Stephen Col­bran

Fea­tures writer

Mini Magazine - - Our Minis -

MINI LIFE

My Mini life be­gan aged 13 with a SEGTO Ju­nior race Mini, fol­lowed by the usual path of learn­ing to drive in a Mini, join­ing a lo­cal club and get­ting in­volved in the shows. 17 years later, I've driven, pho­tographed and writ­ten about some of the best cars on the scene. I've now got two project cars – a stripped-out track­day war­rior and a su­per­charged MINI Cooper S daily drive. Both have their mer­its, but only one works...

MINI SPEC

My project is a more tra­di­tional style Mini with a tuned 1330cc A-Se­ries, whilst this lat­est build from my dad is any­thing but nor­mal. It fea­tures a Vaux­hall As­tra VXR turbo en­gine, 5.5-inch roof chop and a ‘70s cus­tom style. It’s a home­brew re­tire­ment project on a bud­get, built with a host of one-off mods and fab­ri­ca­tion.

MI­NIS OWNED

Austin Mini 1330 R53 MINI Cooper S

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