In Honor Of Battle Of Hastings, 2005 Mini Cooper S Gets 1066 BS Penalty Laps In Texas

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When we saw that Team Union Jack Racing would be bringing a 2005 Mini Cooper to the Yeehaw It's Texas 24 Hours Of LeMons, we figured we'd be seeing a Corolla-based "Mini." Nope!

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Not only was it a Mini Cooper, it turned out to be a supercharged Mini Cooper S! The team members run a car salvage company and had all sorts of paperwork "proving" that their total outlay was under 500 bucks, but... no. Sure, they claimed to have started with a totaled rollover victim and sold off a lot of interior parts, but seeing this Englishman driving a German Mini instead of, say, a Triumph GT6 made us less than happy. Initially, we figured we'd give them 80,000 BS penalty laps, if only to protect them from the People's Curse, but then we hit upon the sacred-to-England value of 1,066 laps. Hey, they still get to race! They had a good sense of humor about the whole thing, and the drama of the inspection was quite entertaining to the Penalty Box hangers-on, so it was a win for all.

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DISCUSSION

Even though IMHO the MINI is outside of the spirit of Lemons it's true that if you buy a car at a salvage auction you can get some good deals. A friend bought a rolled 2.5 RS Subaru with 14k on clock for just $1100 back in '04 and it easily had $600+ worth of parts that could be sold off.

IMHO the biggest problem with their story is that they fixed the roof too nice. If they'd cut it off and made a hooney cage to hold the whole thing together then their story may have held water, as it is it looks like they took a $15k Cooper S and put a cage in it, not good. #24hoursoflemonstexas