Brooklands Road Test Portfolio
The Brooklands Road Test Portfolio series makes a welcome return with these two new volumes. They comprise comment by experts from five countries on (1) the MM and Series II models built between 1948 and 1956, and (2) the Minor 1000 models built until 1971. All variants are covered with new model introductions, updated specifications, road tests, service data, owners' reports etc, together with new information and restoration and buyers' guides.
A unique aspect of these Brooklands anthologies is the inclusion of ordinary owners' recollections of Minor-related exploits. These include long-distance journeys, motor sport participation, performance modifications — the list is endless. One American family even relocated from California to Florida in their 1951 sidevalve, with two children under three and a large dog. You need to read their story for the full flavour and be jealous over a fuel bill of $30!
These volumes chronicle the period, over seven decades, when the Minor evolved from a highly sought-after modern newcomer, through a respectable but slightly dowdy middle-age, to its position today as a cornerstone of the British classic vehicle movement. They are highly recommended to all Minor enthusiasts.