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The British Mini Club have been associated with Kieren McDonald of Big Mac Racing in the Mini Se7en Series, and Clive King of classic Mini rallying fame. We are now very happy to have secured the British Mini Club logo on the MINI Cooper S JCW driven by very promising young MINI Challenge racer Nathan Harrison.

Nathan is starting to make his mark in the MINI Challenge after a successful start to his career in karting. Then a move into Ginetta Juniors.

Via a blog on Love Mini Nathan tells us

“Hello guys, I'm Nathan Harrison, British-born racing driver living in Oxford. Starting back in 2002 me and my dad Steve used to race at the local karting track in Reading aged six.

Soon I started to win races but had to wait until the age of eight before I could join the National Championships. At the age of 13 I took my first British Championship, I then went onto being ranked 2nd in Britain and 2nd in Europe, earning myself a ticket for the world finals in Abu Dhabi representing the United Kingdom. After a brilliant time in such a different environment I managed to place myself 6th in the world.”

 After a two year gap Nathan managed to put in an impressive drive at Donington he went on to gain a ride in the MINI Challenge Cooper for 2015. He managed to become the Cooper 2015 Champion at the young age of 19. This year he had progressed very successfully into a brand new John Cooper Works F56 MINI Cooper S. The pinicale of the MINI Challenge Series in the UK

Nathan is already taking the challenge to the old guard in the 2016 Series. In what is dubbed one of the closest to a touring car. Maybe that is his next step. This is the first time the F56 JCW has made it’s way into the MINI Challenge and Nathan is close to leading the pack.

Read more about this very exciting young man, Nathan Harrison, via the blog

We should have a report from this season’s opening race in the next issue of the British Mini Club’s magazine Mini Driver. The magazine is free to club members. Sign up now to make sure you receive yours.

The British Mini Club will helping raise interest in Nathan by regular race reports on our website and magazine. We will also be following him via twitter as well

Nathan can also be found on facebook

And Twitter @nathanracing

Watch out for his Military Green number 27 MINI Cooper JCW on the track and cheer him on to success. We really think he has a very good future in Motorsport

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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:51

Mini Se7en At Zandvoort

If you visited the recent British Mini Clubs Mini Fair at Bingley Hall you would have seen a fantastic display by the Mini Se7en Racing Club to celebrate the start of the 50th year of the Mini Se7en Challenge. In fact it was the biggest display seen away from trackside. Late 2015 at the end of the season all entrantshad the chance to complete 2 rounds at the world famous Zandvoort track in Belgium. Big Mac Racing, supported by the British Mini Club, could not resist te chance to enter the season finale. Kieren McDonald takes up the story below. Scorll down to enjoy fantastic in car video as well.

"The month of October, miserable for some; normally cold, wet and windy. Not for those of us in the Mini 7 Racing Club that opted to enter the British Race Festival at Circuit Park Zandvoort. Glorious sunshine forecast for the first weekend in October, free race entry, a road trip and an iconic race circuit. Did I mention a stunning beach neighbouring the race circuit too? It was fair to say this was far too great an opportunity for the Mini Spares sponsored mini se7en team of BigMacRacing to turn down!

A 6 hour drive from Dunkirk took us through France, Belgium and finally to the Netherlands, mimicking a typical IMM road trip. The circuit at Zandvoort, once frequented by Formula One goers, was nostalgic. The 1985 F1 race was won by Niki Lauda but the all-too-common noise pollution rulings, affecting many race circuits, halted any return for the pinnacle of single seater racing.

The excitement and anticipation was soon behind me once let out for our free practice session on Saturday morning. Fast, sweeping bends and plenty of camber to challenge. Now I know why Tarzan is such a famous corner - extremely high banked at the end of a high speed straight. No issues at all and some decent times - 3rd fastest in practice and qualified 4th.  To wind down, the organisers put on a fantastic BBQ with a British themed pub, a great way of sharing the festivities with the Dutch contingent of the miniracers Facebook group and mini 7 club.


We had 2 races on Sunday and got myself right in the thick of a great battle with 4 other se7ens; apparently the spectator’s highlight of the weekend! My dreams certainly came alive with a 3rd place in Race 1. Although I topped that with a 2nd place in Race 2 with another tremendous close battle. The results could not have been better, especially considering the worn tyres and awful grid starts for both races.

