris Alajajian has won his fourth
no success ballast applied to any new comer Elliot Barbour running
round of the year in the final race,
car for the round’s first race. side-by-side on the final lap from
however, he saw a shade of pure
It was a magic effort by the turn four until the chequered flag,
brilliance by last year’s MINI
Queenslander to move up four spots with Lynton taking the spoils.
Challenge champion Paul Stokell.
and pass Championship leader Unfortunately it wasn’t all smiles
After starting at the rear of the grid
Chris Alajajian on the outside of for the entire MINI Challenge
the DecoRug driver
turn 1 on just the second lap of the contingent with the Woottons
race. in the wars
Local favourite Sean Carter began after Ken
on pole in his ON TIME EARTH R56 was forced
entry but was quickly reeled-in by in on the
the two series front-runners. To his out lap
credit the 19-year-old stuck with the with engine
pair which made for some exciting sensor issues.
racing as the trio diced throughout Son Chris
the eight lap race. was running

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pulled off one of the greatest Unfortunately for local lad

drives in MINI Challenge Sean Carter disaster struck in
history to carve up the field race 2 when the 19-year-old
and win the race over team- Victorian left the track on the
mate Josh Hunt. opening lap, losing control
Alajajian’s consistency saw on the grass and spearing
him finish the round on top back on, right into the path of
of the podium but only by the series front-runner Stokell. It
slimmest of margins to 25- still didn’t deter Stokell and
year-old Hunt who showed his team from re-entering
superb form to finish on the the final race and pull off the
podium in both races and just miracle of all drives to win.
one point behind Alajajian for Prosurv Racing’s John
the round. The final rostrum Modystach’s consistency paid
step was claimed by another off as he finished the round
series debutant in Elliot equal seventh with Kiwi Gavin
Barbour who, at 19-years-old, Yortt, while Sydneysider Aaron
showed great maturity to steer Zerefos steered his Fiji Water
the McElrea-run R56 Challenge entry to ninth as he diced
car home in fantastic style. with Brisbane-based Brendan
Fourth overall was Gold ‘Cookie’ Cook throughout the
Coast MINI Dealer Beric weekend.
Lynton while Pizza Capers Initially local Peter
UberStar driver Craig Innes McNiven had won the round
showcased his talents on the but was later deducted 44
way to a top-5 finish during championship points for a
the Kiwi’s first motorsport trip rules infringement prior to
downunder. race 2.

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smashed as
Stokell closes
the gap
Alajajian’s poor form open’s
door for Stokell on street circuit. Surfers Paradise

hris Alajajian has come up Benefiting from the incident when ON TIME EARTH driver Sean
trumps in a battle with V8 was Gold Coast MINI Dealer Beric Carter ran wide. Stokell and Carter
Supercar legend Glenn Seton Lynton who had a superb run to were neck-and-neck coming down
to win the opening race of Hertz hold-off DecoRug Racing’s Paul the final straight, so much so they
MINI Challenge at the Armor All Stokell after Lynton passed the 2009 couldn’t be judged by the naked
Gold Coast 600 – round 6 of the MINI Challenge champion on the eye, but time control told the story
series. opening lap. Lynton steered home in as Stokell emerged victorious by a
The JAXQuickfit Tyres driver second with Stokell topping off the mere 0.01 seconds.
was locked in a fierce battle with podium places finishing just three Coming home third for a second
Seton until the veteran tried to and a half tenths behind the Gold consecutive podium was Gold Coast
pass Alajajian on lap 8, clipping Coaster. MINI Dealer Beric Lynton whose
the inside rear and spinning Fourth and fifth respectively flat-out performance sees him as
both competitors. Fortunately for went to the rookie pairing of the top placed local driver for the
Alajajian, the pair we’re far enough Peter McNiven and Sean Carter weekend.
ahead of the field for him to rejoin as the two Victorian youngsters Unfortunately Carter’s main
the track and retain the leading continue to battle for third-place rival for third in the championship
position. championship honours. Coming standings, Peter McNiven, struggled
Unfortunately for Pizza Capers home in sixth was Prosurv with ABS issues in his Supercharger
UberStar driver Seton, the incident Racing’s John Modystach who Batteries MINI R56 and dropped
caused enough damage to the front had a sensational race to post his down to 13th for the race. This
right wheel that he slipped back to best finish of the year in the MINI now sees the gap for third in the
13th before retiring to the pits on Challenge series. championship reduced to Carter’s
the final lap. Despite the setback favour.
Seton still picked up a maximum Despite starting from the rear of
36 points in the earlier qualifying
Race 2 the grid after replacing an entire
Paul Stokell took Race 2 honours by
session where he threw down a engine overnight – DecoRug boss
the smallest margin in the history
phenomenal final lap to snatch pole Bill Gremos performed well on his
of Hertz MINI Challenge. DecoRug
– off Alajajian – by a skinny 0.22 first race in the MINI Challenge
Racing’s Stokell pinched the win
seconds. series, finishing 12th from his 16th
on the last corner of the 10-lap race

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place start on the grid.

Rounding out the top-10 was
Gold Coaster Tom Pickett whose
consistency is beginning to pay off
despite limited experience of the
Pizza Capers UberStar driver
Glenn Seton put in a stella
performance finishing fifth despite
starting from 13th on the grid. The
Gold Coast driver also posted the
fastest lap of the race as he caved
his way past eight cars over the 10
lap race.
top-3 for the weekend.
Unfortunately it was not all smiles
Overall championship standings
for MINI Challenge drivers Brendan
will now come down to the wire in
Cook and Chris Wootton who both
Homebush with series leader Chris
retired from the race. Cook was
Alajajian having a less than sub-par
subject to a passenger ride when
performance compared to his usual second to last corner and cross the
the wheel nuts sheered completely
winning ways. After taking victory chequered flag victorious for race 3.
off bringing his race to an abrupt
in race 1 things didn’t go to plan for ON TIME EARTH driver Sean
halt. Fortunately there was no
the Sydney driver as he was forced Carter put in a sterling effort with
further damage as a result of the
to retire with suspension damage two podiums in races 2 and 3 to
after collecting some debris on the finish the event fourth overall
circuit. and, more importantly, close the
Race 3 Seton gave the Pizza Capers crew gap to 13 points on rival Peter
DecoRug Racing’s Stokell was the plenty to smile about from the 35th McNiven as the pair continue to
most consistent performer for the floor of the Mantra Sun City as he battle for third place honours in
weekend finishing with a third, stormed home with a final lap of this year’s MINI Challenge driver
second and first place result for brilliance to give the Pizza Capers standings.
the three races as he took top MINI R56 its first ever race win The star driver for the event was
honours from V8 Supercar legend since the UberStar concept was racing debutant Troy Adams who
Glenn Seton with Gold Coast MINI introduced at the start of 2009. The finished each race inside the top-8
dealer Beric legendary driver carved up front- with an incredible sixth place in
Lynton runners Stokell and Sean Carter the final race despite limited racing
rounding on the very last lap, coming from experience and no experience in
out the third to pass both drivers on the MINI Challenge racing.

Surfers paradise?
Or just paradise?

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Brands Hatch
Drew pips Astin favours
after engine fault Hunters
Thompson out leaves opportunity that Astin While Paul Spark cements
can’t take. Words Roy Sisley
the championship title.

ave Drew took full Hill Words Roy Sisley

advantage of Kane Bend on MIGLIA ax DUNLOP

Astin’s misfortune in lap four,

Mini Se7en
the closing stages to record saw him mastery
his second race win in the collected by Niven Burge and of the greasy
penultimate round of the Tony Le May, which led to conditions saw him record his fourth
Miglia Challenge. Tony’s retirement. victory after an eventful race, which
The 17-car entry was Kane led on the restart, as needed two safety car interventions.
reduced when 2010 champion Dave Drew closed on Aaron Paul Spark produced a strong
Paul Thompson withdrew, as Smith, before swooping recovery drive to clinch the challenge
he was clearly in no fit state past on the outside line into title.
to race, despite setting some Paddock Bend on lap eight. The 22-car entry included the
rapid times in testing. MGOC Owen Stinchcombe and Mark welcome return of Terry Barringer
F Class Champion Martin Cowan were next up, ahead restoring the Hunter’s Garage line-up
Wills was a welcome addition of a four-car dice for sixth back to its full complement.
as he had an outing in Endaf led by Phil Harvey from Paul Max set pole with a 1.04.899 lap,
Owens’s car. Simmonds, Robert Humphreys which was over 1.5 seconds quicker
Qualifying was halted after and the recovering Colin than fellow front row occupant Gareth
only three and a half minutes Peacock. Colin continued his Hunt.
as three cars strayed off the upward progress, reaching At the start Max found himself
wet track into the gravel at seventh after passing Phil swamped on the run to Paddock, with
Druids. Once the session Harvey on the 11th lap. Sarah Gareth heading the order from Paul
resumed Kane Astin took Munns’ climb up the order Spark, Andrew Deviny, Tristen Knight
control to claim pole with a from her lowly grid slot ended and James Bowers-Coulson, Gareth
60.292sec lap, ahead of Colin after a spin at Graham Hill and Andrew had sideways moments
Peacock, whilst Aaron Smith Bend prompted her to pit into at Paddock, before the leading pack
produced his best qualifying retirement on lap 12, with both was shuffled further as Paul Spark
showing so far to head the Paul Simmonds and Martin and Tristen Knight got out of shape at
second row. Wills also retiring on the Graham Hill Bend, promoting Gareth
Kane flew off the line to same lap. Hunt back into the lead with Max
head Colin, Aaron and Niven Kane Astin’s hold on the recovering to second as the safety car
Burge into Paddock. As the lead came to a dramatic end was deployed so Anthony Towey’s
closely bunched mid-grid with Dave Drew passing him car could be moved from the Paddock
pack raced off the line, Mark on the final lap after the Bend gravel trap.
Sims got clipped, sending him number 11 Miglia slowed with As the green flags were shown at
spinning off backwards into a broken con-rod causing the start of the fourth lap, Max was
the Armco barriers, prompting Astin to limp round and be quick to make his move, diving past
the introduction of the safety pipped on the line for second Gareth on the inside line into Paddock
car to allow the removal of the by Aaron Smith. Bend, with Gareth running wide into
heavily damaged car. Mark Cowan, Colin Peacock the gravel, where he was joined by
The race resumed for just and Owen Stinchcombe David Robinson to prompt the return
one further lap before a spin completed the top six places of the safety car.
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Max was quickly into his to commence the penultimate
stride again as Dick made lap, Julian Affleck remained
it a Hunter one-two after
passing Graeme Davis on the
in control of the S Class, with
Kevin O’Shea his nearest rival
outside line exiting Druids on this occasion.
on the eighth lap. Paul Spark Andrew Deviny remained dived through on the inside line into
was making rapid progress in fourth with James Bowers- Paddock on lap 12.
up the order after his earlier Coulson and Nath Burge Further back, Rob Howard was
excursion, passing Damon following him home. being kept busy defending eighth
Astin and Graeme Davis on Max Hunter spoke on the from Owen Stinchcombe, Phil Harvey
successive laps to reach third podium of how he eased off in and Robert Humphreys. Niven
on lap 10. Behind him Andrew the closing stages so he could Burge’s hold on the lead was only
Deviny headed a seven-car glance at father Dick’s scrap to last for one further lap as Aaron
train disputing fourth, which with Paul Spark for second in repeated his inside line swoop into
also included Graeme Davis, his rear view mirror, whilst Paddock to move to the head of the
James Bowers-Coulson, Paul was able to celebrate field with two laps to go.
Damon Astin, Steve Trench, clinching the title, with Dick Colin Peacock and Tony Le May
Tristen Knight and Nath enjoying his return to the both found a way past Dave Drew on
Burge. podium, as he commented on the penultimate lap, but were unable
Paul Spark closed on Dick how the wet conditions sorted to dislodge Niven Burge from his
Hunter, before passing him the drivers out. hard-earned second position, with the
as they crossed the start line three of them covered by just 0.114 of
a second at the chequered flag.
Sarah Munns was a safe sixth
throughout, whilst Kane Astin’s
Stunning Smith
final finishing position of 13th rather
summed up his weekend. The large
crowd was quick to acknowledge

swoops to win
Aaron Smith’s excellent drive as he
circulated the circuit on his slowing
Brands Hatch down lap, a moment he is bound to
savour for a long time. The joyous
Peacock and Drew secure second and third scenes on the podium rounded off a
memorable race for everyone.
in final standings. Words Roy Sisley

he weekend just got Niven DUNLOP Mini Miglia Challenge
better and better for found MIGLIA Final Standings 2010
Aaron Smith, after himself Rank Car No. Driver Points
qualifying third and finishing heading a 1 3 Paul Thompson 170
second in Saturday’s race, he five-car lead train, which now 2 2 Colin Peacock 156
recorded his first win after a saw Colin Peacock in third. 3 6 Dave Drew 151
masterful drive in the final Sarah Munns had quickly 4 11 Kane Astin 150
round of the Challenge. Mark elevated herself up to sixth 5 69 Tony Le May 141
Sims was the sole non-starter from her fifth row grid 6 53 Niven Burge 140
after his heavy impact coming position and was striving 7 5 Sarah Munns 136
together with the Armco in to tag herself on to the lead 8 4 Mark Sims 125
the previous day’s race. scrap. 9 99 Mark Cowan (N) 107
After an overnight engine Once again the safety car 10 72 Rob Howard 103
change Kane Astin was made an appearance after 11 26 Owen Stinchcombe 92
quickest away from the Mark Cowan ran wide into 12 42 Paul Simmonds 89
outside of the front row to lead the gravel trap at Paddock Hill 13 21 Aaron Smith 88
into Paddock Bend from Niven Bend. Aaron Smith climbed 14 10 Phil Harvey 84
Burge, Dave Drew, Aaron to third after passing Colin 15 28 Robert Humphreys 68
Smith and Colin Peacock. Peacock on the inside line 16 20 Endaf Owens 57
All was not well with Kane’s into Druids on lap 10. Dave 17 55 Michael Green 54
car, as he slowed and dropped Drew was next in Aaron’s 18 44 Paul Clark 44
down to sixth behind Tony Le sights and the pair of them 19 17 Steve Whiteley 38
May, before slipping further raced side-by-side during 20 7 Dave Edgecombe 36
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In the Pit
Dave drew

Name: Dave Drew No race series I have seen even gets CV joint exploded! No drive and no
Age: 39 close to the action and excitement brakes! Thankfully it was during a
Occupation: Garage/Recovery that both the Mini Se7ens and Miglias practice session.
Operator produce. The presentation and detail of
every car is incredible and the racing What ambitions do you
couldn’t be any closer. Most Miglia have for the future?
Racing Team: JD Motors races finish with a gap of about 2-3 To retain my race sponsors
Sponsor: Mini Sport Ltd / seconds separating 1st to 9th places, and together
Vision Vehicle Solutions / and these cars don’t hang about 0-60 win a Miglia race, and aim for a
JD Motors in just under four seconds and a top championship title.
Current racing series: Dunlop speed of 130mph. Need I say any more?
Mini Miglia Championship What is your dream car?
Car number: 6 What type of character are Apart from the Mig, the Audi RS4
Car details: Red/White/Blue you in the pit? estate does it for me! And I would love
with 1300cc Swiftune engine Too early to say. Rob Howard (Miglia a Porsche GT3, but can’t have either
backmarker) has a bit of a reputation, as Mark Sims (Miglia Driver) has them
Best series position: 6th
and answers to ‘Gorilla’ these days, both, and I would get some serious
Racing since: 2009 but in fairness it’s all in good spirit. I stick..
Racing history: None for the would like to think of myself as Cole
last 21 years Trickle from Days of Thunder. I’m sure Who is your hero and why?
I will get some stick from that..!! Love him or hate him, Michael
How did you first get into racing
Schumacher. An amazing talent, and
and then racing with Minis?
With who do you have racing he will win another F1 Championship
I was seven years old when my dad
rivalries and why? before he really retires.
drove in the same championship as
We’re all rivals after the same thing,
I compete in now, and I have strong,
but one that sticks out is Sarah Who would you most like
scary memories of some of his on-
Munns, not only because of the female to race against?
track actions. We are also family
element but Sarah is very quick, and I would love to be in a Miglia race
friends of Paul and Boot Gaymer who
ever since I have been in the Miglias with Peter Baldwin, Ralph Saunders,
both were very successful in the late
both Sarah and I have always been Andy Hack and Bill Sollis, what I
’70s. Paul winning the Se7en and
close on the grid and our finishing could learn from that race would be
Miglia titles back then, so the Mini
positions too. inspirational.
racing has been very much a big part
of my life.
Describe your best driving What is your road car?
I have followed the same series on
experience? VW Golf R32, a great Car. It reminds
and off ever since really, and back in
It has to be last year (2009) Round me of driving the Miglia in a
2008 I went to watch the Miglias at
4 at Brands Hatch. It was my fourth comfortable kind of way, if that makes
Brands Hatch and met Ralph Saunders
ever race in the Miglia, and I stuck it sense.
who was leading the championship at
on pole position. Had that lap been in
the time. I basically got talking with
the race, it would have pulverised the
him and Ralph showed me what my
standing lap record, I went on to get
life was apparently missing! Ralph
my first podium in the race (3rd).
helped me locate a great car and here
I am.
And you’re scariest driving
What appeals to you about racing
In the Miglia, at the end of Revett
Minis over other cars?
Straight at Snetterton, when front outer

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Damper pulley damage caused by
a loose bolt.

