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Looking forward to the Goodwood Revival - 12-14th September

Looking forward to the Goodwood Revival - 12-14th September September 11, 2014 by Ian Wright

With the Goodwood Revival coming up this weekend, we thought we would share Ian's cherished classic with you!
The Mini brings a smile to virtually everyone’s face, but for those of us of a certain generation it often evokes memories of first cars or independence through use of a borrowed one!  Often overloaded, no seat belt laws until the early 1980s remember, it is a known fact that the Mini was yesteryear’s people carrier!

VML566G or “Velma” as she is affectionately known, started life in 1968 as a blue Mini 1000 Automatic.  She was registered in London to the offices of the Duke of Westminster!  
As you can see from the photographs, she bears no resemblance to those formative years now.  Rebuilt by a renowned Mini specialist during 2012/2013, she has been specified as Cooper S.  Whilst not a true replica, there are a mix of generations of components resulting in a very individual car - but one that Ian likes! Minis were always known for being modified; from the addition of wider wheels and different steering wheels to coach-built specials by the likes of Wood & Pickett. It was part of the car’s appeal that each one could be made unique - that and the fact that they drove so well and handled brilliantly.  Good ones still do! 

VML’s specification includes:                                                                       
1293cc tuned engine
Twin 1 ¼ SU carburettors
Cooper S twin fuel tanks – giving an 11 gallon capacity
Cooper S disc brakes & finned rear drums
Hi-Lo adjustable suspension
Spax adjustable shock absorbers                                   
Coil spring conversion
Dunlop 10” alloy wheels
Retro exterior door hinges
Full roll cage
Speedwell front seats
Smith’s rev counter
130mph Cooper S speedometer (steady Ian!)
Period reverse light

 

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