The mini se7en is true racing icon, yet as with all series, development continues. The Selby engine and their newly designed straight-cut gearbox is a delight. The Selby & Hunter setup allows the se7en to navigate around the most daunting of corners at light speed. All of which playing a significant part in great lap times at Zandvoort; the perfect way to end a memorable 50th season of Mini7 Racing. Hunter preparation and Mini Spares quality parts brought a perfectly reliable weekend. Amazing all round – people, circuit and location – fingers crossed the Mini 7 Racing Club will be returning to Zandvoort in 2016. I couldn’t live the dream without the help of our sponsors and support – Thank you."

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Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams is the latest celeb to join Circuit Déjà vu. Barry is well known to all of us here at the British Mini Club. You may remember his Mini on display on our stand at the NEC Classic Car Show in November. The Circuit Deja vu is an event to recreate the old Circuit of Ireland Easter Magic.

Via a recent post on our Facebook page Beatty Crawford tells us "Barrie Williams was first driver to win an international rally in a Mini Cooper S when he and john Griffith won the 1964 Welsh International Rally in the iconic 120MNP. He competed in the 1964 Circuit of Ireland in this car, seeded number 3, but retired with broken suspension. He has great memories of his time in Ireland and is relishing his return to Killarney next Easter with 120MNO, for this nostalgic event."

"Since 1964 he has competed in all sorts of rally and racing cars all over the world with great success and above with incredible good humour and enthusiasm. The pinnacle of his racing career was a couple of years in Formula Three in 1967 and 1968. “I was racing against people like Derek Bell, Ronnie Peterson and Frank Williams. They were wonderful days, but when my team-mate Chris Lambert was killed at Zandvoort, I decided to stop racing single-seaters.”

His "Whizzo" nickname comes from when he won the Welsh rally and a report in Autosport magazine asked: "Who is this Welsh whizz-kid?" It's stuck ever since although he’s not actually Welsh but grew up just over the border in Herefordshire.

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Monday, 13 July 2015 12:55

BigMacRacing Brands Hatch 2015

Brands Hatch Mini Festival - Mini Se7en Race Report
10 July 2015 – Kieren McDonald (BigMacRacing / Mini Spares #5)

At the recent Brands Hatch Mini Festival the  British Mini Club supported Big Mac Racing again had two decent finishes, read the story from the weekend and enjioy the footage of both round 7 and 8.

The highlight of the year soon came around – the season seems to be trailing along at light speed. The first of the Mini Festivals was held at Brands Hatch and what a line up – everything from historic minis, se7ens, miglias, mighty minis, the latest BMW minis and even spaceframe “anything goes” minis. Plenty of stalls and display stands surrounded the Kent circuit, including our championship and our main sponsor Mini Spares. Mini Spares have been an immense help to get us out in the Mini 7 Championship so it was great to see them at this prestigious event and catch up outside of placing orders. Among the crowds were those from further afield, most notably the lovely Dutch crew, mini racers, run by Roald Rakers.

There was little to be done to Mini Spares #5 ahead of qualification, as a keen eye had already been cast by Hunter Racetech back at their HQ. Once again, along with Classic and Custom Works, a new front end graced us following a hick up on the last rounds at a slippery Rockingham circuit – hopefully the last for a while. It was fantastic to welcome Rob Smith and family from Classic and Custom Works to the event – always very busy and passionate with many great projects on the go, but taking some time out to enjoy the British classics fight wheel to wheel.


The weather forecasters delivered the sunshine ready for qualifying, where we set out on a busy 29 car grid and that was with a few missing, not to mention new ones soon to set foot in the arena. It is always difficult to get a clean lap at Brands with many cars fighting it out for their quickest lines around the tight and twisty track. Not quite as planned but we qualified 14th for both races but there were no dramas and everything ran smoothly so that was good. Frustration certainly topped my feelings getting out of the car so we set about watching the in car footage to work out what was going on. The car was checked over by Hunter Racetech to get ready for the first Mini Spares sponsored Mini Se7en Challenge race of the day.

The weather was still scorching for the first race, entering the race circuit along with 28 others, preparing for the 1st corner assault on the legendary Paddock Hill Bend. If you get a chance you really should walk the circuit to get a feel for the gradients and cambers involved! Unfortunately the 14th grid slot was placed on the outside but worst still, on the steepest section of the decline of the straight. The handbrake was not holding, proving a difficulty when trying to get a good launch – having to hover over both the brake and throttle was never a great recipe for a flying start. To make it worst I almost lost control going wide into Druids, putting me back into 18th leaving a lot of work to do. I got in gear and had a decent run but unfortunately some contact at Clearways set me back a bit (and lost me a bumper). Oil dropped all around the circuit led to stricken cars and everyone else sliding all over the place, eventually leading to a red flag being shown. The race was restarted with me starting in 13th but struggling to get off the line due to the carb icing up so lost a lot of ground. I had some good dices with my fellow competitors, a few close calls but ended the race in 11th.

