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LONDON, England – British Motor Heritage (BMH) is already a major supporter of the classic Mini from the Swinging Sixties but is about to increase its activities through 2019 – the 60th anniversary of one of the world’s most cherished cars.
First, BMH will be a major sponsors of the 2019 International Mini Meet to be held at Washingpool Farm, near Bristol in Western England over the weekend of August 8-12. It will not only financially back the event but also have a significant on-site presence with representative cars, replacement bodyshells, and an innovative display panel.
The Mini will also be the focus of BMH’s Goodwood Revival stand (September 12-15) with a selection of vehicle bodies and complete vehicles. Among the latter are likely to be the company’s own (pictured) immaculately restored 1275 Cooper S and FIA Cooper S race car that will compete in the HRDC series each has a BMH replacement shell.
The number of replacement bodies and individual panels growing steadily.
BMH owns the tooling for the original Mini tooling – the only company in the world capable of producing replacement shells and individual panels to exactly the specification and, following the addition of the Mk.1 Mini shell to its portfolio, is now able to support the owner of every marque of classic Mini made from 1959-2000.
17 YEARS OF ORIGINAL MINI TOOLING
BMH told The Corner in a media release: ”The Mini tooling was acquired in 2002 and almost immediately began producing replacement products… and demand has grown year on year. Thousands of individual panels and almost 800 complete bodyshells have been produced.
They’ve produced more than 6000 skins for various versions of the MGB, MG Midget and Austin-Healey Sprite.
”Under the circumstances,” BMH says, ”it’s fair to say that many of today’s treasured classics have survived thanks to the company’s replacement programme, The notable health of the classic movement owes much to its foresight and continuing expansion.
”In addition to all the above, it nowadays also produces replacement panels for the Jaguar E-Type and classic Range Rover, as well the Morris Minor, Triumph TR6, Spitfire, GT6 and Triumph Stag.