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Dave’s British Open Classic

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Dave’s British Open Classic

MEMBER SINCE 2008-2012, 2015~ | MODEL British Open Classic | YEAR 1993 | ENGINE CC 1275

DETAILS OF ANY MODIFICATIONS & ACCESSORIES:

ANY OTHER INTERESTING FEATURES?
The Webasto sunroof has been recovered by a previous owner in a much nicer material than the original roofs. I’m regularly asked where I brought the cover from; the answer is I don’t know

ANY PROBLEMS YOU’VE HAD WITH YOUR MINI?
Where would I begin? Since purchasing the car in 2014 it’s had a new clutch, front suspension and cylinder head. And that’s just the big jobs; it’s an ever evolving project with big plans every winter

ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO DO TO YOUR MINI IN THE FUTURE?
Stop the oil leaking and attempt to extract some more power out of the economy 50hp 1275 engine. Some key areas of the bodywork look like they might need some attention in the next few years

WHATS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE JOURNEY IN YOUR MINI?
Driving across England & France in the summer of 2015 for 1750 miles, visiting the National Mini Cooper Day at Beaulieu, Rouen, La Rochelle, Nantes, Caen and staying in Saint-Jean-de-Monts

WHAT JOURNEY WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO WITH YOUR MINI?
My dream journey would be a road trip along the French Riviera before heading north to Turin and Geneva. Alternatively, a drive across Dartmoor would keep me happy

WHATS THE MOST FUN YOU HAVE HAD IN YOUR MINI?
Well it’s certainly not trying to fit a new clutch that’s for sure. Probably the best times are the Legendary Grand Tour in North Devon, the French holiday in 2015 and the Riviera Run

WHY DID YOU BUY A MINI?
Because I wanted a practical car that I can fit loads of luggage in! This particular model features a special top-loading mechanism

Steve’s Cooper

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Steve’s Cooper

MEMBER SINCE 2008-2012, 2015 | MODEL Cooper | YEAR 1992 | ENGINE CC 1275

 

DETAILS OF ANY MODIFICATIONS & ACCESSORIES:

Tech: 13” Superlight Alloys

Sportspack arches

Spot lamps

Stage One kit

Dashboard

Centre Console

'Wild Turkey' Musical Air Horns

Clear lenses

 

ANY OTHER INTERESTING FEATURES?

Not really.  Every time I drive it I smile and love it. That probably makes the driver the other interesting feature. He’s proper special

 

ANY PROBLEMS YOU’VE HAD WITH YOUR MINI?

Loads. I can now change the head gasket in two hours as one year it blew three times. It hates MOT’s, I’ve never had an easy one.  It leaks like a sieve, I’ve had to buy a dehumidifier to dry it out

 

ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO DO TO YOUR MINI IN THE FUTURE?

A super charger would be nice, it could always do with a little bit more power.  Re-upholster the seats.  Stop it leaking.  Loads but it means I have to do the work so nothing would probably change

 

ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO DO TO YOUR MINI IN THE FUTURE?

The Nurburgring, I’d like to say I went round it in 8 minutes but I’d be lying, it was about 14 minutes, massive fun though

 

WHATS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE JOURNEY IN YOUR MINI?

East to West across the United States of America and sell the car at the end of it.  If I ever get around to it I’ll make sure I take a spare head gasket kit (and lots of oil)

 

WHATS THE MOST FUN YOU HAVE HAD IN YOUR MINI?

It was in a mini but not mine but so what it’s a mini all the same.  Laughing at my son over the CB insulting a man with a large moustache and my son didn’t realise ‘Mr Moustache’ could hear him, I still laugh about it now

 

WHY DID YOU BUY A MINI?

Jealousy.  I brought my son his first car which was a mini, we spent a lot of time doing it up and when he took it away I missed it and I wanted one myself