The Mini is still winning 58 years later. In 2019 on the HERO-ERA Icelandic Saga, Owen Turner and Rachel Vestey slayed the Porsche, BMW and Mercedes opposition in the land of Ice and Fire. The wind rain and ice proved no obstacle to the mighty Mini as it proved just what a competitive proposition the car still is.
In November’s stern test and most competitive rally of the year, the 2019 RAC Rally of the Tests, there was another giant killing act. The RAC Rally of the Tests was finally won by Steve Entwistle after previous attempts achieved podiums in his Mini, but not the win. He was navigated by six times winning navigator Mark Appleton, but they were both honoured that Paddy Hopkirk had lent Steve his ex works replica RAC Rally Mini Cooper S, registration 8 EMO, used by Paddy in his first season with the BMC team in 1963. The car made a wonderful sight and sound for the spectators, including five thousand of them at the new Test inside the NEC as the Classic Car Show was in full swing.
In the biggest endurance event on the HERO-ERA national calendar, Le Jog 2019, Kevin Haselden and Gary Evans were top five 5th overall in their Mini Cooper S, but most importantly they were awarded the much sought after Gold medals which means they achieved real historic rally status.
In the final rally of the truncated 2020 season, the Per Ardua Ad Infinitum based at Bicester Heritage, Mini expert and regular winner in his little ‘buzz box’ Darell Staniforth, was navigated by his daughter Nicky to an amazing second overall. They pushed Porsche 911 mounted winners Paul Crosby and Andy Pullan hard all day, the Mini taking the lead by lunchtime only to lose it by a small margin later on.
Mini fans, it is time to consider the Mini Cooper Arrive Drive experience for yourself. The Arrive and Drive Mini Cooper is a 1968 model in full rally specification and naturally it is in BMC red with that distinctive white roof.
With a 1293 cc engine it produces 85 bhp with a top speed of 95 mph and 0-60 time of 9.6 seconds. The Arrive Drive Mini has a 50 litre tank to give you a range of 306 miles, the car is fully prepared and waiting thrill the first crew to hire it!