PIC OF THE DAY

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Cooper was also the seed for many new teams to start in F1 in the 1960's. Ken Tyrrell and Bruce McLaren being just two who worked with Cooper.
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the teams Enzo Ferrari dismissively described as mere 'Garagiste', that very quickly showed him they meant business.

I've often wondered what Enzo made of the whole FWD thing. We know he had a Mini Cooper, and seemed to like it, but he is on record as being dismissive of the Rear engined revolution in F1 sticking with his Front Engined layout for at least 2 seasons longer than he maybe should have, saying 'the Horse should pull the cart'.

How then did he feel about the horse REALLY pulling the cart, as opposed to his RWD GTs?

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"D" is for Derrington.

Derrington could rightly claim to be the first tuning company in the UK. Having started messing around with cars as early as 1920 & having established a firm reputation as a tuner of repute with the racers of Brooklands in the 1930's, Vic Derrington could rightly claimto be the Grand Old Man of Tuning.

From a small & very cluttered shop in Kingston on Thames, Derrington catered for every aspect of the tuning industry from making exhaust manifolds & systems for F1 cars to selling rolls of chequered "go faster" tape.

More or less forgotten about in the Mini world now, Derrington even offered alloy heads for A & B Series engines.

Vic Derrington was undoubtedly on of the "Tuning Greats"!
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You've probably upset all the residents of Kingston-upon-Thames.

Another thing, notice how all the gents are wearing a shirt and tie if not in race wear or overalls. Today they'd all be in polo shirts with the company name on.
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Whoops :oops: Sorry, Kingston upon Thames :)

That photo is actually of the Derrington stand at one of the Racing Car shows, but it gives a good impression of how the shop was. Crammed, I think it the correct description.
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"D" Is also for Daniel Richmond the mercurial, flawed genius who was half the legendary team who ran the Downton Engineering Works.

Born in January 1924, Daniel was the front facing part of the team, usually looking like he had been dragged through a hedge backwards & with a most peculiar "walking as though into a high wind" stance. Without any real technical training he had an instinctive understanding of tuning. Daniel Richmond was part of a very bohemian minor league aristocratic crowd which enabled him to mix in the right circles to get his products seen.

A personal friend of Alec Issigonis, John Cooper & members of the board at BMC it was pretty much inevitable that his firm would become BMC's tuner of choice.

Employing nearly 80 people at the height of the business, Daniel grew rich & bored, spending less & less time at the works & more & more time fishing, drinking or persuing other of his enthusiasms. He died in 1974, leaving the works more or less rudderless.
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Sadly now sold so I can't access the ad anymore, but there was an MGA Coupe with a Derrington crossflow head for sale on C&C recently. Very cool piece of kit.
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mk1 wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 5:45 pm "D" Is also for Daniel Richmond the mercurial, flawed genius who was half the legendary team who ran the Downton Engineering Works.

Born in January 1924, Daniel was the front facing part of the team, usually looking like he had been dragged through a hedge backwards & with a most peculiar "walking as though into a high wind" stance. Without any real technical training he had an instinctive understanding of tuning. Daniel Richmond was part of a very bohemian minor league aristocratic crowd which enabled him to mix in the right circles to get his products seen.

A personal friend of Alec Issigonis, John Cooper & many members of the board at BMC it was pretty much inevitable that his firm would become BMC's tuner of choice.

Employing nearly 80 people at the height of the business, Daniel grew Rich & Bored, spending less & less time at the works & more & more time either fishing or drinking. He died in 1974, leaving the works more or less rudderless.

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mk1 wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:26 am "D" is for Derrington.

Derrington could rightly claim to be the first tuning company in the UK. Having started messing around with cars as early as 1920 & having established a firm reputation as a tuner of repute with the racers of Brooklands in the 1930's, Vic Derrington could rightly claimto be the Grand Old Man of Tuning.

From a small & very cluttered shop in Kingston on Thames, Derrington catered for every aspect of the tuning industry from making exhaust manifolds & systems for F1 cars to selling rolls of chequered "go faster" tape.

More or less forgotten about in the Mini world now, Derrington even offered alloy heads for A & B Series engines.

Vic Derrington was undoubtedly on of the "Tuning Greats"!

d is for derrington.jpg
Nice to see the shop assistants wearing a suit and tie - maybe this could be something Minispares could pick up on ? … :D
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mk1 wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:26 am "D" is for Derrington.

Derrington could rightly claim to be the first tuning company in the UK. Having started messing around with cars as early as 1920 & having established a firm reputation as a tuner of repute with the racers of Brooklands in the 1930's, Vic Derrington could rightly claimto be the Grand Old Man of Tuning.

From a small & very cluttered shop in Kingston on Thames, Derrington catered for every aspect of the tuning industry from making exhaust manifolds & systems for F1 cars to selling rolls of chequered "go faster" tape.

More or less forgotten about in the Mini world now, Derrington even offered alloy heads for A & B Series engines.

Vic Derrington was undoubtedly on of the "Tuning Greats"!

d is for derrington.jpg

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