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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

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