Steering into the Future

Mini Mpi R Range Boss Kit, compatible with Moto Lita Steering Wheels.

Classic Mini enthusiasts, a groundbreaking innovation has arrived at Mini Sport that promises to transform the way you experience your beloved car. Introducing the Mini Sport R Range Billet Aluminium Steering Wheel Boss Kits for MPi Minis. These kits are not just about enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your interior; they're about merging the nostalgic charm of Classic Minis with the cutting-edge safety and performance standards of today.

A Leap Forward with Billet Aluminium:

Crafted from aerospace-grade 7075 billet aluminium, these boss kits are a testament to Mini Sport's commitment to quality, performance, and innovation. Lightweight yet incredibly strong, they offer a perfect blend of durability and style, finished in anodised black for a sleek, sophisticated look.

Momo or Mota-Lita: The Choice is Yours:

Understanding the diverse tastes of Classic Mini owners, we've developed two distinct styles of our R Range Boss Kits - one tailored for the Momo steering wheel's 6 bolt pattern and the other for the Mota-Lita's 9 bolt pattern. This choice allows you to customise your Mini's interior to your heart's content, whether you're drawn to the sporty allure of Momo or the classic elegance of Mota-Lita.

Innovations for Safety and Performance:

One of the groundbreaking features of these boss kits is their ability to allow the removal of the MPi Mini's original airbag-equipped steering wheel without compromising the SRS system. This innovation ensures that you can enhance your Mini's interior and driving experience while maintaining critical safety features.

Key Benefits:

  • Enhanced Driving Experience: By allowing the installation of sportier steering wheels, these boss kits improve both the look and feel of driving your Classic Mini.
  • Preserved Horn Functionality: Thoughtfully designed to retain the horn push in the centre of the steering wheel, merging modern functionality with classic design.
  • SRS System Compatibility: Designed with safety in mind, these kits maintain the functionality of the SRS system, ensuring peace of mind.

Sneak Peek into the Future:

These boss kits are just the beginning. Mini Sport's R Division is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of Classic Mini performance and restoration. With ongoing developments and testing yielding amazing results, we're excited about the future of Mini Sport and the innovative products still to come.

A new Mini Suspension system fitted into the R1 Engine Conversion Mini.

Why Upgrade?

Upgrading to one of our R Range Billet Aluminium Steering Wheel Boss Kits is more than just a modification; it's an investment in your Mini's future. Whether you're an avid racer, a restoration enthusiast, or someone who simply loves driving their Classic Mini, these boss kits offer an unparalleled blend of style, safety, and performance.

Mini Sport's R Range Boss Kits.

R Range Boss kit for Momo

R Range Boss kit for Moto-Lita

Join the Revolution:

At Mini Sport, we're not just about creating parts; we're about fostering a community of enthusiasts who share a passion for the Classic Mini. These new boss kits represent our commitment to this community and to the ongoing legacy of the Mini. We invite you to join us in steering into the future, equipped with the best that modern technology and classic charm can offer.

Visit our website to explore the R Range Billet Aluminium Steering Wheel Boss Kits and discover how you can elevate your Classic Mini experience. For any inquiries or to share your thoughts, connect with us on our social media platforms - Facebook, Instagram & X or directly through our website. The road ahead is exciting, and we can't wait to journey it with you.

Steering into the Future Classic Mini enthusiasts, a groundbreaking innovation has arrived at Mini Sport that promises to transform the way you experience your beloved car. Introducing the Mini Sport R Range Billet Aluminium Steering Wheel Boss Kits for MPi Minis. These kits are not just about enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your interior; they're [...]
Rear of the Mk2 Mini Cooper restored by the specialists at Mini Sport.

The Final Reveal

As we reach the climax of our restoration journey with the Mk2 1969 Mini Cooper 998cc, painted in the stunning Island Blue with a Snowberry White roof, we're excited to share the fruits of our labor. This blog post delves into the final touches that transformed this classic Mini into a masterpiece of automotive art, ready to steal the spotlight at Mathewsons Classic Car Auction.

Front passenger side on the restored Mini Cooper painted in Island Blue.
10" Mini Wheels on a mk2 Mini Cooper is Island Blue

A Symphony of Engineering and Aesthetics

Engine Bay Perfection:

The heart of any car is its engine, and for this classic Mini, it's nothing short of a showstopper. Our Mini Sport experts have meticulously restored the engine bay, ensuring that it not only runs like a dream but also looks better than it ever did. The precision with which each component has been installed and finished makes this engine bay a true testament to our dedication to perfection.

Engine Bay Restoration, with a reconditioned 998cc Engine.

Interior: Elegance Reimagined

The interior of this Mini Cooper captures the essence of classic British motoring with a modern twist. From the iconic three-centre clock setup to the sumptuously refitted seats, every inch of the cabin has been thoughtfully restored. The new seat covers, expertly rebuilt seating, and freshly laid carpets breathe new life into the timeless design, making it a luxurious place to be.

