Austin Mini Cooper 'S' – 24PK – The ultimate rally 'Privateer'

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  1. Brilliant website about Austin Mini Cooper 'S' 24PK for those who did not read about it in the December issue of the MCR Magazine.

    'This website is an attempt to consolidate the competition history of a unique car – together with recollections and anecdotes of her drivers and others associated with her. In my brief 3 years of ownership I have been constantly amazed by the willingness of those who both drove, worked on, or just had recollections of 24PK – to offer their time, reminiscences and if I was really lucky, photos and other memrobilia that enabled me to consolidate the following historical record.'
    [B]Link:[/B]
    [URL]http://www.24pk.co.uk/[/URL]

  2. Very impressive for a compression ratio of 1.2 :1!
    Seriously, the 'Specification' seems to have got a bit mixed up with data for a standard car and the modified 24PK? 96 bhp from 970 on HS2 carbs? 16 mpg and a 5.5 gallon tank (twin tanks pictured) etc?
    The older rally photos are pure magic, including what looks like the Porlock (later home to Brian Culcheth) RAC stage downhill.

  3. Porlock was again scheduled to be used downhill as late as the 1976 RAC but there was a last minute roadbook amendment to uphill with double main road usage. The change in mileage was used by Pentti Airikkala to protest against his OTL at Weston MC and keep running. A couple of spots are scarier uphill because of the drop.
    Brian Culcheth drove the hill opening car the first year of the Porlock hillclimb (1990?).

  4. LMM76 wrote: “Very impressive for a compression ratio of 1.2 :1!
    Seriously, the 'Specification' seems to have got a bit mixed up with data for a standard car and the modified 24PK? 96 bhp from 970 on HS2 carbs? 16 mpg and a 5.5 gallon tank (twin tanks pictured) etc?
    The older rally photos are pure magic, including what looks like the Porlock (later home to Brian Culcheth) RAC stage downhill.”

    Kind of you to point out the negatives – regretfully the spec' sheet not my work and did not take sufficient time to check thoroughly –a definite case of ‘more haste – less speed'.
    In point of fact – during the seasons 63/64 – 24PK went through a significant number of engine changes. Purchased new as an Austin Mini Cooper – and fitted with a Don Moore built 997 engine – it ran this unit for the whole of the '63 season, competing on the Stuttgart Solitude-Lyon Charbonniere / C.O.I. / Tulip / Alpine & RAC. In '64 it competed on the I.O.M. Manx with a mongrel 1100 engine and then a Cliff Humphries built 1275 for the RAC – which it continues to run with today.
    In light of the above I will remove the spec' sheet and correctly revise it.
    I hope you might have enjoyed the more informative sections of the website.

  5. roy parmente wrote: “Kind of you to point out the negatives.
    I hope you might have enjoyed the more informative sections of the website.”

    ?

    Such blatantly obvious errors would detract from the other excellent work if not pointed out and amended.
    Not sure how to indicate better 'enjoyment' than posting that the older photos were 'pure magic'….

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