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Anatomy of the Works Minis - Rally, Racing and Rallycross Cars (Motorsport Books) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Brian Moylen
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15 May 2007 Motorsport Books
The inside story of how the giant-killing Minis of rallying, rallycross and racing fame were converted from standard Mini-Coopers in the BMC Competitions Department. The author, who spent 22 years in "Comps", reveals the secrets of specification, build technique and development of the famous Works Minis. The book includes contributions from Ginger Devlin (Cooper's Chief Mechanic) and 'Jumping Jeff' Williamson (Works Rallycross driver). Particularly famous for their great adventures in the Monte Carlo Rally, works Minis humbled many bigger and more powerful cars in international motorsport during the 1960s and 1970s. Mechanic Brian Moylan spent 22 years in the workshops of the BMC Competitions Department where the works cars were built. Here, all the secrets of how ordinary production line Mini-Coopers were converted into the mighty giant-killing Minis of motorsport are revealed in great detail. Minis are still hugely popular in club motorsport and Mini racing series today. The book includes contributions on the racing Mini from Ginger Devlin and the rallycross Mini from 'Jumping Jeff' Williamson.


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd; illustrated edition edition (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903706033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903706039
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.7 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Moylan started working for MG in 1950 as a mechanic in the service/repair shop. In 1955 he was drafted in to the Racing Department. which was the centre for all BMC competition work. During his time there he was fortunate enough to work on several rally winning Minis including the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. Just before the factory closed in 1980 Bryan was offered the position of manager of a small satellite Morris Garages outlet. Bryan has always been involved in the MG Car Club, serving on the committee of the local Centre in various capacities. Since his retirement he has started giving slide shows on MG history and writing articles for the leading Classic Car magazines, plus three books on MG and rally connected subjects. Bryan also works closely with the Abingdon Museum setting up MG Exhibitions and is currently working towards having a permanent exhibition in the Museum.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous historical reference 16 Jan 2002
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An excellent book for the historic rally Mini aficionado. Fortunately it is not expensive as there is not a lot of reading in it but there are lots of photographs (B&W) and several sketches and other graphic illustrations. It's highly probable that most readers will pick up at least one hitherto unknown tip or trick for preparing an historic rally Mini. It's also a revelation to recognise how the BMC Competitions Department utilised the facilities in other BMC factories to fine-tune their cars with little need to resort to outside suppliers. While concentrating on the specification of a Mini in its golden era (mid-60's), it does refer quite well to how individual aspects of preparation developed over the years. Whilst I was slightly disappointed that there is little or no reference to the aluminium bodied car prepared for the 1969 season (GRX311D), on the other hand, I was delighted to read so much about the four-wheel drive rallycross Mini.
For the price, highly commended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insight. 29 Mar 2013
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Essential reading for any fan of the Classic Mini/Coopers, especially the competition ones. This book takes you deeper than others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for mini enthusiasts 31 Dec 2012
By K Hanna
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Really interesting description of how to build a works rally car. It taught me lots of interesting new things. If you have a mini buy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Sep 2014
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Perfect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Get the hard copy! GREAT BOOK - pictures are not readable in e-book format! 6 Jan 2014
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This book is a quick and interesting read. There are several pictures and scanned in worksheets from original car builds that are unreadable in the e-book version.
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