Mini Cooper Interior, through the passenger side door.
Mk2 Mini Cooper Dashboard and leather seats.
Refurbished, classic Mini seats for a Mk2 Cooper featuring in Bangers and Cash

Attention to Detail: The Finishing Touches

It's the little details that make a big difference. The fitting of the front headlamps, rear lights, badges, and chrome trims was carried out with an unparalleled level of care. Each mirror, wheel, and tyre was chosen and installed to complement the Mini's heritage while enhancing its functionality and style. The Mini Sport plaque is a badge of honour, symbolising the quality and care taken in every step of the restoration process.

Grille of a Island Blue Mini Cooper, ready for the auction.
Rear Lights and exhaust on the Island Blue Mini Cooper
The Bangers and Cash Logo
Chrome Windscreen wipers inside a Mk2 Mini Cooper, restored at Mini Sport.
Rear Wheel and tyre on the Mk2 Mini Cooper.

Immaculate Presentation

Before its grand departure to the auction, the Mini was scrutinised from every angle, ensuring that the bodywork, paintwork, and every detail were flawless. The result is a vehicle that looks immaculate inside and out—from the pristine engine bay to the spotless boot and the stunning interior.

Reconditioned 998cc Engine, in a Mini Cooper.
Rear of the classic Mini Cooper painted in Island Blue
Inside the boot of an Island Blue Mk2 Mini Cooper.

Exclusive Insights: Bangers and Cash Praises Mini Sport

Don’t miss the exclusive video from the Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics team, where they express immense admiration for the restoration quality of this Mini Cooper. Watch their heartfelt praise and see why our restoration stands as a jewel of classic car excellence. Watch the Video

Ready for the Spotlight

As the Mini Cooper makes its way to Mathewsons Classic Car Auction, it's not just going to a new home—it's entering the annals of classic motoring history. This Mini is a shining example of how passion, expertise, and attention to detail come together to restore not just a car, but a legacy.

Stunning Mk2 Mini Cooper, restored by the Mini Specialists at Mini Sport.

Join Us at the Auction

Experience the excitement firsthand and consider bidding on this beautifully restored classic Mini Cooper at Mathewsons on May 2nd. For more details and to view the auction listing, click here.

Morris Mini Cooper boot badge, fitted onto the Bangers and cash Mini.
Locking fuel cap, on an Island Blue Mini Cooper restored at Mini Sport.

Join us in celebrating the rebirth of this motoring icon at the upcoming auction on May 1st. For those who have followed this journey, thank you for being a part of this incredible project. For potential buyers, this is more than an investment—it's an opportunity to own a piece of automotive art, meticulously restored by Mini Sport.

Bangers and Cash, collecting the Mini Cooper to be taken to auction

Stay Connected

Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for more updates and behind-the-scenes content from Mini Sport. Witness the passion and precision that go into every one of our projects and share in the excitement of classic car restoration at its finest.

The Final Reveal As we reach the climax of our restoration journey with the Mk2 1969 Mini Cooper 998cc, painted in the stunning Island Blue with a Snowberry White roof, we're excited to share the fruits of our labor. This blog post delves into the final touches that transformed this classic Mini into a masterpiece [...]
Mini Sport R Range Radius Arms

The Cutting-Edge R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms Revolutionising Classic Mini Performance

The journey of enhancing Classic Mini performance takes a monumental leap with the unveiling of Mini Sport's R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms. Born from the innovative minds at our R Division, these radius arms are a blend of sophisticated engineering and a profound affinity for the Mini, offering a transformative approach to handling and performance.

Innovation at the Core:

Our ethos at Mini Sport R Division centres on harmonising the rich heritage of the Classic Mini with cutting-edge automotive advancements. The R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms are the embodiment of this philosophy, utilising aerospace-grade 7075 aluminium for an optimal balance of lightweight strength and enduring durability. This material choice is critical, offering the toughness needed to propel your Mini's handling and agility into uncharted territories of performance.

Close up of an R Range Radius Arm, by Mini Sport.

Technical Mastery Unleashed:

Precision is key in the development of the R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms. Through meticulous CNC machining, each arm is crafted to achieve a weight of just 3.32kg, including the integrated spindle and stub axle. This weight reduction from the standard 5.25kg cast arms significantly diminishes unsprung mass, directly translating to enhanced agility and response on any terrain. Furthermore, each arm is engineered to incorporate a world-first 1° of Negative camber built into the stub axle, optimising rear-end handling for a sharper driving experience.

Mini Sport R Range Radius Arm drawing

Ready for Maximum Attack

Our radius arms come fully equipped with cutting-edge stub axles and pivot pin kits, and are enhanced with needle roller bearings, which offer superior precision and durability over traditional bushings. Designed for a perfect fit with coil spring suspension systems, they are delivered ready to install. This ensures immediate improvements in handling and responsiveness, crucial for enthusiasts who demand the best from their road and track experiences. Excitingly, we are also close to launching the Knuckle Joint version, which will be compatible with the traditional Mini rubber cone suspension setup. Keep an eye out for updates!

Pair of R Range Radius Arms, compatible with coil Suspension

Durability Meets Design:

Designed using state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software and stress-tested for peak reliability, these radius arms not only promise exceptional performance but also boast a visually striking anodised Orange finish, exclusive to the Mini Sport R Range. This not only enhances the vehicle's aesthetic but also signifies the arms' quality and the innovation behind them.

