Had a great day Saturday at Prescott Hill for the 70th Anniversary of Cooper Car Company. The sun was out for the huge collection of Cooper racing cars from all formulas including Formula Junior, F3, F2, F1 and the old 500’s. Plenty of action on the hill too with most of the 500cc cars running along with a selection of others including a handful of Minis, Cooper’s T23, T39, T43, T59, T82 and a monstrous Cooper Daimler V8. John Rhodes, Paddy Hopkirk and Mike Cooper were present and all on good form. For display we took with us the Jim Russell Cooper MkX and the Mini Cooper S ‘GPH 1C’.
The ex-Cooper Works racing mini GPH1C is in the workshop this week in preparation for some serious track use this season. We have fitted a dashbar to the roll cage and replaced the aluminium panels with steel. The car has now been fitted with a extinguisher system from Lifeline, and will receive a new gearbox and limited slip differential from Swiftune. Watch this space for upcoming events.
We had a great time this weekend at the Brands Hatch Mini Festival. We brought down a couple of cars for display and even got to demonstrate them on the parade lap. John Rhodes Mini, GPH1C and our limousine were all very popular. The highlight was a lot of fantastic racing, especially from the FIA pre-66 cars with a cracking drive from AC/DC’s Brian Johnson. It was great to see lots of old friends and make some new ones. Lets hope this concept continues to grow and hopefully we will see you next year.