From time to time we email people who have registered their cars for invites to shows etc.
Unfortunately we receive a lot of "bounced" emails.
Would you be sure to send us an update if you change your email address via the contact form please?
This is the only way we can communicate with you.

No MOT for our 1959 Minis

As from the 18th November 2012 it will not be necessary to MOT pre 1960 cars.

For full details please read this letter recently sent to us by the DVLA.

We currently have 184 1959 Minis registered.
Morris Austin
Clipper Blue 36 Speedwell Blue 14
Cherry Red 30 Tartan Red 29
Old English White 22 Farina Grey 24
Moke
(Green)
4
Non Standard 14 Non Standard 11
Total 102 Total 82
The break down between De-luxe and basic is as follows:
De-luxe 104
Basic 22
Unrecorded 58

Peter Tothill

It’s with great sadness we share the news of the loss of Peter Tothill.

Peter was the Senior Production Engineer at Cowley who masterminded the production method of the Mini.

They took apart one of the 1958 prototypes and rebuilt it to see how it all went together, from there his team of 4 built Morris chassis number 101 in 3 days over the Easter weekend in March 1959.

Peter famously fell out with Issigonis at the time of AOK’s build because the front sub-frame would not clear the steering rack on the line.

Peter told Issigonis & Jack Daniels this on the shop floor, Issigonis got very cross with Peter for what he saw as questioning the great man, Peter’s reply was simple, if you want us to build that car on this line you will need to re-design this.

After what seemed like a very long silence, Issigonis whispered in Jack Daniels’ ear and walked off, Jack turned to Peter and said “do whatever you need to”.

Issigonis never spoke to Peter ever again.

The Mini community has lost another great man.

Peter Tothill Rest In Peace.

peter-tothill-with-cuo

Peter seen here on the left on the 1959 Mini register stand at Gaydon 2009.