Post Historic
Touring Car
Problem child
fter the As one issue gets fixed another rears its ugly head.
jumping out of
gear issue at
Thruxton and the ball at the end of the gearlever, the Friday morning of the weekend I had
subsequent engine and Lydden Hill manufacturers had used externally to get the engine back together again
transmission removal, ‘eared’ retaining circlips instead of just and in the car. There was nothing for
and discovering of the cracked/split round wire ones, the ears had been it, I had to fit standard type reticular tin
metalwork underneath the remote banging up against the underside of bearings to the big-ends. The main issue
gear change unit, it was time to do the extension rod eye piece until it had with using standard bearings in race
something about that. Proceeding to bent them over, and with the lifting engines is that they are badly affected
remove the Quickshift gearlever and of the gearlever in use had caused the by high temperatures as seen by parts
remote unit, I noticed the retaining cup scoring inside the eye piece. Not only in a race engine. To the point where
for the gearlever was a little skew- that but the plastic ball sat too high in they simply fall apart. I got the rebuild
whiff. Tugging gently upwards on the the eye-piece anyway. So it looks like I completed and back in the car by the
gearlever caused the whole lever and have found the source for all my missed end of the weekend inbetween other
retaining cup to lift. That’s not right. gear changes... not me driving like a commitments with a view to finishing
Looking more closely, the retaining muppet at all, but a failed and faulty the installation Monday night then firing
cup had lifted up over its retaining Quickshift that, after careful inspection, it up Tuesday lunchtime. All was going
peg. Hmm. Removing the retaining is just very badly made. Being a copy according to plan right up until the
cup I could pull the cup retaining pin, of the original KAD one it looks as if engine would not start Tuesday.
which also acts as a locator for the the manufacturers (later discovered Having spun the motor over to
gearlever to stop it spinning round, to be Minisport) have simply copied get oil pressure up and installed the
out with my fingers. This should be it without recourse to understanding spark plugs, the starter simply clicked
a press-fit in the aluminium housing the design and therefore the important futilely. I assumed the starter had cried
of the Quickshift lever. A little more factors of making it work correctly. ‘enough’ (one of the Brise Axial pre-
experimenting revealed that with In my humble opinion, it is a piece of engaged versions) after 5 years of use.
the pin pushed all the way into the junk. I returned it to the place I bought Knowing my main men for my dizzies
housing, the retaining cup was not it (not the manufacturer) with a note (H&H Ignition Solutions) were now
held in place, and therefore neither was explaining all this and the fact it had offering a high torque starter, I gave
the gearlever in a vertical plane, and cost me two engine rebuilds and two them a buzz that afternoon. Though
with the pin pulled all the way out races. I was not at all impressed, but they did not have one in stock, they
until the cup stopped it going further somewhat relieved to discover it was organised one to be sent directly to
it was almost possible to rotate the not my driving! me from the manufacturers (Wosp).
gearlever. Going through the motions of Great. So the fire-up would have to be
Wednesday lunchtime. The starter duly
selecting gears, especially the fore/aft
movement showed the whole Quickshift
Fits but no starts arrived Wednesday morning. Wednesday
The engine rebuild was making me lunchtime I whizzed home to get it fitted
assembly rocked back and forth. I then a little concerned though. The crank
noticed that the retaining bolt of the and the engine fired up. This unit has
ground up well and the rod re-sized OK an external solenoid, of such immense
aluminium housing/extension piece of with no obvious signs of distress. So a
the Quickshift on the driver’s side was proportions that it comes with one of the
new set of rod bolts and crank bearings 3/8” UNC mounting bolts fitted. Worse,
wobbling around. I could unscrew this and a bunch of gaskets and that should
with my fingers, made easier by the fact the solenoid is so big and mounted in
all be fine. Except the big-ends needed line with the mounting bolts that the
the retaining bolt thread had been worn a grind down to +0.030” to clean them
very baggy. starter had to be fitted with the solenoid
up. No problem as regards to strength, hanging down underneath it. This now
Having removed the gearlever from considering I use standard 1275 cranks
the remote housing, I could see deep meant the only way to do that ‘fitted’
with the 1.750” big-end pin. The problem bolt up was with a spanner as there
score marks in the rod extension eye was that I don’t keep in stock race
piece the gearlever sits in to rotate the was no way you could get fingers to
quality bearings at that size. And the it at all. The seriously restricted space
selector shaft. Looking at the nylon crank was only returned to me on the

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available between the subframe and the worked and I could fire up the motor.
gearbox casing meant you could only After getting the coolant temp up to
turn the bolt one flat at a time – AFTER
you had managed to engage it in the
65 degrees (all I can manage with fast
idle), I turned it off and checked for
threads in the transfer gear housing. leaks. Nothing. Cool. I fired it up again
That one job took me nearly 20 minutes and reset the ignition timing to what and cars were going in all directions
to complete! I was not best impressed I was required and I was happy with the trying to avoid each other – like they
can tell you. With it fitted and connected installation. Except for those standard suddenly realised it wasn’t a drag
up, I hit the start switch, and... lots of spec rod bearings of course. race and there was a bend involved.
whirring noises but no engine turning Squeezed way out to the track edge I
over. AARRRGGGGHHHH!! NOW what? had to back off or get forced onto the
No time to faff about, I rang Brise and Keeping it casual grass – and of course that brings the
ordered another Axial jobby, though Friday morning I loaded up and headed ‘me on pause, everybody else on fast
Tim Brise was somewhat surprised that off to Lydden. A long haul – not made forward’ syndrome into play. Dammit.
the original one had called ‘time out’. any easier by the M25 roadworks and Head down, concentrate on catching and
With no time to play with (leaving for the Blackwall Tunnel being shut. Still, passing cars as soon as possible. All
the track first thing Friday morning), I made it early enough to get signed in went well until I came up against the
he agreed to get one away to me for and scrutineered on the Friday evening Great Wall of China – the two Camaros
delivery Thursday morning.... the costs – ours was an early start for a change. having at it. In the end I decided to
were starting to rack up a bit. Signing on at 07:00, Scrutineering at make a lunge between them – feasibly
Wednesday night I spent 30 minutes 08:00, qualifying at 09:00. At least all I losing door handles, arch extensions and
removing that WOSP starter motor, re- had to make was qualifying. sill trims off both sides of the car at the
mounted the remote gear change unit The day dawned bright and sunny same time. I made it through unscathed,
on the now strengthened tunnel (2mm and very, very windy. Lydden circuit but now the tyres had given off their
thick VERY stiff ally plate ‘saddle’) and being in a natural ‘bowl’ was not too best and the next group were some 70
fitted the old KAD Quickshift unit. Oh affected. Only those in the top spectator yards ahead and I wasn’t making an
yeah – the KAD Quickshift. I’d replaced stand were ravaged by the wind. My car impression on them. OK, time to drive
this with that dodgy Minisport unit was ready except for the tyre pressures, casual again and see how quick I could
at the beginning of the year because which took me minutes to deal with. go then. A 15 minute race, so some 16
it had become resistive after several Suited and booted I headed off to the or so laps... I had already done around
years service. The problem was that the collecting area. The plan was simple 10. The gear change was working
original plastic ball had become sort of – keep the gear change point at 7,000 perfectly once again, so no problems
scuffed up. A quick chat with those fine rpm once warmed up, watch the vital there. The vital signs were all good and
fellows at KAD, and a new ball arrived signs and take it easy. Drive casual, those big-end bearings seemed to be
in the post. Fitted that – and it worked if you like. And that is exactly what I holding up OK. Then with a few laps
perfectly again. Brise held good to their did. What amazed me was the results to go – BIG metal scrunching/whirring
word and the new axial starter turned showed I was only 1 second off the sound started. A glance at the gauges
up Thursday morning. Fitted it Thursday lap record for my class. That is twice – all good. Engine was running fine, car
lunchtime, engine turned over, coughed, now that I have driven ‘casually’ and handling fine – so what the Dickens was
spluttered, nearly fired, then stopped. Hit been close to the lap record (did this it? I backed right off and the noise went
start switch again – ‘CLICK’, ‘CLICK’... at Brands). The only interesting bit in away – everything was still working
Oh for Pete’s sake! I removed the new qualifying was finding out that a very fine... so back on the gas. 50 yards down
unit and bench tested it – perfect. worn tyre (no tread grooves left at all) the track the noise came back. Since I
Then benchtested the old unit. Perfect. has no grip. I fitted this to the right rear was in ‘no mans land’ and had nothing
Hmm. I then started thinking a little as it only needed to deal with the only to gain from continuing to thrash the
more clearly about what was going on. left turn (Devil’s Elbow) on the circuit. car, I decided to retire before anything
I then checked the clutch adjustment, First time round at meaningful speed major occurred.
and my suspicions were immediately I had maximum opposite lock on and Back in the paddock, off with the
confirmed... the flywheel had moved a bootfull of throttle to stop it going bonnet – nothing obvious to see. No
up the taper on the crank a long way. all the way round! Anyway, 14th out of fluids leaking out, nothing hanging off.
Enough to need a further 3/16-inch of 20-odd starters wasn’t too shabby out of So I loaded it and headed home. This
adjustment on the clutch push rod... a grid composing me and all the others is becoming one of those seasons... if
this meant the flywheel was now way at over 1600cc. The main problem was it can go wrong, it will. Ho-hum. Since
too close to the starter pinion for it to going to be the two Camaros sat next to this was a Saturday race, I was home
engage. Looking at the old starter motor each other on the grid two rows in front Saturday evening. That gave me Sunday
pinion confirmed this – the leading edge of me. to hook the motor out again, I’d planned
had been ‘machined’ flat by the ring Sweltering in the heat of a bright and on doing so to replace those standard
gear teeth. I whipped the starter motor sunny day, we gathered in the collecting big-end bearings anyway and to
off, fitted a couple of washers between area for the race. Usual sort-out for grid change the gearing for the next race at
the starter and transfer gear casing and locations, warm-up lap, re-assemble, Snetterton... And soon found the problem
‘Hey Presto’! It works! For some reason lights on, off, and away. A decent start – the damper pulley bolt had come
the flywheel taper had been spreading/ had me round the outside of the two undone. Luckily because it is a long
expanding having been removed/refitted Camaros – COOL! Or so I thought. First one it was being held in by the engine
a few times. Yet to be resolved as to time into Chessons drift (weird up-hill mounting bracket. So now a strip down
why. Right now I was happy the starter right-hander that tightens at the exit) to see what had caused that.

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Photos Mark O’Flanagan X


Clarke revives title hopes

Bumper cars see double tight final. Blyton Park

en Clark took his first to the grid after missing the engine failure of the season
win of the 2010 season first three races of the year leaving him out of the days
in dominant fashion alongside Malcolm Dickenson racing at the end of the
to take victory at the Blyton who made his first appearance second heats.
Park track. The victory puts in the class after spending the George took the fastest time
Ben thoroughly back into the last few years preparing his in Heat 3 again in front of
title hunt, with five points car. Ben. Mark Griffin continued
separating the top three Heat 2 went the way of Tom to post competitive times in
drivers going into the halfway Edwardes who closely held all of the heats securing him
stage of the championship. off Ben in a thrilling race. a good grid position for the A
Ben started the day taking Kris Hudson posted the third final.
the fastest time of Heat 1 in fastest time even though he
front of the Edwardes brothers had been suffering from air
with a convincing heat filter issues that had resulted
All girl action
With the Minicross class
win, which demonstrated to from dust blocking up his
once again producing
everyone that he would be the filter and therefore reducing
bumper entries, a B Final
man to beat throughout the engine power. It was Kris’
was necessary to thin the
day. younger brother Keifer who
grid down before the A Final
David Bell was a welcome would be the first casualty
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It was to be a two horse
race however as Malcolm The dusty, loose gravelled
Dickenson had to retire at the
end of Heat 3 with a blown
track helped to show off
the best of Minicross.
It was to be one of the best
races of the day as Kelly and
Sam went head-to-head over
the five-lap final. Kelly was
able to take an early lead as
the lights went out which
she held for the remaining
laps. Sam fought gallantly
as the two female Minicross
drivers showed that they
could fight just as hard as the
boys on the track. The signs
of a failing engine began to
slow the charge as Kelly was
able to pull out a 0.4 second
advantage as they crossed the
line. Kelly was then able to
take up her place at the back
of the A Final grid for what
would be a great five laps of
As the lights went out Tom
took an early lead into the first for fourth place, however, Tom was able to keep Ben
corner whilst Ben was able to continued to provide close on his toes as the pair crossed
slip up the inside of George racing as lap Mark, David and the line. George was the last
going through the chicane. Richard jostled for position. of the podium finishes with
Ben then was able to pass Richard would be the fourth a 4.0 second deficit on the
Tom as the pack moved onto casualty of the day as a result leaders. Kris held off Mark
the back straights. The leading of engine problems. A hole to maintain his record of
two drivers were then able to in the sump resulting in the finishing within the top four
pull away from trailing pack engine seizing up as he went at every event of the year so
throughout the race. into the last corner. far.
The battle

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Words George Edwardes
Photos Mark O’Flanagan X


Extended highlights
Showtime for the TV with rolls and night racing. Blyton Park

he first British Rallycross of the last lap to take the being able to see out of the
night race was won third fastest time in the heat. windscreen.
by George Edwardes This would be the last time Kelly Bird showed her true
at the Lincolnshire track at that Tom would feature in the pace after Heat 2 with third
an event that did not finish event as continuing problems fastest times overall whilst
until midnight and saw the in Heat 2 and 3 saw him not Mark Griffin continued to set
Minicross final shown live qualify for the final. competitive times throughout
on TV for the second time Once again Ben took the the day.
this year. The final, the third fastest time in Heat 2, even George took fastest time in
outright victory for Edwardes with a scary moment going Heat 3 although a dramatic
this season, saw any of the into the first corner unable barrel roll in the cornfields by
leading three drivers capable to slow the pacesetter down. Brian Wade became the talk of
of the win on the floodlit The biggest problem in the the field. The car was fixed in
track. second sets of heats was due time, ready to compete in the
Ben Clark was once again to the wet loose section. Keifer final.
the pacesetter for the day, Hudson, who was running in
taking two fastest times in a solid second position after a,
the heats and pole position for so far, disappointing season,
Spinning around
By the time the final began,
the final. Once again showing had to slow down due to not
that he is still the man to beat
when it comes to racing at
Brian Wade has a spectacular roll into the
the Blyton circuit. Brian Wade
fields but is OK to compete in the final.
returned to the class for the
first time in 2010. However,
it was championship regular
Richard Wakeling who found
himself missing from the grid,
unable to change his engine
in time and was still working
on the car on the morning of
the event!
Heat 1 saw Ben Clark take
the fastest time with Kris
Hudson coming in, in a close
second. George Edwardes
managed to pass his older
brother Tom on the last corner

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darkness had descended upon through onto the loose section Clark became frustrated and
the track and the scene was safely. ran wide, enabling Griffin to
set for a thrilling race featuring In an effort to make up slip up the inside and claim
a bumper grid of 10 cars. for his disappointing start, third position and his first
As the lights went out, Clark set about trying to pass podium finish of 2010. Keifer
Clark suffered from a uneasy Kris Hudson. Kris who was Hudson came across the line
start, allowing Edwardes having to both defend and in a solid fifth place in front of
to take the lead into the attack throughout the race Sam O’Flanagan.
first corner, followed closely managed to hold off Clark for At the halfway mark in
behind by Kris Hudson. A the remainder of the race. As the championship, the 2009
spin from Kelly resulted in the front three cars jostled champion still holds the lead
the remaining pack having to for position, Mark Griffin was in the title hunt continuing
take evasive action, however able to close up the gap to his record of five consecutive
everyone was able to pass third place. By the last lap podium finishes.

Late night racing set a

different atmosphere.

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MINI 2011
Overhauling the MINI’s
look and two new models.


