The Last Works Minis

The end of a legend

The Last Works Minis
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ISBN: 9781845840877
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The Mini, the car of the 20th Century and still in motorsport in 1997, 35 years after its 1st event. This book sets out to complete the untold recent history of the mighty "works Mini" in international motorsport. How the Mini came to be in Monte Carlo and at the famous Nurburgring battling with the giant teams such as Fiat and Citroen. Of how different manufacturers where building "works" cars on either side of Birmingham but not knowing the other existed. It tells the story of cars developed from 1994 up to the last group A cars of 1997, with fuel injection and six speed sequential gearboxes. The book also covers Rover's plan to go around the world competing in various rounds of the world rally championship. It's all here, copies of Rover internal documents plus many unseen photos that Rover would not want you to see, if they were still around. With many unseen photos of the car's development, copies of Rover's internal documents, copy pages from the road books of top rallies, all of this in color this book truly brings this previously untold story to life.

The author

Happily married to Nicki for twenty years, who he met when he was seventeen, Tim Brenchley has been in the motor trade all his working life. Starting as an apprentice technician with a Fiat & Lancia main dealer. Once qualified he spent a short while in a tuning garage, fitting turbo chargers to anything that had an engine. From here Brenchley moved to a BMW dealer working as a service advisor and progressing to senior service advisor. Eventually needing a change he left BMW and started to do u0022smartu0022 interior trim repairs to cars at main dealers, which is where he met Bryan Purves, who he then started working part time for. Purves and Brenchley started to do a few rallies together, firstly in his MG A and then in his Mini Cooper. This is when we purchased the last two works Minis and the rest, as they say, is history.

Bryan Purves bought his first Mini in 1965, which at the time was only two years old. The car was progressively modified, including designing and making adjustable suspension components, machining grooved and drilled brake discs, building his own engines and gearboxes. Purves only entered local clubman rallies as the car was also used as daily transport. His interest in Minis developed into a part time tuning business, in conjunction with his brother. They then built a formula Mini Seven race-car that Purves eventually wrote off while racing at Cadwell Park. The following ten years were spent racing national and international 100cc Karts. A family oriented break ensued. Once his daughter had grown up Purves then became interested in rallying once again and has since participated in many competitive "classic rallies", having been in the hot seat in an Austin Seven Ulster to Monte Carlo and also across the Sahara Desert. He then rebuilt a MKII Cooper "S" which he also rallied. Purves then met Tim Brenchley and they started working together - it was a short while later that Purves and Brenchley formed a sporting partnership. They rallied Purves' MG A Coupe and 1964 MkI Cooper "S". In 2005 Purves purchased what was the last works Mini to ever finish the Monte Carlo Rally and just a month later Brenchley purchased the sister car which was the last works group A Mini ever built.Happily married to Nicki for twenty years, who he met when he was seventeen, Tim Brenchley has been in the motor trade all his working life. Starting as an apprentice technician with a Fiat & Lancia main dealer. Once qualified he spent a short while in a tuning garage, fitting turbo chargers to anything that had an engine. From here Brenchley moved to a BMW dealer working as a service advisor and progressing to senior service advisor. Eventually needing a change he left BMW and started to do "smart" interior trim repairs to cars at main dealers, which is where he met Bryan Purves, who he then started working part time for. Purves and Brenchley started to do a few rallies together, firstly in his MG A and then in his Mini Cooper. This is when we purchased the last two works Minis and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781845840877
Illustrations: 400 color and b-w photos
Size: 7 in x 9.5 in x 1.187 in / 177.8 mm x 241.3 mm x 30.162 mm
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