12/09/16 – Slowly but surely

12/09/16 – Slowly but surely

Not a hugely exciting update, but certainly a long overdue one! An expensive wedding in April meant that most of the available funds were taken up, so the car hasn’t been on track, unfortunately! I have managed, however, to make some small improvements to the car over the last few months as well as bringing it to … Continue reading

30/11/15 – New Year’s Resolutions

30/11/15 – New Year’s Resolutions

The last few months have been reasonably quiet. I showed the car off a little at various shows and events and also managed to get it out at Mondello in October for a test! The day was a write-off from the very beginning, however, with a fuel flow issue which would only allow me to … Continue reading

29/07/15 – Back on Track

29/07/15 – Back on Track

Thanks to some detective work and late nights in the garage, the Mk1 now has its 1480 back together and is ready to hit the track! In fact, it already did hit the track at Classic Live at Mondello at the end of June. After a rolling road tune at Westward Engineering, the car was flying. … Continue reading

03/03/15 – One for the road!

03/03/15 – One for the road!

After the issues with the 1480, I decided the last thing I wanted was the car to be sitting in the workshop unused. And, not having the luxury of a road Mini, decided that a new road-friendly engine was in order! An A+ 1275 unit was sourced from a scrapped ’94 Sprite, given a service … Continue reading

19/01/15 – One step forward…two steps backward!

19/01/15 – One step forward…two steps backward!

Well, the 1480cc engine build concluded long ago, but a lot has happened since! The engine was fitted and run-in, with my first experience of driving it leaving me absolutely speechless and with a big smug grin on my face! The torque, the power delivery, the sound! Next step was to bring the car to Martin Treacy … Continue reading

10/07/14 – The Engine Room

10/07/14 – The Engine Room

In my last update I hinted at a new engine for the car which, I’m excited to say, will be a stonking 1480cc full race engine! Paul Hickey of Hickey Race Engineering has been hard at work over the last few weeks preparing the engine for assembly and will be built and dyno’d in the coming weeks. The engine … Continue reading

04/04/14 – Upgrades

04/04/14 – Upgrades

Long time, no update! Since my last update I’ve been pretty busy. I’ve driven the Mini on a 1500km trip to the Goodwood Revival, taken the engine out to fix an oil leak, fitted a new set of Avon tyres, replaced the exhaust manifold, done a track day in Mondello, bought a set of split … Continue reading

The Race To Goodwood

The Race To Goodwood

On 12th September 2013 four friends, Aidan Lonergan, Jonathan Flood, John Cahalin and myself, will set off on a 1500km round journey from Dublin to the world famous, historic motor racing event, ‘The Goodwood Revival’ at the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, England.   This truly unique event is where 180,000 motoring enthusiasts from across the … Continue reading

08/07/13 – Show Time

08/07/13 – Show Time

The Irish Classic and Vintage Motor Show in Terenure College, Dublin has been a favourite of mine since I started my life of Mini ownership. Apart from it being my local show, it’s also the largest in Ireland and is run incredibly well by the Irish Jaguar and Daimler Club – the perfect opportunity to show off … Continue reading

09/06/13 – Finishing Touches

09/06/13 – Finishing Touches

A long overdue update, but progress was a few hours here and there over the last few months. The last month in particular however, has been a different story with lots of long hours put in at Granby Motorsport HQ! The biggest job on the To Do list was getting the engine assembled and running. … Continue reading