The se
cond refresh to the MINI’s
may be to the liking of most
male drivers.
lower rear bumper.
The Clubman has had its
appearance has been revealed, For Cooper S owners - who own tweaks with the rear
along with an announcement have been crying out for brake light cluster confoming more
of two new diesel models for cooling vents - their prayers to other models with a chrome
2011. have been answered negating surround, while the Cooper
From September 2010, all the need to remove the front S model has a wide opening
MINI saloon, Clubman and foglights for a similar effect. between the two exhaust
Cabrio models will be subject Optional xenon headlights pipes which replicates the
to the update, although we can be ordered with either form of an air outlet and is
expect newer models to black reflectors or adaptive bordered by chrome edging.
feature elements of the new lighting which turns the Inside, the central facia
look. The subtle changes headlights as you turn the has been darkened from the
follow on from 2006’s refresh, steering wheel - essentially contrasting light grey to black,
which again moved the MINI enabling you to see round
and a new LED display sits
away from it’s child-like look corners better.
within the basic speedo. The
to something more serious. From the side the indicator
optional premium speedo now
Overall, the cars have been repeaters have been visually
comes with a colour screen
touched up inside and out enhanced, looking less
which can be used to watch
and there is also a new set plasticky and featuring a glass
cover with concentric circles. videos via an external device.
of colours and a new range
S owners are again treated to More chrome has also
wheels to tie-in with the
restyling. something a little more flashy. been added to the interior
Starting at the front you At the rear all MINI models surrounding airvents and
can see the most noticeable now feature dynamic LED on the steering wheel. Trim
change in appearance is in the rear lights that shine brighter colours have been revamped
lower bumpers, front and rear, the harder you brake. Under and claim to be made from
which have been extended particularly hard braking better materials than before.
downwards to conform to they will even flash to warn Optional ambient lighting is
those new pedestrian safety following cars that you are now also available, covering
regs and prevent knee injury braking sharply. Additionally 756 shades of colours, and the
in the event of a collision. This the reversing light has moved interior and exterior mirrors
in turn has given the MINI a position from the light cluster are available with auto-
more aggressive stance, which to join the foglight on the dimming.
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2011 MINI One/Cooper/D 2011 MINI Cooper S

• Bumpers lowered • Brake cooling vents

and widened in grille on Cooper S
• Optional xenon • Integrated reversing
headlights with and fog light on rear
Adaptive Lighting • LED brake lights
• Redesigned side • New wheels
repeaters • Restyled dashboard

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The Works
The John Cooper Works (JCW)
has also been overhauled with a
new set of colours. Chili Red can
now be specified exclusively for
the MINI John Cooper Works and
MINI John Cooper Works Clubman
as a contrast colour for the roof
and exterior mirror caps, and can
takes 9.7 seconds on the way to a be combined with the Pepper
top speed of 197km/h (122mph). White, Pure Silver, Midnight Black,
The turbo-diesel unit powering British Racing Green and Eclipse
the MINI ONE D develops 66 Grey paint finishes for the body.
kW/90bhp at 4000rpm and places And to complement the effect, the
maximum torque of 215Nm (159lb- standard-fitted 17-inch light-alloy
Double D ft) on tap from between just 1750 wheels in Cross Spoke Challenge
As part of the redesign of the MINI and 2500rpm. The MINI One D design can also be specified in
family, two new diesel arrivals completes the sprint from 0 to black as a no-cost option.
have been born in the shape of the 100km/h (62mph) in 11.4 seconds The interior of the extreme sports
MINI Cooper D Convertible, and on the way to a top speed of model, which is powered by a
the MINI ONE D Clubman. The 184km/h (114mph). 155kW/211bhp four-cylinder engine,
two new diesel units have been The improved petrol engines is kitted out with black sports
improved to develop 74.3mpg and MINI launched earlier in 2010 seats featuring contrasting red
just 99g of CO2 per km. The 1.6- will continue to be used in the stitching and trim elements in Chili
litre units have also been intricately all variants, offering 75-184bhp Red. The steering wheel rim, the
designed to produce the same depending on which model you gearshift lever and handbrake lever
optimum ratio between bore and choose. gaiters also have contrasting red
stroke as the 2.0-litre engines fitted Other tweaks within the efficiency stitching. Another exclusive option
in BMW cars. The blurb claims of the car include new ‘thermal available for the MINI John Cooper
they boast improved responsiveness encapsulation’ of the drivetrain Works, MINI John Cooper Works
and efficiency over the outgoing - basically storing heat to prevent Clubman and MINI John Cooper
diesel units, also helped by their wear and inefficiency in cold Works Convertible are Lounge
lightweight aluminium construction. start-ups. This runs alongsde the Leather seats with red piping. The
Performance-wise the MINI MINIMALISM technology, which instruments of these three model
Cooper D offers a maximum output features Brake Energy Regeneration, variants are fitted as standard with
of 82 kW/112bhp at 4000rpm and electromechanical power steering, anthracite-coloured dials.
peak torque of 270Nm (199lb-ft) the Auto Start/Stop
between 1750 and 2250rpm.. While function and Shift Point
New wheels for 2011
the dash from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) Images courtesy of BigBlogg
Five new colours will
also be available, but not
for all models. British
Racing Green, Spice
Orange and Ice Blue can
be chosen, or for Cooper
S buyers, an exclusive
Eclipse Grey can be
specified. The final colour,
Chili Red, will now be
available to JCW buyers
as a contrast colour.
To help owners with
their choice of colours,
MINI has developed three
‘design worlds’ which
co-ordinates a selection of
colours to suit a theme of
‘Rally’, ‘Classic’ or ‘Scene’.

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Our View to see this in the flesh.

The five-year overhaul was not critically needed, but it The dashboard switch from silver/grey to black gives
does help to keep the MINI feeling fresh and up-to-date a more mature feel to the interior, but the option of
with modern trends and rival models. various shades of ambient lighting is a novelty at best.
As already mentioned the brake cooling vents on the The introduction of two new diesel engines is
S are a welcome addition, as is a fresh range of wheels welcome too. Having driven a Cooper D in Australia,
and colours. LED lights can sometime be seen as a bit I wasn’t impressed with its lack of pulling power, so
chavvy, but the dynamic element where they shine these units offer hope of an improvement.
brighter depending on the strength of braking is pretty All-in-all we quite like what has been served up,
cool. Likewise with the adaptive headlights. but there are some grumbles from other corners of
Personally I think the restyled bumpers look better the scene who wanted more from the JCW, or should
and give the MINI a better stance when viewed head- that be less? suggests that the JCW
on. Improving the side repeaters so they look less tacky should come with an options list allowing customers
is definately a good thing, as is enhancing the quality to remove items, making it more stripped out and
of materials used on the interior - although we are yet lightweight, and why not?
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Checki ng out the big brot her
of the M IN I fa m ily.


The m
- yes there are two different
models. One is the ‘standard’
model, for the ONE, Cooper
ost controversial MINI to date and D, and there is a modified
was unveiled to Mini clubs design specifically to appease
in the UK on May 29, 2010 at Cooper S owners who want
MINI Oxford. their MINIs to be more
After sweetening us up with different to the base models.
some breakfast we were led Pictured here are the blue
into a dark room with just Cooper D, and the metallic
the glowing words ‘MINI Cooper S. These are pre-
COUNTRYMAN. GETAWAY.’ production cars and the
visible. interior is not finished yet, so MINI look, just expanding on
In the moderate darkness, don’t take too much notice of the proportions of each. The
sitting patiently we could see the dull interior trim. chassis has been raised for
two large objects covered by We already know the extra ground clearance and
sheets - two? Countryman and Beachcomber with ‘All wheel drive’.
MINI Chief Designer - Gert are using the same four-metre The super large wheels
Hildebrand - came out and long platform (four metres, come at 17-inch as standard,
started to reel off all the spiel 11cms to be exact), and with the option to fit 18 or
about the design and the slightly longer than the MINI 19-inchers. The roof has been
reasoning behind it, before Clubman, it is quite obvious shortened and comes with
showing a short film. this is a BIG car. roof bars as standard on both
The long and short of it is The whole car retains the models.

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MINI Cooper S Countryman

MINI ONE D Countryman

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Gert explained that a lot of Both models feature positioned on the A-panel,
time had been spent trying roof rails and LED while the rear lights are of the
to design the largest rear rear lights, while
LED type to conform to the
door possible, for easy access the Cooper S has
restyled bumpers,
facelift recently given to the
and to help maximise leg rest of the range.
grille and side
and headroom. All four seats As you would expect safety
repeaters to set it
are fully adjustable, and apart. regulations have played a
the Cooper S models have part in some of the design,
an additional central rear and that mainly applies to
seat, while the base models the bonnet and front bumper,
have the centre rail running which fulfils pedestrian safety
between the seats. regulations by way of soft
Other design tweaks include bumper which avoids knee
a clean rear hatchback, with injury and rolls the pedestrian
the MINI logo being used as on to the bonnet. The bonnet
the opening handle, while wheels are five-stud wheels
itself is spaced 60mm away
other lights and lenses have instead of the normal four-
from the engine block to help
been moved further outwards stud.
cushion any head impact.
to maximise space. This There will initially be 11
includes side repeaters being colours available, including Two of a kind
Pure White (different to Pepper The differences between
White) and a unique shade the two models are slight in
of brown - which seems to design - with the front and
be coming back into fashion. rear bumpers accounting for
It will be produced in Graz, most of the changes. The
Austria, most likely alongside base models have a thick
the forthcoming Beachcomber. slatted grille and no brake
One element that was cooling vents, while the
particularly pleasing to Cooper S model sports a more
some in attendance, was the aggressive look, with a mesh-
inclusion of brake cooling type grille with the air scoop
vents in the front grille. At (normally seen on the bonnet)
the time, we didn’t know this now placed centrally to direct
would become standard on air into the heart of the
Cooper S models from 2011. engine. The S also includes
As with many MINI models, the brake cooling vents and
one of the key elements of twin exhaust.
the design was ensuring that There will be five engine
standard parts were used from choices at launch from the
models already in production. MINI ONE Countryman
That means that most parts (98bhp), MINI ONE D
are interchangable with other Countryman (98bhp), MINI
MINI models, however the Cooper D Countryman
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- being a designer, not an engineer -
on the PULSE
(112bhp), MINI Cooper Countryman
and gave me the impression that it is traction-led expression of the agile
(122bhp), MINI Cooper S
not an SUV and not suitable for off- handling for which MINI is famed.
Countryman (184bhp). Prices for
roading. However, MINI’s literature The MINI Countryman comes as
begin at around £16,000 for the
suggests otherwise stating: ‘The standard with the Dynamic Stability
ONE model and up to £20,000 for
MINI Cooper S Countryman and Control (DSC) system. Available as
the Cooper S variant - although
MINI Cooper D Countryman can an option are Dynamic Traction
additional options are likely to
be ordered as an option with MINI Control (DTC, standard on the MINI
inflate this.
ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive. Cooper S Countryman – both with
Here, an electromagnetic centre front-wheel drive and ALL4 all-
Quizzed differential positioned directly on the wheel drive – and MINI Cooper D
We quizzed Gert on whether this final drive varies the distribution of Countryman with ALL4) and an
MINI would actually be able to go power seamlessly between the front electronic locking function for the
off-road - after all with 4WD, chunky and rear axles. In normal driving front axle differential.”
wheels and a raised chassis, the conditions up to 50 per cent of the The proof, we guess, will be in the
implication is that the Countryman drive is sent to the rear wheels, pudding - once it’s launched we’ll
is an all-rounder. Gert didn’t seem in extreme situations as much as soon find out whether it can traverse
too keen to be asked about this 100 per cent. The result is a new, muddy hills or not.

Our View So, it’s not a normal four-door want? Has the recession put people
In all honesty, I wasn’t impressed. family car, like a Mondeo, and it’s off the idea of these SUV-like
For a MINI take on other SUV type not a true off-roader, like a Land cars - or Chelsea tractors - which
cars, yeah, sure, it’s quite good, but Rover. My suspicions tell me that as are perceived to be gas-guzzlers
I just don’t see the purpose of it. It’s a business, MINI figured it would (diesel = about 65mpg, petrol about
supposed to be a family car, OK, so be easier to build two cars from 46mpg).
just give it four doors - does it need the one platform (Countryman and Personally, I like this model the
to be SUV-like? It seems as though Beachcomber) rather than two new least out of the MINI family, but
it is lacking in identity and purpose. platforms (for a normal four-door I do like the Beachcomber which
Is it a true off-roader? If not, then car, and the bigger Beachcomber). is the same size. I would have
why does it bother to have 4WD and It does make commercial sense, preferred to see a proper four-door
a raised chassis? but is it what the buying public family car rather than this.

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The lates t M IN I model
is revealed in Detroit.

Words and photos Chris Ordon

Launch Concept at first looked big, mountains, or breezing along

but comparing it to the MINI the beach. It offers extreme
Clubman, it’s not that much freedom in driving.
bigger. The one thing I’m sure Through its robust and
officially unveiled the MINI of is that MINI will not let the versatile character, the MINI
Beachcomber concept at handling and the fun factor Beachcomber Concept also
the 2010 North American go away with this crossover. captures the spirit of the
International Auto Show The only way to really tell is Mini Moke, which stood for
(NAIAS), and love:mini was to drive it, but since this is a adventurous motoring back
there to see it. It’s based on the concept that won’t happen, so in the sixties. The rugged
upcoming R60 (Countryman) we’ll just have to wait for the appearance and the minimal
that’s just been released in Countryman to come out to body components and interior
Europe and will be in the find out about the fun factor clearly reflect elements of the
US in February 2011. The and the handling. Mini Moke. This is further
Beachcomber concept is a 21st accentuated by the overall
century update on the classic Fearless fun design language, such as the
Mini Moke, as can be seen in Here’s what Ian Robertson characteristic radiator grille.
the familiar grille shape and had to say about the MINI This concept has a new
lack of doors and roof. Beachcomber Concept: “The innovative all-wheel drive
At 2:45pm EST on January inspiration for the MINI system, ALL4, as well as an
11, 2010, the MINI press Beachcomber Concept is clearly elevated seating position. The
conference began with Ian born from the MINI Crossover, MINI Beachcomber Concept
Robertson, Member of the combined with the vision of a can be driven without doors, a
Board of BMW AG, Sales and radically open body concept. conventional roof and all other
Marketing, showing up in The result is a MINI that’s body elements which might
front of the press in a MINI tough, fearless and ready for limit the intensity of the open
E (the all-electric MINI being any open air adventure. driving experience.
currently tested). It provides a highly emotional This car retains its special
After a song and dance by driving experience where character in all road and
the MINI dance team, the you are in close contact with weather conditions. In the
MINI Beachcomber was your surroundings, whether event of bad weather, drivers
revealed to the press from it’s cruising through town, can quickly use the soft roof
behind a wall. The MINI enjoying rough tracks in the and lightweight doors.”

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on the PULSE

Seatbelts are integrated into the The rear door pack looks like
seat, while a compass sits below a spare wheel holder, but is
the handbrake to aid navigation. actually extra storage space.

The rear has only a half door, but more awkwardly

the rail runs right down the centre of the boot space,
potentially obstructing large items of equipment.

Our View fun, sporty, character of the

We suspect the Beachcomber MINI.
concept will go into full Despite claims that
production, although it is likely lightweight panels and roof
this will be in Germany or can easily be fitted should the
Austria rather than Oxford. weather take a turn for the
Internally it will include the worst, we’re not aware of any
centre rail that we’ve seen on secret storage facility for these
the Countryman, however, panels - and who is going to
seeing it run right though the kart them around ‘just in case’?
boot doesn’t seem ideal for Styling-wise we like it a lot
those wanting to carry large more than the Countryman,
bags. Three new dials have but still have some reservations
The interior is likely to be updated again to conform also been added, with two to about the drivetrain. If it uses
to the new 2011 refresh, but you can see steering monitor the MINI’s position the same mechanics and
wheel grips and red leather snakeskin-like trim. with aircraft-like floating differential as the Countryman,
Two new aircraft-like dials monitor the position of horizon gauges, and a compass then it might encounter some
the car. Speakers also replace airvents. to keep drivers heading in the difficulties in its off-road
right direction whilst off-road. role, but hopefully MINI will
Because of the open-air appreciate that this will be used
design, the airvents have been off-road, unlike the Countryman
replaced with powerful speakers which, from what we
to counteract the wind noise. understand, will be pretty much
The seatbelts have been cleverly a Chelsea tractor - looking like
integrated into the shoulder an off-road car, but without
of each seat, doing away with the capabilities to actually go
chassis mounting points, and off-road. Only time will tell, but
each seat is adorned with a we can’t wait - this is the most
sporting motif to reinforce the exciting MINI yet!
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Monty will continue business
to contribute to
MiniWorld as a
Monty quits MiniWorld
The big man takes his bow.

serving MiniWorld
had left amid sale
negotiations, but
word from the
Kelsey a smaller,
more budget-
concious publisher,
Editor, Monty MiniWorld camp is questions are being
Watkins, has that he had, in fact, asked about how
resigned from planned to leave budget changes
his post as the some months ago. will affect the
magazine moves to Nevertheless, the quality, regularity
new owners. loss of Monty will or marketing of the
Kent based be seen as a blow magazine, and its
publisher, Kelsey, to the publication, affiliated events.
has bought the which, under his The fact that
magazine from IPC, tenure, successfully Kelsey already has
along with four outsold rival Modern MINI on
other titles, after magazine, Mini its books leads
a strategic review Magazine since its many to think that
by IPC resulted in launch. the two magazines
selling off their Speculation could merge in the
niche mags. about the future future. In the short-
It had been of the magazine term though, it will
reported that Monty is rife. With continue as usual.


Future diesel models spied

2012 MINIs spotted on the German roads.

Motoraut has posted up
According to onlookers
the cars had a typical
diesel sound to them.
these pictures of two new MINI hasn’t confirmed
diesel MINI models which production for either
have been pounding the model yet, but it does
streets of Germany. seem to make sense as it
Suspected to be part expands the brand.
of a 2012 line-up both For the original story
cars sport a ‘SD’ badge,
indicating it is in fact a blog/1049870_spy-shots-
diesel. 2012-mini-clubman-s-diesel

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MINISPACE design winners

introduced the centre rail into the
new Countryman, it invited a whole
host of accessories to be spawned.
Taking advantage of the creative
minds of MINI enthusiasts, the firm
set a design challenge to create the
ultimate ‘click on’ accessory.
Having never run a competition
like this before, there was a chance
it would receive little response - but
instead the MINISPACE team were
overwhelmed by the creativity of
After narrowing the entries down to The other top four designs
five, it was finally decided that “Fire in were “MINI Star Karaoke”
the MINI” by Satoshi Nakamura from by chris_townsend25 from
Berlin, Germany, was the winner. As Southampton, UK; “MINI
a result the design was produced as a Gamer” by tillathenun from
prototype and Satoshi received a nice Rome, Italy; “Extra Steering
trip to the Paris Motor Show 2010. The Wheel” by dougRG from
team described the winning entry as Guatemala City, Guatemala;
“Thought-provoking and eye-catching, and “Tag Your MINI” by
the delightfully jaunty idea of installing alexkenny21 from Torino, Italy
a contained fireplace inside a MINI - which allows you to graffiti
was too sexy to pass up.” the inside of your MINI.

design Head of Porsche

Hard core
M unich Univeristy student,
Neal Steinhoff, has come
up with this concept for the
next generation of MINIs
- dubbed MINI Core. It keeps
the R56’s wheelbase but adds ChALLENGE
a slicker, rounder look to the
car but keeps its traditionally
short overhangs and ‘wheel at
MINI v Porsche
each corner’ philosophy. Challenging the big gun to a race.
This summer,
the head
of MINI USA, Jim
decided to find a
Porsche and a driver to
race against anyway.
McDowell, embraced After designing a fair
the spirit of MINI and track, suited to both
decided to have some cars, at Road Atlanta,
fun by challenging the race was on. After
Porsche to a race much internet hype
- a MINI Cooper vs. a and weeks of build-up
Porsche 911. the challenge finally
Sadly, the Porsche took place on June 21.
bigwigs didn’t take To find out the result
the bait, and after a watch the video links.
second hilarious and Challenge gauntlet
impassioned appeal The Response
from Jim, MINI The Race.

