Pre-66 Mini re­stored and to be raced by Jor­dans

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Bri­tish Tour­ing Car fron­trun­ner An­drew Jor­dan will race a pre-1966 Mini Cooper in se­lected events this year.

The Jor­dan Rac­ing Team is cur­rently pre­par­ing the Ap­pendix K ma­chine pre­vi­ously raced by Dan Wheeler. Jor­dan, the 2013 BTCC cham­pion, hopes to share the car with his fa­ther Mike in His­toric Rac­ing Driv­ers Club events in 2019, and con­test The Mini Cel­e­bra­tion Tro­phy at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic in July, cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of Alec Is­sigo­nis’ fa­mous front-wheel-drive de­sign.

“My first rac­ing car – in Ju­nior Ral­ly­cross – was a Mini and I’ve got a Mini road car,” said Jor­dan Jr. “We looked at build­ing a new one, then saw this in an auc­tion. It’s got a lot of the right bits on it, so we’re just re­furb­ing it and putting in a new en­gine. It should be good.

“We didn’t do much rac­ing in 2018 and we want to do a bit more. It’s an­other car we can en­joy driv­ing. That’s why we got into his­torics.”

Jor­dan be­lieves that the rac­ing should be com­pet­i­tive, with many rapid Mini driv­ers likely to en­ter the two Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic con­tests.

“They look good fun to drive and you’re al­ways go­ing to have some­one to race,” said Jor­dan, who has also shared a Mini 1275 GT with Nick Swift. “There are lots of good driv­ers so you won’t break the tow.”

An­drew (r) will race with dad Mike

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