Friday, 6 September 2013

Freewheelers drive Mini Bugs

Remember 'Freewheelers'? I don't, but reader Paul Wylde does. And I'm sure he has some fond memories of it. It was a television series about a group of teenagers who get caught up in the plans of an ex-Nazi officer and it was broadcast between 1968 and 1973. Sounds like a cult show to me - an image that is further enhanced by the appearance of two Stimson Mini Bugs. Paul wrote: "Here are some photos of MK2 Minibugs used in the Freewheelers in 1972. It was filmed in and around Goodwood and in one of the photos you can see the Halnaker windmill and one of the two cars that were used. Both cars are still about." Thanks again Paul! Anyone who has some Freewheeling moving image?

UPDATE 30 October 2017: Here we go! 

Hide and seek - RPX 885K is properly registered as a Mini Bug with 850 power
Picture courtesy Paul Wylde
Filming took place in and around Goodwood, also not far from Stimson's place 
Picture courtesy Paul Wylde

 This is the other Stimson Bug - an orange one. And that's Halnaker windmill
Picture courtesy Paul Wylde

Good casting: Stimson Mini Bug would have been a dream drive for this teenager
Picture courtesy Paul Wylde


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  1. Freewheelers series 7 has been showing again on Talking Pictures TV. There was definitely only one Mini Bug used, "RPX 885K", you can see the registration a few seconds earlier in the Halnaker scene. The orange colour is the result of auto correction on the screen grab.

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  3. Two bugs where orderd by the tv company both bugs where one number apart on reg and the frame numbers too .Both factory built cars and boyh Yellow .

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    1. That's interesting, thanks.
      Presumably the "other" one was "RPX 884K", now registered as a 998cc red Minibug?

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