Mini Magazine June 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

1 min

It certainly feels like the classic car world has come alive this month, and we‘ve been covering some miles. You’ll find reports from Brooklands Mini Day, the NEC Resto Show, the 77th Members Meeting at Goodwood, the AGBO Stages and we even got along to Bromyard Speed Festival to enjoy their recreation of the heist from the Italian Job which was wonderfully surreal and great fun. And of course, as the show season starts, we get to see the great projects that people have been working on over the winter. One newly finished Mini that you won’t have failed to notice (as it’s adorning the cover of this very mag…) is Stew Dixon’s incredible Minivan. This has been a very long term project, and it shows in the level of detailing that…

7 min

Gary Carr, who’s a long-time member of the Kendal Mini Club, has an association with Minis that goes back decades. To when he was a very young child in fact - a time when he used to spend many an hour playing in his grandfather’s Minis. “My grandad and I were very close,” explains Gary. “He had lots of Minis over the years, and I spent hours in them, imagining I was driving, hence my interest. In fact he gifted me his Clubman Estate on my 17th birthday to learn to drive in. I’d loved to have been able to keep this car but I’d only just started an apprenticeship and simply didn’t have enough money to insure it and keep it on the road. Sadly, I had to sell the…

1 min
tech spec

BODY Standard saloon shell with GRP flip-front and GRP Sportspack wheelarches. ENGINE Metro Turbo bored to 1293cc, Modified MPI cylinder head, Metro Turbo SU, Mazda Bongo intercooler, LCB manifold and straight-through stainless steel exhaust system. Uprated radiator. Power:125 bhp. SUSPENSION Coilovers, beam rear axle. TRANSMISSION Four-speed straight-cut with strengthened cross-pin diff. BRAKES Mini Sport 8.4in front disc conversion and Minifin rear drums. Servo. WHEELS AND TYRES 7x13 Supertrax satin black alloys Components wheels with 175/50/13 Yokohama A539 tyres INTERIOR Bespoke dashboard with extra instrumentation, Corbeau seats, four-point harnesses, rear cage.…

1 min
hang on a minute, lads

Alan Lewis proprietor of Mintro/ Padmore Garage in Worcester is a lifelong Mini enthusiast. He has a fascinating collection of Minis ranging from a very early MkI through to bike-engined racers, but tucked away amongst these, he also has two of the three press fleet 1992 Italian Job limited editions. The cars were available in three colours and had a host of unique features, including white Rover Cooper alloys, black bonnet stripes, Italian Job decal pack and a unique black interior with red piping. Alan would love to complete his collection with the red Mini, registration K101 BWK. Accordig to the DVLA website, the car is currently on SORN. The last Alan knew the car had been fitted with a Zeemax bodykit and Superlite alloys, and was obviously well cared for…

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mini: 60 years

• This hardback book is a fitting tribute to the car that, as we know, revolutionised automotive design and forged the path for the modern front-wheel drive car. This fascinating read is packed full of information, insight and personality. Illustrated with a wealth of pictures from historic photos to promotional images. It covers the whole history of the Mini, starting with Alec Issigonis’ original concept, right up to today’s models. Written by award-winning writer and automotive expert Giles Chapman, who’s known for editing Classic & Sports Car, writing no less than 50 books and being the founder of The Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Book of the Year Award. Whether you have expert knowledge or are a newcomer to the world of Minis, this attractive book is sure to teach you…

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belgian diamond mini run

• Taking place on the 21-22 September 2019. This exciting tour kicks off in Gent, East Flanders on the Saturday. Taking a touristic route through stunning landscapes, before driving to ‘Les Pays des Collines’ and the Flemish Ardennes. The Saturday concludes with a celebratory dinner. On the Sunday morning the group will take their Minis to the ‘Golden Classic Festival’ in Lauwe for classic cars, live music and entertainment. This brilliant event also marks the end of the weekend. The cost for the weekend is 200 Euros (for one Mini and 2 people). This includes breakfast, a sandwich and dinner on the Saturday, hotel with closed parking, breakfast at the hotel and show entrance for the Sunday, as well as a run plate, goodie bag and souvenir before you leave…