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Sunday brought a mixed bag of weather with the forecast looking wet for the race. We headed out on dry tyres, sat in the assembly area for a long time whilst the rain gradually got harder. A last minute decision led to a blur of hands, tyres and wheels guns and before you knew it I was on wet tyres and entering the race circuit – great work Hunter Racetech! The rain soon stopped for the race start, which brought me the same issues with no handbrake and icing up so an even worse start. The track was very slippery and drivers cautious in the first few corners with the wet tyre choice proving correct. I made a few places up, making the most of the tyres but the lack of further rain and ambient temperature was soon drying the track. A safety car was deployed following an awful accident for Andrew Deviny – very happy to see him ok, although the car did not look so great after a head on shunt into the Armco. Somehow I lost touch with the guys in front when the race was restarted but soon caught up and tried my best to make further gains. I ended up dropping off again when my wet tyres struggled and those on dry tyres were pressuring me, leading to me driving a defensive line. I managed to make one further place to put me into 9th place when I spotted a gap on the last corner, leading to a near photo finish over the line.

Overall I did struggle over the weekend but I think mainly due to not engaging my head. Hunter Racetech and Selby Race Engines provided a great package and support before and during the weekend – shame I couldn’t take full advantage. Still there were many positives (no new front end needed!!) and 2 finishes. Racing has its ups and downs but Donington is next and I’m feeling very positive ahead of tackling that immense circuit. Mini Spares continue to provide excellent parts, service and overall support – we are very lucky to be involved with such a prestigious company. British Mini Club continue to provide great support over the social networks and Matthew Barrington Race Photography manages to capture some cracking action and memories. Credit goes to Matthew for the photos in this write up – some of which are from Rockingham as I didn’t manage to write a race report then. It was great to see all the old and new mini faces at Brands and really hope to chat soon – whether that be over Facebook, Twitter or in person at the next rounds of this fantastic racing championship. See you all at Donington Park 25-26 July!!





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An Amazing podium finish in Race 2 in the latest rounds of the Mini Se7en Challenge for the British Mini Club supported Big Mac Racing Mini driven by Kieren McDonald. Read the report below of these exciting races. Can Big Mac racing claim another podium in the next rounds? we certainly hope so. If your at a Mini Se7en Challenge event please make sure you cheer on Kieren in #5 as he is very much a rising star.


After the article is some amazing in car footage from race 2 and savour the 3rd place.


Snetterton Mini Se7en Race Report

12 May 2015 – Kieren McDonald (BigMacRacing / Mini Spares #5)

The season is certainly in full flow, having got past the first weekend of the season at Castle Combe; A time for reflection and preparation.  All eyes were on the weather forecast ahead of the Norfolk trip – rain or sunshine, which would it be. Plenty of fellow racers wish away the rain but I was certainly looking forward to a spot of wet weather dancing, after all what do they say about those who do well in the wet?


A combination of Mini Spares and Hunters Garage got BigMacRacing’s #5 mini se7en raring to go. Once again quality parts, speedy delivery, great knowledge and setup. We are very lucky to be sponsored and supported by great names in the business.


 A rare novelty going by the name of a “practice session” was available to us on Saturday morning to get a feel for the modern Snetterton 300 formation. It’s a long circuit at 2.99 miles and essential to get a good tow down one of the 2 long straights. I for one was looking forward to Snetterton as it is quite challenging with some unique twists and turns. Turn 1, Riches, pin points the brave ones with a combination of high speed & sideways action. Brundle/Nelson demonstrates multi-tasking at its best, sideways whilst high speed braking and changing gear before cleanly navigating through the chicane – fantastic when nailed right.


Qualification session followed on the Saturday morning – it was still dry, although high winds threatening to change that in an instant.  It proved difficult to get a clean lap with a superb busy 28-strong grid.  The red flag was waved after several laps due to a beached car; by the time the track was cleared, the rain began. For some reason I headed out for another lap and soon regretted that decision when my brakes locked up taking me on a little cross country trip. No damage and got back to the paddock so a relief. I was reasonably happy with my performance, although frustrated not having more time to get a clean lap. It turned out I had qualified 4th for the first race and 5th for the 2nd race, fantastic outcome for the team!


