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 Post subject: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:45 pm 
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I thought this deserved it's own thread. Quite a few discrepancies with this little beauty which Hales from the Midlands...

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C917746


"BMIHT certified classic Morris Mini Cooper S Mark 1. Built on the 17th June 1964 this is a rare first month factory production 1275cc model. This also features the preferred dry suspension system which is considered the holy grail of all ‘S’ type models & are very much sought after for pre 1965 competition purposes.

This particular car was supplied by BMC stock distributors, Colmore Depot in Birmingham, England & was received by Baldyne Engineering Ltd who are based in Kent and registered the car on the 30th June 1964 as 9864 KR (issued by the Canterbury city office)

Baldyne were then a newly opened motor machining & engineering business that was founded in 1963, joining a host of similar companies Baldyne began their operation specialising in modifying and tuning Mini Cooper’s for competition use.

This car was immediately prepared with the fitting of a host of BMC special tuning components & receiving an engine conversion which increased the capacity to 1293cc. This Mini’s competition history can be traced from July to October 1964. The following year after further modification to ‘9864 KR’ a full calendar of events were entered throughout the UK and a degree of success was achieved. For 1966 the car was then prepared to a full group 2 specification & was again entered into a number of club & national events for which some history is traceable.

Baldyne had other success with Ford/BRM which somewhat overshadowed the Mini Cooper ‘S’ & the car was sold to Sportscars Unlimited of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Sportscars Unlimited specalised in British sports & racing cars & were a regular customer of Colin Chapman-Lotus who offloaded a number of his redundant GT & Grand Prix cars to the operation. ‘9864 KR’ was exported in October 1966 & arrived in Canada in December.

It is known the second owners of the Mini Cooper ‘S’ had associations with Ken Tyrell & ‘The Cooper Car Company’ & had worked alongside the operation at international events including The Canadian Grand Prix where the Mini appeared in a support race. The car then received various competition modifications & engine updates along with a colour change whilst competing in Canada & the U.S. up until 1971 when the car was retired after the arrival of an ex-Lotus/BRM racing F1 project.

Luckily around this time as wild modifications were beginning to be introduced, this Mini ‘9864 KR’ missed the era of heavily modified Canadian & U.S. saloon cars for racing as most of these cars where ‘hacked’ or destroyed but ‘9864 KR’ remained in its original format.

Following a period of 19 years in storage this Mini was sold in 1988 & after a complete overhaul was reunited with the racetracks of Canada & the U.S. for a second time. Featuring a new engine with components supplied by Baldyne the Mini was prepared to SCCA regulations and was entered into the first historic series in 1989 achieving favourable results including class wins over the following years. It was then retired again in 1993 after completing in the vintage meeting held in Ohio, U.S.A & from a field of 43 cars ‘9864 KR’ finished 7th overall & a number of races during the 3 day event.

Then this Mini Cooper ‘S’ was purchased in 2000 by a Canadian national who then moved to England bringing the car with its transporter & boxes of spares, where he planned a project with the intentions of returning the Mini to its birthplace and to the race circuits of Great Britain.

Unfortunately the Mini remained untouched for 13 years due to work & then health issues but finally in 2013 the project was revisited. Sadly the car’s last 13 years in less that suitable storage facilities had created a number of issues for the Cooper ‘S’ and therefore a complete and detailed restoration was commissioned.

It was decided that the car would be returned to a specification similar to its 1960’s period but prepared for sprint, hill-climb & track day events in road legal form. All of the original BMC special tuning components, correct trim details & interesting features would be retained to reflect its fascinating history & competition evolution.

Not to confused with the usual ‘home’ restorations ‘9864 KR’ has undergone a professional rebuild undertaken by proven historic motorsport specialists to exacting standards. This very special Mini is now offered for sale in near complete presentation & can be finished to include a choice of options if required. The engine is also available to buy, which will be done by separate negotiation to the buyer’s requirements.

Also included in the sale is a selection of genuine parts that complement this historic vehicle.

To confirm the validity of this Mini we have all documentation which includes; shipping documents from Canada, U.K Customs & Excise clearance document, the DVLA registration documents & of course the original BMIHT certificate of authenticity. The original registration will be reissued as when the car was first registered in the UK."


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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:57 pm 
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Would Hales be the clue there Pete???

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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:11 pm 
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Here's a clue. If you look a where it was MOTd you'll find this :

FECKENHAM GARAGE LIMITED
DROITWICH ROAD
FECKENHAM
REDDITCH
B96 6JE

Other cars previously MOTd at this garage :

V 997
850 MCG
997 KPX
GPH 1C

;)

And as with at least two of those the chassis number doesn't belong to the registration number. See a pattern? '9864 KR' was a 1071 for starters! :roll: You couldn't make it up...well someone did!! :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:50 pm 
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On Google maps the Feckenham Garage site has a 'Mini centre' sign outside.


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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:51 am 
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More like Feckenhell than ham................................


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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:29 am 
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'Fakin-em' Garage?? Sounds apt from the stories that circulate on here lol

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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:01 am 
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Thing is if you're gonna stick a registration number to a chassis number that don't belong together try and make sure the previous owners of either are not looking! :lol: And also better if you get a matching engine size and the correct registration date!! :shock:

Like my old granny used to say ..Lies Always Tell! And there seem to be plenty of 'em about!

I wonder if there's anyone at Baldyne (still in business!) that's old enough to comment? :?: :idea:


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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:26 am 
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And just to put the icing on the cake, does anyone remember a pseudo racer advertised by SFE for sale in the 90s, supposed Broadspeed, Gp5? BOF 3C?? Lovely looking thing. Went to the land of the rising frauds? Well low and behold, the build details are identical to this car!!

Who would have thunk it?? :shock: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:02 pm 
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Pete wrote:
Here's a clue. If you look a where it was MOTd you'll find this :

FECKENHAM GARAGE LIMITED
DROITWICH ROAD
FECKENHAM
REDDITCH
B96 6JE

Other cars previously MOTd at this garage :

V 997
850 MCG
997 KPX
GPH 1C

;)

And as with at least two of those the chassis number doesn't belong to the registration number. See a pattern? '9864 KR' was a 1071 for starters! :roll: You couldn't make it up...well someone did!! :lol:

Ah you see, there is a use for DVLA now showing details of the MOT station, good detective work there.
Oops didn't get the joke, 9864KR doesn't show on DVLA, sorry for the poor sense of humour :)


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 Post subject: Re: Baldyne racer??
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:37 pm 
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What a cracking little race car though..

My respect for the great man grows... :D


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