Team Broadspeed Minis Return to Chateau Impney

Friday 10 July 2015

Two Austin Mini Cooper Ss, which competed at Chateau Impney during the sixties, will look to reclaim past glories when they take to the start line this weekend.

Part of the renowned privateer outfit Team Broadspeed, the two cars usually outran the factory works Coopers and competed in period at various events, including a number of Chateau Impney sprint events in the sixties.

The cars were mostly driven by John Handley and John Fitzpatrick, two very successful drivers of the era. Although, the first time Handley announced he was going to race in a Mini, his competitors laughed. But as both Minis usually ran faster than the factory cars, they soon discovered Coopers are faster and more powerful than they look.

Fitzpatrick was Broadspeed’s top driver and Handley raced with Broadspeed for three years, before moving on to compete for the Cooper Car Company. In 1964, Handley won his class at Chateau Impney completing the 550-yard course in just 25.42 seconds.

This year, one of the two Minis will be driven by Graham Hill, who has been competing in Minis since he was 19. No doubt Graham will dream of emulating Handley this weekend and hope that Coopers are still faster that they look. 

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