Friday 25 December 2015

Maximum Mini Christmas puzzle 2015

Time for tradition. The theme for this year's Christmas puzzle is: derivatives doors. I don't think it's too difficult and so there is a tie break question below in case more then one competitor come up with the right answers. The idea is simple as always: you give the full name and model designation of the 25 cars that these doors belong to and the first who has them all right wins a copy of Maximum Mini 2 plus a Maximum Mini poster. Send your answers via the comments below up until December 31 of this year. Good luck!

Tie break question: which three Mini based cars were raced at Brands Hatch during Boxing Day in 1962, 1963 and 1966 respectively?

Thursday 24 December 2015

Seasons greetings

Tomorrow you'll find the traditional Christmas puzzle on this page, but for now I already wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year with lots of Mini (based) motoring to all readers of this blog and all other Maximum Mini fans. Thank you for your support in 2015 and don't forget to vote for the 'Best Find of 2015'!

Rendering by Jeroen Booij. Cars: Taylorspeed Mini Jem and Camber GT

Thursday 17 December 2015

A Mini Marcos at Mugello

Another nice picture find by reader Ralph Hamilton: the Mini Marcos of Roy Johnson and Guy Edwards at the Gran Premio del Mugello in July 1966. The car, registered 'KLP 7D' was green with a white band, as can be seen in a picture of it the Nurburgring, which was taken a month later. The car was entered with 1300cc power and supposedly did not class for Mugello. So was this shot taken during practice? It seems to have been hot at least, for they were driving without the bonnet. What's more: what happened to it afterwards?

July 1966: the Johnson/Edwards Mini Marcos in the Gran Premio del Mugello
Picture Jeroen Booij archive / Ralph Hamilton

The same car, now in colour, and a month earlier at the 1000 kms of the Nurburgring
Picture courtesy Jesse Alexander

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Wide bodied beauties?

I love period modifications, but generally prefer to keep cars fairly standard. But who am I? There are plenty of other people out there with very different tastes, too. See below some pictures I came across recently. Not my taste, but worth sharing here never the less. What do you think?

A De Joux Mini GT is rare, but this one - used for hill climbing - has to be unique
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Not one Mini Marcos is the same, but this one stands out from most of them!
Picture source unknown

And another with severe body mods. Would be a good snow plough this winter, too
Picture source unknown

This GTM has almost doubled its width by adding massive flares for those ultra wide wheels
 Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Even the Unipower GT doesn't escape the hands of the body building enthusiast
 Picture Jeroen Booij archive

And another one. This car has by now been built back to its standard body shape
 Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Thursday 10 December 2015

What is the Best Find of 2015?

The end of 2015 is getting near, which means it's time to make up which the best find of the past year here - a Maximum Mini tradition. So far this year, 11 Mini variants worth noting were found in sheds, lock-ups, gardens and garages and I made a selection out of 5 of them.

You will find the cars that have made it to the contest below. To vote simply go to the poll on the right side of this blog (click here if you read this through an email message) where you tick the box of your favourite find. The one with the most votes wins - it's simple as that. Now, over to the candidates.

1. The Spanish coachbuilt Cooper by Taka-Hira

A coachbuilt Mini, but not as we know it. This 1964 Mini Cooper was discovered by Francisco Carrión in Spain and turned out to be coachbuilt by Roger Taka-Hira. Full story here.

2. The Freewheelers Mini Bug

A beautiful Stimson Mini Bug was found in Switzerland (click), but it didn't have television history like the one that was found by Barry Tibury. Full story here

3. The German lock-up Landar

In the summer of 2015 one of the four Landar R7s built came out of a lock-up in Germany. It turned out to be the second car built in 1970. Full story here.

4. The Ranger threesome

After reader Ian Whitehead bought a project Ranger Cub he found another two of them, or at least the bodies plus a spare chassis frame. Full story here.

5. The Shropshire Mini Jem

You don't see a Mini Jem Mk1 very often, but Richard Proudlove found one in his native Shropshire. In a bad shape but all time warp and complete. Full story here.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

High mileage Peel is a one-owner car

Some great old pictures and tales of another Peel Viking Minisport owner were sent over to me by a reader of this blog recently. He got them from the Robert Tierney, who owns it since new! The car is based on a 1960 Mini 850 De Luxe and was retired from general use in 1986 with 489,000 miles on the clock. Yes - 489 thousand miles. That's about 25,000 miles a year for 20 years in a row!

