Iain Ayre

North Amer­i­can cor­re­spon­dent

Mini Magazine - - Our Minis -

MINI LIFE Been writ­ing about Minis since the 1990s, drove a nasty 1000 called Old Scabby in the UK, now re­ha­bil­i­tated as Lady Scabs. Never got bored with Mini en­thu­si­asts, my favourite peo­ple – cre­ative, in­tel­li­gent, ec­cen­tric and fun. De­signed a Mini-based trike, the Brook­land Swal­low. Not a suc­cess. Wrote a book, Mad Minis. Much bet­ter idea. Moved to Canada to drive on the wrong side of the road. Cur­rently as­sem­bling a barn-find un­built 1974 Mini Marcos and fet­tling the new RSP Cooper. Re­cently fin­ished a Mini restora­tion book through Ve­loce (www.miniresto.com) so I’m com­ing back out to play.

MINI SPEC

Pim­ple: 1990 RSP Cooper, 1275cc en­gine, We­basto glass roof, air con­di­tion­ing, leather, oil cooler. Non-stan­dard wood trim, Moto-Lita steer­ing wheel.

Mini Marcos: GRP mono­coque. Fresh 1100cc en­gine with Cooper head, AEG148 early Cooper S/MG Midget pro­file cam, 1.5inch SU on small-bore in­let man­i­fold, three-branch ex­haust. 3.1:1 fi­nal drive ra­tio. Cooper S disc brakes. 5J x 10-inch Mini­lights with Falkens.

Bub­ble: Cur­rently in in­ten­sive surgery with new owner Tim.

MINIS OWNED

Pim­ple – 1990 RSP Cooper Imelda – 1974 Mini Marcos

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