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Ralph Broad passes away

Engineer and racing team boss dies.

ed founder, Ralph Broad,
John Fitzpatrick and
even Broad himself
piloted the Mini-based
has died at the age of 84. cars to famous class
Broad used Mini wins all over Europe.

Main photo courtesy Paco Sanchez

mechanicals to produce In the late ’60s he
his fastback racers switched allegiances
which competed against to Ford, becoming
the Works and Cooper successful with Escorts,
Car Co. teams in the Capris and Anglias
British Saloon Car before returning to
Championship in the British Leyland working
1960s. with Triumphs and
Racers John Handley, Jaguars.


Power steering
US Govt. starts investigation.

The US
Government has
where the investigation
is expected to begin. If
further issues come to
announced it is to light regarding other
start an investigation models, this could be
into the power expanded.
steering on MINI MINI has said it will
Coopers following fully co-operate with
54 complaints to the the investigations.
National Highway It has been known
Traffic Safety for a little while
Administration that there have been
(NHTSA). some issues with the
The issues relate power steering in
to 2004/5 models, some MINIs. In 2009
of which there is an the issue was raised
estimated 80,000 in by UK Consumer
circulation, and this is programme, Watchdog.

New clubs finder site

Search, find and plot local clubs.

The social
arm of the MINI brand -
function to show a broader
or more precise area of the
MINISPACE - has relaunched Users can search for a club
its club finding website and specifically, using the club
directory, with new enhanced name, or by town or country, WANTED: Original Headrests
functions to make searching for Club administrators can also
local clubs easier. submit details of their own Classic Mini interior firm, Newton Commercial,
Displayed as a Google map, group to be added to the map has run out of twin-post headrests, meaning it
the site uses cached information after filling out a few details. can’t refurb or sell any more until they get some
to provide local clubs currently Find the finder here at: more units.
listed in the directory. You can They’re the type used between 1993-95, so if you
also use the Google Maps zoom clubfinder have some in your spare parts pile, you might be
able to make few quid from them. 01728 832880

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Unlike other magazines, we’re not just looking
for the shiniest, most perfect Minis.

We want to hear the stories of all types of Minis,

from the dilapidated workhorses of the world to your
latest creation - and everything inbetween. But most
importantly we want to hear about you - the people -
and your experiences and most heartfelt moments. Those
unforgettable occassions in a Mini that made your heart
beat a thousand times faster and bring the biggest smile
ever to your face.  That’s what love:mini is all about...


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LETTER Walking in the rain near
up to him.
Geneva’s airport in
The truck was
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never registered,
this semi trailer parked on a
but is fully
loading bay. There was an ad on

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the lorry for a company repairing
The man
fuel trailers, but the building was
used it as an
empty and it seemed the company
advertisment for

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had moved to another location.
his company and
So I jumped the fence, hoping
still does.
that no german shepherd would no photoshoping or anything like

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He told me he has just repainted
come and have a bite at my throat, that. In certain areas, such as
it and is looking for parts to replace
and took a few pictures. Broken Hill, the area went dark as
the missing ones.
This was in the spring of 2008 the sun was unable to penetrate

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The truck can still be seen but
and I googled a little to see if I the dust!!
now in an industrial area called
could get more information on this Brett Nosse
Vernier, also not far from the

@@ @ @ @ @ @
unusual truck, but without any
results. It looks like the MINI has gone
Ydrolina Mini Cooper
One and a half year later, a friend extra terrestrial in this pic. We

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who had seen the photos, gave wonder what the Martians think
Thanks for this Ydrolina. It
me the phone number of the proud make of it?
never ceases to amaze me what

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weird and wonderful creations
Not surprisingly, this man was
people make from Minis.
a fan of british cars and owner of
several Minis.

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He had received the truck as a Cheeky
wedding gift in 1990. His friends Hi Craig,

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had concealed the truck they had Here are a few pics of us
built for him in a shed not far away having a laugh at a MINI advert
from where the wedding party was, celebrating 50 years. Hilltop Minis

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founders, Jan and Rich, thought it
would be funny to park their MkI

@@ @ @ @ WIN!
in front of it and send you a few
cheeky snaps.

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Dave Lane

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Yes, it would have been nice of Moss vouchers
them to include a classic Mini in

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the ad, especially one as nice as
Classic British car parts restoration
that one. specialist, Moss-Europe, is kindly
offering a £25 voucher to the best letter

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sent in to us each issue.
MINI on Mars? No matter where you are in the world
Hi Craig, you might have heard you can still get your

@@ @ @ @ @ @
about the dust storm that went all vouchers, and then
over Australia due to the drought! I spend them on high
thought you might like the photo of quality bits for

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your Mini.
my MINI in the middle of it!
To be in with
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bad weather may be but what about all the odd potholes
back in the UK, but even on residential streets, and those on
3000 miles and the
before winter arrived there’s been the popular back-routes? These have
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cause for complaint about the state of been subject to neglect, and by the

@@ @@ @@
still going strong.
the roads. Driving around town in a time they are fixed, new potholes
classic Mini is like doing an Autotest, will have appeared. It’s as if the MINI Countryman

@@ @ @
swerving to avoid holes, bumps and roads get intensive treatment when open day at MINI
subsidence. things get really bad, but the general OXFORD gives us a
And these aren’t maintenance to prevent good look.

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tiny bumps that are these problems aren’t
occassional, these considered. Meeting new
are regular, wheel- We all pay our friends in Australia.

@@ @ @
swallowing canyons
that can cause
untold damage on
fair share in taxes
but surely road tax
should go directly
Weather in the UK
finally hits 25C.

@@ @@
the Mini, and even towards building Aluminium billet
the MINI. What the and maintaining the alloy cylinder

@@ @
hell is going on? network, and that this heads hit the
Doing some should happen over the market.
errands today I had course of the whole
to visit my local year, not put it off until Panic: two days

@@ @
council offices, the spring after the before L2B and the
and low and behold the worst road roads have crumbled. Mini’s damper bolt

@@ @I had come across led staright to I’ve seen on TV new machines that snaps off.
the council building. Fortunately, can fill a pothole in 20 minutes, a job
someone had obviously pulled their that would take a manual worker a
weather is playing

thumb out of their ass as there was lot longer, so aside from the capital
havoc with our
a massive resurfacing truck and costs for the machine this should
Mini maintenance

about six or seven people working surely be a no-brainer.
plans. Not all of
on this one 100m stretch of road. As usual it seems the beauracrats
us have heat, light
I’m sure it would have taken them are willing to take our money and
and space in our
at least all day to fix this section, offer very little in return. Thanks!

garages, you know.
Potholes still not

@@ Your views from the digital world

“I’ve been through three our road! I had to drive Sonia Bowmar-scothern
filled wrecking out
Queuing for hours
tyres and one wheel in a mile out of my way to up to leave Crystal
“Yeah we have a pothole

two months and last get to the Post Office! Palace on L2B.
at a mini roundabout
month my mate’s car had They have very roughly about 5-inches deep.”
£2000 worth of repairs filled them now, but they Marcel Parkinson
from a pothole.” have done it so badly
Greg Haynes
“We had 40 at the top of
that it’s now like 40 little
speed humps ”
“I think they made
Minty’s exhaust fall off!”
Rebekah Louise Johnstone
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The lock-up
Showing us your Mini stuff

Bruno Cottanceau

Hello love:mini, my name

is Bruno Cottanceau. I’m 54,
single and I live in France.
Here is a picture of my
MINI Cooper S, which I have
nicknamed UK GIRL!
She is a 2004 Cooper S
model, and has been treated FEATURE
to a few luxuries, such as
a reprogramed ECU, JCW
My Mini
brakes, new WebSpoke wheels,
JCW injectors and airbox, all
of which has pushed the bhp
output up to about 200bhp. Sam Renton Newark. The front was the
worst, but we were amazed
I hope you all like my with the condition of the doors
beautiful UK Girl as much as Hello love:mini, I’m Sam and rear. We replaced the
I do. Renton, 20, and currently have whole front and had it fully
my own media production resprayed. I replaced the rear
company based in Stafford. subframe and sprayed it a
I have restored my Mini funky green. i have also given
with my dad for the past two it a retro MkI look, to set it
years. We bought it completely apart from other Minis. I hope
standard from its previous to spray the front subframe
owner in and engine in the near
future as well as
change the

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Callum Sinclair
Dear love:mini, I have had my
Mini since 2009 as my first car,
it a 1990 Rover Mini Checkmate
998cc completely standard. I’m
16 and I originally bought it off
Carlos Lopez Michel other things. my nana for my 14th birthday
I have done all the work, I am an and spent two years getting it
industrial engineer and mechanic. I ready, keeping it looking nice for
I try to tell you a bit of history with also maintain some of my friends’ cars. when I start driving soon.
‘Beto’ my Mini. In 1994 my mother Last year I finished the trailer, It’s used regularly, I let my
bought it for daily travel to college, done with another half Mini, just to nana drive me around, ha-ha!
since then I have kept it. celebrate 50 years. When I start driving it will be
It was a 850cc and now has a Greetings from Chile used to get me to Mini shows.
1275cc, 286 Kent cam, flipfront and Carlos I’m hoping to attend the IMM
and Mini In The Park, fingers
crossed! And using it to get
Andy Mullen White S spoke wheels £100
Four-branch manifold £170
me back and forth to work and
Milltek cat back exhaust £300
I’ve got alot of work to do to
Facelift rear lights £60
Here is my MINI. I am a mechanic it though. I’m restoring it back
Xenon headlights £300
and I did all the modifications to how it looked once it came
Gloss black headlight rings £6
myself. The MINI had the gearbox out of the factory! I love it to
JCW aero grille £120
reconditioned in May and a new bits. My nana owns three other
Cooper S half leather seats £150
clutch. Minis they are a A-reg Mini
second hand
Here is how much I’ve spent on it: City E, C-reg Mini City E and
Spotlights £60
JCW carbonfibre dash £250 a Mini 1000. The whole family
Carbonfibre bonnet scoop going on
JCW filter £50 litterally has Minis, we love
soon £89
OMP strut brace £60 them! It’s possibly the best car
So just under £2000 spent. This is
OMP lower brace £40 made. I am part of a Mini club
my first MINI as I was only 19 when
Spax coilover suspension £600, I paid called Welsh Rarebit Minis who
I purchased this but I am looking at
£150 second hand are regulary found on the Wirral
getting a Cooper S next year!
- Llandudno Run every year.
So basically Minis are in my
blood, and in 20 years time
i’ll still be driving Minis! The
classic ones that is!

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If one of the main duties of a Mini is to turn heads,
then Mark.Paul.Deren - aka Madsteez - has created
something that is sure to do that... and much more.

Words Jessica Brown

Photos Madsteez

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rtist Mark.Paul.Deren, a.k.a. enough for three people. WEENBEAR is probably best
Madsteez, is a multi-faceted As an artist, he has held solo known for his large-scale, vivid
artist and designer who exhibitions in New York, Los and multilayered paintings, where
hasn’t let being born blind in one Angeles and Tokyo, in addition strange and familiar figures are
eye and having three first names to group showings all over the integrated into abstract landscapes.
hold him back. In fact, this human world, and is also the founder of For his latest project, though,
tornado of frenetic energy is busy WEENfaktory – which specializes in Deren is going with a more
multimedia design including brand MINImalistic approach.
identity, creative direction, graphic Deren has partnered with
and fashion design, packaging, Southern California car dealership
flash animation and typography. Irvine MINI to create their very
However, this self-proclaimed own WEEN!MAL mascot – The
ferocious kite-walking, nerd rope- MINIWEEN. In addition to creating
eating, Dolorean-loving, zebra the mascot, Deren has hand-
pinstripe- painting a MINI Cooper – donated
wearing by the dealership – with his
distinctive art.

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The MINI Cooper has been roaming the streets of Orange is not the only unusual object that Deren has put
County, California, in 2010 visiting charitable events his stamp on. In addition to his own line of shirts
sponsored by the dealership. and bags, he’s covered a couch,
Irvine MINI has also teamed up Deren’s style will appeal to sneakers, skis, snowboards and
with the Miocean Foundation – a even designer jeans with his
nonprofit foundation dedicated to our trendsetting clients own distinct style. Which begs
protecting and improving Orange the question: What is left to
County’s 42-mile coastline by reducing urban-runoff WEENify? The answer, apparently, is everything.
pollution. According to Deren, who is striving to be “the
“We wanted to find a really novel way to raise some thugged-out Martha Stewart,” no object is safe.
funds for our favourite charities,” said Irvine MINI Sales Everything – from toasters to nightlights, fishing
Manager Steve Rudkin. “We think Deren’s cutting- rods to shower
edge visual style will appeal to our trendsetting and curtains, cookware to
environmentally friendly curling irons – is on
clients.” the list. WEENTOWN
Not surprisingly, a car here we come!

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Living with a

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Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange?
Come with us and you will see, this, our Mini of Halloween...

or it was a cold winter’s Woodhouse (more Metallica Grant’s first car wasn’t a Mini,
night when King Jack of than Bon Jovi), Jack’s future but it wasn’t far off - an Austin
Birmingham found life under owner, who was living the dream Metro 1.3. With the back seats
new ownership. working in a guitar shop – think down, the band’s equipment fit in
It all began many years ago Wayne’s World. no problem. “We were only gigging
when women lusted to look “My life was all about guitars pubs, so the amps weren’t huge...
like Cindy Crawford and men and bands, never into cars at all,” yet!”, he explains. But by fate,
aspired to be Bon Jovi. As was says Grant. “But once my first the hand of God, or just Grant’s
the case with 35-year-old Grant band started gigging I needed bad driving, the Metro died a few
something to carry all the gear months later after a crash. Now,
around in.” we don’t want to give Grant a
bad name, but he says he also
‘bumped’ his next car – a Ford
Fiesta 1.1, which was quickly
followed by another Metro and
Fiesta again. While on the
search again, his sister
mentioned a Mini for sale.
“I laughed at her, telling
her ‘it had best have a
roof rack! How would
I fit all my guitars in

Words Craig McBeth

Photos Ben Whitehouse
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Nightmare... Hand-painted by

Pinstriped doorcards, white

seat piping and a multitude
of skulls give a creepy
Halloween feel.

the back of that?!’,” he recalls. But Mini,” he says. inside

check it out he did, and after taking But it wasn’t long until Grant froze up in the winter, but impress
it for a test drive he was hooked, was back in a Mini – this time an it did, and that girl is now his wife.
taking it off the guy for £500. Estate, after someone ran into The Once he’d snagged her though, he
“The first thing I did was stick Tank, turning it into a tin. Using swapped it for Clio; “because it had
some huge Spiderman stickers in it as a workhorse for his gigging a heater,” he says. Smart move.
the back windows,” says Grant. “I equipment the roomy back end and Come December 2008 and through
had that one for about general conversation
a year and a half. She
ran great, but one
I swapped a VW Beetle for a Clio, Grant mentioned to his
then-fiancé that he’d love
day just got slower
and slower until
simply because it had a heater to have another Mini one
day. And, as if by magic,
she wouldn’t run one appeared for sale
anymore.” And of course in those opening rear doors of the Estate around the corner from their new
days Minis were two a penny so not made short work of loading and house. “It was exactly what I was
many people cared if they were run unloading. The Mini served him looking for,” says Grant, “black with
into the ground. well for a good few years, until it a white roof, MkI grille and 10-inch
too was written off by someone wheels.”
‘Tank’ing it crashing into him. Again, this could As an early Christmas present
As the band got bigger – as well as have been fate, as after a year on Grant bought Jack – which is
the amps – another Mini wouldn’t foot Grant picked up a 1974 Purple actually short for Jacqueline
have been practical, so he bought Beetle which he needed to impress – on Christmas Eve. She is a 1990
another Metro instead, naming it a girl. The Beetle drove like a boat, Checkmate with a standard 998cc
‘The Tank’. “It felt huge after the was slow, unresponsive, and the engine.

Me and the Estate. The original workhorse.

Jack getting some TLC.

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“Looking over her with my twice. What a guy, the things
lack of mechanical knowledge, people do for Minis.
she seemed fine. The test
drive took me back to when A new adventure
I had my first Mini 15 or so With a new car, new year
years ago. She drove great, so and soon to be new wife,
I struck, what I thought was, a the scene was set to embark
deal with the guy.” on a new adventure into the
After a cup of tea at home Mini community, and a year’s
the desire to show her off to worth of Mini 50 shows lay
friends and family became too ahead. First stop was a cold
much, so they decided to take January event at Bingley Hall,
her out for a drive. “Typically Staffordshire. “It was our
for me, she didn’t start up, first-ever Mini show and the
so jokingly she instantly seed of our new obsession. It
became the Nightmare showed us just why the classic
Before Christmas to us and Mini is known as the Mr
I mounted a small Jack Potato Head of the car world.”
Skellington bust on the dash.” So they got in on the act and
And so Jack/Jacqueline was started their personalisation
born. of Jack - buying a pair of
However, Grant’s mechanical headlamp eyelids and set of
genius neighbour - Paul - has HT leads. Seeing the Betty
kept Jack running sweet as Boop-themed Mini also gave
a nut ever since, and has them some food for thought,
even come to the rescue in and in February that recipe BEWARE:
emergencies when the lights began to take shape, with the Skulls bite.
failed and she broke down interior given the Nightmare
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Nightmare... treatment. controlled replica Minis that was a set of wind deflectors and
The doorcards fascinated him the most. “I knew I a shiny GB sticker, but now added
were painted black with white had to make a clone of mine too,” is a flip front! “And I’ve found a
pinstripes to match Jack he says. strong new love for the Riley Elf! I
Skellington’s suit, while the After popping along to a local will have one some day,” exclaims
window winders received Morris show, where Grant’s partner Grant.
Jack Skellington heads fell in love with beautiful Purple
and Grant even Morris Pick-up (ahh, we see, it’s the
hand-painted a new purple she likes huh?), the couple
knob for the glovebox. had a rather busy month in May
At the spring Malvern – as they got married after 10 years
Show the compiling of together. Congratulations. But there
the never-ending list of was still time to visit Himley
extras began, but it was Hall and get some
the radio- more stuff for Jack.
Ticked off the list

As I was pouring the second tub of oil in,

I knew it was too much...

