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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:59 pm 
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66Traveller wrote:
They are a total re-creation - nothing from the film at all. Which is fine and they are nicely done. But to claim bogus provenance only detracts from the careful exercise of building them


Couldn't agree more but the temptation to bullshit people is obviously too strong for some owners of famous cars, they have a phobia to the word replica. Which is a shame cos most people appreciate the work that goes in to a good honest recreation, replica or however it's termed. Its where it all goes wrong for me, especially when folk flag up the bullcrap and are attacked for doing so! All very silly and totally unnecessary.

David Salamone sourced lot of the cars for the film from the trade and he reckons that a few battered Minis did make their way back to Blighty. Like the works cars though, they were just old knackers of little significance or value so in ll probability would have just been tarted up and run into the ground, raced or rallycrossed or any of the usual ways old Minis bit the dust in the 60s and 70s. Maybe one survives, who knows, just look out for signs of an Aley cage, battered floors or bits of chicken bones in the back next time you come across a Mk1 barn find! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:03 pm 
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WMU 211G wrote:


Octane did a very good write up


Just to play Devil's Advocate.. :roll: .. Octane also did a very good write up of an ex Cooper team racer a few years back, even had Paddy's reminiscences of it in the article and the car was fake! :? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
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Peter Laidler wrote:
Did anyone ever recover any of the wreckage or remains of the over-the-cliff minis? I think one of them must live at the bottom of a garden near here judging by the state of it now!!!!!


Nothing left there when we went up that pass a couple of years ago :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:53 pm 
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Pete wrote:
WMU 211G wrote:


Octane did a very good write up


Just to play Devil's Advocate.. :roll: .. Octane also did a very good write up of an ex Cooper team racer a few years back, even had Paddy's reminiscences of it in the article and the car was fake! :? :lol:



Oops! On the plus side regarding the Miura, chassis number #3586 with engine number #2073 (which the car in the Octane article definitely is) is recorded as being sent out to the film crew on 2nd July '68 with the factory driver taking care of it while it was in the Alps for two days, he's driving it in most of the title sequence where you can't see the driver's face.

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On return to the factory #3586 was cleaned up and delivered to its first registered owner in Italy, it was the only LHD Miura to leave the factory in orange with a black interior and white seats ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:14 pm 
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Didn't it end up in Cheshire recently?


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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:58 pm 
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Pete wrote:
Didn't it end up in Cheshire recently?


Yes Pete, at Cheshire Classic Cars with Ian Tyrell. There's a clip on youtube of him fettling the carbs ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
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Had a good chat about Cheshire Classics whilst at Race Retro...bizarre how they just vanished, although I believe Ian May still be trading from the Airfield?


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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
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Yes I think Ian's still trading, I was chatting with him on a Lamborghini group not long ago about the Espada he's got. He took it to the NEC show last November.

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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
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WMU 211G wrote:
Oops! On the plus side regarding the Miura, chassis number #3586 with engine number #2073 (which the car in the Octane article definitely is) is recorded as being sent out to the film crew on 2nd July '68 with the factory driver taking care of it while it was in the Alps for two days, he's driving it in most of the title sequence where you can't see the driver's face.

That was Bob Wallace wasn't it? The first Lamborghini test driver before Balboni.


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 Post subject: Re: Italian Job Minis
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WMU 211G wrote:
Oops! On the plus side regarding the Miura, chassis number #3586 with engine number #2073 (which the car in the Octane article definitely is) is recorded as being sent out to the film crew on 2nd July '68 with the factory driver taking care of it while it was in the Alps for two days, he's driving it in most of the title sequence where you can't see the driver's face.

That was Bob Wallace wasn't it? The first Lamborghini test driver before Balboni.


No it wasn't Bob on this occasion although he was with the firm at the time, I've got the driver's name somewhere though... he was a dark haired Italian guy, you can actually see him in one of the 'long shots'. Bob was the chief test driver, in charge of three or four others. Balboni arrived in April '68 so it's a fair bet he would have at least seen and possibly done some mechanical work on #3586 before it left the factory for filming in the Alps ;)

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