The inside story of how the giant-killing Minis of rallying, rallycross and racing fame were converted from standard Mini-Coopers in the BMC Competitions Department. The author, who spent 22 years in `Comps,' reveals the secrets of specification, build technique and development of the famous Works Minis.
Particularly famous for their great adventures in the Monte Carlo rally, works Minis humbled many bigger and more powerful cars during the 1960s and 1970s.
Contributions from `Ginger' Devlin & `Jumping Jeff' Williamson reveal, in detail, the modifications to the works racing and rallycross cars respectively.
Brian Moylan started working for MG in 1950 as a mechanic in the service/repair shop. In 1955 he was drafted in to the Racing Department. which was the centre for all BMC competition work. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work on several rally winning Minis including the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. Just before the factory closed in 1980 Bryan was offered the position of manager of a small satellite Morris Garages outlet. Bryan has always been involved in the MG Car Club, serving on the committee of the local Centre in various capacities. After his retirement he started giving slide shows on MG history and writing articles for the leading Classic Car magazines, plus three books on MG and rally connected subjects. Bryan has also worked closely with the Abingdon Museum setting up MG exhibitions.
(c) Brian Moylan & Veloce Publishing Chapter 1. In the Beginning 7 Chapter 2. Bodyshell and Instruments 17 Chapter 3. Subframes and Suspension 30 Chapter 4. Footbrakes 33 Chapter 5. 'Fly-off' Handbrake 34 Chapter 6. Steering 37 Chapter 7. Wheels 39 Chapter 8. Engine 43 Chapter 9. Gearbox 49 Chapter 10. Electrics 51 Chapter 11. Fuel System 56 Chapter 12. Miscellaneous 59 Chapter 13. The Moment of Truth 63 Appendix A. The Racing Mini 67 Suspension modifications on a Mini racer 67 The Mini racing engine 69 Fuel injection 72 The dry sump 73 The limited-slip differential 74 Tyres 74 Accessory modifications 75 Racing successes 76 The Works racers 78 Appendix B. The Rallycross Mini 80 Joining the works team 80 Life after Comps closed 84 The quest for more power 85 Suspension mods 86 Four-wheel drive 87 Index 94