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caps and
tyre valves
get the

Cornwall was the

honeymoon destination and
Jack wasn’t going to be left
behind. The newlyweds’
friends had decorated the Mini
with balloons, flowers and the
obligatory ‘Just Married’ sign, showed a drip at the bottom dipstick to prove my point
and on the way down south of the stick, so I shot back into and it was still just a little
they were greeted with many the station for another litre... drip at the bottom of the stick.
cheerful road users pipping As I was pouring the second I looked under the car for
their horns to wish them luck. tub in I knew it was too much, leaks, but nothing. I couldn’t
However, something tends but I was just going with what understand it. Then I had a
to go wrong to make these the dipstick was telling me. brainwave; start the car, it
trips more memorable, right? All this time my newlywed may mix the old and new oil
And a honeymoon is a perfect wife was telling me ‘that’s round a little. It did and I’d
occasion. way too much, you know’. My gone over the MAX point by a
“As we passed Bristol we initial response was: ‘what fair way. Panicking, I decided
needed to stop for fuel, I filled do you know about cars, you to hit the motorway and burn
up and was ready to carry on can’t even drive!’. off the extra oil. As we got
with our journey but I noticed I whipped back up to speed I looked in
my oil light came on and out the the mirror to see a huge cloud
stayed on. In a panic I ran to of smoke behind us, I slowed
the petrol station and bought a down and as the smoke
litre and poured the lot in the started to dissipate I could see
engine, waited a moment and the outline of another Mini
checked the dipstick. To behind us. I pulled over to
my bemusement it only the hard shoulder and, to my

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Nightmare... Baby Melody is growing
accustomed to her new


relief, so did he. Mini Spares Midlands’ Open Day.

After a brief introduction our new It was here that Grant spotted a
friend, Ben, from Minis of Tiverton ‘50s American classic in black and
(MOT), told us to follow him and green, sporting some cool hand-
he’d not only get us safely off the crafted stainless steel cobweb
motorway but also get us some headlight covers. “I knew they’d
help. My wife - now quite smug fit in perfectly with our Nightmare
telling me ‘I told you so’ while I theme,” says Grant, “so I got
was thinking I’d killed our little talking to the owner and she told
car - and I sat down for a coffee, me to see Ms Metal’s website in Mini
Twenty minutes later Ben returns the USA. It didn’t take me long to caravan and some 10-inch
with another member of MOT, Google her and get a pair ordered.” Starmags, it was off to Stanford
James. He whipped a trolley jack With 2009 being the Mini’s 50th Hall. “My wife found a lovely purple
out of the back of his car, hitched anniversary, it was fortunate that (Purple again!) Mini Pick-up that
up our poor motor and promptly Grant and his wife had become she took a fancy to and I now want
drained our oil and refilled us back involved just at the right time – and my Mini deseamed!” Ah, the joys
up to the correct level. I’ll always living in Birmingham, the IMM was of Mini ownership and the many
be eternally grateful to those guys, just a stone’s throw away compared creative, and usually conflicting,
they not only got us out of a very to some of the pilgrimages some ideas that whiz through our heads.
sticky situation but also saw us other owners had undertaken. As October finally drew in, the
safely back on our way.” Mini Being so close it would have been couple had decided that Jack had
camaraderie strikes again. rude not to attend, so attend they to be ready for Halloween and their
did, and they were amazed to see trip to Disneyland Paris. Over the
Wonders of the web so many Minis from so far away. previous months they’d set the
Disaster averted the happy couple “The best part for me was just wheels in motion when Grant got a
returned from their honeymoon and wandering round the huge camping mate to make up some Nightmare…
continued with their integration area looking at all the clubs and door and roof decals for the car.
into the Mini scene. After picking seeing how far people had come,” These finally came through and
up some chrome wheel-arch covers Grant remembers. the bulk of the theme was in place
at Birmingham MOC’s Cannon Hill After visiting the Uttoxeter show and looking good. The trip abroad
Park show, they popped along to and falling in love with the ELF-240 was an adventure in itself, with the

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convoy taking wrong turns
Inspired by others at the
and the usual Mini maladies
of oil leaks etc. as they drove Malvern Mini show.
through France. But they made
it and met some good people
along the way. “We made
some more friends including
Oz the Gopher & Phil, Martin
and Emily, Sherrie Haslett,
and Michael and Holly with
the Tigger van – who had
unknowingly inspired us
to do this trip after seeing
the Tigger van in last year’s
review,” says Grant.
“I was extra proud, as not
only were we at the second
home of Disney in a Mini for
the Mini’s 50th, but it was
Halloween too - my car couldn’t
have been more appropriate.”
After the show the couple
ran back into the park to
get a photo taken with Jack
Skellington himself, perfectly
rounding off the weekend.

Minis v Bugs
Even after a hectic year the
couple didn’t let up on their
travels. Just a few weeks later
they shot off to the autumn
Malvern Mini show. This was
followed by a charity turn out
for Children in Need, when
word got round that there was
a VWs vs Minis meet at the
Waterman Pub near Coventry.
Both CV1 Minis and
they met up with friends they disrespect… why? Well you know
Medievil Mini clubs welcomed
had made over past 12 months. what kids are like, and they’ve
the pair and as well as the
Medievil Minis invited them to just had another addition to the
Minis there was a mix of
display Jack on their stand and family. Baby Melody was born in
pimped out campers and bugs.
the Horslers were there in full May 2010, and is fast becoming
“One lucky fella pulled up in
Christmas a regular on the Mini scene with
his camper
gear with the family – although how keen
towing his
Minivan One lucky fella pulled up a copy of mummy is at being relegated to
their club the back seat we’re not quite sure
behind him,”
says Grant. in his camper towing his newsletter yet… As for Jack, he’s no longer
which had a nightmare, as he
“He said
he couldn’t Minivan behind him Grant’s car on continues to run like
the cover. a dream, turning
decide which
As far as heads and most
one to bring, it would be like
introductions go to the Mini importantly, giving
leaving one of his children at
scene Grant and his wife have the kiddies a good
home if he had to pick just one!”
dived right into the deep end and scare at Halloween.
And so the perfect Mini
have come out smiling. In future Our man jack is
year was rounded off with a
though the Mini is going to King of the Pumpkin
final show at Stoneleigh for
have to cope with being treated patch. Everyone hail to the
Christmas celebrations where
with a little bit of contempt and Pumpkin King
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A tour Down Under
love:mini takes a journey around Queensland
and hooks up with some friends.

I t’s not every day that you

get the opportunity to go to
Australia. And when the call
came in February 2010 to
27-30°C. It was quite an adjustment
from the chilly 5°C we had been
experiencing back in the UK.
We’d not even reached our ride
really friendly, much like most of
the people we met on our travels.
From my short time in the country
so far, I’d noticed a lot of differences
offer me and my family the trip of a from the airport car park when we in the way they do things in Oz.
lifetime for two weeks in Brisbane, spotted our first Mini in Australia. We sat down and talked about
we could only say ‘yes please’ and Without hesitating I approached the cars in Australia and how they
‘thank you very much’. two lads sat in the classic Clubby seem to be mainly Asian models.
With only two months to prepare, and said a quick hello. Unprepared It turns out that the costs of
a limited budget and no idea where and cameraless, I missed the importing European cars severely
to begin, we set about researching chance to get a picture, but was inflates the end retail price -
the area and drawing up places to chuffed to have seen a Mini so early making them more of a luxury item
visit. in the trip. to many Australians. Back in the
Brisbane is Australia’s third UK we take for granted the number
largest city, located midway up the of MINIs on the road, but in
east coast. and about 12 hours drive MINI loan Australia they are almost as scarce
north (960km) of Sydney. It is built After a few days with the family I as classics are in England.
around the Brisbane River and is headed up the coast to Caloundra, And it’s not surprising. Having
surrounded by a bowl of mountains. where I had arranged to borrow a seen how incautiously the majority
When we arrived in early April MINI from Coastline MINI Garage of the population drive, I too would
it was just entering autumn, but - a BMW/MINI dealership. probably opt for a cheap $15,000
temperatures were still reaching The people there were great and Suzuki Swift over a $46,000 MINI

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Our boat

nicked me
shoes and
me in a
tea towel.

Big enough to fit a family of

four and economical enough 
to go 800km on a full (40-litre)
over there with bumper-to-
bumper tailgating seemingly
the norm. My biggest surprise,
tank. And that’s not Driving Sundive
though, was to find a brand
diving and
Miss Daisy-type driving either. new motorway had been built
But when fuel costs nearly half centre in to bypass the city - in which
of what it does in the UK, you Byron Bay the politicians want to cut
can certainly afford to use a after drying pedestrian deaths - only to
bit more. off. discover it is a toll road, and
Driving in Australia was because of this hardly anyone

a real eye-opener (well both uses it. As an outsider looking

Looking inland from eyes really) - you need to be in, it is easy to expect things
Tamborine Mountain. super alert to the standard to be like in the UK, especially
multiple lane system. It was being an former British colony,
my first experience driving
Cooper D, like the one we abroad, and with English
were using. Perhaps BMW signs and right-hand drive I
could use a bit of BL ingenuity thought how hard could it be.
and open up a plant down Driving itself was fine, but it
there to cut import costs and did take some time to get used
really break into the market. to having cars criss-crossing
With new and overtaking
such as the Fuel costs nearly from both sides,
the frequent
Beachcomber half of what it does intersections and,
dare I say, almost
- aimed
at action/ in the UK draconian speed
limits. I didn’t
adventure- see any rules in
orientated customers - I for force that suggested drivers
one think the Australian should ‘keep left except
market would be ideally suited for overtaking’ and would
to the MINI brand and image, regularly come up against a
but to-date it’s hardly made an rolling roadblock of cars all
impact. doing the same speed. And
For us though, it was the braking distances - I don’t

perfect car. Familiar and fun. think it’s ever been mentioned
Lighthouses dotted the coast
and offered great views. 101

 The sign we’d all

been waiting to see.

Views to the Gold Coast but unlike New Zealand, Australia embarassing. After sussing it out we
and beyond... looked to the Americans as inspiration headed out to the beach to help launch
in breaking away from the British rule the boat which would take us 2km out
- a rebellion of sorts (like doing the from the shore to Julian Rocks.
opposite of what your parents tell you The conditions were perfect and
to do). And as such you could spot a once in the water we saw puffer fish,
lot of American influences, even in leopard sharks and lots of reef fish
simple things like road signs. too, it was truly amazing - despite
As with most things though, once swallowing an unhealthy amount of
you’ve had time to adjust it quickly salty sea water!
becomes second nature, and before The next day we set off to Tamborine
long we were taking in some dusty Mountain for some amazing views
backroads. out to the coast and inland. Stopping
at a botanical garden - which seem
to be everywhere - we soaked up the
Snorkelling atmosphere and tranquility of the
Our first trip was about two hours wildlife and lucious surroundings
south to Byron Bay where we went before enjoying the twisty mountain
snorkelling. Having never done it roads home.
before, we were kitted out in wetsuits Having driven the Cooper D for a
and sent for laps in the local hotel couple of days at this point, I was
swimming pool as guests watched finding that for a diesel car it lacked
on whilst eating their breakfast. How

A deserted botanical garden


Play areas are everywhere

The road home was a twisty

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Brett’s MINI

the grunt and torque in the

low rev range you’d expect
from a diesel. It did have had arranged to meet up
six gears, and is supposedly with fellow MINI owner Brett
designed so it can be driven the envy of some of his fellow
Nosse, who had travelled just
like a petrol MINI, but it is enthusiasts.
a few inches on the Australian
almost etched map - but a
in stone that Competitive
Back in the pits
Brett signing on good six hour
diesels are drive - to come To make the most of his
torquey, and this
Brett accusing me
and see me lengthy journey we decided
one just wasn’t. and join in the to go karting. Two 8-minute
of ramming him
Mini run the sessions for $30-odd bucks
it was a fine next day. Brett wasn’t bad and again the
machine and is fortunate weather hadn’t let us down.
served us well., enough to have bought the reg Kitted up and briefed we set
covering over 1600km in plate ‘MINI’ for his car, and off and I set about finding my
a week - almost supersedes what I thought was line. I found one and stuck to
doubling the a cool ‘MINI 92’ on my loan it, but it hacked off some of
mileage on the car. He tells me he’s also just the more experienced racers
odometer. bought the ‘Cooper S’ plate for who were almost
On Saturday I his classic, so is very much queuing up behind

Doing the Burnley

Good to go kick some ass!
massive proud.

One of the two karting tracks

at Kingston Park Raceway. 103
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r me before finding
up for the run, and with some cool accessories.
a way past. Time Just check out those MB wheels.
up, and my arms
were a little achey, but
I was just getting into it. Brett
and I checked times only to
discover I’d only clocked up
two laps. What? It turns out
the transponder on the kart
was faulty, so all eyes were on
the next session.
The ‘pros’ had gone off and Inside!
this left us racing similarly
experienced people. After
chatting to the friendly
staff we got put onto a
double session - 16 minutes.
I started at the back with
Brett in front of me. I
was feeling good and the
rivalry was hotting up as we
exchanged fierce words.
Finding an improved line
almost instantly I was using
the brake a lot less and flying
through corners at full throttle,
teetering on the edge of the
Car 26, a Morris Cooper S, was our car
tyres’ traction. Buzzing round
of the day. It actually ran in the 1970
the track I was overtaking Bathurst race, driven by Lynne Keefe and
everyone, cutting inside at the
corners and battling against
 Arthur Olsen, finishing 36th.

the sideways slide.

Ahead I saw Brett on the
long straight, with a corner
coming up that I take tightly
and others go wide. Braking
late I cut inside and he
swerved off into the tyres,
cursing as I sped off to take
first place. I was overjoyed.
Back in the pit we joked as
he accusing me of ramming
him, but we’d had fun and set
off in good spirits ready for
the early start the next day.

Bowden’s Own
The Mini Club Queensland
Inc. had arranged a run while
I was in Australia and so I
asked to tag along. The trip
was about 100km north of
Brisbane to Buderim and a
famous car collection
called Bowden’s Own.
It’s a family collection
started over 35 years ago
in order to preserve some

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I met up with some

other Mini friends
for dinner...
of Australia’s most prestigious
race cars. The collection
now boasts over 80 cars and The run itself was a simple
include Australian driving affair up the motorway, but
legend Allan Moffat’s 1972 it was interesting to see how Allan Moffat’s
Touring Car Championship- well kept the classic Minis 1969 Ford
winning Ford Falcoln GTHO were. Of course rust isn’t so Mustang
Phase III, Peter ‘Brocky’ much of an issue with the hot
Brock’s 1978 Holden LX Torana climate, and I doubt many, of
SS A9X, and Dick Johnson’s the 30 or so, are daily drivers,
1982 Ford XD Falcon named but you could tell from the
‘Tru-Blu’. The three-hour tour likes of MB Wheels, perfect
and talk by Dan Bowden sprayjobs and immaculate • Australian historical car
explored all the history of engine bays that a lot of love collection
these cars, as well as some had been lavished on this little • Premium car care products
great stories and anecdotes lot. We were even graced with
of the rivalry between drivers • Buderim, Queensland, Australia
a former Bathurst Mini that
and manufacturers at the competed in the great race in •
time. 1970. And all too soon it was
The garage has also started time to go.
producing their own car
Dan Bowden regaled the
That evening Brett and I
cleaning products after years met up with some other Mini
of research and unsatisfactory friends (Jess, Kirsten and
crowd with racing stories
results with other brands. Mitchell) for dinner at the best

 And here’s a garage most of

us wouldn’t mind owning.
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steakhouse in Brisbane. It was found our camera Lunchtime

nice to be able to sit and have had packed in,
a decent chat to some new so rather than in the trees away from the
people rather than the usual miss out on some memories, walkway, but far from it.
fleeting conversation, although we headed to the beach Some $2 kangaroo food and
I did think $27 just for a steak for the day where we built a walk into the sunshine
(no chips) was bit steep. sandcastles and tried to bury found a whole gang of them
my daughter up to her waist - sunbathing on the grass. A
but she was having none of it! bit cautious I approached one
Zoo days Tuesday then, and the zoo. with some food, who spritely
Australia Zoo was our last jumped to his feet and had
I’m a big fan of Steve Irwin
big hit of the week, but when a little feed. Amazing, I was
and it was great to visit the
we arrived on Monday we feeding a kangaroo.
place he loved so much. The
animals looked so happy and As the day came to a close
the enclosures were larger we headed home, stopping off
than some UK housing plots. at the Glasshouse Mountains
It was at the arena show - narrowly avoiding a wild
where they got up close and ’roo on the way. These large
personal with the crocs - “This uprisings out of the ground
is what you don’t do to a are actually formed from
croc... (splash splash)” - that it volcanic lava. At one time
became particularly poignant the ground level of the area
though, with flashbacks on was the same as at the peak
Finally, a mouth bigger than mine! the big screen of Steve, his of the mountains, but years
passion and his infectious of erosion of the surrounding
personality. He will be sorely land has exposed them,
missed. creating these amazing rocks.
After the show we took the That concluded our MINI
opportunity to buy a photo tour of the Brisbane area, but
posing with a koala - well it’s fair to say that there was
how often is that going to still a lot more to see and do!
happen? They also do shots A special thanks must go to
with other animals including Coastline MINI, who, without
a tiger! But it must have been their help, most of this
his day off when we went. wouldn’t have been possible. If
In the kangaroo enclosure you ever want to buy a MINI
One of the we were expecting to see in Australia these are the
Glasshouse maybe a few bouncing around chaps to talk to.
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Coastline MINI
Sunshine coast
dealership delivers a
ray of light to
new customers.

ust 100km up the coast
from Brisbane is where you She served
will find Coastline MINI us well.
garage, in the Sunshine Coast
town of Caloundra.
Situated on one of the
main roads leading into the
beachside resort, nestled in
amongst a host of other car
dealerships, Coastline MINI
dominates the road with three
MINIs peering over the balcony surprise the country is
to be seen from all around. dominated by cheaper
In a purpose-built, stylish and Asian cars. With European
modern building, it’s impressive cars seen as a luxury over
glass structure houses an practical Utes, both Ryan
award-winning team of around and Karen see how the
60 professionals that can sell, MINI is still quirky and fun
service or part-exchange a enough to appeal to both
MINI, as well as providing top the older generation, who
quality customer service from remember the classic, and
the moment you step through the young who can relate
the door. Such excellence has to the whole brand image.
led Coastline MINI to become And their secret weapon
the No.1 BMW dealership in to convince customers to
Australia. forget about the price tag
I spoke to Ryan McCabe - a test drive!
and Karen Moye about the With finance deals to suit
dealership and brand. With all, there’s no reason why
prices for a base model costing more of Australia couldn’t
around $37,500 (and up to $65k be having more fun driving
for a Clubman JCW), it’s no on those dusty backroads.

