The last time I drove a classic Mini Cooper was in the late summer of 2019, during Monterey Car Week, and it’s still one of my favorite drivers of all time; across the Big Sur and across the Bixby Creek Bridge on the 1965 Mini Cooper S. Ironically, the Mini I drove, which is one of my favorite cars I’ve ever ridden, once took part in the Monte Carlo Rally. That’s why this new video from Cars.co.za impressed me, as it shows the passionate owner of the Mini, who built the car of his dreams – Monte Carlo Rally Mini.
Nadia Villon bought a classic Mini and decided to completely restore the whole car, despite the fact that she had experience with cars. She bought a textbook from the seminar and got to work, learning on the fly and finding out everything on the go. She probably learns quickly because the car looks great. She didn’t do absolutely everything; the engine was repaired by professionals, wiring done professionally, and she sent a bare metal body for rust repairs. The rest, however, was done by Viljoen.
More importantly, she not only restored it, but accepted it. Villoen wanted the car to resemble the iconic Monte Carlo rally car, and it not only looked like a rally car, but it was. It may not be a cult car for the Monte Carlo Rally, but it is still a rally car, and its probably the absolute explosion for driving.
The downside to this video is that I’m now going to spend my day looking for a broken down Classic Mini to rebuild, fill the car with spare parts for it, and plan to spend most of my money on converting a classic Mini Cooper. in Rally Racing Mini. Thank you very much, Viljon.