Race 1 was proven to be a test of strategy – it had been raining lots but the sun was shining brightly. We opted for the wets last minute as there appeared to be plenty of standing water. The field was split, some had opted for the same choice, others for the dry tyres.  We were led out for our green flag laps by Mini Spares raffle winner, Guy Pither, in his own mini and found the track conditions were better to suited to dry tyres.  I started on the 2nd row of the grid besides Max Hunter and was always going to be tough to get a clean start and not lose positions from being on the outside.  The start went ok and a clean race commenced, which is always tough when the racing is so close and tyres and brakes are cold.  Unfortunately lost a few places along the way and then struggled with the wet tyres as I over-drove it towards the end trying to get back in the game. Some dropped oil caused me to go wide and collect some mud but finally finished P7.



Race 2 was far more positive and one to remember – not a great start so lost a couple of places from 5th place grid start. I soon composed myself and started hooking up some fast laps, contributing to the 2nd fastest time overall. Before I knew it I had pulled off some great moves to get into P1, even stretching a lead. A little excitement got the better of me so over-drove it on a few corners, allowing the others to catch up and drag me down the back straight. An incident caused some damage and lost me time so crossed the finishing line in P3. Great result for the team in only the second race weekend of the season. A disappointment not to clinch the top slot but a brilliant result all the same.




Many thanks to everybody that has helped, including sponsors, friends and family. Great pics Matthew Barrington Race Photography.  Everything combines to bring the results so top work everyone!


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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:12

Big Mac Racing Podium Race Video

An incredible race in Round 13 of the Dunlop Mini Seven Challenge at Croft on September 20th, in the penultimate round of the season saw the British Mini Club supported team #88, Big Mac Racing claim there very firsty podium of the series. This helped them finish an overall 5th in the whole championship.

Watch the race unfold in front of you as the pilot Kieren McDonald takes up the challenge at a wet Croft circuit.

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Monday, 22 September 2014 12:22

Big Mac Racing Bag Podium Finish At Croft

Everyone at the British Mini Club would like to pass on massive congratulations to Big Mac Racing for acheiving a magnificent first podium finish of the season at Croft on the 20th September in the penultimate round of the 2014  Dunlop Mini Se7en Challenge. They achieved there aim for the season to get a podium. Which was a very strong third place with only a 5.970 seconds gap between them and 1st place.

Fourth place was nearly 3 seconds behind them, so an excellent finish indeed. With a third fastest lap time of 1:53.975, not to far behind the quickest of 1:53.773 and and average speed of 62.22 it was a very good day all around.

On the Big Mac Racing Facebook page they commented:

"PODIUM!!! Awesome fun wet drive, p6 to p3! This is a great team result - I'm jus the driver but an awesome car is sorted for me by Track, Road and Race, Classic and Custom Works and Selby race Engines. The most reliable parts are provided by an awesome bunch of guys at Mini Spares, Opie Oils provide the quality oil. British Mini Club, Mini Magazine and so many other great companies and followers/supporters/frinds share my updates and help me gain exposure with the great help of Matt Barrington and his amazing photos. Fellow competitiors have helped me out so many times with parts, hands and advice. My family and friends put up with me and make all this possible and certaily pull out all the stops. Thank you ALL, it really means a lot"


The British Mini Club are proud to support Kieren McDonald and the Big Mac Racing Team and equally proud to have our logo on the side of #88 in the Dunlop Mini Se7en Challenge.

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Monday, 15 September 2014 13:17

Big Mac Racing 5th With Croft To Go

Big Mac Racing are running in a superb 5th position in the 2014 Mini Seven Challenge after 12 rounds, With the final rounds 13 and `14 to come at Croft on September 20th, the British Mini Club supported team are hoping for a strong finish to the season.

After running in 3rd place after 8 rounds Oulton Park ws very frustrating with clutch problem preventing a strong finish, as Kieren McDonald takes up the story via the Big Mac Racing blog

 "Investigations involved bleeding the clutch, adjustments, replace master and slave cylinders, clutch plate off to check things out, replace plunger and bearing, With only one day, time was extremely tight and work continued as we listened to the se7en's compete for top positions in the 1st race, Race 2 came up fast and the last attempt was nearing an end to fix the problem - to my amazement, clutch was engaging and last minute jumped into my racekit, rushed out to assemble on a high ready for Race 2. I had a good feeling, was determined to bring rewards to everyone's efforts to get me out. Lining up on the grid, everything felt great, mid way around on the green flag lap, horro - cluthc wasn't engaging correctly again so I pulled into the pits rather than line up on the grid! Gutting for everybody involved, shame a season best couln't be attempted for those involoved."

