Steve Goes With a Mini
Steve always loved the competition of SRF. But as a bigger guy, he was constantly at a disadvantage with the minimum weight. Looking into B-Spec, he realized this was a class with car options that would allow him to make weight! He also saw the growth in the class, and like JB, made the decision to try B-Spec for 2021 and his own return to Indy for the Runoffs. Unlike JB, Steve opted for a Mini Cooper. “It ultimately came down to the fact that the Mini isn’t excellent at any one thing, but instead is good at everything. In addition to being quite large inside for this big guy, it’s also the only car with rear discs and IRS. Plus, it was just the best looking of them all.”
Steve started by contacting David Daughtery about building a car for him. As they talked through options, Steve kept coming back to the idea that he wanted the hands-on experience of building the car himself. It might take longer, but in the end, he would know the car inside and out. So he started the search for his donors.
In late November, Steve located two Mini Coopers here in the northeast. Over the course of a weekend, he collected a white 2008 Mini from Maine and a red 2010 Mini from Vermont. The engine in the red car was blown, but it had a frame with less rust, no sunroof, and overall better shell condition. The engine in the white Mini worked, but it was unknown whether it was race quality or not. Worst case, for $500, that Mini would offer a collection of spare parts.
Both cars made their way into Steve’s garage to begin the build process.