Films: 1973 Modified Mini Me-Pre: The Hillclimb Laboratory
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Made To Drive | S12 E19

1973 Modified Mini Me-Pre: The Hillclimb Laboratory

This privateer prototype epitomizes 1970s style.
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Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Lovely video. There is so much to know in building race cars that the people with deep knowledge have been at it their entire lives and, for many, also their fathers before them. Regarding the car, I wonder what setting the wheels so far out has done to the scrub radius? Antonio says at 3:58 that the car is “not so easy to drive” . . . “when you go on the power”. Plainly this was a winning car, and agile. With a suspension so altered it may have been a hard car to master.


It’s really cool. It sort of bit reminded me of my first Mini experience. It was a race car, wasn’t chopped or anything, but it had the single piece front, and it was also my first race car experience, and scared big Jesus out of me. This is fabulous.


Though I am an engineer, I approach most automobiles first with my heart, then with my brain. Petrolicious excels at scripting and shooting evocative videos and successfully merges music (my favorite right brain activity) and motors (my favorite left brain activity). I like to think that they create using the same devices and motifs that I would, were I a filmmaker. Keep up the good work.

Simon Sheldrick
Simon Sheldrick

Hear, Hear!

Though I am not an engineer I am in touch with the visceral emotion certain cars bring to me. And it can be anything from old Edwardian monsters to rat-rods, etc. Petrolicious excel at this short format storytelling.

Dennis White
Dennis White

Always fun when the videos have the cars on the track, but hard to top the one with Marino Franchitti in the Maser Birdcage. Thanks!

Bruce Meyer
Bruce Meyer

What a cool car, fun story and unbelievable trophy room!!!
Thanks Petrolicious…NEVER LIFT