The Next Generation of Mini Suspension:

These radius arms signal the advent of a revolutionary suspension system meticulously devised by our R Division. Following extensive testing and remarkable outcomes, this forthcoming system is keenly awaited by the Mini enthusiast community, promising to redefine what's possible in Classic Mini handling and performance. Register your interest today to be among the first to experience its transformative capabilities!

A new Mini Suspension system fitted into the R1 Engine Conversion Mini.

Choosing R Range - A Commitment to Excellence:

Opting for the R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms is a declaration of your dedication to pushing the boundaries of what your Classic Mini can achieve. It's an investment in cutting-edge design, superior craftsmanship, and a lineage of performance that's second to none. Backed by Mini Sport's legacy of innovation, these arms are more than an upgrade—they're a new benchmark in Mini performance.

The R1 Engine Conversion Mini, on track at Curburough.

Developed & tested on our R1 Race Mini.

Stay Tuned:

The evolution of Classic Mini performance is underway, and with the imminent launch of our full suspension system, the excitement is just beginning. We invite you to join us on this exhilarating journey, stay connected for the latest updates, and be among the first to elevate your Mini's performance to new heights.

The R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms signify a groundbreaking advancement in the pursuit of superior Classic Mini performance. They represent not just a product, but a new era of customisation, performance, and style for Mini enthusiasts. As we prepare to unveil our comprehensive suspension system, your Mini stands on the brink of a transformation that will redefine its legacy on the roads and the tracks.

Stay engaged with Mini Sport for the upcoming launch, and be part of the revolution that's setting a new benchmark in Classic Mini performance. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and X (Twitter)

The Cutting-Edge R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms Revolutionising Classic Mini Performance The journey of enhancing Classic Mini performance takes a monumental leap with the unveiling of Mini Sport's R Range Billet Aluminium Radius Arms. Born from the innovative minds at our R Division, these radius arms are a blend of sophisticated engineering and a [...]
Painted Shell of a Mini Cooper Restoration, painted in Island Blue and Snowberry White Roof.

Breathing New Life into a Classic: The Engine, Wiring, and More Behind the classic Mini Cooper Restoration

Welcome to the latest instalment of our restoration journey in collaboration with the hit television series, Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics, about the Mk2 1969 classic Mini Cooper 998cc, painted in the breathtaking Island Blue with a Snowberry White roof. This chapter takes us deep into the nucleus of the restoration process, where we meticulously rebuild the engine and gearbox, craft a new wiring loom from scratch, make strategic upgrades to the brakes and suspension, and conduct a thorough refurbishment of the carburettors. It's a journey that showcases the unparalleled precision, expertise, and passion Mini Sport brings to this ambitious project.

A Mini Gearbox built, for the Bangers & Cash Mini.
A classic Mini Engine Block, as part of an Engine rebuild.

The gearbox's restoration mirrored this philosophy. With a focus on reliability and a smooth driving experience, we replaced worn bearings and seals, recalibrated the gear ratios for optimal performance, and ensured that the rebuilt gearbox would deliver a seamless transition between gears, enhancing the Mini's drive-ability and joy.

The built Engine for the Bangers and Cash Mini.
A built Mini Cooper Engine.

Electrifying the Past: The Wiring Loom

The electrical system often represents a significant challenge in classic car restoration, primarily due to age-related wear and outdated technology. Our Mini Cooper's original wiring was a tangle of decades-old issues, necessitating a fresh start. John, our expert in automotive electrics, undertook the meticulous task of building a new wiring loom. This wasn't just about replacing old wires; it involved construct a completely new wiring harness that would respect the Mini's heritage while infusing it with with modern durability and reliability. The result is a harmonious blend of the past and present, ensuring that every electrical component works flawlessly.

The Bangers and Cash Logo
Building a Mini Wiring Loom, for a Mini Cooper restoration.
Mini sport Braided wiring loom
Battery fitted to the boot of a Mini Cooper.

A Modern Twist on Classic Brakes and Suspension

In updating the brakes and suspension, our goal was to respect the Mini's heritage while preparing it for the demands of modern driving. The original braking system was replaced with Mini Sport’s alloy brake callipers, designed and machined in-house. These callipers, combined with larger discs, provide a significant improvement in braking performance and heat dissipation, crucial for both safety and driving pleasure.

Front and rear subframes, built with genuine suspension cones and alloy calipers.
Mini Sport Blue Alloy Brake Caliper, fitted onto a subframe.

The suspension's transition to a dry system was equally strategic. By replacing the Hydrolastic system with Mini Sport Adjusta Ride and Moulton Suspension Cones, we achieved a ride that's both faithful to the original feel and enhanced for modern roads. This upgrade ensures the Mini handles with the agility and comfort expected of today's vehicles, without sacrificing its classic character.

Rear subframe, fitted onto a Mini Cooper shell painted in Island Blue.

Breathing Life: The Carburettors

The carburettors are where fuel meets air, and magic happens. Our restoration process for these crucial components was not just a task—it was a mission. Each carburettor was dismantled, with every part cleaned, inspected, and refurbished or replaced as necessary. By fully reconditioning and rebuilding these vital components, we've ensured that the Mini Cooper's engine will sing once again. The restoration of these carburettors focused on achieving the perfect mixture and flow, optimising fuel efficiency, and ensuring that the engine's response to the throttle is both immediate and smooth. 

