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Built in 1968 by Austin / Morris Cowley, in Division 2 to specifically compete and promote the forthcoming new Duckhams Race Series. The car was purely a Factory Road Saloon Race car. It was not registered for the road until 1972.
Leyland ran a celebrity guest driver car. The drivers were ineligible far any championship points. Drivers included Mike Smith and Tony Pond who personally competed in three races coming 3rd at LLandow on 11th April 1968
It was not the intention of going out and winning but to promote. At the end of the season the team came 5th overall.
Original body colour Blaze
The car was unregistered until 1972 when it was given the number UWL 744K. It was then sold to a member of the general public.
Mike Smith purchased the car in 1983 with the view of initially racing on the track and after a couple of events decided to undertake a rebuild into International Rally Specification Group A rally car to contest the European Championship Tarmac Rallies in the South of France. It was thought that the Minis eligibility ran out at the end of 1985 so an entry was put in for the 1200 kilometre Rally D’Entibes a qualifier for the European Championship.
When the Homologation ran out it was extended for the final year of 1986 so a team of three Minis were independantly prepared for this seasons events with UWL 744K entering the numerous events as listed below.
1968 race series Car no; 12
1968 Duckhams Road Car Race Series . Class win
1985 Uniroyal Tyres Production Saloon Car Championship 1300 Class
Car no. 16 Smith/Barnet
1985 Coronation Rally Car no. Smith/
1985 Rally D’Entibes Car no. 99 Smith / Baud
1986 Alpes Maritime Car no. 79 Smith/Baud
1986 Tour de France Car no.42 Smith/Baud
1986 Rally De Entibes Car no. 99 Smith/Baud
1989 Coronation Rally Pembury Car no. 84 Coulter/
1989 Mike Spence Historic rally Car no. Coulter/
1990 Longleat Historic Rally Car no. 63 Coulter/
1990 Top Gear (Television) Telford Rally Goffey
2000 Mike Spence Historic Rally Car No. 16 Northmore/
2003 Jubillee Historic Rally Car no. 64 Northmore/
2004 Ikley Satges Car no. 77 Northmore/
Car Magazine Jan. 1986
Numerous copies of Motoring News 1985/86
Mighty Minis by Chris Harvey 1986
Cars and Car Conversions Jan 1987
Full Homologation Papers. October 1970 and `December 1984. Mini 1275 GT
RAC M.S.A. Rally Special Stage Vehicle Log Book
1980 Car re-painted from Blaze to Blue with feature bonnet in White
British Leyland Austin-Morris, Cowley Blaze 1968 - 1972
Sheila Mannion Blaze 1972 - 1978
Dale Robinson Blaze 1978 - 1980
Michael Feasey Blue and White 1980 - 1983
Michael Smith Blue and White 1983 - 1989
Jeremy Coulter Blue and White 1989 - 1991
Nigel Channon Blue and White 1991 - 1999
Geoffrey Northmore Blue and White 1999 – 2018
Triple RAC Champion Martin Bolsover loaned the car to gain his National Race Licence. Date unknown.
Alloy wheels were fitted during the early racing days due to the wheels breaking up under load whilst racing. This was endorsed with the RAC and Homologation.
July 1989 Jeremy Coulter had the drivers’ floor pan replaced and the car repainted. Carmona alloy wheels were fitted. Replacing the alloy wheels that were on the car.