In the last few days we’ve received some excellent news: Speed Week is on.
You may recall there have been concerns about the quality of the Salt surface on the Bonneville Salt Flats since last year’s cancellation of Speed Week. Last week the organisers announced that there is enough quality salt surface to open three tracks at Bonneville Speedway this coming August. That’s all the encouragement we need.
So what’s next? Our Mini Cooper S has been in storage in California since last year’s cancellation so when we arrive in LA early August, our first job will be to dust her off and get her prepped for racing. Next there’s a 1000+ km drive north to Wendover, Utah where the real fun begins.
Speed Week runs from 13 to 19 August and we aim to be racing every day. This year we’re hoping to break two records – our own existing one of 146.6mph in the I/BGCC class and after some slight alterations to the Mini another class which we’ll tell you more about closer to the time.
If you want to keep up with the action this year you will have a number of ways:
YouTube: Search project 64 mini
And we’ll aim to do a daily wrap up of events via this newsletter too.
Last time connectivity was a bit erratic so please bear with us if there are quiet patches!
Lastly you’ll see our email address is a bit different – this is because newsletters like this don’t really work with Gmail addresses anymore so one of our sponsors, Cartel Works, has very kindly lent us an email address: email@example.com – you can still reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org though.
We’ll leave you with some recent photos from the Salt, courtesy of the Southern Californian Timing Association. It’s looking great out there.
In preparation for Speed Week 2016 we’ve been tidying up shop & realised our social media was a bit all over the place, so in an effort to tidy things up we’ve rejigged a few user names:
YouTube: Search project 64 mini
We’ll be using these to update live from the Salt – primarily with Instagram feeding to everything else – pick your favourite(s) and follow along!
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Real estate brand and entrepreneur Mike Pero has got in behind a small team of Kiwi enthusiasts to take on the World in a world speed record attempt and to get a 1964 Mini to 175 mph (281km/h) at Bonneville Speed Week in early August. “We really appreciate the support from Mike Pero and MINI. … Continue reading
Someone asked the other day how much truth was there in our claim to being the World’s Fastest Mini?
We thought it was something that you be interested to hear too.
As far as we have been able to ascertain we are the fastest A-series powered Mini. The previous Bonneville record for fastest Classic Mini was 121mph or 195km/h. That was regarded as the World’s Fastest Mini at the time. It needs to be noted that both cars were running heavily modified versions of the A-series motor, as you’d expect from a race car, but they were still A-series motors with all their inherent challenges.
We have been recorded at 161mph top speed on our in car GPS equipment, 156mph average over 1 mile by Bonneville official timekeepers and of course hold the Bonneville I/BGCC class record at 146mph.
There are at least two other cars running classic Mini bodies that claim to be the World’s Fastest Mini but both are rear wheel drive V8 drag cars and are talking about their acceleration speed. They are beautifully prepared cars and extremely quick, and we certainly don’t want to diminish the effort that has gone into building these cars, but we feel pretty safe claiming that we’re more of an original Mini.
There are bound to be a huge number of very quick new MINIs given how technically advanced they are compared to classic Minis. The classic Minis currently being built to challenge our record (that we know of) are powered by modern Japanese engines.
It has always been a truthful statement from our point of view, plus it plays on The World’s Fastest Indian connection with Kiwis at Bonneville Speedway and the fact that Burt Munro’s grandson Rob Henderson was part of the team until he passed away.
Lastly, our 2012 record break story was featured in four specialist Mini magazines ( Mini Magazine, MiniWorld Magazine, MC2 Magazine and The BMC Experience). If anyone was going to know of a faster Mini it would have been them. Attached is an excerpt from MC2 Magazine about the previous Team Mini Mania, Inc. Mini record holder. I have a copy of an original 1986 article somewhere but can’t put my hands on it right now. We’ll post it when we find it.
Let us know what you think!
We’ve known it a while, but it’s just hit the papers. We’ll be taking our amazing little Mini back to Bonneville in August 2015. We’ve got some amazing new sponsors on board too – hopefully we’ll announce that later in the week. In the meantime you can read all about it on Stuff.co.nz: NZ Mini Out to Break Its Bonneville Salt Flats Record
Unfortunately, we have bad news. We have decided, due to a number of factors beyond our control and one major one in particular, that we will have to postpone our Bonneville Speed Week record attempt until 2015.
As you may appreciate, developing a vehicle like ours to reliably produce sufficient power to attempt to break a record as high as the one we set in 2012 takes a great deal of work and input in terms of expertise and specialist parts (as well as support from generous people like you). Unfortunately, we have been let down (despite their best efforts) by a UK supplier of one, crucial, specially designed and ordered component for our engines. Without this we run the risk of travelling the 12000km to Bonneville only to fail within the first few runs, letting both you and our sponsors down.
We realise it is over 2 and half months until Speed Week, but once the engines are built we still have to do a great deal of dyno work tuning and testing the motors and then ship the car. We have simply run out of time, especially if we allow for customs delays.
We’re very sorry to have to make this announcement and we’re aware that we are letting you down by doing so. We’re just very much aware, especially now we’ve been to the Salt once, how important it is for us to put the car in the container knowing we have done all the development and tuning to the best of our ability and that to the best of our knowledge the car won’t fail.
We hope to be more active here on Facebook over the next 12 months and hope that you’ll stick with us as we head to Speed Week 2015.
Right, we’re back on track with Project ’64 Merchandise—helping us get to Bonneville in 2014.
Available AGAIN—Project ’64 T-shirts. Now on Cafepress so you’ve got more choice and you get them sent straight away.
Here’s an easy and rewarding way to help get us back to Bonneville in 2014.
Your very own Project ’64 ‘Job Done’ t-shirt. It’s almost identical to the team shirts we wore in 2012 but we’ve added the record and the top speed we achieved.
Also, now you can get your own 6400 t-shirt with our Cooper’s number across your chest.
AND a bunch of accessories to check out.
Thanks heaps for your support!
We’ve been having trouble supplying our t-shirts quickly and efficiently (which is how we like to operate). As a result, we’ve reduced the choice in the store down to what we have in stock (no orders) and we’re working on a new supply chain which should be better for everyone.
Everyone who has ordered styles, sizes or colours that weren’t the stock black men’s S-XL, your shirts have been sent and should arrive by the end of this week or early next at the latest. Sorry for the wait and thanks for your support!