Sprint Mini

1994

Picture taken three weeks before the Mini's 35th anniversary celebrations.

Complete with 1293 cc engine, Kent 276 Camshaft, Cooper 'S' head, Aldon Yellow Distributor, Cooper 'S' Gearbox, Twin 1 1/2 SU's, LAMM wheel arches, Revolution RFX wheels, Yokohama A008 tyres and rose jointed suspension.

1997
First season of racing and managed to get third in class at the end of the year
and managed to get the Best Newcomer award!
1998
Over the whole season managed to get 1st in class and in doing so gained the Scottish Sprint Championship, Road Car Shield for accumulating the most points throughout 1998.
Pictured at Knockhill with the main sponsor (my employer at the time) Decals getting in on the picture
2003
Back in action again at the Littleferry Kart Track at Golspie, breaking the class record by 3 seconds. A few years without racing, but this time with carbon fibre!
Competed in the last three races of the year -
three wins and two records.
Full specification of the 2003 preparation is as follows:
  • MED 35.6 x 31 Head
  • 1380cc with 10.5:1 cr
  • Omega Pistons
  • 310 Scatter Camshaft
  • Wedged Turfrided Crankshaft
  • Lightened Polished & Balanced Con Rods
  • Vernier Belt Drive Cam Gear
  • KAD 5 Speed Dog Box
  • Trannex LSD
  • JK SC CWP
  • JK SC Drop Gears
  • JK Steel Driveshafts
  • Ultralight Steel Flywheel & backplate
  • Paddle Clutch
  • Janspeed Exhaust System
  • Polestar II Distributorless Ignition
  • Ford Fiesta Ignition Coil
  • Electric Water Pump
  • Belt Drive Alternator
  • AVO Coilovers
  • 7 x 13" Superlite Alloys
  • Avon ACB 10 Tyres
  • Rose Jointed Suspension
  • KAD 260mm Discs
  • KAD 6 Pot Callipers
  • KAD Rear Anti-roll-bar
  • Alloy Rear Subframe Mounts
  • Super Minifin Rear Brakes
  • Safety Devices Rollcage
  • Westfield Seats with Alloy Mounts
  • Willans 4 Point Harnesses
  • Interior Mounted Gear Shfit
  • Curley Carbonfibre Bonnet
  • Curley Carbonfibre Boot
  • Curley Carbonfibre Bumpers
  • Lightweight Door Handles & Catches
  • Interior Mounted Brake & Fuel Lines
  • Cut-Off Switch
Picture taken for the local paper at the start of the 2004 season with my sponsor (Bridgend Building Supplies) getting some coverage

Although the car is set up for tracks (i.e., more right hand corners that left), I will be competing in a number of Hillclimbs this year, and have also entered the Scottish Hillclimb Championship. Rounds 1 and 2 are to be held at Doune on the 17th and 18th of April.

This car is entered in the 2004 Scottish Sprint Championship, Highland Speed Championship and the Speed Championship. ROund 1 to be held at Kames on the 25th of April.

Results:

For a full update on the reports for the 2004 season visit the CCC web site on the "LINKS" page and view the REPORTS section.

Brief breakdown of events is;

Golspie "Littleferry" Track 107.2 Seconds (New class record)
Golspie "Kylestrome" Track 83.28 Seconds (New class record)
Muirkirk Motorsport Complex "Kames" Clockwise 92.8 Seconds (New class record)
Muirkirk Motorsport Complex "Kames" Anti-Clockwise 83.93 Seconds (New class record)
Alford 56.1 Seconds  (New class record)
Boyndie 82.44 (New class record)

I didn't go to Knockhill this year as the cost is nearly double that of any other Sprint event but the record set my the car in 1998 still stands at 1minute 32 Seconds.

By the end of the season I managed to crack all the Sprint Track records at every venue in Scotland with 13 Class wins out of 13 events and managed to fend off the Subaru's, Evo's and Cossy's to take top position in the Sprint Championship - Road car Division.

 

Left: having a bit of fun in the rain at the “Crail Thrash” after the end of the 2004 season. 5 th overall out of 35 cars and that was with a passenger.

Only one event planned for the Sprint Mini during 2005. It is the “British Mini Showdown” on the 16 th and 17 th July. The event is a Drag race at Avon Park raceway. Having won the event three times out three attempts in the past, hopes are high to regain the title. The competition at these events is never easy as my 14.33 second record set back in 1998 was broken in 2003 by 3 hundredths of a second. Watch this space for the report and pictures.