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#31 analogue_radio

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:30 PM

Brilliant thread!

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:36 PM

A couple more videos while we wait for more pictures........One of the most exciting saloon car races ever shown by the BBC from Crystal Palace (starting point of the London to Brighton Mini run). Includes lots of Mini's. This is an amazing race if you have never seen it before. Recorded from tv many years ago. Part of the "Osram Saloon Car Championship" this race took place on 11-09-1971, at the now long gone circuit of "Crystal Palace". Cars include Camero, Viva HB GT, Escort RS1600, Mini Cooper's etc.. Big names such as the late "Gerry Marshall". Enjoy the time warp with "Murray Walker" on commentary. :thumbsup:

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Edited by mab01uk, 19 April 2012 - 05:43 PM.


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Posted 09 March 2011 - 08:37 AM

That was a cool race between the Escort and Camaro

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 12:52 PM

WOW
i want an escort haha

#35 mab01uk

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 12:05 AM

Racing Mini Sprints :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 11:21 AM

I love the racing overalls which look more like pyjamas. To think I had some like that!

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 06:11 PM

Has anyone got a pic of a racing 70's mini that was in minworld letters years back. It was deseamed, running an elf nose but badged as a MG. Think it was running a 999cc screamer (970 +20)

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 06:44 PM

Racing Mini Sprints :thumbsup:

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Those two pictures are of the British Vita Racing Teams 'Vita-Min' racing minis. These are what Corgi modelled their 1970s Corgi Juniors Vita-Min on

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Here's a few more of the one in the bottom picture. Afraid they are not brilliant quality but, you get the idea :thumbsup: I just love the British Vita 'thing'.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 10:45 PM

These are what Corgi modelled their 1970s Corgi Juniors Vita-Min on

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I've got one of them

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:08 AM

Has anyone got a pic of a racing 70's mini that was in minworld letters years back. It was deseamed, running an elf nose but badged as a MG. Think it was running a 999cc screamer (970 +20)



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The late Wally Hall's MG Mini racer in 1968. It was apparently a Cooper S shell rebulit with parts from BMC Competitions Department at Abingdon and a modified MG 1100 grille. You can read Wally's article about it here:
http://www.mgcars.or...s/news106a.html

The MG Gnat in action
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:13 AM

More classic racing scenes
(Photos: David Beard & Morris S)

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Edited by mab01uk, 12 March 2011 - 10:14 AM.


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Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:20 AM

[quote name='mab01uk' date='Mar 12 2011, 10:13 AM' post='2077089']
More classic racing scenes
(Photos: David Beard & Morris S)


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Hydrolastic suspension at its best :mrcool:

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:07 PM

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The late Wally Hall's MG Mini racer in 1968. It was apparently a Cooper S shell rebulit with parts from BMC Competitions Department at Abingdon and a modified MG 1100 grille. You can read Wally's article about it here:
http://www.mgcars.or...s/news106a.html


Interesting article, but he says about a 998 revving to 11,000?!
*Jaw hits floor*

#44 IWasNotYetBornIn1959

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:48 PM

Interesting article, but he says about a 998 revving to 11,000?!
*Jaw hits floor*

Fantastic article indeed but I think it's definitely not a 998 but a bored out 970S to 999 and called a "999S".
970S are screamer and this one was especially tuned it seems ...

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:52 PM

Those two pictures are of the British Vita Racing Teams 'Vita-Min' racing minis. These are what Corgi modelled their 1970s Corgi Juniors Vita-Min on

This topic is fantastic ! Really !
And informative ; I have had this toy for a long time but I didn't know it was scaled down from a existing car !

By the way, there are two photos of a Vita Mini (but not of Minisprint style) in the book "Mighty Minis". I wonder if it's an evolution of the same car of different cars ...




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