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
Scrap that. ‘It is snowing' doesn't do justice to the meteorological insanity occurring. It would be more accurate to say ‘there is a very small percentage of the sky not filled with snow'. Fresh powder sits thick on the tarmac, getting deeper by the second as flakes the size of Jaffa Cakes fall with a ferocity that makes a mockery of the fact we're only half an hour from temperate, palm-strewn Monte Carlo.
In the old Cooper, I'm busy constructing a very good reason why I need to switch cars when the Countryman - the warm, safe, four-wheel-drive Countryman - zips past me and off along the Col, carving a bow-wave of snow as it goes. Right. Good. Here goes, then: the Col de Turini, in apocalyptic snow, in a mint original Mini Cooper kindly lent to us by a Frenchman called André on the proviso that we don't do anything stupid with it. This feels a bit stupid.