The Last WORKS MINIS in International Rallies & Races

Works Minis


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The Mini's Motorsport Swansong

  • Lots of pictures
  • Accessible, enjoyable writing style
  • The original Mini is still very popular
  • Completes the story of the ‘Works Mini’ in motorsport
  • Covers 1994 to 1997 models
  • First book to tell the story of these Minis
  • Features a period of new technology
  • Features many famous names from motorsport
  • The authors own two of these cars

The original Mini, the car of the 20th Century was still active in motorsport in 1997, 35 years after its 1st event! This book sets out to tell the recent history of the mighty ‘works Mini’ in international motorsport. How the Mini came to be in Monte Carlo and at the famous Nürburgring battling with the giant teams like Fiat and Citroen. How different manufacturers were building ‘works’ cars on either side of Birmingham, but not knowing the other existed ... Tells the story of cars developed from 1994 up to the last group-A cars (with fuel injection and six speed sequential gearboxes) of 1997. The book also covers Rover’s plan to travel the world competing in various rounds of the World Rally Championship. It’s all here, copies of Rover internal documents, plus many previously unpublished photos that Rover would not want you to see if it was still around ... includes secret colour photos of the car's development and copy pages from the road books of top rallies.


Bryan bought his first Mini, which at the time was only two years old, in 1965. The car was progressively modified and his interest in Minis developed into a part time tuning business. He and his brother built a formula Mini Seven race car that Bryan eventually wrote- off whilst racing at Cadwell Park. Once his daughter had grown up, Bryan became interested in rallying once again and has since participated in many competitive ‘classic rallies’, having been in the hot seat in an Austin Seven Ulster to Monte Carlo and also across the Sahara Desert. He has rebuilt a MKII Cooper’S’ which he has also rallied.

Bryan and Tim started working together and then formed a sporting partnership. They rallied Bryan's MGA Coupe and 1964 MkI Cooper ‘S’. In 2005 Bryan purchased what was the last works Mini to ever finish the Monte Carlo Rally and, just a month later, Tim purchased the sister car – last works Group A Mini ever built.

Tim has been in the motor trade all his working life, starting as an apprentice technician with a Fiat & Lancia main dealer. He spent a short while in a tuning garage and from there moved to a BMW dealer working as a service advisor and progressing to senior service advisor. Eventually he left BMW and started to do ‘smart’ interior trim repairs to cars at main dealers, which is how he met Bryan.


Hardback. 304 pages. 238mm tall by 170mm. Over 500 colour illustrations.

The Last WORKS MINIS in International Rallies & Races
By Bryan Purves & Tim Brenchley
Published October 2007 UK & USA
ISBN 9781845840877 / UPC 636847040874
£29.99 UK / $59.95 USA

16 October 2007 Staff

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