Tierney wrote: "Later on the roof was painted white to reduce the heat in summer. The black and white pictures show the enlarged boot - this often caused consternation to those overtaking as they though they were only passing a Mini Van! It used an 1100 engine with 3.44 diff ratio and latterly changed primary drive gears. At an indicated 80 mph (speedo was for a 3.77 diff ratio) mpg was around 50 and the car was fitted with 2 x 5.5m gall tanks - so she had a very good range. We had 2 children at the time and had a Messerschmit 3-wheeler. We were known as the only 2-car family in which the largest car was a Mini! I am currently building an extension to the house but refurbishing the Peel is the next project - it's not for sale."

A one-owner Peel Viking with 498,000 miles on the clock. That has to be unique
Picture courtesy Robert Tierney

'Enlarged boot' caused consternation during the many travels it made, says owner
Picture courtesy Robert Tierney

Colour shot dates from 1966 - the year this Peel came on the road. It retired 20 years later
Picture courtesy Robert Tierney

Thursday 3 December 2015

Unique Fletcher GT: stolen and burnt

Prepare yourselves for some awful news. Maximum Mini enthusiast from the first hour, Paul Ogle, sent me a message today about the car that's been his pride and joy for all the years that I know him: the Fletcher GT. Paul had it for some 10 years, during which time he found out much of its checkered history and restored it, too. More on its history here. I am very sorry to hear the Fletcher now no longer is with us. This is what Paul wrote:

"Hi Jeroen. Thanks for putting up the details regarding next years Blyton Park Action Day. It really is a fantastic event that's developing there and I am glad I was able to attend the first two previous years. Seeing this has however reminded me of the sad loss that I have to share with you. I havent felt able to put this picture up so far as I've been very ill and couldn't face sharing bad news. Devestatingly 'Kirsty', as she was known will not be able to attend next year's Blyton meeting as she has been stolen and found burnt out. They say a picture paints a thousand words. The world clearly still has many complete twats in it."
I feel with you Paul and I'm sure I'm not alone.

The Fletcher GT at Castle Combe during the 'Hagley 100' in August 1966
Picture courtesy Paul Ogle

Paul with the Fletcher GT in happier times. This was back in February 2007
Picture Jeroen Booij

While this is all that's left of the car - known as 'Kirsty' - now. Paul is devastated
Picture courtesy Paul Ogle

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Guy Buckingham dies at 94

Guy Buckingham made a name in motor sports in Australia, but had begun racing earlier when he lived in the UK. In fact he was a clockmaker in Buckinghamshire who became an engineer for the RAF in WW2. He moved to Australia in 1952 where he decided to do things slightly different and set up his own workshop, soon known as Nota Cars. ‘Nota’ stood for ‘motorcar' pronounced as ‘notacar’ by Buckinghams then-baby son Chris. In Parramatta, just outside Sydney, Guy built various racing and hill climbing specials, mostly one-offs. One of them was rear-powered by a Mini-engine as early as 1962 - more here. By 1968 he'd build another Special, based on a crashed Morris Cooper S. Chris had designed it and it was named Nota Type 4, but was soon called ‘Nota Fang’ to its sharp appearance! Replicas were sold for $1999 and were soon a hit under Australian racing enthusiasts. The Buckinghams sold 64 Fangs before Guy returned to England in the early 1970s. There he introduced the Fang in the UK in 1972, but after the demonstrator was flattened by a Frysian bull, Buckingham Sr. decided to stop his exploits as a motor manufacturer. Chris continues to run Nota Engineering to this very day. Guy was reunited some two years ago with one of the first cars he designed, built and raced back in 1954, which was known as 'Arnold'. It was the first time he had seen the car since the late 50's.

The man who made the Mini based sports car big in Australia: Guy Buckingham
Picture courtesy Charles Best

Buckingham's first Mini based car came about as early as 1962
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

The Nota Fang - or Type 4 - was the car that put Nota on the map
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Action Day 3 is coming!