Remanufcatured Carburettors fitted onto a classic Mini Engine.

The journey of restoring this Mk2 1969 Mini Cooper 998cc is testament to the dedication, expertise, and passion that defines our Mini Sport team. Each component, from the engine to the wiring loom, has been treated with the utmost care, ensuring that the essence of this classic car is not only preserved but enhanced. Ensuring this amazing Mini not only celebrates its rich history but is also primed for creating new, unforgettable memories.

Follow us on social media for continuous updates on this exciting journey. Together, we're not just restoring a classic Mini Cooper; we're redefining its legacy for the modern era.

Engine fitted into the Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics Car.
A classic Mini 998cc Engine, fitted.
Filming of the Mini Cooper S, featuring on Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics.

Ready to make your Mini dreams a reality? Reach out to our team today. We're not just mechanics and engineers; we're enthusiasts like you, committed to preserving the Mini's legacy.

Contact us: sales@minisport.com

Breathing New Life into a Classic: The Engine, Wiring, and More Behind the classic Mini Cooper Restoration Welcome to the latest instalment of our restoration journey in collaboration with the hit television series, Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics, about the Mk2 1969 classic Mini Cooper 998cc, painted in the breathtaking Island Blue with a Snowberry [...]
Brooklands Green Mini Cooper LE restoration complete

Welcome to Mini Sport, where passion for classic Minis meets the pinnacle of restoration craftsmanship. Our latest project, the transformation of a 1998 Brooklands Green Mini Cooper LE MPi, stands as a testament to our dedication and the comprehensive services we offer to every classic Mini enthusiast. Through this blog, we invite you on a journey of transformation, from a rust-afflicted state to a showpiece of classic Mini heritage, and illuminate the breadth of our restoration capabilities.

A Diamond in the Rough

Our story begins with the arrival of a seemingly promising Mini Cooper LE. Despite its outward appearance, a closer inspection revealed a battleground of rust and decay, hidden within its cracked inner wings. It was a challenge only the brave would take on, and at Mini Sport, we were ready to embrace it.

Mini arrival condition
Outer wing cut away to reveal cracked inner wing

The Path to Perfection

Faced with the extensive deterioration, we embarked on a journey not just to restore but to reimagine this classic Mini. The decision was made to start afresh with a new body shell from British Motor Heritage, ensuring the Mini's legacy would endure on a foundation built to last. This shell was then meticulously prepared, primed, and painted in the Mini's iconic Brooklands Green, complemented by a striking white roof, in a process that showcased the skill and attention to detail of our body technicians.

Mini Cooper shell prepped
Mini floor painted inside Brooklands Green
Mini Body shell painted in Brooklands Green
Painted Mini body shell in Mini sport workshop ready for rebuild

Beyond the Surface

Restoration is more than skin deep, and our approach to the Brooklands Green Mini Cooper LE MPi was no exception. From powder-coated subframes rebuilt with new components to the installation of an upgraded Smootha-Ride suspension, we ensured that every aspect of the Mini's specification matched its stunning appearance. The heart of the Mini, its engine and gearbox, was revitalised, setting the stage for a driving experience as exhilarating as the day it first hit the road.

Rear Mini subframe ready for installation
Front suspension fitted to Mini
Mini engine bay

Crafting the Interior Experience

The interior of a classic Mini is a space of timeless charm and elegance. We took great care in restoring the original green leather seats special to the LE, alongside modern enhancements such as power steering for a seamless blend of classic aesthetics and contemporary comfort. Every detail, from the wood dashboard to the Cooper gear knob, was preserved or restored to its original glory.

Green Mini seats fitted
Electric power steering fitted
Mini Cooper LE dashboard and steering wheel installed
Mini Cooper Gearstick

A New Beginning

The transformation culminated in the application of new checkered decals and the original type Cooper LE side and boot decals, signifying not just the completion of a restoration, but the rebirth of a legend. The result is a Mini Cooper LE that not only pays homage to its heritage but also stands as a beacon of the craftsmanship and dedication inherent in every Mini Sport restoration project.

Mini front close up
Mini Cooper decal and stripes
Inside the Mini boot
Mini Cooper outside of Mini Sport with engine on display

Your Classic Mini, Reimagined by Mini Sport

At Mini Sport, the Brooklands Green Mini Cooper LE MPi is just one example of the transformations possible through our complete restoration services. Every classic Mini that comes through our doors receives the same level of care, expertise, and dedication to ensure that it leaves as a testament to its legacy and a joy for its owner.

Whether your Mini is in need of minor repairs or a full-scale restoration, we invite you to discover the possibilities with Mini Sport. Our team of experts is ready to bring your classic Mini back to its former glory, or even to reimagine it into something uniquely yours. Join us in preserving the legacy of the classic Mini, one restoration at a time.

Thank you for being a part of our journey. Here's to many more miles and smiles, shared together in the world of classic Minis.

Rear of a restored Classic Mini Cooper MPi LE

Ready to embark on your Mini restoration journey? Contact Mini Sport Ltd. for expert guidance and assistance. Follow us on social media for the latest updates, tips, and inspiration to fuel your passion for classic Minis.

