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 on: October 05, 2018, 05:11:40 PM 
Started by sccarally - Last post by sccarally
Seventeen entries already in the Clear Blue Sky rally!  This means we will probably have over 30 cars entered on rally day.  Eight of them are first-time rallyists, driving a Corvette, WRX STi, Jeep, Miata (3), Hyundai Azera, and a Lexus.  The only Novice Class entrant so far will be driving a Porsche Cayman.  The six General Class pairs will be in a Volvo, a Ford, two Volkswagens, and two Toyotas.  The two Master Class entries are flying in and running in rental cars.  The drivers and navigators are from Arizona, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington state.
Come join this happy group!

 on: September 28, 2018, 09:05:40 PM 
Started by sccarally - Last post by sccarally
Interest in the Clear Blue Sky road rally is heating up!  Our early entries include a first-time rallyist in a Corvette, two Master-Class entrants in rental cars (one is flying in from the East Coast, and the other is flying in from the West Coast), a Novice Class entrant in a Porsche Cayman, a First-Time rallyist in a Subaru WRX STi, two General Class pairs in a Volkswagen Tiguan and Passat, more First-Timers, driving a Hyundai Azera, a Jeep Rubicon, and two Mazda Miatas; also General Class pairs in Toyotas (Previa Altrac and RAV4) and a Volvo XC60.  It looks like a good group!  Why not join us?

 on: September 12, 2018, 02:00:15 PM 
Started by sccarally - Last post by sccarally
Clear Blue Sky Rally, a National SCCA Championship event

This road rally will show off some pretty roads in Collin and Grayson Counties.  We will visit the towns of Weston, Van Alstyne and Howe.  There will be course-following tests, designed to see how well you can follow the rules.  All are carefully looped so you do not get lost if you err.  We will ask you questions about signs and landmarks that you see to determine if you have done the “traps” correctly.
• Rally Day: Saturday, Oct 20, 2018.  Rally Master: Liz Witt.
• Starting Place:  Holiday Inn & Suites McKinney, 3220 Craig Dr., McKinney, TX 75070
• Registration: 8:00am to 9:00 am on Rally Day
• Novice meeting & Safety Briefing:  9:10am
• Cars leave the start:  9:30 am plus your car number.  Length: about 6 hours & 125 miles
• Finish: El Fenix McKinney, two blocks from the start hotel.
• Rally type: GTA (fun run).  A clipboard and pencil is all you need.  All roads are paved.
• Vehicles: Sports Cars, Family Cars, Classic Cars, Antiques, anything with 4 wheels that’s street legal is OK in this Rally. Note: speed is not a factor.
• At least two people (a driver and a navigator) are required in each car; if you have a minor child (< 18 ) in the car, contact [email protected], as a form will need to be signed.
• Four classes: 1st-timer, Novice (3 rally trophies), General, & Master (optional class: no trophies).
• Rally entry fee: $25.00.  $5 discount for SCCA members. You must pay with registration at $5.00 late fee if not preregistered.
The challenge of a Road Rally is to follow a prescribed course at legal speeds and to read signs and landmarks along the route to find answers to questions supplied by the organizers.  It is not a contest of speed or racing.  Registrants will be emailed the rally rules two weeks before the event. We encourage entrants to pre-register in advance, to allow time to review the rules. To pre-register, go to .

Join us!

 on: September 04, 2018, 03:46:38 PM 
Started by BritBits - Last post by Wings
There is a 64 Cooper S on Bring A Trailer ( from the good people at Mini City in Rochester NY that says it has a matching key for both doors and ignition.......   

Did anyone else follow the auction? I watched the final half hour today and was stunned when the bidding passed $50K. When the hammer fell at $80K I was speechless. WOW!


 on: August 30, 2018, 10:28:18 PM 
Started by BritBits - Last post by John Lieberman
It sure is a small world, Jim, and we Classic Mini owners need to stick together.  Our numbers are getting smaller every day but some of us still love our Classic Minis, along with all of their potential, and we need to stick together to exchange thoughts and ideas as well as spare parts.  I have a ton of spare MkI and MkII parts here in Shreveport and I know that you have an even bigger supply in your barn in McKinney.  So we need to make those parts available to anybody who might want or need them.

 on: August 30, 2018, 09:48:16 PM 
Started by BritBits - Last post by BritBits
There is a 64 Cooper S on Bring A Trailer ( from the good people at Mini City in Rochester NY that says it has a matching key for both doors and ignition.   It made me curious, although I only have one car to judge things by.

I suspect they're closing shop, sad for me to see as when I bought my '63 Cooper in 1992 it came with a Mini City catalog.   2 months later I was in the USVI and was outside the shop in Christenstead where Laurie was checking out swimsuits chatting with her father in law about Minis as he was wearing a Mini City t-shirt.   Laurie sent Grover Mauer to me when he was building his car in 1996 as a local Mini owner to help with his build.

It's a small world.


Jim, Diana and Jimmy
Too many toys, not enough room.... soon

 on: August 30, 2018, 08:47:19 PM 
Started by BritBits - Last post by John Lieberman
Those would appear to be the correct key codes -- one for the ignition and the other for the doors and boot.  I don't have either on my '65 autox car because I made them all go away many years ago.  But I did have to buy key blanks to have a second set of keys made for the '71 that I sold to a guy in Denver earlier this year and those designations look right for it. 

I had a bee-itch of a time trying to find a key blank for the locking vented gas cap on my '65.  Turns out that a US-made JMA PJ-2 is perfect for that application.  I had one made by a company in England, using the code on the original key.  But, even though the notches were correct, they were about 1/16-inch away from where they should have been.  I finally found a US supplier that had the blank and took it to my local key shop to have it cut.  That one worked just fine. 

 on: August 30, 2018, 09:28:30 AM 
Started by BritBits - Last post by MPlayle
Kind of hard for me to help, ... Mokes don't have doors.

My ignition key is a FS code.  Moke is a 1967 - technically a  MK-II.

 on: August 29, 2018, 08:46:17 PM 
Started by BritBits - Last post by BritBits
I'm just curious for those with what they think are original (kind of original?) Mk1 Minis....  My '63 Cooper has an "FS" door key and an "FP" ignition key.    Was that a standard split of key types, or was it more random for door vs ignition?


'63 Awesome Cooper

 on: August 28, 2018, 02:36:56 PM 
Started by Whee - Last post by Wings
Mokes are interesting but I'm not sure a Moke would be my choice for a drive that far. I think I'd have it shipped to CO. A rental vehicle and trailer would not be inexpensive anyway so leave it to the professionals. I'm sure if you call a few companies that specialize in transporting collector cars, they can give you some good advice. Good luck and enjoy your new toy.


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