Mighty Minis inspire big love
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.