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Fifty Years of The MINI COOPER - TriumphDVD

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The Mini was a revolution in car design when it appeared in 1959. The Mini Cooper arrived in 1961 boasting higher performance, uprated suspension and disc brakes. Immediately successful in racing and rallying a legend was born and that legend lives to this day with the new breed BMW MINI originally designed by Rover engineers in Britain.

This film traces the history of the Mini Cooper from its Mini 850 origins all the way to the present with a large focus on the Abingdon 'works' rally cars.Those who knew the cars best help to tell this story with such famous names as Paddy Hopkirk, Paul Easter, Stuart Turner and many more from the original BMC Abingdon team. Renowned motoring historian Graham Robson offers his insights as does Robert Young, chairman of the Mini Cooper Register and also Brian and Chris Harper of the biggest Mini specialists, Mini Sport of Padiham. Mike Cooper (Cooper Car Company Ltd.) and Ray Bates (Austin Rover Technical Manager) cover the engineering side of things and Nigel Thom once again provides expert narration as he has on previous TriumphDVD productions.

Packed with never before seen archive film from 1960's rallies, recces and practice, plus a wealth of rarely and previously unseen images this release provides something for every Mini enthusiast anywhere in the world.

Disc 2 gives us the chance to explore other Mini subjects in greater detail. We visit the Mini Cooper Register national day 2011 at Beaulieu - a day long to be remembered not only for the outstanding display of cars but also the rain which came down incessantly from dawn to dusk.

We visit the Mini Sport premises in Padiham for an amazing tour that proves industry is still alive and well in Great Britain.

Paul Easter shot some wonderful colour films whilst rallying in the 1960s and he talks us through some of the most interesting material which includes in-car footage from the 1962 Liege, coverage of the 1963 Tulip, practice for the 1965 Acropolis and 1965 Monte plus testing the 'works' Mini Cooper S in Wales, previously only ever seen in black and white.

Extra interview extracts which could not be included within the main film
on disc 1 are included here.

The new Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC was displayed by Kris Meeke at Rallyday 2011. We arranged with the organizers to team this fabulous new car with original 1960's 'works' Mini Coopers and the results are displayed here. Natalie Gilbert brought GRX 310D along for the occasion; a car that is believed to have competed in more official 'works' events than any other Mini.

Richard Casey was preparing his 180BHP Mini at the time of filming and we visited him in Lancashire to talk about his car. He is hoping to compete in the South in the near future against some of the cars we have a preview of here at the Mamhead Hill Climb 2010.

Viewer Comments

"The greatest compliment we can give this DVD is that if you don't own a Mini already, by the end of this production there is a strong chance you will want to go out and buy one!" - Classic Car Buyer (UK)

"New from filmmaker John Clancy is this authoritative Mini Cooper double DVD. With a play time of over 200 minutes and containing previously unpublished history, we think the £19.95 retail price, which includes postage is more than reasonable." - Practical Classics (UK)

"A fab new two-disc DVD documentary by Mini enthusiast and filmmaker John Clancy... Unusually there are only around three minutes of previously seen footage out of the total three hours and 20 minutes of viewing time, so you can be sure it's not just another re-hash of old material." - Mini World (UK)

"With so many DVDs out now about the history of the Mini it is difficult to find one that breaks new ground, or even that offers new material. John Clancy has achieved this by accessing the 8mm home movies of the very people at the heart of the Mini Cooper's rally success... This 8mm footage is to me, enough reason to buy the DVD on its own. Add in the 80-min documentary and another two hours or so of additional material, and this one is a real keeper." The Mini Experience (Australia)

"There are interviews, previously unseen footage and fantastic commentary. It all makes for a great watch and a fantastic Christmas pressie for both Mini fans old and new" - Modern Mini (UK)

The Mini was a revolution in car design when it appeared in 1959. The Mini Cooper arrived in 1961 boasting higher performance, uprated suspension and disc brakes. Immediately successful in racing and rallying a legend was born and that legend lives to this day with the new breed BMW MINI originally designed by Rover engineers in Britain.

Total running time for both discs is approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. Read on below for full details.


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