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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:20 pm 
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"Here, in part six, we look back at 1964 – the year the Mini Cooper took overall honours in the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally…"
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:53 pm 
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The BMC story – Part seven : 1965 – Zenith
Mini is now officially on top of the world.
"For BMC, the big news event of 1965 was its second consecutive victory in the Monte Carlo Rally. Mini Cooper 1275S AJB 44B driven by Timo Makinen and Paul Easter destroyed the opposition, in one of the greatest drives in rallying history. And that was not all. In 1965 the works Mini’s won rally after rally, culminating in Rauno Aaltonen being crowned as European Rally Champion 1965. The BMC baby was now king of the road.
On 3 February, the millionth Mini was made at Longbridge to great fanfare, with the media in attendance. This actual car, a white saloon registered BOL 888C, is now a resident at Volkswagen’s Autostadt museum in Wolfsburg, Germany. 
Speaking to Basil Cardew of the Daily Express, Alec Issigonis said of the car’s development.
 ‘We didn’t come across major difficulties, but I think we would have done if the engine had been otherwise faced.’
As well as Issigonis, George Harriman, Timo Makinen and Paddy Hopkirk were in attendance."
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:16 pm 
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The BMC story – Part eight : 1966 – A Spanner In The Works
Here, in the final part, we look back at 1966 – the year BMC became British Motor Holdings, and the landscape began to change for good…
"On 13 January 1966, with Mini production at a standstill at both Cowley and Longbridge because of a go-slow at the tractor and transmissions factory at Washwood Heath, Birmingham, it was announced that Union heads and British Motor Corporation senior management were to probe the causes of strikes which had cost the group more than one million man hours in the final six months of 1965. As well as strikes by small numbers of workers having a devastating effect, the gas shortages, there were also the stewards of the Monte Carlo Rally to contend with."
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