Things have really picked up with progress on the Bonneville Mini Cooper S now that the days are noticeably slipping by. Garry and Guy at Victory R have pulled the Cooper out of the World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars Museum and back into the workshop for a complete refresh. Most recently Garry has been rebuilding the running gear at the rear of the car.
There’s a long list of things to do but we’re on target this time. The newly redesigned 970S race engines are coming together. There’s still some parts on their way from some of our new sponsors: Two companies in Costa Mesa, California have teamed up to supply us beautifully designed crankshafts, Heritage Garage, and Marine Crankshaft. Somehow we went all the way to the USA to get parts designed and made by an ex-pat Scotsman and a Kiwi.
There’s also been more shiny parts coming in from Specialist Components and Mini Spares, both in the UK, which we really appreciate.
As before Nelson and Bryan at Hartley Engines and Motorsport are building and tuning our engines and Larry Mulholland at Swift Automotive in Christchurch has built the gearboxes.
We’re also very excited announce that MINI New Zealand have come onboard as sponsors for this year’s record attempt. We’re very proud to be working with them and are happy knowing we’ll be pushing our Mini off the start line with a new MINI thanks to their efforts.
We’ve also been wanting for a while now to come up with a way to showcase our amazing sponsors and team members while at the same time giving our supporters some better insight into the car, and the team. Today we’re starting a series of short films featuring team members and contributors talking about different aspects of The Road to Bonneville.
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One last thing: We’ve also started a crowd funding campaign to help cover costs of this years efforts that are still outstanding. We’d appreciate it if you could contribute a small amount and/or share this with anyone you think might be interested in helping out. http://givealittle.co.nz/cause/project64