Mini Magazine Summer 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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Welcome to our very special Mini 60 Anniversary issue! We've added 32 extra pages which has allowed us to explore a little more of the Mini's history, not least the origins of tuning and styling. For newcomers, we also thought it was an appropriate time to include a guide to buying a Mini - despite the Mini reaching its diamond anniversary, its universal appeal never wanes, and we continue to inspire and welcome new enthusiasts to the fold. Long may it continue! Talking of inspiration, on the cover this month is Mark Burnett's wonderful historic race prepared Austin Countryman. You'll no doubt be wondering why an Estate should have been chosen as a base for a racecar, and there's a fascinating story behind it - see page 12. It's an incredible…

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estate of the art

It goes really well. It’s mental. It’s mega!” Mark Burnett laughs. This time last year, the racing driver and MD of Burlen Ltd had no plans to build and race a 1964 Mini Countryman... but with the first race under his belt he’s unstoppable. “In some ways, the first race at Goodwood Members Meeting was a bit of a test. I was shocked that it went as well as it did. Knowing the calibre of people that I was up against I really didn’t expect to get into the final, but we did! We didn’t finish but it didn’t matter. That’s racing!” So the real question has to be, why choose to race a Countryman? “I’ve always made no secret of liking the odd stuff. I like to be different,” says Mark.…

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appendix k racers

For a car to be eligible to race in historic motorsports events it must adhere to the very exact ‘Appendix K’ specifications. These are published (and updated) by the FIA on a yearly basis. Appendix K regulation cars are also required to have a Historic Technical Passport in order to compete in historic touring car racing or rallying. This document includes details about the car, as well as proving that the car has been assessed by an acknowledged expert who confirms that the car complies with the regulations. With your HTP, in place you can compete all over the world, safe in the confidence that the other cars are built to the same spec. Any modifications must be true to period (meeting the same spec as any works cars built…

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tech spec

BODY Standard 1964 Mini Countryman shell fully restored and built by Owens Fabrication, Tartan Red paint, original mirrors and grille. ENGINE Swiftune 1293cc Appendix K race engine. Kent cam. Twin H4 SU carbs. Maniflow reverse cone megaphone exhaust with interchangeable straight through pipe/rear silencer. Power 130 bhp. SUSPENSION Rubber cone. Rear anti roll bar. TRANSMISSION Swiftune race spec four-speed manual. BRAKES 7.5 inch Cooper S discs, AP calipers. WHEELS AND TYRES Minispares 10 inch Rosepetals with Dunlop CR65s INTERIOR OMP steering wheel, custom Corbeau driver’s seat (trimmed to match the original), 6 point rollcage, custom dash, FIA fire extinguisher, race spec battery, Owens custom alloy fuel tank and cover, wide angle rear view mirror, Owens switch panel, Owens alloy gear knob.…

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world record attempt for 60

The British Motor Museum are hosting a Classic Mini Guinness World Record Attempt on Saturday 3 August. Organisers are looking for over 600 Classic Minis and variants to come along and help spell out the phrase ‘Mini 60’. This will be filmed from the air providing evidence which will be submitted in pursuit of a new Guinness World Record. All Classic Minis (produced between 1959 and 2000) are eligible along with Mini variants such as the Clubman, Countryman, Moke, Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet. You can take part in the World Record Attempt for just £7, which includes displaying your car and Museum admission for the driver and 1 passenger. If you neeeded any more encouragement, the Museum are also running a special offer whereby if you enter your Classic Mini…

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fill the hill with minis

• On 25th August - the day before the official 60th anniversary - the Diamond Mini Tour will run through Birmingham to the historic Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb. The 70 road mile scenic tour starts at the National Motorcycle Museum and runs past the Longbridge factory site and then onto Shelsley Walsh where the festivities will take place. The Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb is the oldest motorsports event in the world to have been staged continuously (excluding times of war) on its original course, making it the perfect location to celebrate Mini’s diamond anniversary! Once you are at Shelsley you can expect live 1960’s music, a ‘Best of the Mini’ film show, star cars, VIP drivers, trade stands and displays. Camping is available for the weekend. The event is supporting Acorns Children’s Hospice and Midlands…