Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
4 minute read
13 Nov 2019
8:50 am

Fresh faced Mini Clubman and Countryman arrives with more zip

Jaco Van Der Merwe

From as early as 1961, Mini has been intertwined with the name Cooper

A Mini might be so renowned for being fun to drive that the brand’s rich historic association with racing is oft en overlooked. From as early as 1961, Mini has been intertwined with the name Cooper, deriving from Formula One car builder John Cooper’s association with it. Cooper saw serious potential in the car and turned it into an unlikely racing champion, with three wins in the Monte Carlo Rally among others. After Mini’s rebirth as part of the BMW Group in 2001, its association with Cooper continued as John Cooper Works and Cooper S tuning kits were freely available...