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#196 mab01uk

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 12:03 AM

"FOR THE FULL UNABRIDGED HISTORY OF HARRY RATCLIFFE & BVRT VISIT THIS SITE"
http://mountgreen.co.uk/

The BRT Developments V8 Mini Cooper-Buick re-appeared at some shows a couple of years ago!
"1964 Mini Cooper S Buick. The car is very original and has been stored for over 30 years. The body is in excellent condition and is better than it looks in the pictures. The car was originally a fiesta yellow 1071 Cooper S, which was a new car when the project started in 1963. The car was built by Harry Radcliffe and Jeff Goodliff and was also raced by Harry and many other celebrity drivers. The car has a tremendous amount of history. There is an original Buick engine to go with the car, also a Jaguar gear box, original Les Leston steering wheel, seats, wheels, some of the Perspex screens. The car needs a radiator (which could probably be found using the under bonnet pictures).

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In the 1964 season Harry Ratcliffe of BRT had demonstrated with his Cooper Buick that when it came to low volume specialist cars, there was no such thing as bad publicity. The Cooper Buick had been a bit of a disaster from the start. A Mini with a 3.5 litre Buick V8 in the boot driving the front wheels through a special prop shaft and converted E type Jag axle in the front.

Harry described driving it at speed as being like trying to throw a sledge hammer shaft first. The strange thing was that the motoring press loved it. The Cooper Buick was featured in almost every major motoring publication of 1964 bringing some much needed publicity to the, at that time, little known northern outfit.
http://www.minisprint.eu/page2.html

 

More photos of the Cooper Buick V8:-

http://www.jdclassic...ick-V8/8770.htm

 

http://mk1-performan...ita_history.htm

 

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#197 mikal

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 01:05 AM

Anyone know the story about car 73 in the 1st lot of photo's on page 1? I've never seen such a mangled Mini! Hope the driver was ok...

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 05:32 PM

Looks like it may have been @ Snetterton. Hopefully the guy with the helmet by the car was the driver as he looks OK.



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Posted 19 November 2016 - 11:20 AM

"In 1966, the Mini 7 Racing Club was founded to take everyone's favourite small car racing. Who knew that 50 years later, Alec Issigonis' famous design would still be so popular on the race tracks. Peter Hills heads to Castle Combe to find out about the attraction of the championships."

 

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 08:29 PM

Brilliant set of Colin Lourie photos in the link below and here are just a few of the many Mini's to be seen! cool.gif
http://clourie.co.uk...ston/index.html

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"The Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston, west of Edinburgh, was used as a motor racing circuit from 1965 until 1992.
From 1966 to early 1969, I took photos as a spectator - mainly from Caravan corner. Then, along with Eric Bryce, I was Ingliston’s official photographer for the Scottish Motor Racing Club from August 1969 until 1976 - and took many of the photographs that appeared in race-meeting programmes.
In its day, Ingliston was a great little track. It was tight, the cars were never far from Armco and the racing was invariably close. Motor racing, then, was not a contact sport - and invariably any car with a loose or departing part was black-flagged. Slicks and marbles were unheard of in my days at Ingliston and only laterally did I see anyone stick a thermometer in a tyre.
In October 2010, I started scanning my negatives to show on this website. It’s going to be a big job - having taken upwards of 200 shots at each of six race meetings a year for 7 years. A serious burst of scanning activity in 2015 has brought the total number of photographs to over 500. Hopefully, these photographs fill a gap and help revive a few memories."
Happy viewing.
Colin Lourie

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#201 RichMPiBlue

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 10:13 PM

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What a shot!  :shades:



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