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This page is dedicated to my 1962 Mini Cooper

867 OYA

This car was prepared by Geoff Mabbs of Rock Road Garage in Keynsham.

It was built for use in the 1962/63 season. It's first major event was the 1962 RAC Rally.

Thanks to Len Gibson another Mini competitor on the event ( who finished 23rd O/A) I now know that Geoff Mabbs finished 63rd overall. He was doing well until  the car had all sorts of problems as seen below on stage 18 (of 38) then again on a road section soon afterwards.

The car suffered all sorts of problems including overheating, holed sump etc.

 

It's next major event was the 1963 Monte carlo Rally.

This was a much more successful event. Despite Mike Wood the navigator spinning the car on the Autoroute on the way to the start, the car started the event and had a successful run to 18th place overall and won the Autosport Trophy for best privateer. This despite running as part of the BMC team. Thanks to Information from the 2nd owber of the car who used to work for Geoff Mabbs I know that the car was prepared by the works team at abingdon to the same specification as the works cars.

The car was the first to reach Monte Carlo at the end despite all the snow.

This is the last major event I can find for the car and in the 1963 RAC Geoff Mabbs had aquired one of the first 1071 Mini Cooper 'S', and ran as car number 1.

 

The car as it was recently.

 

Together with a 1962 Monte Carlo Rally car at the Mini Cooper Register day at Curborough 2001

More upto date pictures to follow

All photos in this website are ©Mark Anderson unless otherwise stated and can only be used with permission