Registry: 1973 Leyland Mini
Rick Higgs's 1973 Leyland Mini – “ROO”
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* the 'square nose' Minis were known as Clubman Window Vans until March 1973 when Leyland Aust. reverted to calling all models Mini.
Bought and prepared this Mini to drive One Lap of Australia during 2011 the 50th Anniversary year for Mini in Australia.
Drove 22,000 kilometres over 70 days on the One Lap. Booked too late for ferry to Tasmania and Tasminifest in Hobart. Another 7,000 kilometres driven on Prologue/test drive to/from Sydney, The Rylstone Rally, Mini 50th Week on Sunshine Coast & to Brisbane Mini Muster.
Returned to Australia in October 2013 to drive to Melbourne for Ferry to Tasmania, 2 week tour of Tasmania, attend the biennial Tasminifest on Nov. 10th and return to Queensland via Great Ocean Road, Ballarat, Echuca & Murray River, Lightning Ridge & Toowoomba.
Another 8,000 kilometres/5,000 miles added to Odo since I returned to Australia. Have only needed to replace Quinton Hazel style drive shaft u-joints after 25,000 miles in use.
Shipping plan was put in place to bring ROO the Window Van home to Canada. ROO was delivered to shipper in Brisbane on Monday, Nov. 25th. ROO got to Vancouver's RoRo port on Tuesday, January 14th. Soil Exam was clean. Customs docs completed, tax & duty paid early on the Friday morning. Authorization from Terminal to make pickup received mid-day Friday and ROO driven from the dock in the afternoon.
Provincial safety inspections was passed with flying colours Monday, January 20th...however, Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement (CVSE) inspection said side marker lights & reflectors were needed (as all Minis imported to Canada in the 1970s had them). CVSE inspector accepted LED lights mounted in City Flairs (amber at front/red at rear) and stick on reflectors (same colours as lights). Glass was all good and new sealed beams were installed (to dip to the right vs. left for RHD Mini). With delays, ROO was finally registered, licenced, insured and driven home on January 25th...in sunshine!
Go to - http://www.MiniAdventureCanada.com - for 'One Lap' trip story
Since January 2014, ROO was prepared for a transcontinental trip to Ontario/Ohio/Wisconsin & home. In 2015 & 2016, ROO was entered in the VMC's Fall Escape, was at Mini Meet West 2015 in abbotsford, B.C. and in 2016 headed south to San Diego for Mini Meet West. ROO was also on the grounds for Vancouver & Portland ABFMs.
Currently, ROO is being prepared for the ALCAN 5000 Summer Rally in August 2018. A New 1185cc power unit is being built - head, short block, transmission and suspension upgrades.
|Owner:||Rick Higgs [hunter2]|
|Location:||Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada|
|Original Colour:||Bold as Brass|
|Current Colour:||Bold as Brass|
|Body Code:||Window Van|
|Engine Type:||1098 4 cyl. 3 Main A-Series|
|Last Updated:||2018-05-27 00:52:38|
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This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-05-27 00:52:38
- Changes from 2014-01-20 10:25:02 to previous 2014-01-18 23:41:28
- Mileage 72,000 → 75,030
- Body Code Panel Van → Window Van
- Changes from 2013-12-17 15:24:11 to previous 2013-11-22 13:23:48
- Vin CLUB1098BL1973 → 021A2V2M10830
- Mileage added 72,000
- Body Code added Panel Van
- Engine Type 1098 → 1098 4 cyl. 3 Main A-Series
- Engine Code added 10004967
- Changes from 2013-02-17 11:08:56 to previous 2013-02-17 10:57:58
- Nickname Roo → ROO
|Feb 26, 2010||Rick Higgs||Added to Registry (ID 17420)|
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