The British Mini Club are proud to be supporting #88 for 2 seasons now. If you get along to Croft make sure you support #88, and encourage them to a strong finish to what has been a very succesfull season so far.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 18:35

Aaltonen To Drive Mini At Festival Of Speed

Finnish Rally icon Rauno Aaltonen set to drive a Mini Cooper S and head a stellar line-up of cars on the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Skoda Forest Rally Stage on June 26-29 to help celebrate the 'Birth of Stage Rallying' at Goodwoods Festival Of Speed.

The flying Finn, who famously won the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini, will get behind the wheel of the ex-works car, in which he finished seventh on the 1964 Monte, on each day.

Aaltonen won the European Rally Championship in 1965 to follow-up a pair of domestic titles, and further fed his addiction to winning in circuit racing, taking victory at the 1966 Bathurst 500 in another Mini. He remains the only Finn to have won the gruelling event, which is now runs to 1000km as the centrepiece of the Australian V8 Supercars season.

He will be backed-up on the gravel rally stage by another Cooper S, owned by celebrity chef James Martin and formerly campaigned by Paddy Hopkirk.

Joining the Minis in the ‘Birth of Stage Rallying’ celebration will be a selection of fast Fords with illustrious pasts. Not only will the very first Mk1 Escort RS1600 feature, but it will be joined by the car in which Roger Clark won the 1972 RAC Rally.

A pair of Mk2 RS1800s, campaigned by Ari Vatanen in period, will also join the fray. The car in which he captured the 1981 World Rally Championship will be joined by an earlier machine, taken to victory in the 1975 RAC Rally by Timo Makinen.

Fiat will be represented by examples of the two cars that achieved its 21 WRC wins, the 124 Abarth and 131 Abarth, while an ex-works Datsun 240Z and Opel Kadette GT/E will add more international variety to the entry list.

Cars campaigned by two British heroes of the era, Russell Brookes and Tony Pond, will also be present; a Sunbeam Lotus campaigned by two-time British Rally champion Brookes, and an ex-Pond Vauxhall Chevette completing the line-up.

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Monday, 02 June 2014 09:54

Big Mac Racing Brands Hatch 2014

Big Mac Racing,supported by the British Mini Club are having a succesful season so far in the Mini Se7en Challenge for 2014. Below are the details of a brilliant Brands Hatch for #88 culminating with an excellent 2nd place so far in the Championship..

Rounds 3 & 4 at Brands Hatch Mini Festival were almost 3 weeks ago.

The weather was a bit of a mixed bag at Brands Hatch and I have to admit, the wind is not my favourite, especially when there are gazebo's in question! We didn't sail off into the distance so that's good but we did come away with some good learning outcomes, best quali position and good points in the bag.

Saturday quali was miserably wet, much to some's dismay, but to my joy - any weather, I really don't mind although I must admit I didn't quite connect that day. Saying that I can't have done too badly, as I qualified 3rd for both races - fantastic and the best quali positions yet. On the downside, the wet, mixed with a nice helping of oil led to a mishap at Paddock Hill! The result being a nice spin and backwards travel into the gravel pit; fortunately I could drive back out, unfortunately I had a lot of cleaning and gravel clearing to do when back in the paddock! Big thanks to the marshals who helped get me out (and of course the usual great job over the whole weekend).

Race 1 was a different story - the rain taps had been switched off so back on with the dry tyres. I had a rather dismal start, losing a few positions. I had a good few battles, although wasn't greatly impressed with my performance despite finishing 5th.

Race 2 on the other hand left me feeling great. A better start but then lack of exit speed and sloppy gear changes allowed a few guys chasing to creep past. I settled into a groove and stated fighting back, having some great battles with Davis, Wightman and Hunt.  With a few laps remaining I dropped right off the pace - I clearly had problems as my speed was just not there, followed by some dodgy brakes at the end. I was quite relieved to come away with another 5th position. It turned out I had a seized caliper piston and an oil leak; fortunately nothing major. A few spectators reported of my disc "glowing red" as I was going down the pit straight - no wonder I was lacking speed!!

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Mini Spares have once again provided an excellent service and supplied all the necessary parts to get the car back in tip top condition. Along with help from Ricky, the car is now ready to visit Cadwell Park for it's 1st ever time (in my hands that is!). I've never even been to spectate so after hearing amazing reviews, I cannot wait! We're currently sat 2nd in the Mini7 Championship so hopefully we'll come away with some great results.

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