Coastline BMW
• MINI/BMW sales
• MINI/BMW servicing
• Part exchange available
• No.1 BMW dealer in Australia
• Award-winning customer service
• Nicklin Way, Caloundra, Queensland

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Getting to know your Mini vendors •
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• Engine building
• Servicing

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After working with the best at BMC Special
Tuning, BRR continues with the same ethos.

e are a small, friendly
company dedicated to
building and tuning
mainly BMC/A-Series engines for
all forms of motorsport and road
As well as building ‘one-off’
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and provide TLC for everyday
road Minis.
Bill Richards served his engines for other marques
apprenticeship at the world including MG, Triumph, Austin
famous BMC Special Tuning Healey and Ford.
Division, before setting up Bill We offer a bespoke service
Richards Racing which moved to in which the engine and car
its present Ashford (Kent) home preparation will be matched
in the 1980s. precisely to your needs. Whether
Bill began racing in 1976 and this be racing (Sevens, Miglias,
continues to race his two self- modified or historic saloons,
prepared Minis and iconic space Mighty Minis, Minicross or
frame Metro with great success. grasstrack, rallying, historic,
Although Minis are our contemporary, stage or road)
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Champion into Class C.

Our Metro (a Maguire Mini
spaceframe ‘wearing’ a
Metro body) is undergoing
a further year of test and
development following the
installation of her 300bhp 2ltr
Ford Duratec.
She will compete in the
SEMSEC Sports and Saloon
Championship. This unique
championship is mainly
Bill Richards mix of machines including
Nissan Skylines, various
based at Lydden Hill and
Brands Hatch and provides a
marks of Ford Escorts, SEATS,
Racing Team Peugeots, Renaults etc.
competitive ‘home’ for Special
GT cars, Special Saloons,
Our Mini is powered by a
Modified Saloons and Sports
Clubman 1480cc 16v twin cam KAD
Our self-built and prepared unit. As the head is ‘non-
Clubman will once standard’ the car is subject to
again compete in the a 50% capacity multiplication Tintop
Dunlop Motorsport News moving last year’s Class D Our Tintop Mini fulfils many
Championship (a championship roles within the team: test
which it has won outright car, racecar stand in, track
in previous years). This is a day car, rental car and
modified saloon championship, promotional/show car.
which although mainly In the past she has also
southeast based also visits competed in the BARC Tintop
Thruxton, Snetterton, Championship and regularly
Silverstone and Mallory Park. stars at the Lydden Hill BHP
The field contains an eclectic shows.

days or standard/fast road customers we have many Business
use. customers and friends in the Profile
Bill has a unique customer USA and Europe. Our engines
service philosophy, he can be shipped worldwide, Do you run a
encourages customers to get and if circumstances permit business?
involved with the building of Bill will supervise their Contact us for
their engines and if possible, installation and setup. your free DPS
to spend a day with us at our profile and let
workshop to observe their our readers
know what
engine being engineered and you’re about, Bill Richards Racing
built. and what Unit 24, Ellingham Ind. Estate
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engine kits or bolt-on tuning offer. TN23 6NF
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Air filter specialist ITG has designed
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The filter has a special wedge shape to
clear the bulkhead on classic Minis using
a single SU carb and can be supplied
with a baseplate to suit any SU.
ITG’s unique flame retardant Tri-Foam
system promises that the Megaflow filter
will last at least four times as long as the
MSX Crossflow Cylinder Head equivalent standard filter and cleaning at service intervals will not be required.
From £949
Carburretor specialists, Webcon, are throwing
their hat into the aluminium cylinder head ring,
with its own crossflow item.
The heads are manufactured to the exacting
standards expected of a Webcon product, and are
up to 75% lighter than the original cast iron units
thanks to the use of LM25 aluminium.
The new head is designed to flow up to
25% more efficiently, offering full crossflow
characteristics. It also features silicon bronze
valve guides and is designed for use with Weber
DCOE carburettors or throttle bodies using the
same fitment pattern.

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Rear Coil-over Subframe
From $1195
It’s a bit pricey, but this replacement item for the rear
subframe from Mini Mania, looks way cool. It consists of
a beam axle, with anti-sway bars, coil-over dampers and
lightweight radius arms with adjustable camber and toe
alignment, plus ride height adjustment. No wonder they
claim it is the ultimate rear suspension for the classic Mini.

Thermostat Housing
Fitting Kit
As part of a new range of fitting kits,
Mini Spares has launched the Thermostat
Revotec Cooling Fans Housing Fitting Kit, suitable for all single
tier thermostat housings. As with all the kits
in the range, it will include all the fixings,
From £46.95 gaskets, bolts, washers and studs needed to
Burton Power is now stocking Revotec’s cooling carry out the service procedure.
fan range, ideal for extra heat dissipation on a In most cases the kits will be made up from
hot engine or as a replacement item on models genuine Rover components with reproduction
with auxillary electric fans. These universal parts only used when genuine items are no
items are available in either Slim Line (just longer available.
52mm thick) or High Power (63mm thick)
versions. Brackets and loom connections subject
to an additional fee.
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Mi1 Wheel/Tyre Package
Looking for a new set of wheels? Well
AC Schnitzer have a superb wheel/
tyre set offer available at the moment
and you stand to save a massive £553
on a complete wheel and tyre set.
Made from lightweight alloy the
cool five-spoke 17-inch wheels
come with tyres already mounted
and balanced and includes theft


protection and an emergency tyre
inflator kit, where applicable.
ww The Mi1 package is suitable for
£584.32 +VAT all R50 and R56 MINIs whether
If you’ve already been hatchback, convertible or Clubman.
toy ing wit h the power
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Suitable for all MIN Is from
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comes wit h adju stable nickel-plate
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the ride height to be adju sted by
between -25 and -65mm.
Alternative spr ing rates are
ava ilable, as wel l as a ‘Gold’ kit for
more serious track use.

Wilko R/C MINI performance exhaust
£6.58 £385 +VAT
While out and about around town, doing The coolest turbocharged
non-Mini related activities, I spotted this little MINIs around use these 2.5-inch diameter
box of fun at Wilkinsons. exhausts in the MINI CHALLENGE, and now you
At just under £7 it’s not likely to last could too. Available from Piper Exhausts, the single
forever, but it’s cheap enough to be worth a and twin systems are completely street legal and
punt if you’ve not already will pass MoT emissions tests when used with
got an R/C Mini. Or it either a Piper downpipe and SportsCAT or original
could be a nice factory cat. More importantly, you could see a 14
cheap gift! bhp increase as well as looking supercool like
those in the MINI CHALLENGE.
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Essential equipment
Givin’ it
r some hard graft
Paint Thickness Teste
Kamasa Combination
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blow mould case much the same principle as
completes the set. Blu-Tack, it can mould itself into
all the nooks and crannies other
cleaners cannot. As well as
collecting dirt, dust and grime,
it features a disinfectant action
Charger and
to kill germs too.
This compact charger from the US AUTOGLYM SURFACE
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intelligent microprocessor tech that £24.99
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Kamasa Handy Socket and Bit Driver Set car’s battery.
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The latest kit designed to get connectors to 12v fag lighter and the best shine from your car’s
This handy socket and driver set is perfect for domestic plugs, the charger will paintwork is this clay kit from
keeping in the car for those roadside fixes. also tell you if your battery is too Autoglym.
dead to be revived.
With a magnetic quick chuck and a host of By using its specially
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screw bits, this all-in-one package could be
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Objective Bleeding the classic
Bleed all of the air out
of the classic Mini’s Mini’s brakes by Craig McBeth
brake system.
Disc-braked dual circuit type later Mini.
• 2x 7/16” AF
(11mm) spanners Bleeding the brakes is an essential most popular way to do this job on
• 5/16” AF (7mm) part of the maintenance required your own. Available for about £25
socket/spanner to keep your classic Mini on - or cheaper if you shop around
• Catch tray the road. Usually it would be a - we recommend every classic
• Eezibleed kit (or two-person job, with one person owner has such a kit. It will make
assistant) pumping the brake pedal while bleeding the brakes a lot easier,
• Air pressure the other adjusts the bleed nipple and when it comes to the brakes,
gauge (footpump) - however, the Eezibleed kit from you don’t want to be risking
Gunson is by far the easiest, and anything.
30 minutes
PREP: You will need to Remove both front are accessible from
Difficulty chock the back wheels wheels, this gives you underneath the rear
2/10 of the Mini and jack easy access to both of the car without the
up the front end and front brake callipers. need for jacking if
Cost place it on axle stands. The rear bleed nipples necessary. Open and
£24.99 prop the bonnet up for

access to the Brake
Master Cylinder.

Alternative method
1. Unpack the
Eezibleed kit.
Inside you will find
Ask a friend to pump various-sized caps. Find
the pedal, but you the one that fits your
will need to watch brake fluid reservoir.
the brake reservior You will need to detatch
for fluid running out the spade connectors
more often.
fitted to the brake fluid
reservoir cap before
removing it.

2. Once you have

identified the
correct-sized cap from
the kit, you need to

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6. Run the black air hose from the
bottle cap to the air valve on the
tyre. The air pressure from the tyre acts
in the same way as pressing the brake
pedal, applying constant pressure to the
brake fluid in the system.
This constant pressure helps push any
trapped air bubbles through the
brake pipes where we will now
release it.
The Mini we are using uses a
dual brake line system. You can

identify this because there are
two brake lines coming out of the
brake master cylinder, just under

the brake fluid reservoir.
assemble the
There are also two types of

dual line system, this is the
The brass
later one, from 1985 onwards.
union with the
When bleeding the brakes
clear pipe fits
you should bleed each
into the hole
wheel in a particular order.
in the cap lid.
Once poking
through the
hole, fit the
washer included 4
in the kit and
then the other
half of the union.
Tighten this
moderately with
two 7/16” (11mm)

3. Next you need to fill up the bottle

with brake fluid and fit the cap.
This acts as an extra reservoir.

4. Fit the other cap to the brake fluid

reservoir and find somewhere to
lightly wedge the bottle in. I wedged
mine between the brake fluid reservoir
and the engine steady, perched on the
clutch cover.

5. Once all the caps are tightly done up

you need to get one of the wheels 3
you have removed and place it at the
front of the car. Using a foot pump, or
pressure gauge, let some air out of the
tyre until the pressure reaches 20psi.

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For the late dual line system the order

should be: passenger rear, driver rear,
passenger front, driver front.
The general rule of thumb is to start
with the wheel furthest away from where
the brake fluid begins, and work your
way back towards it. For alternative
brake systems refer to Haynes manual.
You can either jack up the rear and do
the rear wheels first and then jack up
the front and do the front ones, or place
the whole car on axle stands.

7. Place a drip tray underneath the

first wheel, and, using a 5/16” AF
or 7mm spanner/socket, slowly undo the
bleed nipple. As fluid begins to flow,
ensure the drip tray is catching the
fluid. Open up the nipple further and
watch the fluid as it pours out. Look for
any bubbles of air in the fluid. This will
be noticible in the flow of the fluid. If
it stutters or the flow is not constant,
there is air still in the system. Keep the
bleed nipple open until the flow of fluid
is constant and uninterrupted. Allow
the fluid to flow for as long as necessary
until you are satisfied the fluid flow is
constant. When you see this, nip up the
bleed nipple.

At this stage, go back to the engine

bay and check to see how much fluid
is left in the bottle. If it is needing a
top-up, remember to disconnect the air
pipe from the tyre before unscrewing the
bottle cap. Top up the fluid, replace the
cap and reconnect the air pipe to the tyre.

Repeat step 6 for the other rear wheel.

8. Once the rear wheels have been

bled, again, check the bottle and top
up if necessary. Then move the drip tray
to the passenger side front wheel. Using
a 7/16” AF or 11mm socket/spanner,
slowly undo the bleed nipple. Fluid is
likely to leak down the calliper here so
try and be prepared. Alternatively, we
made a funnel from the top of an old
bottle to help direct the fluid. You can
also use a bit of piping or rubber tube if

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you can find the right size.
Again, watch the fluid for a consistent
and constant flow, and then close the
bleed nipple.
Repeat this for the driver’s side calliper.

9. When all the wheels have been bled

go and disconnect the Eezibleed
kit. Remember to detatch the air pipe
from the wheel first. Then unscrew
the bottle cap and place the bottle to
one side. Then remove the brake fluid
reservoir cap. Place the original brake

fluid reservoir cap on and go and test
the brake pedal. Ideally the brake pedal
should feel stiff with little travel. If you
find the pedal moves significantly, or
you have to pump the pedal to get any
pressure in the pedal, you will need
to go through the whole process again
until the pedal travel is minimal.
It is also worth noting that the seals
in the brake master cylinder can perish,
causing air leaks into the system. This
can also make the brakes feel ‘spongy’.

Check this by watching for air bubbles
in the brake fluid reservoir (with the cap
still on) whilst pressing the brake pedal.

10. Once you are happy with the

feel of the brake pedal, check to
ensure the bleed nipples are tightened
(not too much), and replace the spade
connectors on the brake fluid reservoir
cap. These connectors will illuminate a
button on the switch dashboard if the
brake fluid runs too low
- but really you should

check this every now and
again and before long

Haynes ref:
Sec 6.2; 9.2

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Replacing the numberplate
light housing by Pete Parmiter

This is a very simple job to do and only requires a Objective

screwdriver. At Castle Combe I picked up a silver light Change the
housing for my silver Equinox to replace my boring black one. numberplate
Here’s how I fitted it. housing on a
later Mini.

1 1. Start by unscrewing the

four screws holding the
lights in place - two on each
• Phillips
light. This will make it easier screwdriver
when removing the housing. • Replacement
light housing

2. Move in to the boot

and unscrew the three
screws holding the housing
10 minutes
in place. Make sure to hold
the old housing with your 1/10
other hand so it doesn’t drop
off, taking the lights with it. Cost
About £10 new

3. Pull away the rubber

surround and gently
take the lights out, the
old housing can now be

discarded, the new housing
can now be fitted start by
re-attaching the lights then
the screws in the boot.

2 4. And it should look

something like this.
There we go, a new light
housing fitted
in the space of

five minutes
and it looks
much better
than the old

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Diagnostic a job on your Mini, why not
Indicator fa ilu re take some pics along the way
1991 Carb’d Subm it your articl
by Craig McBeth

and send them in with some

into the
th e sItuAtiOrsndon’t activate when the indi
r stal k is switche
PROBLEM the Min i’s indicato
e’s how we diag nose
owin g edie
you dhowit. it is rea
d the fault and rem lly done. simple steps.
Indicators have ‘on’ position. her
dIy TecH III single bulb not flas
stopped working
Ch eCk
then we wou
beg un our investig
ld hav e
ation And if you really want
th e fuse 35a mp
there - checking
In our case the
fuse for the indicato
Upgrade your ear wir ing, socket
ly spec
and bulb.
to show off your skills and
TiME TO fix MINI door checkhAs An ythI ng
30 minutes
and also the brak
lights, had blow n.

by Andy Simpson
Ch Anged? roughly
knowledge, why not offer
After replacing it
activati ng the indi
it blew aga in. A blow
is acce
A s new models get
components you
‘old’ model spruced
updated with impr
ently we had
fitted aoved
might find you wan
stereo to the
t yourhad obv
i, and
lys with later ones.
something a little more taxing.
fuse onc e up with some new Removaleof the door
cOsT som
been play ing with
lem too. er bits panel is also requ
but twice is a prob
Here we look at replacing changing door hand ired for
hAzA rd
£5-£6 early style it les and front spea
ating. wires. doorIn this case kers.
that needs investig see if
Because the indi cato rs
WA rn Ing LIght wor th look ing to

there were any exp
and brake llights Replace early specswitch in
use a multimeter
the same fuse, whe
n we MIN
fuse we strap
flipI ping
ours case
door check vated all
with later ectl y.
wires or con nection
that were cau sing
1. You need to remo
ve the
door panel. Hold ing
test ed each s ning ligh ts corr door panel to the
and follow the rs war
foun d ther e frames are

Had trouble diagnosing a

cato t. We
activated the indi this esta blished
that all shor four T30 Torx screws
current with the as either WHY e a couple of possibleclips.
and some
l and brake lights indicato r bulb s wer e wer
indicators on unti cau sing Smoo the
culprits and duly
cou ld have been
ther door
you find the fault . so the bulbs
the problem.
wor action and
not at fault. had
e ctive
a them with insu latin
2. Using a sma ll flat-
screwdr iver, remo
door hand le surround ve the
niggling issue? We will go
that might by pryi ng
ut any wiring jobs
tOOls it off where the two
k abo
through the steps of sourcing
T30 Torx
blown. For screw
caused a short. Use
driver meet, or in the midd
to see if they have haveladed
Smal l flat-b le of the
Check your fuses ls wire s. long side of the surr
el, the top fuse had blown, which dea screwdriver
tape to cover any exp ose d ound.
my mod Larde flat-b
and brake lights.
the problem and how to rectify
with the indicators

Dremel-type tool
drill with bits

20 minutes it with you.

