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
Why, you might ask, are we celebrating the anniversary of the Cooper rather than that of the Mini itself, born a year earlier? Well, the grown-up, enlightened answer is because it was the Cooper, not the original, utilitarian Mini, that marked the birth of the Swinging Sixties in Britain, hitting the streets at the same time as the Jaguar E-Type and the Beatles' first gig at the Cavern Club to usher in a golden era where cool Britannia really did rule the cultural waves. That's the grown-up answer.