Pic Of The Week: A Rally Good Mini

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Today's POTW was a bit of a no-brainer. In a week where Mini officially announced its return to rallying, a BMC-based nostalgia trip was all but inevitable.

The news that Mini was coming back with a Prodrive-run WRC team had us immediately all rheumy-eyed for the halcyon days of the 1960s, when the plucky Mini took on the likes of Lancia, Porsche and V8 Fords - and won.

This shot is taken from the 1968 Monte Carlo rally, where Rauno Aaltonen and Henry Liddon took third place behind two Porsche 911s. We particularly like the flanges (for want of a better word) on the front wings of the car, even though we have no idea what they are. We think they're probably snow guards off some sort, but they almost look like a rudimentary aerodynamic aid...

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  • randombloke 30 Jul 2010

    Firstly, that is a cool pick, and lets hope the new mini will have as much success as the old one.

    Secondly, the "flanges" are a form of splash guard, they are to stop water or slush being thrown up in front of the car and hampering visibility.

  • olly22n 30 Jul 2010

    irked











    hehe

  • mybrainhurts 30 Jul 2010

    Service crews used to roll that onto its side to work on the underside.

    Not a lot of people might know that...

    Makes me feel old...bugger it




  • uremaw 30 Jul 2010

    Greatest.
    Car.
    Ever.

  • Oddball RS 30 Jul 2010

    mybrainhurts said:
    Service crews used to roll that onto its side to work on the underside.

    Not a lot of people might know that...

    Makes me feel old...bugger it
    Yes onto old tyres, best access to underneath!!!!!

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