AlternAtive metH


About £20 each side

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Upgrade your early spec

MINI door check straps
by Andy Simpson

A s new models get updated with improved

components you might find you want your
‘old’ model spruced up with some newer bits
check straps with later ones.
Removal of the door panel is also required
for changing door handles and front speakers
too. Here we look at replacing early-style door if you want to do combine a few jobs.

Replace early spec
1. You need to remove the
door panel. Holding the
door panel to the frames are
MINI door check
straps with later four T30 Torx screws and some
items clips.

Smoother door
opening action and
2. Using a small flat-head
screwdriver, remove the
door handle surround by prying
more attractive it off where the two circles
meet, or in the middle of the
Tools long side of the surround.
• T30 Torx
• Small flat-bladed

• Large flat-bladed
• Dremel-type tool
or drill with bits

20 minutes


About £20 each side

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3. Next, with the small screwdriver,
very carefully pry out the reflector
at the other end of the door to reveal a 6
screw. Unscrew this.

4. Using a larger flat-bladed

screwdriver, slide it into the front of
the armrest to press a hidden tab and
release the bolster, exposing another

5. Remove the three other Torx screws

in the door bezel.

6. Using the large screwdriver, pry the

bottom of the door panel out and lift
it away.

7. 7
You need to remove the speaker.
Four Phillips screws hold it in place.

8. This will give you access to

drop the old checkstrap out
and put the new one in.

9. The rubber dustcover needs

9 10
to be lifted off the bolts on
the door.

10. Undo the two bolts

on the door and the
one on the A-post.
12. I used a Dremel tool to
enlarge the hole in the
door, to allow the new checkstrap
to fit through. Paint the bare

11. Now withdraw the

checkstrap out of the
speaker hole.
metal so it doesn’t rust. Refit the
three bolts, don’t forget to slide
the dustcover onto the checkstrap
before you bolt it in place.

11 13. Pop the dustcover

over the bolts and
clean up. Job done.

13 14. The new ones look a

lot stronger than the
old. They are a lot smoother
and the door seems
to move more
like a quality
car rather
than an old

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1991 Carb’d Indicator failure

Mini by Craig McBeth


Indicators have The Mini’s indicators don’t activate when the indicator stalk is switched into the
stopped working ‘on’ position. Here’s how we diagnosed the fault and remedied it.

Tools Check single bulb not flashed

then we would have
None the fuse begun our investigation
In our case the 35amp there - checking the
Time to fix fuse for the indicators, wiring, socket and bulb.
30 minutes and also the brake
lights, had blown.
Difficulty After replacing it and Has anything
1/10 activating the indicators, changed?
it blew again. A blown Recently we had roughly
Cost fuse once is acceptable, fitted a stereo to the
£5-£6 but twice is a problem Mini, and had obviously
that needs investigating. been playing with some
Alternative Because the indicators
wires. In this case it was
method and brake lights use the Warning Light worth looking to see if
Use a multimeter same fuse, when we Flipping this switch in there were any exposed
and follow the tested each new fuse we our case activated all wires or connections
current with the activated the indicators warning lights correctly. that were causing a
indicators on until and brake lights as either This established that all short. We found there
you find the fault could have been causing the indicator bulbs were were a couple of possible
the problem. working. So the bulbs culprits and duly covered
were not at fault. Had a them with insulating

Check your fuses to see if they have blown. For Think about any wiring jobs that might
my model, the top fuse had blown, which deals have caused a short. Use insulation
with the indicators and brake lights. tape to cover any exposed wires.

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tape. A new fuse was
fitted and tested. The
Flasher unit behind the dash in its holder.
Flasher unit
fuse didn’t blow this Following the loom
time, but there were still through the bulkhead
no lights. it feeds into the area
behind the dials.
Loom Fortunately for me, my
Mini didn’t have a dash
inspection fitted at the time, so I
At this stage it is time could easily pull out the
to look for any physical dials to inspect behind
damage or shorting them.
along the wiring. Here the indicators
Looking in the engine feed into a small silver
sher unit.
bay inspecting the wires box (rectangular in this Front and back of the fla
and connections from case, but is also circular
car uses another
the indicators to the or black), this is the
flasher unit
main loom which feeds flasher unit. To check - for the hazard
into the bulkhead, there to see if this was the warning lights
was no obvious sign of problem we needed to - this could
damage or connection use another flasher unit. explain why the
issues. Again, fortunately this
Check all along the loom from the steering
column through the bulkhead to fusebox, and
from fusebox to indicators. Check for any
breaks or damage and do a ‘wiggle’ test.
hazards work, but not
the indicators.
This second flasher unit
is located in the engine
bay by the passenger
side bulkhead. Removing
this, after making note
of which wire connects
to which connector, I
replaced the dashboard
flasher unit with this
one. After trying the
indicators, everything
was working as it should
- problem solved. And
the culprit - a dodgy
flasher unit. A quick trip
to Somerford Mini and
£5 later and the hazards
were back wired up and
in working order.
r unit in plac
New flashe

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Back on
the road
Three years after purchase, Bruce
Craig McBeth finally hits the roads of the UK.

here’s so much to charged £35, rather than thought. Don’t fail me on
tell it’s hard to know £54. The inspector took welding. I took time to
where to start. his time to check it over calm down a little and
Anyone who followed while I waited nervously politely asked to speak
my previous diaries in in the viewing gallery to the tester and we
Mini Magazine will have observing his every move discussed the welding and
probably got to the point and mentally working out acceptable standards. He
1991 Rover where it was all welded what he is checking and was trying to tell me that
Mini Cooper up and i was putting it all whether I had made sure it the outer sills had to be
Spec: Carburrettored back together last year. was working. seam welder, rather than
1275cc A-Series It was slow progress, as All done and it spot welded. Not wanting
with Stage 1 kit, tends to be my way, but I had failed. It wasn’t to be rude or get him
Falken Ze912 finally got the engine back
tyres. Standard
in, wired up and the car No, no, no, no , no, I
running thanks to some
Now named Bruce,
he has been in my
local friends, and in the thought. Don’t fail
new year it was just a case
ownership since
2007 and was my
of fixing the few bits that me on welding
first car. would fail the MoT.
Bought for a Come MoT day and I completely unexpected, offside, I explained that
bargain with tax was bricking it. Imagine, but disappointing. More the Minis were spotwelded
and MoT he needed three years of hard work, worringly though was like that originally. He said
serious welding to learning as you go along what he had failed it on. he’d look in to it and I set
get through the and this would be the A few little jobs, like high off for the minor fixes. The
next test. culmination of whether emissions and lightbeam retest was the next day - a
Friends from you had done it right angles, but the one that Sunday would you believe.
Wiltshire Avon Mini
or not. I was looking almost stopped my heart The retest went fine, the
Owners (WAMO)
to keep costs down so was the one questioning tester accepted the welding
helped out and the
mechanicals were found an online deal at a the welding on the sills! and the Mini has been
rebuilt (except the Kwik Fit station that only No, no, no, no no, I working hard ever since.
engine) before
finally passing a
retest in March 2010. cmcbeth

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exchange surcharge of about
Bruce made it Brighton
and back without a hitch. £40, however, once I took the
His first long-haul steering column off it was
trip. Good boy. clear that it was the teeth
on the column, not the rack
that were worn. Well, worn
is a bit of an understatement
- they were comepletely
absent. Looking at the price
for a new column I wasn’t
too happy, but then as ‘they’
say - eBay is your friend, and
I managed to get one for £15
including delivery.
Once arrived it took about
half an hour to fit and the
Mini felt like brand new with
its characteristic responsive
steering - something I had
obviously been fully missing
out on since the rebuild.
I’ve also been having
regular problems with a
wheel leaking air, so bought
a pair from a local guy,
hoping to solve the problem,
however one of these fails
to hold air too, so I’m
considering getting a can of
Anyone who says you can’t London to Brighton I had a
tyre weld and seeing if that
use a classic Mini as a family bottom damper arm pin snap
does the trick.
car has never tried, as I’m and had a mission to get that
As the winter has set in
happily fitting in my family of fixed in time, the top engine
I had a little spin whilst
four. Me, my wife, and Holly, steady keeps rocking loose
exiting a roundabout a little
3, and Anekin, 1. so I want to get an Ultimate
too fast, but no harm, no foul
Steady, now the water pump
and I’ll note that down as a
is leaking so I’m having to top
Catching up up the water before every trip
learning experience.
In a quick round-up to bring while I wait for a replacement,
you up-to-date the Mini and the clutch slave cylinder Torbay Minis found space for Bruce at
has been excellent, and not is knackered. I’ve managed to the Bristol Mini Day show.
broken down once (thank overcome this temporarily by
god), but there have been bleeding the slave cyclinder
issues - as you would expect. and topping up on fluid, and
A couple of days before that seems to work for a
couple of months.
SNAP - the lower More recently
damper arm pin though I was
lodged in the experiencing some
damper. play in the steering
wheel. I thought
this was a problem
with the rack and
possibly a couple of
teeth sheering off. I
got a reconditioned
rack from APB for
about £26, plus an

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Norman Nelson On the railroad run

Rolling with the Shasta Minis for a cruise,
evening booze and some awesome views.

his past summer well, so we reserved
we drove a caravan one so we could
of MINI/Minis to cook our smores
Penticton BC Canada for and marshmellows
Pooper Mini Meet West 2010. This over a campfire.
was a 2500-mile round trip Friday night we
& Pynt Syz and our Minis ran great. enjoyed dinner at the
2004 MINI Cooper S We are busy each month Railroad diner in the
1973 Mini Cooper
with runs throughout park. A very good
I am 59 years old, Northern California. meal! After dinner Our Minis parked in front
retired, living in We had our Railroad Park we headed to our spot of our cabooses.
Shasta in northern weekend, and this recently in the parking lot and
California, USA. I am we ran the mountain roads dragged out the chairs
married to Jesse. We outside of Oroville. and Karaoke machine
are the proud owners Once again the Mt and sang well into the
of two Minis and we
Shasta Minis were up night.
are baby-sitting a
to their old tricks. We Saturday morning started beach.
3rd named Kruezr for
three years. began our Railroad Park with a run up to Mt Shasta After our run and
Pooper is my Resort Run by checking for breakfast at the Black lunch we returned to
2004 MCS (R53) that into the park on Friday Bear Diner. That’s where the Railroad Park Resort
has been highly afternoon. This resort has we met up with several to hang-out at the pool,
modified. I drive converted Cabooses that other members. We then socialise, and sip a cool
it mostly for Mini were positioned around headed off to Dunsmuir beverage. Castle Crag
runs but I also take the grounds and pool and via back roads, stopping stands directly behind
it on track. Our spa. Each of us stayed for a short hike and visit the resort and provides
1973 Mini Cooper
in one and were able to to Hedge Creek Falls. Then spectacular scenic
is named “Pynt
pull our chairs into the it was off to to the Shasta background views. We all
Syz” and we have
stripped it down and parking lot for evening National Fish Hatchery, enjoyed the diner so much
removed all rust, and socials. There is camping and onto Lake Siskiyou for the night before that we
repainted. We added available at the resort as lunch and a visit to the decided to return again to
wheel fenders and
running boards and
a windup key.

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The beautiful deep blue Siskiyou Lake.

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on Fr unsmuir
iday w
the ga h

Jesse, Bob, and I

feeding the fish.

on Saturday night. Sitting directly along the

After dinner we pulled out cool Sacramento River the
our chairs and firewood and diner is a favourite spot for
headed to the campsite to MS-REME events. It’s easy to
tell spooky stories and roast hop on I-5 South for returning
marshmellows and smores. to the Sacramento or the bay
Sunday we departed the RR area.
Park and stopped at Penny’s The Subway Cave is not far
Diner for from the town
Parked up at the Sulfur Works
breakfast, of Old Station. at Lassn Volcanic Park.
then we could cook It’s a 1200ft-
continued long lava tube
on to SR- our smores over which formed
89 and a
drive for a campFIre around
a stop at around 30,000
Burney Falls. We hiked to years ago. That ‘something’
the far side of the falls and then drained away or
got some great views. After disappeared, leaving just the
about an hour we jumped hardened lava tube. Inside it
back into our Minis and is absolutely pitch black, so
headed off to Lassen Volcanic you’ll need a torch!
Further links
National Park with a visit to Finally we stopped at the www.waterfall
Subway Cave and dropping recently opened Kohm Yah- Overlooking Burney Falls.
down to the Riverside Bar & mah-nee visitor centre before www.ohranger.
Grill for dinner in Red Bluff. setting off for home. com/lassen-
Lounging around the pool at the At the base of
Railroad Park Resort. Burney Falls. http://gocalifornia.

Thanks to
The eerie
O2 Motorsports
Subway Cave. www.o2motor
7 Enterprises
Mini Mania

Donald flies again

After seven years off the road
the MkII is back.

Mark Gameson

ell, after seven out of his corner
years off the road in my parents
- due to Dumbo,
my Downton, taking up
garage. After I
had given him a
all my time and money - I bit of a clean and
Donald have finally got Donald, my taken the photos I
MkII, back on the road. put his battery on
& Dumbo
It all started back in charge for a while.
1969 MkII Super
May at Himley Hall. I To my surprise
Deluxe | 1999 Downton
Sport Touring
had always said that the after turning over
only alloys I would ever a few times he
I’m 30, from fit to Donald would be a fired up!
Worcestershire, UK, set of Dunlop D1’s. Well, I That was the
and have been in to found a nice set at Himley. final push I needed
Minis since I was They needed refinishing to get Donald ready
15/16 when I went to
but were nice and clean. for his first MoT in
my first Mini meet.
Donald is an Island
Well I couldn’t not buy some seven years.
Blue/Snowberry White them could I? This was The spring bank
1969 Morris MkII the initial spark to get me holiday weekend saw
Super Deluxe and is thinking that it was time me and my brother
my first Mini. I’ve to get him back on the Paul check all the
owned him since I was road. The second spark that vital bits for the
16. finally set the wheels in MoT and give it a
Dumbo is an motion was deciding that bit of service. With
Almond Green/ we wanted to refresh the the MoT booked
Snowberry White
club website, this meant I for the following the
1999 Downton Sport
Touring. I have owned
needed to get some decent Tuesday, at Car Care jobs sorted. While it was
him from new and is photos of Donald, so over Services Halesowen next to light and the roads quiet,
a genuine Downton the May Day bank holiday my works, surprisingly, it we decided to drop Donald
- one of two models weekends I dug Donald didn’t take too long to get off at the factory. As I
produced to celebrate
the Mini’s 40th
birthday. mark.gameson

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The Notts MINI Club were
more than welcoming.

friendly. I had a great time with some

absolutely fantastic roads and made some
good friends too. Two days later saw Dumbo
heading down the M5 for his annual trip
down to North Devon to take part in The
Legendary Grand Tour organised by The
North Devon Mini Register. This, for me, is
Dumbo mixes it up
the event of the year - 250 Minis, 100s of
with the big boys.
drivers and passengers, three days, 1000s
of spectators, Minis and drivers/passengers
hadn’t driven him for seven good. He also attended his in fancy dress raising money for a worthy
years I was imagining all first show in eight years at cause - Children’s Hospice South West. This
sorts of trouble on the 10-mile Cannon Hill Park. My brother year’s event was made even better by the
journey, but to my surprise Paul drove him as neither fact we had our own campsite. Both of these
the only issue I had was one of his Minis were working events are what Minis and MINIs are made
front drum was getting hot. at the time. Future plans for for and thanks go to everyone involved in
This soon cleared and I was Donald include getting those organising them.
able to enjoy driving Donald, Dunlop D1s refurbished and
who still has his original fitting discs upfront. Beautiful countryside, beautiful roads,
Hyrdolastic suspension and Meanwhile, Dumbo has beautiful weather, beautiful Minis.
drums all round. It was quite been enjoying going to
an experience after driving shows and the odd weekly
Dumbo for so long, with front shopping run and has been
discs and 4-pot callipers; and on two excellent Mini runs.
our everyday car has discs The first of these was
all round so you really do Nottinghamshire MINI
have to think about when you Club’s two-day invasion
need to stop when driving of Wales. Being the only
with drums. classic on the run to say I
To me and most of my was slightly nervous about
friends’ surprise Donald the reception I would get
passed! Since passing his was an understatement.
MoT I have used him locally Well I had no worries
when the weather has been there, everyone was really

Above: The closest most of us want

our Minis to get to saltwater.

