This Is An Austin Mini That Will Shake You To Bits
Photos by James Mocroft
James Mocroft is an Austin Mini owner with a need for speed. As soon as pictures of his car hit our inbox, we’ve been enthralled with his take on a humble 1989 Austin Mini. His first car was a Mini, and as he writes, “When I was looking for a project, it seemed like the sensible choice!” This “project” is far from a simple restoration and upgrade, however.
“I started with a new bodyshell,” he says. “I’d end up modifying brand new parts because they just weren’t good enough. I’m an engineer, so I’ve been able to utilize skills I’ve learned making parts for the car, as well as learning new ones working on it. I’ve made some of my own carbon fibre parts for it, as well as designed and made 3D printed bits for it, too.”
The result is described as a road legal “full-on” race car, that shakes its passengers to bits, makes their ears ring, and gives their clothes the smell of gasoline.
“It’s so raw but so much fun,” he says. “Corners or traffic islands are amazing, its LSD is just mega. I race it at Shelsley Walsh hill climb. You can feel the history in the place, being part of it is so special.”
We can’t wait to see what Mocroft’s next project looks like.