Good news: Maximum Mini will again be at the 3rd Mini Action Day, held at Blyton Park Circuit in Lincolnshire and I've got some groovy plans for the weekend on April 30th and May 1st 2016. I cannot say too much yet - do watch this space though - and for now quote organizers Marc Forster and Pete Flanagan: "There will be free entertainment on both Friday & Saturday night (TBA) as well as our usual special guest stars, prizes & superb collection of non track cars. There will be an impressive display of Mini Variants, or 'plastic fantastics' as we like to think of them. This will be arranged by Jeroen Booij, well known author & owner of well known maximummini blog."

"Track places will available to book through Javelin very shortly, these will be at a cost of £139 per day. Both days are open pit lane & drivers can enter & exit the track as much or as little as they wish. This is a great opportunity for you to try your car on track for the first time, or if you are more experienced a very cheap day’s testing! Two, very different track layouts will be available over the weekend, the outer circuit on Saturday & the Eastern Circuit on Sunday. The booking line will be open very shortly. When it is, you will be able to click on the logo to the left to go straight there."

"Last year we raised over £1200 for our chosen charities. This year we hope to be able to raise even more for this years chosen charity Cancer research UK. Like previous years, entry is totally free to anyone who wants to come & see what is probably the greatest spectacles of the year in the Mini world. There is free parking for all cars and a special parking area for Minis & other similar cars. We do however take a collection at the gate, all of which goes directly to our chosen charity. The suggested value of which is £5 per person. For more information, click here. For a little movie I made of the first Action Day, click here. For reports on the 2015 event, click here and here.

Thursday 26 November 2015

Taylorspeed at speed

Thanksgiving lies behind us and Christmas is on its way: ice and snow will now be soon approaching. Well, they are when you are on this side of the world. Over in the Antipodes Spring is slowly turning into Summer, with temperatures easily reaching 30 Degrees Celsius. It’s there these sunny picture were taken and the car is a local product: the Taylorspeed Mini Jem. That's the Jem built under a license in Australia in very small numbers by John Taylor of Adelaide. These photographs come from the Peter Knight archives and show the car at the Mallala Raceway in Southern Australia, probably in 1968. I think the driver has to be John Taylor himself and the car probably is the red demonstrator seen in various Australian magazines at the time. Any more information is welcomed.

Taylorspeed Mini Jem, seen here at Mallala Raceway in Australia behind another Aussie Special
Picture courtesy Peter Knight

Just two handfulls of Taylorspeed Jems were built by John Taylor, who is probably seen here
Picture courtesy Peter Knight

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Mk1 Mini Jem found in Shropshire

Richard Proudlove of Wrexham recently found a Mk1 Mini Jem in his native Shropshire. The car looks to be well-rotten but seems complete and is believed to have had just one owner from new. Unfortunately not much further information is available. There is no V5 log book at present, although the car's former registration number is known to have been 'UMD 480F', indicating it was registered in 1967 or 1968 in Middlesex. It's clearly a Mk1 shell with the short bonnet and steeper windscreen angle. It's a pity though that at one stage the car's rear was cut open to create a hatchback door. The interior sports Restall seats and typical flat dash. According to our own engine expert Richy Hawcroft the engine looks to be a small bore 998 on a 3 sync box: "Look at the thick alloy ridge at the top of the transfer case, only three sync had that, the later four sync either nothing or the boss for the breather. It could be a Cooper, but it must be early as it has the ‘R’ clips on the valve springs." I say 10 point for eagle-eyedness. Richard Proudlove ads: "My dad has had the rear wheels off today and it's got a Cooper 'S' rear sub frame and brakes!" He is now planning a rebuild and enter it in racing after that. It would be very nice for Julius Thurgood's new HDRC series… A daring winter project!

Tucked away in Shropshire: a Mk1 Mini Jem - one of approximately 35 built
Picture courtesy Richard Proudlove

Believed to be a one-owner car from new, the Jem stood outside for some time...
Picture courtesy Richard Proudlove

Rear hatchback with 70s slats was added sometime, cutting the body open...
Picture courtesy Richard Proudlove

Despite looking very mouldy, the interior is a throwback to the 1960s, too 
Picture courtesy Richard Proudlove

Restall bucket seats are now much sought after and may worth the investment alone...
Picture courtesy Richard Proudlove

Engine is most probably a 998 on a three sync gearbox. Maybe a Cooper, says our man
Picture courtesy Richard Proudlove

Registration number was UMD 480F but that is unfortunately not valid anymore
Picture courtesy Richard Proudlove

