The Mini Cooper was one of Britain’s great motor sport legends, an inspired confection that became the definitive rally car of the Sixties. Because of its size, maneuverability, and front-wheel drive, the Cooper could dance around bigger, more unwieldy cars and scuttle off to victory.
Oops! The launch of the Austin A90 Atlantic at the 1918 Earls Court Moto Show in London was a gallant but misguided attempt to create a postwar export winner, by appealing directly to the American market with a car that looked vaguely . . . American.
If there’s one quintessential British pre-war car it must surely be the Austin 7, one of the most popular small cars ever produced.
30s – after one of the worst depressions in the world economy, a race for modernity starts, a race to all that is dynamic, crazy, charming and so cars racing begin to take shape, going from being a sort of picturesque challenges, pioneering ventures, into proper and real races.