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. 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, 1.5-inch SU on small-bore in­let man­i­fold, three­branch ex­haust, 3.1:1 fi­nal drive ra­tio, Cooper S disc brakes. 5 x 10-inch Mini­light-style wheels with Falkens. MI­NIS OWNED

Pim­ple – 1990 RSP Cooper Imelda – 1974 Mini Mar­cos

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