Full Specification & History

Our 1964 Morris Mini Cooper S has been in the Sime family since 1966. Jimmy Sime used it successfully in racing and hillclimb events, with podiums at Ingliston and Croft and an overall Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) at the famous Rest & Be Thankful Hillclimb in 1969.

Since 1971, the car stayed off the road and apart from a brief appearance at a Hillclimb at Strathclyde Park in 1983, off track, with other motorsport participation and activities taking priority.  2013 saw the Sime Racing team start to embark on a full restoration, to FIA K specification, which completed in early 2016 and saw Barry and Jimmy return to competing in the same car.

2016 exceeded expectations with podiums overall and in class at every event entered and culminated in Barry lifting the 2016 HSCC K3 Class Championship overall.

The car (and drivers) story has been extensively covered in the April 2017 edition of Mini Magazine, with credit to www.downtonphotography.com for the words and pictures in the article.  Magazine copies are available to order here: (http://shop.kelsey.co.uk/issue/View/issue/MMG262/mini-magazine-april-2017)

Technical Specification

BODY Original Morris Cooper 970 S shell re-prepared to FIA spec in house.

ENGINE 1293cc Swiftune-built Appendix K works spec A-Series, SC3 crank, H beam conrods, Omega pistons, SW23T steel X-drilled cam, Swiftune FIA approved new cylinder head casting with CNC ports. Twin H4 SU carbs, points ignition with Swiftune condenser, standard radiator cooling fan and oil cooler, catch tank under wing, race alternator, Maniflow historic race exhaust.

SUSPENSION Koni single-way adjustable dampers, Mini Spares standard rubber springs, alloy trumpets.

TRANSMISSION Four-speed remote-change gearbox with Swiftune FIA-spec gear kit and roller bearing drop gears, Mk6 Tran-X limited slip differential 3.9:1 final drive, race flywheel and clutch assembly.

BRAKES Mini Spares standard 7.5-inch Cooper S discs and callipers (front). Original refurbished drum set-up (rear), single line hydraulics with HEL stainless braided hoses.

WHEELS AND TYRES 4.75×10-inch Rose Petal wheels with Dunlop CR65 race tyres.

INTERIOR Original centre dash binnacle, Works instrument panel, inflammable material removed, Corbeau Kevlar race seat, six-point harness, Lifeline AFFF fire extinguisher, full weld-in rollcage to T45 historic spec, standard heater. Swiftune 2016 prototype petrol tank with capacity for 60-minute races, stainless braided fuel hoses.