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Old 27 Jun 2005, 22:39 (Ref:1341540)   #1
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Mike Bennion Morris Minor V8/Restored (Merged)

OK all you UK Supersaloon enthusiasts. Can you help out with info on this car? A photo of it was sent into New Zealand Classic Car mag, enquirying about its fate.

Its a low light Morris Minor, built and raced by Mike Bennion and fitted with a small block Ford V8. Had Jag gearbox, double wishbone suspension, and was semi spaceframed. The exhausts exited out the sides of the bonnet.

The cutting is from Marcus Pye's Club Legends, and it says the car ended up being shipped to New Zealand. There was a V8 Minor which raced here, but it wasn't that one. The NZ one was actually a Morris Minor body mounted on a shortened Ferrari GP Super Squalo chassis.

Does anyone know anything about the Bennion car, and what may have happened to it?
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Old 28 Jun 2005, 06:06 (Ref:1341680)   #2
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OK all you UK Supersaloon enthusiasts. Can you help out with info on this car? A photo of it was sent into New Zealand Classic Car mag, enquirying about its fate.

Its a low light Morris Minor, built and raced by Mike Bennion and fitted with a small block Ford V8. Had Jag gearbox, double wishbone suspension, and was semi spaceframed. The exhausts exited out the sides of the bonnet.

The cutting is from Marcus Pye's Club Legends, and it says the car ended up being shipped to New Zealand. There was a V8 Minor which raced here, but it wasn't that one. The NZ one was actually a Morris Minor body mounted on a shortened Ferrari GP Super Squalo chassis.

Does anyone know anything about the Bennion car, and what may have happened to it?
you could check AtlasF1 where I am sure this has been discussed...
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Old 17 Jun 2007, 14:07 (Ref:1939937)   #3
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hi this is my first post so here goes
i went to pick up my friend to go clay pigeon shooting yesterday and he showed me his morris minor that he has been restoring for the last eighteen years. when we were out he asked me to do some research on the internet as he does not have it.the car is Mike Bennions v8 tin top racer.its nearly finished and is in berkshire england.i will post some pictures of it when i get my digital camera working.he would be gratefull if anyone had any old photographs of it.cheers lee
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Old 18 Jun 2007, 09:18 (Ref:1940601)   #4
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For those that don't know, Mike passed away a couple of years ago, great shame as was a lovely bloke.
I don't think Dad had any photos of the car in his collection but I'll have a look.
If the car is being restored I'll mention it to Mike Moore, who was Mike Bennion's best mate and also a well known racing driver and car builder and I'm sure he would know all the details of the car in period.
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Old 18 Apr 2009, 18:07 (Ref:2443940)   #5
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Hi GBRM
Have you managed to get in touch with MIke Moore? We would love to hear more about this moggie, I have been restoring it for the past 18 years and it is almost ready to show off again. If you could let us know more about its history and possibly find some old photos for our portfolio we would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 19 Apr 2009, 22:09 (Ref:2445005)   #6
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Mike Bennion Morris V8 RESTORED

Hi all,

I have been carefully restoring this piece of motoring history. I saved this in 1990 from going to be cut up and scrapped.



Through research I have found out a few good bits on its history and a few of its famous races, but there must be more and so would appreciate a little help from anyone on this forum to help collect facts and stories about its history. I Understand by a few other threads that people Knew the great Mike Bennion.

I am hoping to get it out this year so will keep all thats interested posted as to where we will be.

As Promised I have managed to get a few photos on this thread for you to enjoy.

Photo 1: shows the car when we bought it. Not pretty eh.
photo 2: Is after a bit of modifying and love, looking better
Photo 3: is the engine as we bought it, Looks a bit tired eh
Photo 4: is the engine now.
Photo 5: is how she sits now
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 05:02 (Ref:2445185)   #7
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Good to see and old race car saved. It looks great.
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 07:21 (Ref:2445218)   #8
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I have a colour slide of this car taken at Silverstone in period. I will try and sort it out and post it here soon.
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 08:00 (Ref:2445227)   #9
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 09:08 (Ref:2445269)   #10
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thank you for the replies. I have had great pleasure doing it amist all the sinics

RBS that would be great, I look forward to seeing them. I am always after more history of it.

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GREAT a lot of time and effort and it shows
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Great to see that car again but it never looked that good back in the day - saw it race once at Silverstone when it was a sort of matt orange - couldn't get over the sound it made as it ran a truck motor that probably peaked out at 3000rpm- went pretty well though! And Mike was one of the good guys - helped us with parts when we ran Zephyrs in Classic Saloons in the late 70's. Still got my old scrap books so must have photos somewhere.
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Old 3 May 2009, 11:21 (Ref:2454512)   #13
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Hi
I have worked very hard on it. The guy who bought it before me tried to drive it and crashed, so it was a bit battered.
Hope you can find some photos. I cannot seem to find any, the only one is on the front cover of CCC which I am still trying to get a copy of.
So I would love to see some more.
I was never lucky enough to meet Mike (RIP) but I do know that he was told just before he died that his moggie was being restored and that really made him happy.
Best wishes
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Old 4 May 2009, 07:39 (Ref:2454986)   #14
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When are you going to give it a run out Precious?
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Old 5 May 2009, 08:46 (Ref:2455670)   #15
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Hi Al
the electrics are just being worked on now, I am hoping to be ready for goodwood. But will definately keep you posted.
Thanks for your interest.
best wishes
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