Mini Minor to Asia Minor

There was nothing mini or minor about the incredible journey a couple of classic car enthusiasts undertook when Nicky West and Rob Stacey decided on an epic motoring trip through 10 countries and 3 continents covering 11,063kms in just 35 days…in a 50-year-old Mini that had been off the road since 1967!

The couple’s self funded “Mini Minor to Asia Minor” expedition saw them drive through Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa to the last remaining Wonder of the World – the Great Pyramid of Giza – and back again in an effort to raise essential funds for the Willow Foundation which provides Special Days out away from treatment for seriously ill young people.

We provided the intrepid pair with a Dynalite, which looks exactly like a conventional dynamo but has the power output of an alternator and corresponding ‘dummy’ control box to keep the look period and simplify the wiring.

A high torque starter was also fitted which proved invaluable. Its compact design allowed an additional heater matrix to be fitted behind the grille to provided additional cooling and also increased the volume of the cooling system. With ambient temperatures above 40° in the desert, a standard cooling system would be hard pushed to maintain sufficient cooling in the long hot days that the engine would endure.

The car performed faultlessly for the journey, we look forward with great interest to to see where Nicky and Rob's next Mini adventure.