Before Minis
Austin A35 (Alfa version!)
Three New Era Minis
POP 22 through the years
POP 22 restoration
POP 22 today
Technical details
New Era Ltd

The restoration of POP 22 was completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Mini Cooper, an event held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, in June 2011.   The Mini Cooper Register (www.minicooper.org) organises an event at Beaulieu each year, but it was on a grander scale for the anniversary year.   Unfortunately the weather also put on a memorable display with a depression sweeping across the South of England all day causing torrential rain and high winds.   POP 22 was one of the display cars, but visitors had to be exceptionally hardy to venture into the display area.   It was also not the only Mini to return home with a water-logged footwell that evening!

Beaulieu was followed a couple of weeks later by another outing organised by the Mini Cooper Register, this time to one of rounds of the hill climb championship held at Prescott hill climb in Gloucestershire.   The MCR organiser had negotiated with the hill climb organisers for there to be a Mini Cooper display and a parade up the hill during the lunch interval.   Prescott was one of the spiritual homes of New Era Minis (see ‘Austin A35 - Alfa version’ page) and POP 22 was allowed onto the track before the start so that a retro photo could be taken in a similar spot to one taken almost 50 years ago during a visit by the first New Era Mini, just after a new loop had been added to the track.

The start of November 2011 saw the Regent Street Motor Show.   It is a relatively recent event organised by the RAC who negotiated the closure of most of Regent Street for a day.   This year there were 50 ‘E’ type Jaguars and 50 Mini Coopers as both marques were celebrating 50 years since their launch.   There was also most of the veteran cars that were to participate in the following day’s London to Brighton run and, as a contrast, examples of most of the latest ‘eco’ cars (hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles).   POP 22 was one of the 50 Mini Coopers and it attracted a great deal of interest from the crowds thronging the street.   It was surprising, and encouraging, how classic Mini Coopers appeal to the younger generations and not just those who remember them in their heyday.