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r.tec
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That is the same place on Google Maps today:
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The original shop was in Frien Barnet. Used to be able to get there from my house in Enfield in 12 mins when desparate for parts before closing :twisted:

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Still there then - what was I thinking of? :?:

The last time I went was in 1992. I was building a 970S engine and the con rod studs supplied by Moss were made out of chocolate. Absolute crap - they just stretched when torqued up. The car was in bits, engine out - on a Saturday. :roll:

Jumped in the car, shot down the M40 and prayed that they had the right ones. They did - in old British Leyland bags.

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r.tec wrote:prior to this logo the original Minispares logo was simply yellow letters on blue ground.
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I still have some of these stickers....gave Rich a few recently

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I actually have some receipts from my car in the mid 1970s, pre-minispares, when I presume Keith was working at a motor factors. Did love that shop though. Had a mate from my local working in there, Chris Wooden, who had the Broadspeeds.

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Chris Wooden later left Minispares to set up his own business "Mini Shop". Met him on several IMMs. Wonder what happend to him.

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Yeh he's still about , talk to him regularly.... ken
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I used to pay regular visits to the old minispares shop in Frien barnet on a Saturday morning, frequently popping into Ripspeed in Edmonton as well in the same trip.

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roymck wrote:Wasn’t there another minspares company before this , back in the late sixties there was a shop at Amen corner in Tooting and also a branch near the Oval in London, mostly S/h spares from cars they broke up. When you were trying to run an 850 mini on a budget they were the first port of call .
Yes. Mini Spares of Huddersfield. I think they are still around. Used to be pretty good. Then just became breakers sometime during the 90s. But now last I knew were selling cheap brightwork. My Restalls were sourced by them back in the 90s. And I still have a keychain.
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From memory the first minispares shop was in a filling station on the north circular road, that was in the late 70s- the first online shop was in a telephone box a year or so earlier! Mini spares shops sprang up all over the place in the early 70s-among the new parts i bought were 1275GT short motor(£44!),boot lid(£7)door(£10) from the kennington shop although i am pretty sure that these shops were nothing to do with Minispares as we know now them because they closed as quickly as they opened!-obviously the B.L back door was slammed pretty sharp! I stopped tinkering with minis 73/74 so my comments apply to a date prior that .Hope this is of interest. Best wishes to you all.PETER

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