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Mini Magazine - - Welcome - Mar­tyn Collins Ed­i­tor, Mini Mag­a­zine

Who would have thought a 2000 So­lar Red Cooper Sports could cause such con­tro­versy? But that’s what hap­pened at the end of 2011, af­ter the Top Gear In­dia Spe­cial. It all started off in­no­cently enough, the episode be­ing jok­ingly branded as a trade mis­sion and even fea­tur­ing Prime Min­is­ter of the time David Cameron sup­pos­edly giv­ing his en­dorse­ment. But af­ter the show aired on BBC2, this all changed. Not only was the In­dian High Com­mis­sion unim­pressed, the louder cry of dis­sat­is­fac­tion came from Clas­sic Mini own­ers, af­ter the face of this al­most im­mac­u­late late Mini was ripped off when pre­sen­ter Richard Ham­mond tried to winch James May’s Rolls-Royce up a steep in­cline!

But what hap­pened to this Mini, af­ter its brief ap­pear­ance in the Top Gear dis­play at the Na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum? Well, start­ing on P60 we have the full story.

Mini vari­ants, such as the Woody es­tate, are be­com­ing a rarer and rarer sight — even at Mini shows. So I’m pleased to say that we’ve got one of the best, if not the best, in the form of Bill Be­van’s 1966 freshly re­stored cover star.

With the Monte Carlo rally just around the cor­ner, it’s the per­fect time to fea­ture a rally replica build, and the at­ten­tion to de­tail of An­thony Ryan’s MkII is im­pres­sive.

But per­haps I have left the most im­por­tant fea­ture Mini un­til last. Rhos Jenk­ins’s 1976 1000 might look stan­dard, but it is, in fact, one of just a few re­main­ing first lim­ited edi­tions.

Else­where, we have re­ports from the re­cent Cas­tle Combe Ac­tion Day, plus Minis To The Alps with the Cooper Reg­is­ter. And if you’re more into learn­ing about and fix­ing your car, we have the lat­est in our Mini Han­dling se­ries, plus how to change your locks. Plus, if you need restora­tion en­cour­age­ment, we’ve got the low­down on Gary Carr’s Club­man Es­tate, in On The Job.

En­joy the is­sue!

Bill Be­van’s re­stored '66 Woody Es­tate.

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