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SMALL BUT STRIKING… Local resident, John Truman with his 2000 Mini Cooper Sport SE ‘S Works,’ which was one of the last Mini Cooper models to be produced. Photos: Emma Hillier.

A real Mini enthusiast

David Lee July 27, 2016

JOHN Truman from the Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicles Drivers Club has always had a passion for Minis, and in 2011 he came across the latest addition to his collection, a 2000 Mini Cooper Sport SE ‘S Works.’

The Mini Cooper, which was very near one of the last Minis ever produced, was imported from England and was modified by John Cooper Garages to boost the horse power from 63 to 90.

Boasting a 1275cc engine, 4-speed gearbox, sports pack alloy wheels with Dunlop SP Sport 3000 175/50R 13 tyres, the Mini Cooper has been finished with Tahiti blue paint, a platinum silver roof and bonnet stripes.

John said, “There are only two of these vehicles in Shepparton and the other one, which is green, is owned by my brother.

“The production of the Mini in Australia was ceased in 1978 and in 2000 in England.

“I’ve had Minis since I was very young. I started in 1963 when I used to race in hill climbs and sprints.

“I own over 100 models of Minis including one that looks just like my current Mini Cooper as well as a model of the very first Mini made In 1959.

“My Mini has also won a range of awards and prizes including second place for the Best Original at the 2004 Mini’s at the Mill and first place for the Best Imported Mini Post 1985.”