Welcome to Mini Sport, where passion for classic Minis meets the pinnacle of restoration craftsmanship. Our latest project, the transformation of a 1998 Brooklands Green Mini Cooper LE MPi, stands as a testament to our dedication and the comprehensive services we offer to every classic Mini enthusiast. Through this blog, we invite you on a [...]

by Mini Sport

R1 Mini going round a corner at the Curborough Race Track.

In the world of automotive restoration and modification, there exists a relentless quest for innovation—a pursuit that continually pushes the boundaries of performance and design. At the heart of this quest is the Classic Mini, an icon of motoring history, beloved for its charm, agility, and the indelible mark it has left on car enthusiasts around the globe. Today, we stand on the brink of a groundbreaking transformation, one that merges heritage with high-octane performance: the introduction of the R1 Engine Conversion Kit, designed to awaken the beast within the Classic Mini.

R1 Engine Conversion Kit fitted into Team Mini Sport Mini
R1 Mini engine conversion kit installed in car with custom-made engine mountings for seamless integration

The Inspiration Behind the R1 Conversion Kit

The genesis of the Mini Sport R1 Conversion Kit was driven by a singular vision: to harmonise the timeless allure of the Classic Mini with the formidable power and exhilaration of the Yamaha R1 engine. Traditional upgrades to the Mini's original powertrain often faced limitations—be it in terms of power, reliability, or the sheer cost of enhancement. Enter the Yamaha R1 engine, a marvel of engineering, known for its lightweight design, rev-happy nature, and impressive power output. This fusion not only promises to overcome the challenges of traditional upgrades but to redefine what a Classic Mini can achieve on the road and the track.

Team Mini Sport R1 Engine Conversion Mini navigating a corner, showcasing agility and performance

Development Journey

Embarking on the journey to integrate the R1 engine into the Classic Mini was no small feat. It was a path rife with technical challenges, from ensuring a seamless fit within the Mini's compact dimensions to preserving the car's balance and drivability. Our team of engineers and designers, armed with extensive experience and a passion for innovation, met these challenges head-on. 

Components of the R1 Engine Conversion Kit laid out, ready for installation

Through countless hours of design, testing, and refinement, we developed a bespoke engine cradle, custom exhaust systems, and tailored engine mounts. These breakthroughs not only secured the R1 engine within the Mini's frame but also enhanced its performance, creating a synergy between two worlds of motoring.

Expected Impact

The R1 Engine Conversion Kit by Mini Sport stands to revolutionise the Classic Mini, offering owners a dramatic increase in power, from the original engine's modest output to the thrilling performance of up to 170 horsepower. But it's not just about raw power; it's about transforming the driving experience—improving handling, acceleration, and the sheer joy of driving. This kit opens up new horizons for Mini motorsport, offering an edge in competitive racing, and for enthusiasts, delivering an exhilarating ride that's unmatched in the realm of classic cars.

R1 Mini adorned with new decals, primed for track testing by Mini Sport

The R1 Engine Conversion Kit is more than just an upgrade; it's a reimagining of what the Classic Mini can be—a fusion of classic charm and modern performance. For those who have always dreamed of pushing the limits of their Mini, of experiencing the thrill of high-performance motoring, this kit represents the pinnacle of automotive innovation. We invite you to explore the possibilities that the R1 Conversion Kit offers, to join us in this exciting new chapter in the story of the Classic Mini. Unleash the beast within your Mini and redefine your driving experience.

Discover the future of Classic Mini performance with the Mini Sport R1 Engine Conversion Kit. The road ahead is exhilarating—are you ready to take the journey? Contact our team today to discuss your specific requirements and start your journey toward unleashing the beast within your Mini.

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by Mini Sport In the world of automotive restoration and modification, there exists a relentless quest for innovation—a pursuit that continually pushes the boundaries of performance and design. At the heart of this quest is the Classic Mini, an icon of motoring history, beloved for its charm, agility, and the indelible mark it has left [...]
A built Mini Sport Engine, by Ian Joyce.

In the world of classic Mini performance and restoration, the engines crafted by Mini Sport stand out not just for their power and precision, but for the legacy of innovation they carry. This legacy is inextricably linked to Ian, Mini Sport's master engine builder, whose early years and rise in the motorsport world have significantly influenced the engineering marvels we create today. This first part of our series delves into Ian's formative years and his ascent in the world of motorsport engineering.

The Apprenticeship That Built a Foundation

Ian's journey into the heart of automotive engineering began at 16, with a Motor Vehicle 3-year Indentured apprenticeship at the British Leyland Garage in Chorley, Lancashire. It was here, under the watchful eye of a dedicated mentor, that Ian's foundational skills were nurtured. His apprenticeship, enriched with an additional two years at Wigan College, wasn't merely about learning the ropes; it was an immersion into the complexities and intricacies of car mechanics, crafting a deep understanding and respect for the engineering behind each vehicle.

Promoted to workshop foreman at the age of 21, shortly after qualifying, Ian demonstrated not only a mastery of his craft but also the leadership qualities and vision that would define his career. This early rise through the ranks was a testament to his dedication, skill, and the passion for automotive engineering that would fuel his future endeavours.

British Leyland garage, where Ian Mini SPort's Engine builder completed his apprenticeship.

