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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:24 pm 
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I went there as a fresh-faced young-un around '93 I think, and the sign on the wall behind the counter has stayed with me.

"Price is variable according to customer attitude"


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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:08 pm 
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Oldskoolcool wrote:
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

Well remembered! According to my old receipts, the shop was C&S Bowes Road Garage, 188 Bowes Road, London N11
https://www.google.com/maps/place/188+Bowes+Rd,+Arnos+Grove,+London+N11+2JG/@51.6137518,-0.1259638,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4876196eb5d4790d:0x2c1d607344d2e69c!8m2!3d51.6137518!4d-0.1237751

and here's some examples of old receipts
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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:38 am 
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IMPRESSIVE!

I don't keep receipts from last week, let alone 30 years ago :D

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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:16 am 
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Advertisement in Cars and Car Conversions 09/1976

Was Keith Dodd already involved?


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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:27 am 
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Keith Dodd was the founder of Mini Spares.

I believe he worked in a main dealers parts dept & when they shut up shop he bought any left over Mini stock & has never looked back.

OH THOSE PRICES!

£28 for a MK3 body shell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:42 pm 
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I worked a few Saturdays as a willing volunteer at the Bowes Road shop. Must have been mid-70's. I would have been 18 or 19. Either drove my Mum's 1960 850cc Mini, or train to Arnos Grove.
Main job was the lunchtime run to the café up the road. A selection of fried egg/bacon/sausage sandwiches.
I did it for free just to pick up a bit more knowledge of Minis. Highlight was Keith giving me a fiver after I'd sold a walnut dash one day :D


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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:52 pm 
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Can you just imagine the uproar in the national press and news if you advertised car soft-tops with the picture at the bottom of the minispares ad.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:12 pm 
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DOWNTRODDEN WIMMIN


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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:17 pm 
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mk1 wrote:
Keith Dodd was the founder of Mini Spares.

I believe he worked in a main dealer's parts dept & when they shut up shop he bought any left over Mini stock & has never looked back.

OH THOSE PRICES!

£28 for a MK3 body shell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mark I think you'll find he worked for H A Saunders (later Mann Egerton) of Finchley Rd Whetstone before starting MS.

Chris


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 Post subject: Re: Old Minispares logo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:57 pm 
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Keith Dodd would be a superb candidate to be interviewed in that regular interviewers slot in the MCR COOPERWORLD magazine. Interesting and varied life there........


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