North American correspondent
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.
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.
Pimple – 1990 RSP Cooper Imelda – 1974 Mini Marcos