The Mini Cooper ‘S’ dominated the 1966 Gallaher (Bathurst) 500, placing 9th of the Top 10. The Mini Cooper ‘S’ out handling the clumsy V8’s.
In 1994 workshop staff of Bathurst City Council undertook the job of rebuilding a reproduction of the 1966
Mini Cooper ‘S’. The Mini Cooper ’S’ won the Gallaher (Bathurst) 500 with drivers Bob Holden and Finnish rally driver Rauno Aaltonen at the wheel.
The vehicle was stripped back to a bare metal shell by Council workshop staff then taken to Morcom Smash Repairs for minor repairs and painting. While the body shell was being resprayed, Council staff reconditioned all components including engine, gearbox, brakes and suspension. The internal trim was sent to Orange Motor trimmers for complete renewal (seats, door trims etc.)
The painted body shell was returned to the Council workshop in January 1996 and staff fitted the reconditioned components. The car was completed in time for promotion of the 1996 Great Race -
celebrating 30 years since the Mini’s first victory at Mount Panorama. The Mini Cooper ‘S’ also boasts the original registration plates that the car used at the time.
National Motor Racing Museum collection