The Motorsport Itch

Ian's career took a pivotal turn at 26 when he moved to the Lake District to join PB Dobson’s, the local Rover and Jaguar Dealership in Kendal. But it was at 29, when the motorsport itch became irresistible, that Ian made the leap to Atkinson’s Motorsport, part of the Vauxhall Dealership spearheaded by Dave Metcalfe. This move marked the beginning of Ian's distinguished career in the motorsport world, developing, designing, and building world-class rally cars.

Working alongside legends like Dave Metcalfe and in partnership with Irmscher, the Vauxhall Opel tuning giant, Ian's talents flourished. He was instrumental in building Nova, Astras, and later the Calibra Turbo, vehicles that dominated the British and German Rally Championships. These projects were not just about assembling cars; they were about pushing boundaries, innovating under pressure, and creating machines that could outperform and outlast their competition.

Dave Metcalfe In the Nova Astra, at the manx rally.
Dave Metcalfe, in the Astra , built by Ian Mini Sport's master Engine Builder

Engineering Wins and Building Legends

Dave Metcalfe, a spectacular British rally driver known for his prowess in a 1.6-litre works Vauxhall Nova GTE Group A, became a pivotal figure in Ian's career. Metcalfe's success, including BTRDA class titles and remarkable standings in the Lombard RAC Rally, was in part a testament to the vehicles Ian helped bring to life. Working with co-drivers like Nicky Grist, Ian Grindrod, and Mike Broad, Metcalfe's achievements underscored the importance of precision engineering and innovation in the world of rallying.

These early experiences laid the groundwork for Ian's philosophy on vehicle development: a blend of rigorous attention to detail, a deep understanding of vehicle dynamics, and a relentless pursuit of performance. It was these principles that propelled Ian through his career, from the workshops of British Leyland to the forefront of motorsport engineering.

Rally Driver Dave Metcalfe on stage at a rally in the Nova Astra

Conclusion

Ian's formative years and early career in motorsport were marked by rapid learning, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. These experiences not only shaped his approach to engineering but also set the stage for his future contributions to the world of rallying and performance vehicle development. As we continue to explore Ian's journey in the next parts of this series, it becomes evident how his early experiences have influenced the high standards and innovative spirit that define Mini Sport's blueprint engines today.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where we delve deeper into Ian's championship wins, engineering breakthroughs, and his indelible impact on the motorsport world.

Connect with us today to chat about your Mini dreams! We're passionate enthusiasts, committed to preserving the Mini spirit. Reach out at sales@minisport.com.

 

In the world of classic Mini performance and restoration, the engines crafted by Mini Sport stand out not just for their power and precision, but for the legacy of innovation they carry. This legacy is inextricably linked to Ian, Mini Sport's master engine builder, whose early years and rise in the motorsport world have significantly [...]
Mk1 White Mini, outside the Mini Sport Group Premises in Padiham.

Welcome to the world of Mini Sport, where the spirit of the classic Mini is not just preserved but celebrated with every turn of the wrench and click of the keyboard. For those of us who live and breathe the essence of this iconic car, Mini Sport isn't just a business; it's a passion project that has spanned over 50 glorious years. Today, we invite you on a journey through the heart of British craftsmanship, innovation, and the global community that makes the Mini more than just a car—it's a legacy.

Historic Picture of the original Mini Sport Building
The Mini Sport Ltd, showroom, with the Harper Family.

Crafted in Britain, Cherished Worldwide

At the core of Mini Sport's ethos is our unwavering commitment to quality, authenticity, and innovation—all steeped in British heritage. From our headquarters in Padiham, Lancashire, we design, manufacture, and deliver Mini parts and accessories that are second to none. Our dedication to original tooling and quality ensures that every product not only meets but exceeds the high standards set by Mini enthusiasts around the globe.

Classic Rally Mini and WRC with the Mini Sport van.

A Legacy of Innovation and Excellence

The Mini, a marvel of automotive engineering, became a symbol of motorsport success and innovation thanks to its revolutionary design and spirited performance. Mini Sport has taken this legacy to heart, developing products that honour the original vision while pushing the boundaries of performance and reliability. From Swivel Hubs to Suspension Cones and Drive Flanges, we ensure each component reflects the original quality and excellence the Mini is known for.

Clive King competing at the Vale of York stages.
Mini Sport, 4 pot alloy caliper and drive flange fitted onto a Platinum silver Mini.

More Than Just Parts: A Mini Lifestyle

Mini Sport is about more than just providing parts; it's about nurturing a community and lifestyle that revolves around the love for the Mini. Whether it's through our Remanufactured Engines that breathe new life into classic models or our comprehensive range of accessories that add a personal touch to each Mini, we're here to support every enthusiast's journey.

A green remanufactured Mini Engine, on a workbench.

Fuelling Passion Across the Globe

Our mission transcends borders, reaching Mini enthusiasts in over 105 countries. This global community is united by a shared passion for the Mini brand, and Mini Sport is proud to be a part of this vibrant culture. By offering unparalleled quality products and services, we help ensure these much-loved cars continue to bring joy and excitement to roads worldwide.

