My MINI

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I purchased the car from my neighbours son on a summer Sunday afternoon in June 1999. Cosmetically it looked very good as you can see from the photographs. In the rain water came through the foot well soaking the floor mats and it wasn't till I had to take it in for its MOT that I realised that it was a rust bucket. Of course it failed the MOT. I took it into a Mini specialist in Braintree and to cut a long story short had the car completely restored as you will see from the slides below at a cost of nearly £20,000.

It is my pride and joy. Used only in the summer months and the most that I have done in a year so far is about 300 miles.

After the car was restored I took it to a number of shows as you can see from the second slide show below. It is a great little fun car to drive and every year I just cannot wait till the runner starts so that I can get the Mini out on to the road.

The Metamorphosis of F185MNO to D20 DOV

  • F185MNO as purchased and before renovation
  • Another view prior to renovation
  • Ann handing over the keys to Ian prior to renovation
  • Old shell being stripped down
  • New Heritage body shell delivered. Complete with doors, bonnet and boot lid
  • Sound suppression material being fitted into the interior of the new body shell
  • New Minilite 13” wheels and tyres being unpacked
  • New front sub frame fitted. New brake pipes and hoses fitted throughout. New Rover steering rack fitted to accommodate wider 13” wheels
  • Fully adjustable front and rear suspension fitted
  • New chrome door locks with chrome inserts. Chrome roof gutter molding and chrome seam moldings fitted
  • View of wheel arch extensions to suit 13” Minilite wheels
  • General View at delivery
  • Front view. Matching Mini bonnet badge and wheel centers fitted. New chrome grill fitted
  • General View. New Stainless Steel Sump guard fitted. New window air deflectors fitted
  • Engine Bay
  • General View Interior. New door pads and interior trim. Matching door caps, door handles and dash fitted. New pedal rubbers fitted. New rubber floor mats fitted
  • General view. With personalised number plates

D20 DOV Shows Visited

During the past few years I have taken the Mini to a few shows. In the main they were very enjoyable.

  • Mini In the Park, Aug 2006
  • Mini In the Park, Aug 2006
  • Rockingham Motor Speedway, July 2016
  • On the way to the Track, Rockingham Motor Speedway, July 2016 with my son Simon
  • On the Track, Rockingham Motor Speedway, July 2016
  • On the Track, Rockingham Motor Speedway, July 2016
  • 2nd Place Concours d'Elegance - Rockingham Motor Speedway, July 2016
  • Rockingham Motor Speedway, July 2016
  • Rockingham Motor Speedway, Aug 2016
  • Rockingham Motor Speedway, July 2016 with my Grandson Jake.
  • Ann at Mini In the Park, Santapod Raceway, Aug 2006
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