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#1 275 GTB-4

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 04:24

There is a determined group of enthusiasts reviving the golden days of Super Mini racing in Australia. These little pocket rockets always put on a great show....here are some static shots of current racers.

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Next meeting is at Winton....www.wintonraceway.com.au...

The MRA season will kick off next year on Saturday the 3rd of February at Wakefield Park followed by the All British Day on the 25th of June & the third & last meeting will be in September. The September date will be confirmed at the first round.

Contact:
Brian Walden
MRA Co-ordinator
Phone 02 4774 2633
Fax 02 4774 2633
Email walden@walden.id.au
www.miniracingaustralia.com

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#2 cosworth bdg

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 04:54

How affordable are these cars for the average competitors.?

#3 Bruce R Moxon

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 05:05

Gee, those must be the series 4 Mini Coopers - with the Honda engines.

Affordable? Depends, I guess. BMC stuff is getting a bit expensive now, isn't it? Hence, no doubt, the move to more modern drivelines. Anyone know what happened to the rotary-powered one that Carey Tappets built? Complicated little device, with a VW gearbox and still had FWD somehow.



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Posted 28 October 2006 - 06:02

Are you aware that a Ford BDA engine can be fitted on to a BMC mini gearbox.........

#5 275 GTB-4

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 10:50

Originally posted by Bruce R Moxon
Gee, those must be the series 4 Mini Coopers - with the Honda engines.

Affordable? Depends, I guess. BMC stuff is getting a bit expensive now, isn't it? Hence, no doubt, the move to more modern drivelines. Anyone know what happened to the rotary-powered one that Carey Tappets built? Complicated little device, with a VW gearbox and still had FWD somehow.

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Hi Bruce...some of these devices have been around for decades so they may just have paid for themselves by now :lol: There are several classes involved including humble A-Series based where Nb/Nc cars can run....I will ask around about the rotary (the only rotary I recall was built by Paul Gulson - now up around the Cold Toast)....[edit: from BW...I believe that is the Hume brothers car & I was told it is for sale for something like twenty grand]

BMC is no more expensive these days than anything else....there is still a huge worldwide following which tends tio keep supplies up and prices reasonable).

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 11:19

Has there ever been a more universally loved race car?

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 11:35

Originally posted by HistoricMustang
Has there ever been a more universally loved race car?

Henry


Hah!! I suppose you could say Stangs and Camaro's are right up there....literally thousands of Minis have been raced worldwide (some were even put back on the showroom floor after :) )

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:21

Race Start! Race Start! Supermini Race....clean start...8 laps...

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Wakefield Park NSW Australia

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:51

Now I wonder what the big interest is in these for 275 GTB? ;) Are you thinking ahead here Mike?

Has there ever been a more universally loved race car?

As a one time 850 Mini owner, I would remove the word 'race' from this sentence :love: That was a great fun car.

My mum bought a 'Mini Deluxe' in my last year of school, windup windows, remote gearshift, 998 (or was it 1100?) - very civilised and good performer for its day. Good thing she never found out all that happened with and in that car ... :clap: :clap:

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 10:22

Good thing she never found out all that happened...... in that car ... :clap: :clap: [/B]



Perhaps a thread for us older individuals on exactly how this miracle was performed in some of these very small automobiles! Now, that would be some heritage for generations to come! :rotfl:

Our younger folks do not have a clue.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 10:57

Errgh..Hemm...I think I will just let you two older gentlemen reminisce about lost subtley of limb and body....and leave it at that :wave: ;)

[Ohhhh and yes...6' 3" and I'm in the club several times over....then there was the Morris Minor...both rear doors open....but, I digress :eek: ]

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 07:45

Originally posted by 275 GTB-4
[edit: from BW...I believe that is the Hume brothers car & I was told it is for sale for something like twenty grand]


Confirming today that the car is for sale in Melbourne....contact Brian Waldren for details :up:

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:47

two older gentlemen



Who is he referring to, other than Henry, I wonder? "Older", thats getting a bit personal GTB (I never said she bought it new, did I), "gentleman", well that almost gets you off the hook ... ;)

Btw Henry, that is wonderful serendipity in the name and the avatar :clap: - or is the 'Henry' a nom de plume' also?

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 21:40

Originally posted by GreenMachine


Btw Henry, that is wonderful serendipity in the name and the avatar :clap: - or is the 'Henry' a nom de plume' also?


I beg for translation. Keep in mind my roots are deep rural Georgia! :drunk:

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 23:06

Originally posted by HistoricMustang


I beg for translation. Keep in mind my roots are deep rural Georgia! :drunk:

Henry

...Can't say I ever met her.....;)

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 09:24

Translation :confused: What dialect to they speak in 'deep rural Georgia' (your English seems pretty good - for an American)? Or are we talking about the one that used to be part of the USSR?

To elaborate - Henry Ford - therefore Fords are known as 'Henrys', in conjunction with your favourite adjective, depending on whether you are a Henry (oops I mean Ford) fan or not :lol:

Perhaps it is just a down under term - what was that remark about two nations divided by a common language :lol: :lol: