Tulip Rally/Timo Makinen/Paul Easter 2nd
Overall, 1st class (Group II)
Geneva Rally Tony Fall/Mike Wood, 1st
category (Group II)
Alpine Rally Paddy Hopkirk/Ron Crellin,
1st overall, 1st class (Group 6) - The
last international rally win for the Mini.
Car is another superb original Rally car
that has escaped from the Competitions
Department by the back door. Sold to an
MG Abingdon employee for the nominal sum
of £25, as slightly rallied. The
car was discovered in a sleepy road in
Abingdon as a road car, still with one
of its 'works' door pads screwed to the
drivers door bin. The then owner even
produced the original Abingdon receipt
from 1968, signed by Tom Wellman the shop
car could not have gone to a better home,
Gary has spent many many hours on it, and
has done a wonderful job in restoration.
It is a credit to his skills, he has acheived
a wonderful balance, by not over restoring.
The car still looks and feels like the day
that the crews stepped from it, not like
it just went through a paint factory!
Tulip Rally |
restoration to Group 6 Spec by Gary
In its restoration to Alpine spec, it
is the only Group 6 car to be seen at
present. (although two others exist, LRX
829E and JBL 172D) This is also one of
the few original Competitions department
bodyshells left in existence. Like 829E
it had escaped any subsequent rallying,
so remained in good condition, but still
somewhat of a miracle.