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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:27 pm 
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it would make sense to help out privateers still running cars with spares rather than the waste of them going to the tip, so I can quite imagine the back door would be busy as the end was in sight.

And quite right too!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:37 pm 
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Further to Page 2, thread 9. The car that Terry made up for his daughter using a tired out old 'works' shell was sold to a lad in Witney a couple of years later. It had a few lightweight panels fitted too. No doubt the lad didn't know what they were or where the car came from and being a bit of a hybrid pick-and-mix, just scrapped it afterwards anyway. He still had the original boot in his office at home plus some of the metal rally plates. So whoever has this boot lid MIGHT have the answer to what car it was.........


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:37 pm 
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Thanks for a few more ex Works snippets Peter. You suggested recently that you may write it all down sometime, hopefully to share.
This is a great idea, the discovery of the cars / remains in the 80's that are now LRX 827 and 829E, EJB 55C, BJB 77B, the one on St Amands road, the ones knocking about with aluminium patches pop riveted on etc etc are all interesting and fascinating stories to lots of us. It would be fantastic if everyone who was involved during that period ( who are still around ) contributed information to your write up. You could end up with a great article.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 pm 
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Speaking of LRX 827E, does Brandon ever attend Bulee or other events these days (or perhaps more likely have one of the guys who looks after his cars)?

I know he did a Monte with it just after he bought it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:22 pm 
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Mk 2 LRX 827E ??? I hadn't seen this pic before.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:44 pm 
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Yep, quite a few of those late racers wore old rally car number plates. I wouldn't have thought the works would have used them if they'd sold the rally cars on so can only assume they still had the logbooks?

Another shot of it here at the Salzburgring in '69..

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:18 pm 
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That car was driven by John Handley at Crystal Palace in 1969.

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This still is taken from the footage on Dice With Spice, with commentary by Murray Walker

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:30 pm 
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Some info from the sale of LRX 827E in 2002
https://www.handh.co.uk/buy/1967-morris ... s-car/3406
A very detailed description...

The Mini turned the motor industry on its head when it was launched although it was really a case of lateral thinking. It went on to become probably the most popular British car of all time and from a Motorsport sense it was simply outstanding - and still is.
LRX827E is an original Cooper 'S', built in February 1967 and dispatched to the B.M.C. Competitions Department at Abingdon in March of that year. It was the last Works Cooper 'S' to win an international rally and arguably has the most successful rally pedigree of all these cars, having had two wins and one second place in just the three international rallies. In April 1967 it came second in the Tulip rally with Timo Makinen and Paul Easter; in June of that year it won the Geneva rally (Criterium) with Tony Fall and Mike Wood; and later on that year, September, it won the extremely prestigious and tough Alpine rally with Paddy Hopkirk and Ron Crellin. Indeed a better history than that is almost hard to conceive.
As with all Works Minis it probably did its share of 'wrekkies' on other events, but in 1969 the B.M.C. Competitions Department left the rallying scene and went circuit racing both at home and in Europe. This meant that LRX827E, GRX310D, LBO666D were fitted for Mark II Cooper 'S' races for the 1969 season so that they could get through international customs control. The registration number LRX827E was eventually returned to the Licensing Authorities.
The provenance of this car is very interesting. The complete rolling body-shell-car, and countless other parts for this car, were purchased by the Abingdon employee Norman Beck in April 1968 and the original bills and sales receipt for the purchase are available from the present owner. This was
at a time when the B.M.C. Competitions Department were running with the new Mark II Cooper 'S' models and, as detailed in Peter Browning's book 'Works Minis', where this car features well, it was normal practice when the Works cars were sold to employees, works drivers and the like, that they were sold as 'scrap' to justify the discounted price. In fairness most went on to having a hard rally life in private hands.
Norman kept the vehicle for some twenty years before using it for his daughters 850 Mini, the body shell of which had expired, and in 1988 the complete car was purchased by fellow ex-works enthusiast Guy Smith. It was he who got the number returned and re-allocated following a thorough investigation and the Mini Cooper Register's support. The present owner bought it from Guy in April 1997.
It has been sympathetically restored to its 1967 Alpine Rally group six specification, as per the works build sheet that is to a lightweight specification with a full race engine. At this point though one would have to read the specification in the history file because there is far too much information to list here. It is finished in its original red with the white roof and it has only completed 8000 kilometres since the restoration and the present owner does believe that this is the most original ex-works Cooper 'S' on the road in Britain today.
What a car; what a provenance and what a record - an automatic entry to every event on the planet!


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