Hello fellow LaLDers! Today, I will share with you my spark 1:43 Mini Sprint. In August or September 1965 at Castle Combe circuit Neville Trickett was approached by fellow racer and budding entrepreneur Geoff Thomas to produce a variant on the Mini Cooper that had never been seen before. . . . . . . .*

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his chance meeting was the birth of the Minisprint.

Having seen Neville’s beautifully prepared lightweight racer, a racing Mini that incorporated many revolutionary features such as a twin point distributor that effectively ran at ½ speed to overcome point float at high RPM, a roller bearing cam shaft of Neville’s own design and most surprisingly weighing less than 9 cwt. Geoff realised that Neville, someone he had never met before, may just be the person who could turn the Minisprint from a slightly crazy idea into a fully working car.*

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Geoff had heard about customizing outfits in the States who would take a standard saloon car and section it to reduce the roof line, reduce weight and improve the looks, the problem was that Geoff had absolutely no idea at all how to do this.*

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After a ridiculously brief discussion the deal was done and Neville agreed to work with Geoff on their Minisprint project. Taking space in Westminster Garage in Parkstone owned by Peter Barnes, the project began in earnest. A second hand 850 Mini VPR 470 was purchased, this was to become Neville’s first victim. Neville’s brilliance was amply demonstrated by his first attempt as before long he had found an ingenious way of removing a section of metal from the window line and another from the body line to reduce the overall height of the car by around 3” or 75mm in new money. Combined with this, the entire shell had all its vertical seams removed, giving the new car an aerodynamic look that instantly made it far more aesthetically pleasing than the standard car. VPR was finished in a two tone Mini Cooper style paint job and was announced to an unsuspecting world.*

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Overall the model is very great besides that it is resin and that the wheels don’t turn that well. It’s just, perfect. I’m not sure how much this cost, probably somewhere near $60.00, but was definantly worth it. The fit and finish is very nice, like I said everything is spot on. I hope you like it!

*information from minisprint.eu

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