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
Our bovine friend seems unaware that it is standing in the way, quite literally, of a double celebration. 2011 marks not only the 50th birthday of the Mini Cooper, but also 100 years of the Monte Carlo Rally (an anniversary that won't, sadly, see a WRC event: organisers moved the opening round away from Monaco in 2009). That's why we're halfway up the Col de Turini, Monte Carlo's scariest stage and the road that made the Cooper famous in 1964, when Hopkirk heroically danced the tiny Mini to victory. Sure, the Northern Irishman was plagued by fanatic spectators chucking snow on the road, but he never - to our knowledge - got blocked by a recalcitrant heifer.