Tuesday, 11 April 2017

New Zealand MiniSprint mystery

Tim Neal made me aware of a little known Mini Sprint kind of creature, seen recently at a racing event in New Zealand. At first I thought it was the Hatton MiniSprint, designed and campaigned by Lynn Hatton of the south island (see Maximum Mini 3). It is, however, another car. Thanks to Graeme Farr, who sent me piles of photographs some years ago, I came across some more images of it in the files. However, information to complement those pictures is unavailable. Not even a name. So, Graeme, or anybody else, how to call this little rascal?

Brendan McKenzie with the Mini Sprint at the Cloudy Bay Sprints in Blenheim recently
Picture Ricky Wilson/Fairfax NZ

This is the car's base. A sporty Mini with eight port head that was damaged at a hill climb
Picture Graeme Farr / Jeroen Booij archive

And then it was turned into this. Not much of the original body was kept for its revamp
Picture Graeme Farr / Jeroen Booij archive

Note very steep angled windscreen and fully altered back, too. Body comes in full alloy
Picture Graeme Farr / Jeroen Booij archive

Somewhat later the nose section was changed once more, even lower and longer now
Picture Graeme Farr / Jeroen Booij archive

At another New Zealand hill climb in its blue guise. The car is said to be equipped with 1330 engine
Picture Graeme Farr / Jeroen Booij archive

Another change. MiniSprint 1330cc says sticker. But who knows more about its background?
Picture Graeme Farr / Jeroen Booij archive

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