Mighty Minis in­spire big love

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ALEX LUTTRELL

JAMES Will­son and his twin brother Daniel have been Mini en­thu­si­asts for more than 30 years.

The pair have more than 70 Minis in a col­lec­tion that be­gan when they were just 10 years old.

Included in the col­lec­tion of ve­hi­cles from the 1960s to 1980s are Coop­ers and the Cooper S, Club­man GTs, Mokes, Goblins and the Deluxe.

They also own rac­ing cars and vans.

James said he and Daniel bought their first Mini while still at pri­mary school and now had a col­lec­tion of re­stored cars worth more than $100,000 — some of which they race.

“It grew from Dad’s in­ter­est in clas­sic cars,” James said.

“We would work on it af­ter school and grad­u­ally it [the col­lec­tion] be­came more and more.”

James said the ap­peal of a Mini was its quirk­i­ness and per­for­mance.

“It’s not just one thing though, it’s the whole pack­age,” he said.

And while the Will­son twins’ en­thu­si­asm is for clas­sic cars, re­search from fin­der.com.au has found Tas­ma­nia has the high­est pro­por­tion of older model cars in Aus­tralia.

A Fin­der anal­y­sis of Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics data found that 31 per cent of all Tas­ma­nian ve­hi­cles are from 2001 or ear­lier.

Tas­ma­nia also has the low­est per­cent­age of new cars, with only 24 per cent of mod­els com­ing from af­ter 2012.

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