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This Austin Mini Is Part Of A Coming Of Age Story That Honors The Past

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MR 2cv
MR 2cv
3 years ago

Very nice! Great story!

Pedro Campuzano
Pedro Campuzano
5 years ago

Beautifully shot, especially the intro. Loved the lighting and such a great story. He enjoys the breakdowns, means he is a real enthusiast!

Charlie Tango
Charlie Tango
5 years ago

That “SEX Breakfast of Champions” sticker reminds me of F1’s good old days.

JB21
JB21
5 years ago

I have yet to meet anyone who has actually driven a Mini who doesn’t consider it a fundamental car.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
5 years ago
Reply to  JB21

As you may know, when Alec Issigonis drew the Mini, he was not thinking of a performance car. He was designing a car, he said, for “the district nurse” and it had independent suspension because of the need to accommodate rural roads. And then the car started to win rallies, and it won an early one against far more powerful and larger cars, and it won that rally outright: not first in class but first overall. Someone better versed in Mini history than I am will know which rally this was, but that is not so important in order to support the following point. From the fundamentals the car did so much that was new for the time, and that now is common place.

For instance, the wheels are at the far corners of the car. This is now general. Performance oriented cars have very short or no over-hangs. Of course it was exceedingly light; it was monocoque; the c.g. was low; the suspension was independent. But also it had a ‘rubber’ suspension. The spring were rubber cones. There were no steel springs. The car rode on rubber cones. And this is a highly non-linear spring.

A lot of modern sports cars corner on their rubber bump stops. On a lot of contemporary sport coupes during cornering the chassis rides, on the outboard side, directly on the rubber bump stop. By “directly on the bump stop”, I means to say that the side of the chassis on the outside of the turn sits direct on the two rubber “bump stops” on that side. These ‘stops’ are a progressive-rate, rubber spring of complex design. And those two out board bump stops sit on the top of the shock shaft that is attached directly to the to control arm for the wheel. The two ‘outside’ progressive rubber springs, during cornering, become dominant since the rubber spring at its limit has a far higher spring rate than the steel helical spring. And this becomes de facto, during corners, a rubber suspension of the type that Alex Moulton designed for his friend Issisgonis when Issisogonis needed a compact, light, low cost non-linear spring for the the Mini.

There were other elements which have carried far into the future. The car is arguably the first ‘hot hatch’ produced in serious volume. The car is, from the fundamentals, a corner stone of the features that are now everywhere in contemporary cars.

Pedro Valente Silva
Pedro Valente Silva
5 years ago

Theres a photo near the Douro river, Porto, Portugal!

Pedro Valente Silva
Pedro Valente Silva
5 years ago

Im a proud owner of a Mini Cooper MkII 1970. It was rebuilt by my father in 2005. No its mine and I love it. My kids to! Great video. Tomorrow, I will use it!

https://instagram.com/p/BOmywoZBxyrZZeum-hCLzfNqZklB2LFMOcEgcQ0/

geelongvic
geelongvic
5 years ago

Beautiful Video. Delightful enthusiasm. A bravo for Mini ownership and enjoyment!

Hafizul
Hafizul
5 years ago

As a fellow Mini Cooper owner, I really appreciate the work done into this film. Minis are real great cars and, one would only realise it once they have been behind the wheels of it.

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
5 years ago

Beautiful intro and great strory!

All the best to Maxime and its Mini!

Dieut et mon Droit
Dieut et mon Droit
5 years ago

Back to the basics, back to form.
Brought me back the smells, the noise, the vibrations, the break-downs -and the fun!

Bonne route, Maxime!

1983dmd
1983dmd
5 years ago

Bravo Maxime pour ta voiture et ta passion. Il est très agréable de voir un jeune de 20 ans sérieux comme tu sembles l’être…C’est inspirant !!
J’aimerais savoir dans quelle région de la France a été filmé le documentaire ?
(Bretagne ou Normandie?)

Bonne route!

Flo
Flo
5 years ago
Reply to  1983dmd

La région est la Normandie. La falaise à 50sec est point de vue très reconnaissable de Etretat (en cherchant Etretat dans Google Image on trouve des centaines d’images de cette falaise)

jim
jim
5 years ago

And it’s very difficult to get a gal pregnant in a mini….C’est tres bien.

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer
5 years ago

As a surviving member of the ’67-’70 Mulholland Racing Association I vividly remember three VERY SERIOUS MINIS that terrorized pretty much any other cars up there between Laurel Canyon and Coldwater. Larry, Joe Jr., and Harvey, I hope you’re still driving…….

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
5 years ago

Lovely video. Extraordinary car.

wing nut
wing nut
5 years ago

This film brought back many great memories. I was a boy living in a small village in Essex, England (Gt. Easton) and there was a garage on the corner and their mechanic had a Mini Cooper. The mechanic (Peter) asked me one day if I’d like to take a ride in his car and very much like the young man in this film off we went into the country lanes at great speed. I was hooked. Years later my first car was a ’67 Mini Cooper S and again, like the young man in this film it was love at first sight and drive. I always think of Peter who tragically died very young of cancer but that one drive in his Mini changed me forever. Since then I’ve driven some of the greatest car marques made but my Cooper S still remains one of my all time favorites. Great stuff guys.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
5 years ago
Reply to  wing nut

Yes. I remember riding in a street driven Mini with a track prepared suspension as a young boy. And I never quite got over it.

Kenneth Geelhaar
Kenneth Geelhaar
5 years ago

I really enjoyed watching this film about this young mans mini. It brought back memories when I attended College. My professor drove an old blue right hand drive mini. He would joke that they all came to America pre rusty. I was a bit surprised that the car in the film was not a right hand drive also. Still looks fun to drive and I wish the young man many years of fun driving it. Thank you young man for sharing your enthusiasm and experience with the mini.

Kelly Briffa
Kelly Briffa
5 years ago

It always put a grin on my face when I see a young person get it…….if you don’t know what I mean you haven’t gotten it yet. Keep looking.

Brent
Brent
5 years ago

Thanks for the great video. My first car was a ’70 Mini that I purchased new. Great car, but it blew a main bearing in the first 6 months. Have own German cars ever since that experience. Didn’t own another British car until last year when I bought a ’75 TR6. Would love to own a Cooper S some day. Time heals all wounds.