Downton V997

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Re: Downton V997

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Funnily enough, I was just thinking "I wonder if there are any photos of it racing in period"

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And here it is @ Bo'Ness Hillclimb in 1962
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Pandora wrote:Interesting comments on Facebook for a chap who recalls the car arriving with GH as an original ex-racer with lots of documentation etc, but missing windows and with very minor rust on a wing. Apparently GH made only minor changes - wheels / steering wheel etc.

Interesting to hear another view on it, anyway

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magna0266 wrote:Here's a photograph of it in the paddock at Silverstone in the late sixties during the annual MGCC race meeting.
that is a bloody awesome picture......sideburns are proper period too!!!
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Simon776 wrote:And here it is @ Bo'Ness Hillclimb in 1962
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when was the 'V997' plate applied to it Simon?
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Re: Downton V997

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Why are you judging classic cars by modern standards?
Or is there something I'm missing here?


I think you are. Back in the late 80's early 90's there were very, very few Minis in the UK that were "tuned" in a traditional 1960's manner. And most of the ones that were suffered from glaring anachronisms like 80's "GB" Minilites or a Momo steering wheel. There were very few that looked like they fell through a worm hole directly from the time when they were new.

Nowadays, thanks in no small part to the info on the MK1 site & forum there are many of these type of cars at shows & on the scene in general, all correct in every period detail. In all fairness, it was V997 & that article in Mini World that got a lot of people interested in classic tuning.

So, back then (in the early 1990's) , it was an outstanding car, but by "modern standards", i.e an era where most 60's Minis seem to be presented in this fashion, it's not as outstanding.

Is that clearer?

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I seem to recall that the plate V997 was originally fitted to a vehicle in 1929.

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nick rogers wrote:I seem to recall that the plate V997 was originally fitted to a vehicle in 1929.
Wasn't it a Vicent motorcycle?

Not sure where I heard that... :P

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An other one who looks almost the same !

http://english.delta-classics.net/car/c ... on/02.html

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I think he had the cage off me for that, looking at it. :roll: Not that any Minis raced with cages like that in before the end of the 60s.

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