I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: just when you think you’ve seen everything Classic Mini, someone moves the game on! Well, that’s what I think of this month’s cover star and what Ollie Scull has done with his Mini. It's basically Ollie’s dream car made into a reality, you can't miss it with the Candy Orange paint, Zeemax body kit and that massive Vortex rear wing. Fitting a Honda VTEC engine is difficult at the best of times, so the fact he got it under the standard Mini nose is impressive. More impressive is the amount of engineering Ollie’s done to turbocharge it — the result being over 300bhp and that fairly substantial Garret turbocharger hanging out the grille! What’s more he isn’t finished yet, with an all-wheel drive conversion planned for next year — top work Ollie!
When is a Mini Moke not a Mini Moke? Now there’s a question I bet you’re intrigued by. Well, Lawrence Hambridge has the answer in the form of his restored Mini-jeep lookalike, the AEM Scout. In fact, with Lawrence's modifications I reckon this Mini-oddity, looks more like a Moke!
We’re rapidly heading towards the Mini’s 60th birthday, so I thought it would be interesting looking back at one of the last ‘Classic Minis’, in the form of Tanya Field’s original and unmodified, Tahiti Blue Cooper Sports.
Finally, Willy Carson has the full lowdown on Jason Barr’s distinctive, custom blue and black car.
Elsewhere, we have a report on all the action from the recent Brands Hatch Mini Festival, plus a racing report from the Oulton Park Gold Cup. And if you’re more into learning about and fixing your car, we have the latest in our Mini handling series, which is about the braking system, plus how to change your driveshaft.
Last but definitely not least, we’ve got the full story on Catriona Bryson’s Mini Designer restoration, in On The Job.
Enjoy the issue! Martyn Collins Editor, Mini Magazine