Right: It’s for charridee mate

- give us your dosh.
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text intro


s one of the original new engine was also rotated all MINI models are fitted with
models launched in 2001, 180 degrees so that the exhaust BMW’s EfficientDynamics fuel-
the budget model MINI downpipes exited closer to the saving technology.
One received a facelift like the front of the car, preventing a Other changes for the MKII
other MINI Hatches in November heat build-up in the cabin. models include a racy start/stop
2006. When released for sale Available in 11 colours with button replacing the ignition
in January 2007 the refreshed a matching roof, the budget key, all gearboxes changed
car featured a new Prince 1.4- emphasis on the MINI One to six-speed auto or manual,
litre, 16v engine - a joint BMW/ means a lot of elements are cost lengthened front end and
Peugeot development - replacing options. However driving assists; restyled ‘half’ grille, indicators
the Tritec/Chrysler unit. MINI Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) moved inside headlights, larger
quotes this as producing 95bhp, (including Hill Assist) and iGR boot capacity.
with fuel economy of 53.3mpg - Brake Energy Regeneration,
and a top speed of 115mph. The come as standard. As of 2008

MINI One (2007-2011)

ENGINE: 1.4-litre, 16v
GEARBOX: Six-speed Getrag

POWER: 95bhp @ 6000rpm

TORQUE: 140Nm @ 4000rpm
TOP SPEED: 115mph
LUGGAGE CAPACITY: 160-680 litres
OPTION PACKS: ‘Salt’ and ‘Pepper’

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‘SALT’ option pack
Floor Mats in Velour Front Fog Lights
Passenger Seat Height Adjustment On-Board Computer
Storage Compartment Pack Interior Lights Pack

The MINI One comes with 15-inch steel
wheels with 175/65 R15 tyres as standard but
there are seven alloy options available from
the factory: 5-Star Spooler, 15-inch Rotator
Spoke, 16-inch 5-Star Blaster,16-inch Bridge
Spoke, 17-inch Crown Spoke, 17-inch Flame
Spoke, 17-inch Web Spoke.

Grille Lights
The MkII MINI grille Along with the restyle, the
has been redesigned indicators were moved to
and on the MINI sit inside the headlamp.
One comes with a The headlight unit is
chrome surround and now also fixed to the body
black centre, Below leaving an aperture in the
the bumper is a bonnet when opened. The
secondary grille. wheel arches are also now
The MkII also has fixed in place.
an extended front
end to offer extre
pedestrian protection.

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Rear end
The rear light cluster has been
enlarged with the new look of the
back end.
An extra 10-litres of boot
capacity has been engineered and
a third brake light at the top of
the rear window is also added.
The MINI One’s exhaust pipe is
very low-key and not very fancy.

‘PEPPER’ option pack

Leather Steering Wheel Heated Mirrors and Windscreen Washer Jets
Chrome Line Exterior On-Board Computer
Floor Mats in Velour Interior Lights Pack
Passenger Seat Height Adjustment 15-inch 5 Star Spooler Light Alloy Wheels
Storage Compartment Pack Basic Bluetooth Function with USB Audio
Front Fog Lights

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MINI One’s dashboard is still
pretty well equipped despite not
being as flash as other models.
The leather/wood steering
wheel is multifunctional and now
adjustable in both rake and reach.
A rev counter with digital speedo
sits behind the wheel and the radio
includes an MP3 compatible CD
Driver Stability Control (DSC)
helps assist with hills by keeping
the brake applied for two seconds
after being released.

Interior ABS, alarm, central locking,

The MINI One is fitted with electric windows, immobiliser
cloth upholstery as standard, and SPA Switch Point Display
and a black and silver trim all come as standard.
finish. The driver’s pedals The rear window comes
have been spaced further fitted with a wiper and washer,
apart in the MkII and the and is heated too. Tinted glass
footwell lights help to find helps reduce glare, and a
dropped items. stop/start button replaces the
Air conditioning, airbags, ignition key.

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love:mini challenge No.1 60 SMITHS

Driving fun in the spirit of the Mini


The challenge

• Starting at a
rolling 10mph,
reach 60mph in
the quickest time

The rules

• Timing must
start from when
What is it? travelling at 10mph
DISCLAIMER • Use a witness to
Safety is paramount M ost of us are a
bit competitive,
so in the name
better than your
mates, or anyone else
in the community
time the test and
watch the speedo
in any of these
of good fun and - then why not give • The road used must
challenges. Obey
bringing a little it a shot and earn be flat and straight
the road laws at
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all times and only
to the community, our leaderboard -
attempt a challenge we are setting something else we’ll
where the laws various Mini-related sort out later.
permit and after a challenges to see We’ve started with
safety assessment. who is the best in an easy one, but Entries
each test. some future tasks
love:mini accepts We haven’t quite may involve using Entries need to include
no responsibility for worked out a long- items such as cones. the following details to
any eventualities term format yet, so Put the challenge be accepted:
which may occur for the time being to your fellow
they are individual, enthusiasts at your • Challenge result
from attempting • Date of challenge
one-off challenges. next club meeting.
a challenge. All • Time of challenge
Bragging rights is If you have any
challenges are all that is on offer, suggestions feel free • Road name/no.
attempted at your but if you’re up for to get in touch, and • Driver name
own risk and it a challenge and remember - Safety • Car spec (engine
is up to you to reckon you can do First. size, cam, wheels,
determine whether non-stripped/
you have the skill stripped interior
level to attempt it Send your entries to us at • Name of witness.

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...of the MkIII Cooper S 10-inch Minilites
The MkIII Cooper S had a very £46.82 each
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want to draw much attention to it and steal
sales away from its more profitable new model 7.5-inch disc brakes
— the 1275 GT. £25.85 each
As such, the main elements of the MkIII View item
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some of the parts you can get to help you Callipers for 7.5-inch discs
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Street Spirit

North Gower road
One of South Wales’s hidden
gems of a road.

Suggested by Phil Jones

e all know Minis are at their
best when being driven. Sure,
it’s fun to rebuild, paint and
polish them, but the real thrill comes
from sitting behind the wheel on a
nice stretch of clear road.
Finding those nice sections of road
though, is becoming increasingly
difficult, so we thought we’d put the
question out to you guys to see what
roads you like the best.
Phil Jones says the B4271 North
Gower road in Wales is unbeatable,
“with more ups and downs than
Jordon’s breasts” — this we’ve got to
see, and from the photos you can see
how the wide open road beckons with
the panoramic views and blue skies.
The long stretch of road gives a
clear view of the route ahead enabling
Photos courtesy

you to judge each deviation with

accuracy and confidence. Littered with The Route of Llethryd where there is
a number of rises and falls, it’s a route The route along the North a Bronze Age burial site
that’s sure to thrill. SUBMIT
Gower road (B4271) starts named Tooth Cave.
Situated just west of Swansea on from the west of Swansea The road runs for six
the Gower Peninsula in Glamorgan, and Upper Killey, just north miles through arable land Spirit
it was the first area in the United of Swansea Airport and and is complemented with
Kingdom to be designated as an Area Fairwood, and leads west a number of rises and falls
of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956. to Llanrhdian. The road which add to the pleasure of
passes through the village some spirited driving.

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Hook up with other
Mini friends on your
favourite games

itie s
Extra curricular activ
Robbie Kenning

Derek ‘Delboy’

Aaron Pike

Alex ‘Heals’ Healey

Forza 3 Chris ‘Indy’

MINI league

MFer, Craig Jarrett, will turn
has thought of a great up for the
way for MINI and party and go head-to-head.
motorsport fans from all Imagine Stephen Colbran
over the world to have fun (MW) vs Jeff Ruggles (MM),
together - MINI racing on and no doubt we’d join in
Forza Motorsport 3. just to mix it up and try
Having already run a some Schumacher-esque
similar league with Forza 2, ramming.
Craig is keen to make this Even better, maybe we
league bigger and better could get some real MINI
than ever before. Challenge drivers from the
Anyone with an XBox360 various series’ from around
and Xbox Live is welcome the globe to sign up and
to join in, and such is put the virtual masters up
Craig’s dedication to the against the real-life racers.
game that he has spent It might not be as accurate
numerous hours designing and precise as the awesome
a heap of liveries. GT Legends, but it sure is
Craig says he uses his accessible to whole host of
John Cooper Works design people who have XBox Live.
for his own car (above Craig is just testing the
right), but has spent time water at the moment to see
layering graphics to create how much interest there
the Mr Bean car (also above is in the idea, but it sure Interested? Find it on Facebook
right), a TMF-branded car, sounds fun to us and with Register your interest by
which he says took him the cold, dark nights setting joining the group or get
the longest to do, as well in, it could be just the tonic in touch with
as magazine-branded cars. to get your Mini driving fix Craig Jarrett.
We wonder whether they whilst tucked up in the warm.

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OK, who forgot to
lock the closet with
my Iron Man suits

It’s been a long five years
since the last full Gran
Turismo release, but
here it is, exclusively on
the PS3 and competing

against its Xbox rival is the season to be still a lot better than a lot
Forza 3. jolly, because all of the pap on the shelves at
GT’s strength has always the good summer the moment. And with the
been its breadth and films come out on DVD and lovely Gemma Arterton on
depth, and this offering a few winter blockbusters show before retiring from
is no different with over are expected at the cinema. Hollywood, it makes for an
1000 cars included and a Jake Gyllenhaal’s first enjoyable night in. Yum yum.
host of new options. proper turn at something Iron Man 2 had a hard
Where Forza has tried more action-packed has act to follow, and it puts up
to imitate GT with an reaped postiive reviews as an admirable fight to be as
arcade feel, GT itself has the Prince of Persia. Gamers good as the original, just
remained focused on the of all ages will be familiar falling short.
the format, which mixes Downey Jr is brilliantly
elements of Aladdin and witty and Mickey Rourke
Tomb Raider together. puts in a star turn as Iron
Plotting relatives and Man’s nemesis, but despite
backstabbing in a quest for a great soundtrack from
power pretty much sums it AC/DC you can’t help
realism and simulation up, and to be honest it was feeling it’s lost its cutting
elements. While the just a tad disappointing, but edge in the plot department.
graphics in the new game
look a bit dated, and the
online multiplayer quickly SAW 3D JACKASS 3D
rushed for the deadline, You should know You laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll
it’s elements such as what to expect hurl again. Yes, the kings
the random course by now from the of crude are back, and true
seventh SAW to form, they are jumping
configurator that turns
film, but now on the 3D bandwagon,
rallies into heart-stopping meaning those stunts are
it’s in extra
unpredictable drives. scary 3D!! gonna look even sicker!

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Notice b o a r SUBMI

My N

e-m i n i.c
o. k
its and bobs.
Your messa g e s a n d ot h e r b
for stolen
Births, Deaths & Marriages
club Births
changes, Millie J Whitfield  08/06/2010
company Melody May Woodhouse18/05/2010
offers, Deaths
advertise Daryl Turner (aka Taffy1967) This is a message for everyone to keep an
Mini-  22/05/2010 eye out for this Mini! It belongs to one of the
related John Dogza 01/06/2010 members of Central Mini Owners’ Club and was
Mick Walsh (aka GP Mick) stolen on the evening to early hours of Monday
jobs, births,
May 24 - Tuesday 25.
deaths and  08/07/2010
It’s a black Mini, vents in the bonnet,
marriages Sportpack arches with side skirts, deseamed
Send front, a red checkered roof, red leather interior
birthday, and rear numberplate under the bumper with
good the reg F722 POY.
Vicky is desperate to get Gert back, and with
luck or
so many defining features it should be quite
anonymous Club Announcements easy to spot. If you see it, call the police.
personal New Leicestershire-based Mini club
messages - 4th Gear Mini Club. www.facebook.

On June 2, TMF member
- minispaniard had an
accident. Read the full
thread here.
“We were overtaking
a lorry on the A12 (near
Colchester) when the Audi
A6 in front of us slammed Please keep your eyes peeled for this Mini
on his brakes. I tried to which was stolen from the Watlington Norfolk
squeeze between the Audi area over the weekend 21-23 May, whilst the
and the central barrier... owners were away in Germany at the IMM.
but hit him on the driver’s It was seen being towed away on Friday 21 by
side rear corner and with a white Transit with yellow writing on the side,
both cars spinning we although it’s believed they had stolen the keys
hit the lorry while going aswell. They presented themselves as plumbers.
backwards. It’s Salmon Pink with a white roof and rear
I’m glad we had bucket spoiler, bonnet vent, mTech bodykit, blacked out
seats and harnesses. I
windows, black wheels. Reg: P837 UBH.
can´t fault the strength of
Again, it’s pretty distinctive, so if you ever see
the Mini and how it held
it, get on the phone and give the police a call
both impacts.

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Just for fun
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This may be the best excuse ever to be early for work. Our friend Neil from northern England was the first to
his office one morning, and he decided use his MINI Cooper to create a picture in a snowy parking lot. Neil
wasn’t trying to send his boss a message or make a statement about global warming, he just saw a patch of
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Coming up... Mini Fair, January 30

event preview

Date  January 30
Location  Bingley Hall, Staffs,
 ST18 0BD
Price £9
Highlights  Win a Mini for £1

he British Mini Magazine (as sponsors) and tend to get lost in amongst
Club’s Mini Fair has MiniWorld generally attend. the crowd.
become the traditional In recent years the British As usual with a British
opening event to the Mini Mini Club has welcomed Mini Club event, there
season. MINIs into the fold, and are will be the highlight of
Every January, thousands housed in an annex of the the day, when everyone
of enthusiasts flock to main hall. gathers around The British
Staffordshire County As punters line up at Mini Club’s stand in eager
Showground to peruse the the entrance there will be anticipation to hear the
wares available from a Minis for Sale outside as numbers drawn for Win a
large selection of traders. well as a fair amount of Mini for £1 raffle. Every
Over 100 traders turn out them in the car park too. show we buy a ticket, but
for this fair, from new parts Despite the trade still no luck, although we
retailers to breakers with emphasis of the event, do know some people who
a heap of dirty and used Mini clubs tend to go all have won twice! With the
bits. Whether its a set of old out with their stands, club regularly spending up
original Cosmics or a some and it’s no surprise when to £5k for a pristine and
new shiny alloys, they’ll the BMC is offering £250 highly desirable car, with
most likely be here. for the Best Club Stand. low mileage, some people
The top names always Check the club’s website attend just for the raffle!
turn out for this one with for more information on All in all, the MiniFair
Minisport, Huddersfield 2011’s theme. It’s also a is a great way to start the
Spares and Somerford great opportunity to attract new year, bump into old
Mini having a dominant new members and show off friends and pick up some
presence. While both Mini personal Minis that might more goodies for your Mini.

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Calendar of events Event

April 29-

May 2
Mini Splash
Comprehensive listings from around the globe Dash
January 1 March 19 taking in a range
New Year’s Day Parade Northumberland of activities from watersports to
Start the year as you mean to go Borders Rally treasure hunts.
on by joining in London’s famous Closed-club Mini rallying with £15
New Yea’s Day parade. Some of the Mini Cooper Register in the Cumbria
the bigger London Mini clubs Newcastle and Durham area. Booking form
will be getting involved. info@northumberlandbordersrally.
www.northumberlandbordersrally. April 29-
January 16 May 2
Wirral to Llandudno Riviera Run
Pack the Thermos and scarf for March 27 A Mini run to Newquay for a
this refreshing run from the Brooklands Mini Day weekend at Trevelgue Holiday
Wirral along the north coast of The first outdoor Mini show of Park, Newquay, Cornwall.
Wales to Llandudno seafront. the year and a chance to test Caravan hire for 3-days £27.50pp
Bookng form your engine on the historic track’s Test Hill.
Brooklands Museum, KT13 0SL May 2
January 13-16
East Midlands Mini Show
Autosport International Trade show and Mini display.
See the latest and best APRIL 8-10 About £8
motorsport goods and cars on South West Mini Brakes Thoresby Park, Newark, Notts.
show at the NEC. Combe Martin, North Devon. NG22 9EP
From £30 Second weekend in April. Tents
Birmingham NEC, B40 1NT - £30. Tents with Electric hook up - £54. Statics and Chalets - £160. May 4-8
Site club house and bar, live
26 January - 2 February entertainment, daily Mini runs.
Dutch Mini Rally
Annual Mini run with organised
Rallye Monte Carlo Historique
by some Dutch guys. This yeat
Take on the famous Col de Turini they’re off to Germany.
in winter weather and retrace the April 10
trackmarks of rallying legends. Malvern Mini Show
Undercover trade fair with Minis MAY 22
on display. Great for any final Mega Mini Meet 2011
project purchases. Charity event organised by
JANUARY 30 About £7 the LMR at Lytham Hall, in
Mini Fair 2011 The Malvern Showground, Lancashire. Entry Fee £5.00
British Mini Club’s first big Worcestershire, WR13 6NW
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outing of the year is more of
a trade show to pick up those
final bits for projects before the April 17 May 30
Suffolk Run Knebworth Mini &
About £8 VW Show
Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Bury Mini Club’s annual charity
jaunt along the north Anglian Minis and Vee-Dubz share a
Showground, ST18 0BD patch at Knebworth for a retro-

! coast. cool day.
Knebworth, Herts. SG3 6PY
February 25-27
April 24 Check
Race Retro
H2H Run each
The biggest historic motorsport
HAMOC’s annual charity run
June 10-12
show in Europe offers fresh goods
from Huntingdon to Hunstanton event’s IMM 2011 Switzerland
and plenty of entertainment.
gets bigger every year. Official Berner Mini Club is hosting
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry,
CV8 2LZ £5. website 2011’s International Mini Meet
in St. Stephan. There is plenty Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire for any planned and facilities for families.
changes. €60

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