MÄKINEN’S MINI ON DISPLAY
Championship winner in Finnish coffee shop.
If you find yourself in Helsinki, Mini Magazine contributor, Neil Burgess, says you must make sure you pop into Robert’s Coffee Jugend on Pohjoisesplanandi, as they have a very special Mini on display.
This 1967 Morris Cooper S was built as a racing car for Timo Mäkinen in 1968 by a Finnish company. Mäkinen entered the car in seven events through 1968 and 1969 before handing the seat to Olav Westman for a Finnish championship class win. The Mini was then competed by Algot Kettunen, Kari Uusitupa and Heimer Kastran who did the car’s final event back in 1989.
The car has some very interesting features, particularly the gear selector arrangement. And Neil tells us that the coffee and cake at Robert’s Coffee Jugend is also rather good, too! It’s well work a look to see this special piece of history.
Quirky gear selection mechanism. A piece of history.
The Mäkinen Mini on display.