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43 days to go

posted 9 Mar 2014, 13:05 by Kieren McDonald   [ updated 9 Mar 2014, 14:33 ]
The 2014 season is fast closing in on us with the 1st rounds of the Mini Se7en Challenge to embark on the 64 year old Wiltshire circuit, Castle Combe.  21st April, Castle Combe will be hosting the Great British Race Off, where the mini's will no doubt demonstrate the usual close battles throughout the field.  We'll be posting updates on the in the lead up. In the meantime, here is what we have been up to...

The start of the year went off with a bang at the Mini7 Awards Evening. Always a good way to see in the new year, applaud everyone for their achievements and also build the excitement for the new race season. A big well done to the 2013 championship winners:

Mini Miglia - Peter Baldwin (7 times Miglia champion at 72 years old - impressive!)
Mini Se7en - Andrew Deviny
Mini Se7en 's' class - Julian Proctor

Kieren McDonald had the pleasure of collecting the James Armstrong Trophy for 11th place in the Mini Se7en Championship at the awards evening.

We took #88 to her 1st event of the year to British Mini Club's Mini Fair 2014 at Bingley Hall.  This is always a massive event with many visitors piling in through the doors, looking for deals across the many trade stands. Pictures aplenty as mini's for all tastes are on display, as well as the famous Win a Mini for £1! Paddy Hopkirk and Barry Williams were entertaining the crowds with their banter during their interview. #88 was on display in the Race & Rally section, where we won 2nd place so very happy with that!  Great to see everyone and hopefully be there again for Mini Fair 2015!

We proudly announced a new sponsorship deal with Mini Spares the world leader in Classic Mini.  Mini Spares were established in 1975 by Keith Dodd in London. Since then they have grown rapidly, employing 40+ staff and stock over 9000 quality parts.  We had the pleasure of having a tour around the impressive 37,000sqft facility in Potters Bar.  Customer service and quality is at the heart of Mini Spares - make sure to contact them whatever your classic mini needs.

The engine was taken out at Track, Road & Race who are renowned for being a fountain of knowledge, all things mini and putting together an amazing setup.  They have provided all preparation and support services for #88 throughout 2013 season and have been fundamental to a fantastic reliability story - zero DNF's for 2013 and beyond!

Selby Race Engines took delivery of the engine and gearbox, ready for a full inspection ahead of 2014 season. Excellent progress has been made with an engine refresh, and after crack testing crank and rods etc, the pistons tops were machined on their CNC machine and block deck refaced for optimum performance. All rotating parts were previously balanced on their in-house dynamic balancing machine, also the con rods were mass centred during the balancing process. Once finished it will be run up on their in-house Froude-transient engine dyno with latest data capture software. Selby is key to maintaining excellent reliability but also for the push to the top, as has been proven with Selby powered championship winners Max Hunter and Andrew Deviny.

If anyone is interested in any form of sponsorship do get in touch.

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