Monday 23 November 2015

Add-A-car is the Mini based 6-wheeler for 2025

The BP Buildacar Competition sprouted a whole range of Mini based cars between 1972 and 1986, some of which have been seen here before. Click here for the 1974 Cranleigh entry and here for the Phoenix of the same year. Canadian reader and regular tipster Miguel Plano now pointed me towards the 1978 competition, which saw another Mini based entry as its winner. The car in question was named 'Add-a-car' and was built by the boys of Southbrook Comprehensive School of Daventry. The trick was that it could be turned from a nippy 4-wheeler town car into a roomier six-wheeler / six-seater by simply adding a fastback-ish rear with clips! And there is film footage of it, too, see below and scroll to 1 minute 52. I know of several competition cars surviving. So how about this one?

Apart from the video, I found a little article about the 1978 competition, which I quote from here: "BP Oil's Buildacar Competition, which is part of the company's 'challenge to youth' scheme, is to be widened to include non-oil sources of energy, such as electricity, coal, steam and wind. Natural or liquid gas is excluded because of its hazards. Schools taking part in the project are to produce a study of the form of personal-transport likely to be used in towns in 2025. Southbrook Comprehensive School, Daventry, won the finals staged two months ago. Pupils produced a revolutionary 'Add-A-car."

Friday 20 November 2015

Biotas in Japan

Reader Eiji Watanabe contacted me earlier about an Ibis in Japan (see here) and now he found out about not one but two Biotas over in Nippon. The first is a Mk2 and has been spotted before with other Mini variants at meetings in Japan. The second one, however, is even more intriguing. It's another red Mk2 but this time it's built up as a racer, much in the spirit of Biota's original 1972 BARC hill climb car (see here). It has a near-identical bulge behind the driver's seat but comes with a different roll bar design and several other small differences. Could it never the less be the same car? Eiji wrote: "I do not know an owner, but I'll see if I can find some information". I'm looking forwards to it, and keep them coming!

Japanese Biota joins a Mini Jem. Several more pictures of it can be found here
Picture courtesy 'Biota's Garage'

But what have we got here? Could this racer be the infamous Biota hill climb car?
Picture via Eiji Watanabe

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Christmas offer

Make a start on your Christmas shopping with the perfect gift: Maximum Mini 2, of course! Now you can take advantage of a 25% discount. This offer starts on Friday 20th November 2015 and runs until 25th December 2015. I'll post a Maximum Mini poster with your book for a song if you like...

Prices include postage and packing in a purpose made box for books, posters come in strong carton tubes. See the list below. Drop me a line on jeroen at and I'll tell you how to pay.

To the UK

£26.95 for 1 book
£45.95 for 2 books
Extra poster: £5.99 only

To Europe

€36.95 for 1 book
€59.95 for 2  books
Extra poster: €8.50 only

To the US

$55,55 for 1 book
$75.00 for 2 books
Extra poster: $10.00 only

To Japan

¥6000 for 1 book
¥9200 for 2 books
Extra poster: ¥1200.00 only

Tuesday 17 November 2015

More Unipower GT updates

Unipower news keeps on coming in here after last week's Japanese wide bodied GT. It supposedly is not an ex-works car but one that was modified by the Lenham Motor company in the late 1990s. What's more: it is currently for sale with a company named Scuderia Old Timer in Utsonomija, Japan, see the ad here. Thanks for all the hints and tips.

Meanwhile, regular Peter Camping managed to find a good picture of another Unipower GT in racing guise: the car driven by Tom Zettinger of Luxembourg. It, too, uses wide arches and a broad racing stripe: blue on white. From 1968 to 1970 Zettinger entered the car in a number of events: mostly local hill climbs, slaloms and sprints in Luxenbourg. So far, I'd only seen a sketchy photograph of it, taken by Paul Kooyman at the International AvD-Rundstreckenrennen at Zolder in october '69. The one that Peter found is a lot better and was taken at Lorentzweiler that same year. Naturally, I wonder what happened to the car.

This list of events in which Zettinger drove the Unipower comes from this website about motor sports in Luxembourg:

1968 Course de côte de Marche
1968 Course de côte Bourscheid
1968 Slalom de Belvaux
1969 Slalom 3 Frontieres Rodange
1969 Course de côte Kautenbach
1969 Course de côte Lorentzweiler
1969 Course de côte Holtz
1969 Slalom Thionville
1970 Course de Côte Kautenbach
1970 Slalom Rodange
1970 Course de côte Goesdorf

UPDATE 5 January 2016: The car was originally owned by a Count Volpi, and was restored in 1988 and offered for sale for 3,200 GBP. See here.

