Friday, 27 October 2017

Mystery Mini Marcoses of the Low Countries

Reader Kees Plugboer recently took a dive in his old photo-albums and out came a collection of Mini Marcos shots, taken in the 1980s and 1990s at the Zandvoort track and at a lock-up near Brussels in Belgium where he had a look at a Mk2 Mini Cooper at the time. He didn't buy the Mini in the end but took photos of the Marcoses there, some of them which he also spotted at Zandvoort earlier. They make me quite curious. Was this one collection, and what happened to it? I add some more unknown cars from Belgium to it, making this overview of Dutch and Belgian Mini Marcoses which all appear to have gone off the radar. Perhaps you know what happened to these cars?

One of several Mini Marcoses spotted at Zandvoort. This one being a Mk4, photographed in '94
Picture Kees Plugboer

Another one at Zandvoort, now in the patriotic colours of the Dutch flag. This was in 1987 
Picture Kees Plugboer

And it was joined by yet another Mini Marcos. The white car seems a Mk3, the blue a Mk4
Picture Kees Plugboer

A lock-up near Brussels in Belgium at the end of the 1980. Kees bumps into the same blue car
Picture Kees Plugboer

And the white sister racer is there, too. We can now see its (January 1970) registration 'RHR 2H'
Picture Kees Plugboer

There's yet another example, also a Mk3 I think. And it seems to wear a British registration, too
Picture Kees Plugboer

And how about this one? Another Mk3? Also in the same Belgian lock-up in the late 1980s
Picture Kees Plugboer

Was somebody hoarding Mini Marcoses here? And what happened to these cars?
Picture Kees Plugboer

This car was seen more recently (in 2014) and offered for sale in Belgium as a barnfind
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Registration dates back to 1970, too. Wide arches and rear spoiler make it easily recognizable
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

This car supposedly raced at Zandvoort in the 1980s too, but I know nothing more than just that
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Bonus car: this racy Mini Marcos was offered for sale from Belgium last week
Picture Reezocar.be

It's chassis #7109, another Mk3 that was registered in 1968. I'm not sure if it sold
Picture Reezocar.be

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