Classic Mini Cabriolet, in red
Yellow Clubman, repaired at the Mini Sport Ltd Garage
Mini City E restoration, completed in nightwatch blue.

The Mini Sport Promise: Quality, Reliability, Heritage

Choosing Mini Sport means investing in the future of your Mini, ensuring it receives the care, quality, and respect it deserves. Our value proposition is clear: by focusing on the pillars of quality, reliability, and heritage, we offer our customers the best of British craftsmanship at competitive prices. It's not just about keeping your Mini on the road; it's about ensuring it performs at its best, reflecting the spirit and innovation that made it a legend.

NCK453P Classic Rally Mini.
Suspension Cone, manufactured by the original tooling.

Join the Mini Sport Family

As we continue to write the chapters of this exciting journey, we extend an invitation to all Mini enthusiasts to join us. Whether you're a seasoned collector, a motorsport fanatic, or someone who cherishes the unique charm of the Mini, Mini Sport is your partner in ensuring this iconic car remains a symbol of joy and freedom for generations to come.

In the world of Mini Sport, every day is an opportunity to celebrate the Mini legacy. We're not just preserving history; we're driving it forward, fuelled by passion, innovation, and a global community that shares our love for this extraordinary car. Welcome to the family—let's keep the Mini spirit alive and revving for years to come!

Connect with us today to chat about your Mini dreams! We're passionate enthusiasts, committed to preserving the Mini spirit. Reach out at sales@minisport.com.

 

Welcome to the world of Mini Sport, where the spirit of the classic Mini is not just preserved but celebrated with every turn of the wrench and click of the keyboard. For those of us who live and breathe the essence of this iconic car, Mini Sport isn't just a business; it's a passion project [...]
Bangers and cash trailer at Mini Sport Ltd

In the heart of Mini Sport's workshop, a special project is unfolding that promises to captivate classic car enthusiasts around the globe. In collaboration with the hit television series, Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics, we've embarked on an ambitious journey to restore a Mk2 1969 Morris Mini Cooper 998cc, which first hit the road in 1969 after being purchased from a dealership in Wolverhampton. This project is not just a restoration; it's a revival of a legend, a story of passion, precision, and dedication to the heritage of classic Mini Coopers.

Bangers and Cash trailer arrival at Mini Sport Ltd
Classic Mini inside of bangers and cash trailer

The Arrival:

The journey began in October 2023, when a trailer adorned with the Bangers and Cash logo rolled into Mini Sport, delivering a piece of automotive history. The Island Blue Mini Cooper with its Snowberry White roof arrived, ready for a new lease on life. This moment marked the beginning of a project filled with anticipation and excitement.

Bangers and Cash Mini, arrival condition bodyshell
Bangers and Cash Mk 2 Mini front end

Phase 1: Disassembly and Diagnosis:

The first step in the restoration process involved a meticulous disassembly. The wiring loom was carefully removed, revealing the skeleton of a vehicle that had seen better days. As we removed the front panel and original floor, the extent of wear and rust became apparent, providing our team with a clear understanding of the challenge ahead.

Mini shell, boot condition on arrival

Phase 2: Rebuilding and Restoration:

With the car disassembled, the true craftsmanship began. Starting with the placement of new panels, including inner wings and the floor, each piece was selected and fitted with precision. Rusty panels were removed, and new ones were fabricated to match the original specifications, ensuring the Mini would retain its authentic charm

The process of fitting more panels, including the back side and boot floor, was undertaken with a keen eye for detail. As the final welding and body prep began, the car started to take shape, transforming from a shell into a recognisable Morris Mini Cooper.

Rusty floor and body panels removed

Phase 3: Priming, Painting, and Perfection:

Body and interior priming followed, setting the stage for the painting phase. The exterior shell received a fresh coat of Island Blue paint, meticulously applied to match its original glory. The interior was revitalised, and the undercarriage was coated to protect against future corrosion, ensuring the Mini would be enjoyed for years to come.

Prepped Mini body shell starting to be primed
Primed Mini body shell
Classic Mini freshly painted

The subframes were rebuilt with the same attention to detail, rounding off the restoration process. Each component was carefully selected and installed, ensuring that the Mini would not only look stunning but perform impeccably.

Follow the Journey:

This blog series aims to take you behind the scenes, offering insights into the craftsmanship, challenges, and triumphs of restoring a classic Mini Cooper. From the initial arrival to the final touches, we'll share the story of bringing this automotive legend back to life.

Looking Ahead:

As we continue with the restoration, we invite you to join us in anticipation of the big reveal in early May. Follow us on our social media channels and stay tuned to our blog for updates, stories, and a front-row seat to the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into every aspect of this project.

Restoring a classic Mini Cooper is a journey of passion and precision. In collaboration with Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics, Mini Sport is not just restoring a car; we're preserving a piece of automotive history. We look forward to sharing this journey with you, celebrating the heritage of the classic Mini, and ultimately, finding this iconic vehicle a new home and a loving owner.

Stay tuned for more updates, and don't forget to watch the story unfold on Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics.

 

Get in touch with our team today to discuss your Mini dreams. We're more than just mechanics and engineers; we're enthusiasts like you, dedicated to keeping the spirit of the Mini alive and thriving.

