Hard to believe, but by the time you read this, the 2018 show season will be starting to draw to a close, sadly. There are still a couple of events through September, but as an almost final hurrah of this season, we have a full report about Mini In The Park on page 27. Despite the unbelievable summer giving up on us for the event, it was a great show for Mini fans and owners.
Any Mini has to be pretty special to get a full feature in Mini Magazine, so you'll all be wondering how our cover car, Simon Hepburn’s MkI has made it into the magazine an impressive three times! How? Why? Well, Simon’s early turbo’d Mini has been through some serious changes. First it was freshly restored and powered by a Weber-fed 1380; then Simon got hooked on drag racing, with his car now turbo-powered and having been on a diet. But the latest evolution revealed at Brooklands Mini Day this year is even lighter and more powerful.
Another very different expression of the fastest Classic Mini has to be Paul Colbran’s Clubby. I have to admit that apart from the roof chop and lairy colour, this car looks quite tame. However, under that sawn-off nose, Paul’s cleverly slotted in 300bhp of Vauxhall Astra VXR power — nice!
Next, Willy Carson brings us the story of Jill Gilmore’s customised Cooper, and for all you early Cooper S fans, we have a full feature on Tim Wright’s beautiful MkII.
Elsewhere, we have additional show reports from the Under the Mini Moon and Retro Rides Gathering, plus the latest instalment of our Mini handling series, this time giving the lowdown on tie bars.
Is your Mini suffering from oil leaks around the timing cover? Well, worry not, as we have a full guide to curing them, too.
Finally, if you need encouragement to finish your Classic Mini restoration, why not read about Peter Humphries' smooth roof Countryman project in On The Job?
I hope you enjoy this issue,