The only known picture (by me) of Zettinger's Unipower G, taken at Zolder in 1969
Picture courtesy Paul Kooyman

This one is new to me and it gives a better view of the car. There have to be more pictures?
Picture via Peter Camping

Friday 13 November 2015

Another Japanese Unipower GT

Recently spotted at a Japanese meeting - another Unipower GT. It looks to be a Mk2 and comes with 1968 or 1969 'G'-registration, wide bodykit and 13 inch wheels. The number plate tells us it was originally registered in Bootle, Merseyside, and uses 1340cc power. Could it be an ex-works racer?

UPDATE 5 January 2016: Definitely not an ex-works car, it was built up by Gerry Hulford using a wrecked Unipower GT years ago. More here.

Several Unipower GTs have been fitted with wide body kits, like this one in Japan
Picture via Trevor McNamara

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Chopping the Mini's roof: front or back?

There is a lot of work involved in chopping the roof and waistline of a Mini in order to turn it into a MiniSprint or Sprint replica. But there are easier solutions, as the two examples sent over to me this week show. First is a mystery Mini Coupe from Australia (another…). This car, raced by one B. Nunan in the 1960s, has ditched the complete rear screen and most of the c-pillars in order to get that fastback look. It's like the roof has sunken into the car itself! I do like it though and any more information is welcome.

The other picture flashed over by regular Peter Camping shows the opposite: not the c-pillars and rear screen have been cut 'n shut, but the a-pillars and the windscreen have. According to Peter the car was raced or auto tested in the Loire region in France in the late 1960s or early 1970s. But again there's no further information available. Over to you.

Australian racing Mini got rid of rear screen and most of the c-pillars. It'd be nice to see the back
Picture courtesy Roald Rakers

While French racing Mini worked the other way 'round. It supposedly raced in the Loire region
Picture courtesy Peter Camping

Friday 6 November 2015

Colour coding

Some Mini derivative manufacturers made a brochure for their car - only the ones that had real confidence in their products I guess, so they are quite rare. I have collected several of them over the years and in some the paint colours available for the cars (or shells) are just named. I like the simplicity of that. Quoting from some of the brochures:

Stimson Safari Six (showing an orange car): "Colour impregnated main body, and body panels (part numbered and replaceable). Pirate Red, Golden Yellow, Charred Cedar"

Camber GT: "Price (sprayed Red, White or B.R. Green) £435"

Maya GT: "The bodies are sprayed in one of the following colours: White, Red, Pale Blue, and Fiesta Yellow. Other colors can be had at extra cost"

ABC Tricar: "Colours: White, Sunset Red, Willow Green, Pale Blue, Marigold, Bronze Yellow"

Ranger 80: "Colour range of panels: Red/White/Blue/Khaki or to special order"

For the TiCi as well as the Status 365 you had to like yellow (there was no other colour available) while the Siva Moonbug came in 'Royal Purple' as a standard. Yep, that was in the early 1970s.

But I also found out that a few manufacturers had actual colour charts. The Mini Marcos Owners Club recently unearthed a very simple one for their beloved Marcos, showing a range of eight solid colors available, while Radford-fan Neville Smyth found a much posher one for the Radford Mini De Ville on Ebay recently. But nicest of them all has to be the very rare colour finishes brochure for the Broadspeed GT that Chris Wooden showed me. Ralph Broad offered no less then 30 colors, made by Docker Brothers, and ranging from the well-known Broadspeed Opalescent Dubonnet to bright Lilac. How would that look on the GT?

Rare Broadspeed GT colour chart with a wide range of paint colours
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Understated colours for the Radford Mini De Ville, from Mole Sable to Shell Grey
Picture courtesy Neville Smyth

No metallics for the Mini Marcos, but Acrtic White and Bahama Yellow
Picture courtesy Mini Marcos Owners Club

Monday 2 November 2015

The first Camber GT now becomes a 4x4

Some years ago I found out that the very first Camber GT made (click here) survives. But not as we know it. The car, of which beautiful film footage survives, had a Maya GT nose section fitted in its early life, and was later given a targa roof. And it did not stop there. Daniel Boucher wrote back in 2011: "I was given it by a nice chap in Wimbledon. It was painted blue and had been converted into a convertible. It had a Cooper 1275 engine and Cooper S brakes but when I received it it was a rite heap and I spent about a year restoring it. However, I have had problems with retaining the original number plate as I cannot find the chassis number. The DVLA have not been helpful one bit and wanted to make it a Q registration. But it is on the road using a Mini registration at the moment because I refuse to make it a Q car." Pictures here.

