Random # 90: Mini Cooper S

Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, in the southern part of the island state, has several highly regarded specialist vehicle workshops.  Owners of Fiats, Lancias and Alfa Romeos are well served by Steve Caplice at his Fogarty Automotive facility, while Eurotech, also in Hobart itself, and Bocchino Motors, in the northern suburb of Moonah, also have solid reputations for their work on Italian cars.    

When it comes to British vehicles, most Hobartians in the know would recommend David Short for everything from maintenance to full rebuilds.  Whilst David is best known for his work with MGs, he's also quite at home servicing other marques from the Mother Country like the Triumph estate seen elsewhere on this blog (https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7165367970551834236#editor/target=post;postID=5791010291009256166;onPublishedMenu=overview;onClosedMenu=overview;postNum=4;src=postname), right through to Rovers, Jaguars and classic Minis.  

The magnificent Cooper S shown here was parked outside David's workshop in Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, and looked to have been recently restored.  It was, quite simply, immaculate, with every single detail looking truly first rate.

Fans of Minis might enjoy this informative, and entertaining, podcast from the BBC:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03rsqcf .  It certainly helps flesh out the story of arguably Britain's most successful and iconic car.


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All iPhone images.

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