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Mini Magazine - - Contents - Mar­tyn Collins Ed­i­tor, Mini Mag­a­zine

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,

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