Mini Magazine March 2019

Mini Magazine: the perfect magazine for anyone who wants to get the best out of their classic Mini. Rammed with technical features, advice, inspirational feature cars and plenty of reader involvement. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

With Mini Fair just around the corner as I write this, it finally feels like the end to winter is in sight, Classic Minis will be awoken from their slumber and we can look forward to an exciting show season celebrating the Mini’s 60th birthday! But back to this issue, and as usual we’ve got a wide selection of feature cars. Firstly, with the World Rally Championship started, our cover star – Andrew Giles’ Mayfair-based rally replica – seems even more relevant. Turns out this car has been in Andrew’s Mini-loving family since 2004, and under Andrew’s ownership it’s been restored for a second time, with him choosing this rally theme. Elsewhere, we’ve got Matt Shardlow’s convincing MkI replica. Matt’s a MINI salesman by trade, but wanted his own Classic Mini project,…

8 min
acting on impulse

When it comes to buying cars, or parts for them, the old ‘rose-tinted specs’ have a lot to answer for. Most of us probably have a tale or two about getting caught up in the moment and leapfrogging the full attention a potential purchase deserves. Sometimes, as is the case for Dominic Lester, the fallout can re-shape a project entirely. Without the hurdles of rose-tinted decision-making, this TwinKam-powered B-road rocket might well have turned out differently. “All my logic went out of the window,” he smirks, as he tells us about his first encounter with the ’88 Mayfair back in 2013. “It looked shiny, made loud noises and seemed to be the fastest 998cc in the world. So I bought it, and it cut out three miles into the drive home.…

1 min
tech spec

BODY 1988 Austin Mini Mayfair, full bare metal restoration with new wings, sills and subframes, painted Porsche Mexico Blue with BMW black roof, Carbon Weezel carbon fibre bonnet, arches, light surrounds, moustache, petrol cap, mirrors and door trim, MkI-style front, heated windscreen, ABS rear louvres, LED headlights, yellow-tint spotlights. ENGINE Specialist Components 1310cc 8v TwinKam conversion, wedged crank, ACL Motorsport main bearings and big end bearings, Omega +40 forged pistons, MED Engineering steel con rods, ported cylinder head, ARP head studs, Specialist Components head gasket, Specialist Components 480cc injectors, compact alternator. TRANSMISSION MED Engineering straight-cut gear set, orange diaphragm, MED fast-road lightened clutch and flywheel assembly, X-pin diff, ARP diff bolt set. SUSPENSION Gaz adjustable shocks. BRAKES MiniSport four-pot callipers with 7.5-inch grooved discs (front), Minifin drums (rear). WHEELS AND TYRES Custom 10x7-inch Force Racing…

1 min
thanks to

Chris at Crafted Classics Tuning for sorting all the engine issues and getting it top notch. Cal and Trevor at CRM for putting up with all my requests and their hard work. My pals in Bostin Mini Club for helping with my stupid questions and lending a hand when I needed one. MED Engineering for the gears, bearings and pistons. Specialist Components for the conversion parts. Suffolk Fasteners for the nuts, bolts and washers. Biggest thanks to my wife Amy, for not divorcing me when she found out how much it actually cost.…

1 min
mokes in london for new year’s day parade

The Moke Club, plus the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club, represented the Classic Mini right at the start of its 60th year, by taking part in the annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival. According to the Moke Club, members from across the UK and their Mokes entertained the huge crowds who’d turned out on an unseasonally mild New Year’s Day. The route took them through Piccadilly, past Nelson’s Column and along Westminster, passing Big Ben. For more details about the Moke Club and its planned events for 2019, check out the website at:…

1 min
special edition revealed

• Following in the footsteps of special Classic Minis built to celebrate big birthdays such as the 25, 30, 35 and 40, MINI is kicking off its 60th anniversary year with the introduction of a limited-edition ‘MINI 60 Years Edition’ model. Based on the latest F56 Cooper S hatch, just 500 of this worldwide edition will be available in the UK. It’s finished in New British Racing Green paint, with a black contrasting roof, plus exclusive 17-inch light alloy wheels and unique MINI Yours Leather Lounge trim in Dark Cacao, with contrast seat stitching and piping matching the new exterior paintwork – an exclusive leather for this vehicle. Standard equipment includes Navigation Plus with the larger 8.8-inch touch display with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, concierge service and wireless charging. In…