Mini Magazine May 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

7 min
get shorty

One of John Kimmins' earliest memories is of piling into a deseamed Mini (both parents, two kids, all of their camping gear and a dog) to drive to the Isle of Man TT races. His Dad was an engineer and as a result, John was always fascinated by engines - modifying and rebuilding them from the age of 13. His parents had been into Minis for as long as he could remember. John always had the head off his Mum's MG Metro daily and was constantly playing around with it, so she barely got chance to drive it. This passion for engines has never faded, as is shown in his meticulous work. CROWD PLEASER The latest project from Specialist Components does more than simply showcase John's incredible engineering skills, it also proves…

1 min
tech spec

BODY 1965 MkI saloon. Shortened and roof removed. Windscreen and boot area cross braced and strengthened. Custom rear parcel shelf. Bumpers, grille and bright work all power-coated black by Aerocoat. One-off 3d printed bonnet badge. Body painted one-off grey with Specialist Components decals. ENGINE 1380cc A-plus with forged pistons, SC tough crank, and SC H-beam rods. SC Twin Kam conversion with a ported K1100 head. Billet throttle bodies. SC D400 engine management kit. Body coloured shaved cam cover. Power: 130bhp. TRANSMISSION Guessworks 'hybrid' four syncro A-plus gearkit in a magic wand casing. 3.44:1 four-pin diff, straight cut drop gears. SUSPENSION SC billet top arms, adjustable bottom arms and tie rods. Beam axle with SC billet radius arms at rear. SC billet rear hubs and handbrake quadrants. ProTech Shocks adjustable dampers. BRAKES SC Classic split…

1 min
pastures new for tech guru

After 20 years of operating from Malton, North Yorkshire, Calver Special Tuning are moving. Damico Engines Limited owner Darren Snelling and Calver Special Tuning’s A-series and Mini specialist Keith Calver have made the decision to join forces to boost productivity. Keith was impressed by Damico’s dyno facility over a decade ago, leading to the pair working together on a regular basis. Darren was looking to boost the potential of his company, and Keith wanted to devote more time to his own Minis, including his historic GT race car. Damico Engines is situated in East Harling, Norfolk, no distance from Snetterton racing circuit and specialises in top quality and successful racing engines for all marques as well as all manner of restorations, from classics to current. Damico supplies engines for the JCW MINI…

1 min
classic mini challenge

• In association with Clitheroe and District Motor Club, Fuchs Lubricants are supporting a new championship for classic minis. It was created to fill a void left by other championships, coordinator Chris Woodcock has devised a format with simple class structure and the highest quality asphalt rallies around the United Kingdom, for contenders to demonstrate their skills and abilities. The next round is on the 21st April on the Warcop Military Ranges in Cumbria. The second race in the championship took place on 10th March for the Tour of Epynt with the following results: 1st Jim Brindle / Sam Bould 1 hr 17:34, 2nd Rick Ford / Neil Macdonald 1hr 18:34 and 3rd Barry Stenhouse / Suzzana Whalley 1hr 32:40. Rick is currently holding top championship position after two rounds,…

1 min
swind e

• The Mini has been given an electrical update that combines a classic aesthetic with 21st century technology. Available to order immediately, the Swind E Classic Mini boasts nippy performance and sensational handling. It uses cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries to deliver a zero emissions top speed of 80 mph and a range of 125 miles. A full charge takes just four hours. Available in both left and right-hand-drive, in six primary body colours with contrasting roofs. Interior highlights include USB ports, heated leather seats and windscreen, and underfloor heating. Custom-build options include ICE and nav systems, power steering, a full-length sliding fabric roof and air con. Prices are from £79,000. The Swind E is the brainchild of Swindon Powertrain’s managing director Raphael Caillé. “The classic Mini has such a special place in people’s…

2 min
retro classics 2019

With Mercedes-Benz and Porsche as residents, Stuttgart in Germany already has fine credentials as a city for petrolheads. But from March 7-10, things were ramped up considerably as 90,000 visitors made their way to Messe Stuttgart exhibition centre for the 19th annual Retro Classics event. Make no mistake; this is a big deal, with over 4000 classic and collectible vehicles covering 140,000 square meters of show space – around three times the footprint of Rétromobile in Paris. As you would expect, Porsche and Mercedes featured heavily on their home ground, while Hall 4 was given a BMW theme for the first time. This included a host of motorspost cars including the first BMW racing car, and from their own collection, a 1959 Morris Mini-Minor to celebrate 60 years of the Mini. British…