Sunday 22 September 2019

British Motor Heritage to Aid the Rebirth Of ‘Frankie’, TV Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer’s Beloved Mini-Cooper S

The classic Mini-Cooper S is the all-time favourite car of Britain’s treasured Wheeler Dealer, Mike Brewer. Having let one slip through his fingers many years ago, he now has another, but it’s in urgent need of restoration, which is where British Motor Heritage (BMH) comes in.

As the owners of the original BMC tooling, BMH is uniquely placed to supply the original specification replacement bodyshells and panels that have already helped save thousands of classic Minis from that automotive scrapyard in the sky.

Mike’s Cooper S is a 1964 example (just like the man himself) that he acquired by chance at auction, and is in need of a complete new shell to make it pristine once more. To kick the project off, both the mighty Mini and its replacement body will be presented live on the stage of The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (November 8-10, 2019).

The restoration will then take place over the ensuing 12 months and in time for the finished article to be revealed at 2020 show, following which ‘300 NOH’ will become the star of Mr Brewer’s eclectic car collection.

The car’s resurrection will be supported by Andy Harrison of Acespeed, the West Yorkshire-based restorer renowned for the quality of his classic car rebuilds.

The full story of Frankie’s rebirth is being chronicled in Mini Magazine, and both car and owner star on the front cover of the latest issue. Fans will also be able to monitor the Mini’s progress via the social media channels of all the participants.

Why Frankie? Explained Mike Brewer:
“Frank was the name of the lovely man that initially recommissioned ‘300 NOH’ for me, yet refused any payment, saying ‘the smile on my face was reward enough’, so I named the car after him. In my experience, genuine car people are all nice guys, as British Motor Heritage have further confirmed by generously contributing a new shell to the cause and helping me to achieve my dream machine, for which I’m more than grateful.”

Added BMH’s Managing Director John Yea:
“Mike’s enthusiasm for Project Frankie is truly infectious, and we are delighted to be playing a key part in the rebuild and saviour of another Mini for posterity that, courtesy of Mike’s fame, will doubtless bring much pleasure to a great number of people.”

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