The time capsule
One of my personal bugbears is the over-restoration of a car, which often destroys any character it once had.
Thankfully, the owner of this fab little Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S knows how special the car is, and is happy to leave its battle scars and patina in place. And it just oozes period charm.
It’s loaded with rare-as-rocking-horse-shit accessories, from the stickers in the windows to the Krooklock on the back seat – still in its original vinyl bag.
I was lucky enough to spend a day shooting this little terrier and it didn’t fail to put a smile on the face of anyone who saw it. Even the sun god decided to bless us with his company.
As if this car wasn’t wonderful enough, the backseat is only signed by genuine motorsport royalty.
Transport for the day was a 2015 Mini Cooper S, so it was fun to stick them next to each other to see what fifty years of car development looks like.
Yep, cars have definitely got bigger.