Pre-66 Mini restored and to be raced by Jordans
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