I always enjoy hanging out at Princes Wharf No.1 in Hobart, even more so when it’s filled with motors. Held this weekend (in support of the Baskerville Foundation), the Motorsport Expo & Racing Car Show promised race cars and trade stalls, so I was keen to see what would be on display. It turned out there was quite a variety – Ford Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts, the absolute bees knees of a Mk1 Lotus Cortina (in Monaco Red… Monaco Red!), Holdens, Celicas, Jags, Morris, MG’s, the list goes on! All the cars looked great, but there was one in particular that gobsmacked me.
It was a 1964 Mk1 Mini Cooper S, raced in the 1980’s by Tasmanian Mini racing legend the late Chris ‘Kit’ Ellis. The car was one of the first Appendix J race cars in Tasmania but actually only had a short race life (being written off during a club event in ’83). Instead of being scraped, the Mini had been stored away until 2013 when a full restoration began… and what a restoration! The detail was on show for all to see and appreciate. Fantastic!
Coincidentally, it so happens that Mini turns 56 years young on the 26th August …so, thank-you Mr. Alec Issigonis. Thank-you very much.