Contact: sales@minisport.com

In the heart of Mini Sport's workshop, a special project is unfolding that promises to captivate classic car enthusiasts around the globe. In collaboration with the hit television series, Bangers and Cash: Restoring Classics, we've embarked on an ambitious journey to restore a Mk2 1969 Morris Mini Cooper 998cc, which first hit the road in [...]
Image showcasing a fully reconditioned 1275cc SPi engine and a new British Motor Heritage body shell installed in a classic Mini Cooper, meticulously restored by Mini Sport.

The Resurrection of a Classic: Mrs. Barnett's Mini Cooper

In the heart of Mini Sport, a story unfolds—a tale of transformation that breathes new life into a cherished classic. This is the story of a 1993 Rover Mini Cooper 1.3, once a rusted relic, now reborn with vigour and style. Owned by Christine Barnett, a dedicated enthusiast of the iconic Mini, this vehicle's journey from decay to dazzling is a testament to the art of restoration and the passion that drives it.

Corrosion damage visible on the roof of Mrs. Barnett's Mini Cooper SPI
Close-up of paint bubbling on the surface of Mrs. Barnett's Mini Cooper SPI

Before: A Tale of Time

Christine's Mini had weathered the years with a certain grace, but beneath its enduring spirit lay the inevitable scars of time: a floorpan and inner sills worn by age, failing to meet the MOT due to its ailing bodywork. It stood at a crossroads—face restoration or succumb to oblivion. Motivated by a deep-seated desire to preserve this piece of automotive history, Christine made a pivotal choice: to restore, entrusting her beloved Mini to the skilled hands at Mini Sport.

Mini Cooper Spi, being stripped on the garage ramps in preparation for a rebuild.
White British Motor Heritage body shell with a black roof, meticulously crafted for classic Mini Cooper restoration

Choosing Mini Sport: A Decision of Quality

The decision wasn't made lightly. After exploring various options, the work evident at Mini Sport spoke for itself, compelling Christine to choose them for this ambitious project. From the outset, every aspect of the Mini was set to be preserved or enhanced, embodying Christine's vision and Mini Sport's expertise.

Restoration of Mrs. Barnett's Mini Cooper SPI with its newly painted shell
Restoration of Mrs. Barnett's Mini Cooper SPI with its newly painted shell

The Transformation: Challenges and Triumphs

The path to restoration was not without its hurdles. Early on, it became clear that a new British Motor Heritage body shell was necessary—a monumental task complemented by the need for a fully reconditioned 1275cc SPi engine, meticulously blueprinted by Ian, Mini Sport's engine maestro. These challenges, met with transparent communication and unwavering dedication, culminated in a vehicle that not only honoured its legacy but also embraced a new era of performance and aesthetics.

Corroded Engine bay, of a classic Mini Cooper SPi
Mini Cooper SPi, painted and built up engine bay.
Reconditioned Engine Bay in a classic Mini.

A New Dawn: The Mini Cooper Reimagined

Dressed in White Diamond with a contrasting black roof and matching wheel arches, the Mini's rebirth is a sight to behold. From its very worst to its spectacular present, the transformation is documented through images that capture the essence of this journey—each step, from the detailed painting and corrosion protection to the final assembly, a testament to Mini Sport's craftsmanship.

Interior of a classic Mini Cooper, with the original Mini Cooper steering wheel.
Diamond White Mini Cooper badge, on a restored Mini Cooper SPi.

Beyond Restoration: A Personal Connection

For Christine, the Mini is more than a car; it's a storied companion of 28 years, a tangible piece of her history. Its restoration was like welcoming an old friend home, rejuvenated and ready for new adventures. This Mini, purchased on faith from Bristol Minis and cherished from first sight, continues to weave its unique story—one of love, resilience, and the joy of driving.

Completed restoration, of a classic Mini Cooper SPi.

Exceeding Expectations: The Road Ahead

Upon its return, the Mini, akin to a new car, has yet to explore the world anew. With the Christmas break and inclement weather momentarily pausing its debut, anticipation builds for the journeys ahead. Christine's experience with Mini Sport—marked by professionalism, excellent communication, and meticulous attention to detail—sets the stage for future adventures, embodying the spirit of classic Mini ownership.

Chrome headlight, and shiny grille on a classic Mini Cooper.
Inside a Mini Cooper Spi boot, showing the fuel tank and spare wheel.

A Legacy Preserved

Christine's story with her Mini Cooper is a narrative of passion, dedication, and the transformative power of expert restoration. Mini Sport, with its commitment to quality and attention to detail, has not only restored a vehicle but has also preserved a legacy. This journey from rust to radiance serves as an invitation to all classic Mini owners: to reimagine, restore, and relive the essence of their vehicles, with Mini Sport as their trusted companion.

Ready to embark on your Mini restoration journey? Contact Mini Sport Ltd. for expert guidance and assistance. Follow us on social media for the latest updates, tips, and inspiration to fuel your passion for classic Minis.

The Resurrection of a Classic: Mrs. Barnett's Mini Cooper In the heart of Mini Sport, a story unfolds—a tale of transformation that breathes new life into a cherished classic. This is the story of a 1993 Rover Mini Cooper 1.3, once a rusted relic, now reborn with vigour and style. Owned by Christine Barnett, a [...]