Works Minis - Browning
Peter Browning followed Stuart Turner as manager of the BMC Competitions Department, and had the dubious honour of being in charge as the Mini lost its competitiveness, and when Leyland closed down the department.
This book takes a very detailed look at just one aspect of the Works team - The Minis, from the humble 850 to the Group 6 (Prototype) Cooper S.
This is the second edition of the book, which is regarded as one of the iconic books on the Mini, and was re-released in 2005, to celebrate 50 years of the BMC Competitions Department.
There are detailed sample build sheets for each model, showing the development that was taking place.
There are chapters devoted to each season from 1965 to 1969, Mini racing, Mini mechanics and Mini drivers.
Browning also looks into where the Works Minis are now (at the time of writing in 1996).
Unfortunately, the Australian connection is largely ignored, and where it is mentioned is a bit inaccurate. Of the four Minis built at Abingdon which came to Australia, only two are mentioned - but with debatable accuracy.
Otherwise, the book is an absolute must for enthusiasts with an interest in the nuts and bolts of the English Works Minis.
The book includes a comprehensive list of every Works Mini, the events it entered and how it fared, as well as the drivers, and every event in which they drove Minis.
All back issues of The BMC Experience are now available in digital format from www.pocketmags.com.