I understand the car was later fitted with a Vauxhall or Honda engine (please!) although Daniel  said that he would prefer to bring the car back to its original condition with a roof. Until yesterday I didn't know whether that ever happened, but it seems he actually worked on it, now. I was sent over this picture of the car with its Mini registration - and… a roof. However, I also understand that the chap who bought it wants to build up the car as a space framed 4x4. Oh dear...

This Camber GT has seen it all. Now on its way to become four wheel driven…
Picture courtesy Jason Gwynnie89

Thursday 29 October 2015

5 Years of Maximum Mini - the weblog

Well, well. It's 5 years ago today that I decided to do something with the archive and start a weblog. In that time I have posted 595 articles and a multitude of photographs. Some great, some perhaps not so great, but all with my passion for the Mini based car in mind. Some cars long lost were found back and others were successfully sold through this page. Books were made and sold, people came and went and the first Mk1 Performance / Maximum Mini Action Day at Blyton Park went into history in 2014 - look out for the third on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st 2016. Maximum Mini 3 - the last book in this line - should be a long way by that time.

I haven't counted the hours going into this web page, but be sure there have been quite a few. Mind you: it has given me lots of pleasure, although sometimes I do wonder why I do it, and for who. So please do drop me a line if you have feedback, good or bad, as this is one of the main drives that keeps me going. I should have plenty of material to carry on for another 5 years.

UPDATE October 2020: And Maximum Mini's 10th anniversary is celebrated with some special features. Up to 15 years! Click here.

Friday 23 October 2015

Robin Statham passes away

It is with regret that I understand that Robin Statham died unexpectedly last week. Robin was the man who made the majority of MiniJems after he'd taken the project over in mid-1967 from founder Jeremy Delmar-Morgan. The car just been launched earlier that year at the Racing Car Show in London. Based in Penn, Buckinghamshire Statham produced the kits under the Fellpoint Ltd. banner. Initially as the Mk1, but in January 1969 he introduced a much revised Mk2 version, again at the Racing Car Show. Statham made a few lightweight shells, one of them which he built up as his own racer with 1293cc engine and 130 mph top speed after a Wade supercharger was added to the spec. In a Mod-Sports race at Silverstone he finished third behind an AC Cobra and a Jaguar E-type.

Under Statham, Penn Garage and Fellpoint Ltd. gained a good reputation and he became responsible for the majority of Mini Jems produced, selling kits with doors and windows fitted, painted and trimmed for £350. In 1970 he also teamed up with Barry Stimson and the new Mk2 Stimson Mini Bug was launched on the Fellpoint /Jem stand at the 1971 Racing Car Show. That same year Statham also unveiled the revolutionary Jem Futura - a car of his own design that brought the company into trouble. Interest in the Futura was huge, but building the prototype had been so costly, that it made an end to Fellpoint Ltd. and in July 1971 the company went into liquidation. By that time Statham had built around 160 MiniJems.

Statham's funeral takes place at Amersham Crematorium, next week, on Thursday 29th October at 3:15pm followed by drinks at The Wheel in Naphill. Fellpoint Mini Jem owners are very welcome, especially when they bring over their cars.

A young Robin Statham with the Jem Futura, the car that spelled the end for his car venture
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

Statham at speed in his own lightweight MiniJem racer. The car reputedly clocked 130mph
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

The same car undergoing surgery in Fellpoint Garage in Penn. It was supercharged
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

The Fellpoint/Jem stand at the 1971 Racing Car Show. Note Stimson Mini Bug plus Futura at front
Picture Jeroen Booij archive 

The VW based Jem Futura came at the wrong time for Fellpoint Garage. Here a rare brochure
Picture Jeroen Booij archive

This is an original 1968 invoice from Statham for a Mk1 MiniJem
Picture Jeroen Booij, thanks to Goff Allen