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Old 7 Feb 2019, 19:26 (Ref:3882503)   #46
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Anyone know more about this 'B' Series Mini racer or have more photos?
With those Weber carbs out front I guess it used a version of the original HRG-Derrington crossflow cylinder head for the B-Series below?
HRG-Derrington B-Series Heads:-
http://www.rhodo.citymax.com/HRG.html




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Old 8 Feb 2019, 07:56 (Ref:3882579)   #47
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Another 'period' Mini engine transplant below, this time based on the Imp engine.......shame few of them survive today as they were so much more interesting than today's Honda Vtec conversions!


I remember this Mini-Imp well and was reminded by this thread with some photos on the Ten Tenths Forum:-
http://tentenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=122899



Monty Guildford's Mini racer fitted with an Imp engine, he finished it in 1973 after an 18 month build.
The engine was built and tuned by George Bevan but the gear box was designed by my Monty and built by Peter Wise of Goodland engineering of Tonbridge Kent. The crank was a one off. Note also the exhaust coming out of the nearside A panel!









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Old 8 Mar 2019, 18:19 (Ref:3889212)   #48
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Last year I suggested to MiniWorld editor Karen Drury that she should interview 1960/70's Mini racer Simon Ridge and publish some of his great stories and photos from that era including how he introduced local boy James Hunt to the world of motor racing via Minis. A few weeks later a meeting was arranged and we spent most of a day at my brothers house listening to Simon's stories and asking him questions. Karen has put together an article from the recordings and Part 1 has 8 pages featured in the latest April 2019 MiniWorld magazine with lots of not seen before great period photos from Simon's Mini racing archive. Part 2 will follow in the May 2019 issue of MiniWorld magazine.




Couple of nice period photos of Mini racer Simon Ridge in the early days at Brands Hatch (around 1966-67) when he was running his own Free Formula car and before the heady days of sponsorship! He later drove for Automex & D J Bond.
Original Photos: Sunrise International Productions B.S.Kreisky (Archive: Martin Henn)

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Old 17 Apr 2019, 19:13 (Ref:3898278)   #50
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Part 2 of the Simon Ridge article on 1960/70's Mini racing is now out in the May issue of MiniWorld magazine. Another 8-pages of great stories, memories and period photos from Simon's Mini racing archive! (See May 2019 MiniWorld pages 90-97).
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Old 11 Jun 2019, 18:26 (Ref:3909419)   #51
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Simon Ridge - Automex Mini - Lydden Hill paddock 1969


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(Photo: John Phillips)

More details below on the Lydden race, as remembered by Simon Ridge after seeing these old photos taken by John Phillips back in 1969:-

"The race in the photos at Lydden was on 24th August 1969. I was on Pole, and alongside was Mike Chittenden in his Morris Minor with a full race Ford 1650 under the Bonnet. I knew I had to get off the grid fast and keep him behind.
If he had got ahead, I would only have been able to get past on the corners, and with that size engine he was fast down the straights. I got a great start, and after a few laps at 10tenths, pulled out a good lead, so I eased off a bit, but in the last few laps, found I had eased off too much as he had now caught me, and looming in the mirror, I had to drive on the limit to keep ahead.
At the Flag there was just one second in it. Too close for comfort. I won the Jack Playford Trophy, and got fastest lap. The other Minis were some way back.
Strange thing, the time was 50.8, and I had broken the Lap Record the previous year on 20th July at 50.6, which I held for two and a half years. Obviously not 10tenths enough !!
The car had a new engine fitted, and Automex had put a “Running In “ sign in the back window. Talk about Red rag to a Bull !!! Think you can just see it in the photo."
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Old 22 Jun 2019, 08:50 (Ref:3913433)   #53
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More nice period shots from Brands Hatch back in May 1969......















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Brands Hatch 1969 - Druids Bend
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More colour photos from Brands Hatch 1969
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Old 7 Jul 2019, 09:53 (Ref:3916285)   #56
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Some more photos from the race paddock at Lydden 24th August 1969....








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Rallycross at Lydden - January 1970
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From Morris Mini Minor 848cc to Twin engined Jag Mini 2950cc.
"In 1960 Gordon Allen bought Morris Mini Minor Registration Number 620 AXE for his wife to learn to drive in. At that time he had an engineering and tool making business and his spare time was spent on modifying engines, mainly for motorcycles. He enjoyed owning various cars but favoured Jaguars. His wife did not take to driving and the Mini became little used. Having driven the Mini, Gordon got to like it and admire its driveability (of course he would!). Naturally the driving experience is enhanced when more power can be added, so various tuning parts were fitted, mainly from Alexander and Speedwell. Gordon’s thoughts then turned to racing the Mini and so in 1961 a number of saloon car races were entered...."
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From Morris Mini Minor 848cc to Twin engined Jag Mini 2950cc.
"In 1960 Gordon Allen bought Morris Mini Minor Registration Number 620 AXE for his wife to learn to drive in. At that time he had an engineering and tool making business and his spare time was spent on modifying engines, mainly for motorcycles. He enjoyed owning various cars but favoured Jaguars. His wife did not take to driving and the Mini became little used. Having driven the Mini, Gordon got to like it and admire its driveability (of course he would!). Naturally the driving experience is enhanced when more power can be added, so various tuning parts were fitted, mainly from Alexander and Speedwell. Gordon’s thoughts then turned to racing the Mini and so in 1961 a number of saloon car races were entered...."
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A fascinating story!
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