Sixties Mini Cooper vs Col de Turini
The Cooper is 50. Can the old-timer teach the Countryman a lesson on the rally that made it famous?
Posted: 25 Feb 2011
A couple of minutes pass. I half-open the door to step out of the car and shoo the beast along. The cow gives a gentle shake of its razor-tipped horns. I shut the door again. A handful of sheep wander over to watch the battle unfold. Still the cow refuses to move, eyeing me impassively through the glass. I start to edge the Mini forward into the flank of the beast, hoping to gently shove it off the road. Placidly but firmly, the beast leans back against the Mini. Stalemate. It is at this moment I realise that a Sixties Mini Cooper (kerbweight: 600kg or so) is not the ideal car with which to barge a fat Alpine cow (kerbweight: 700kg or so).