BMC Abingdon Reunion

We were delighted to be asked by Mini Sport to come along to their BMC Abingdon Reunion. The event took place at the 2019 IMM in Bristol. Chris Harper of Mini Sport had organised the event. Firstly he wanted to bring together as many surviving members of BMC’s Competition and Special Tuning Departments. And secondly, as many ex-Work’s Mini Cooper S rally cars as he could. Chris asked us to attend with the John Rhodes Mini Cooper S. In addition, we brought our FIA Appendix K Mini race car. The Appendix K Mini was built with support from Mini Sport. It features in our book ‘How to Prepare a Historic Racing Mini’.

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Cooper 70th Anniversary at Prescott Hill with John Rhodes & Paddy Hopkirk

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’.

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Mini Cooper S GPH1C prepped for track use

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.

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