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Around 50 years ago the course of history was changed forever. Mini suddenly burst onto the motorsport rally scene annihilating the much bigger and established competition – much to their shock. Legendary racing car pioneer, John Cooper had taken his hand to the iconic little car and transformed it into a champion. It was the beginning of a highly successful partnership between Mini and John Cooper. One whose legacy lives on to this day in John Cooper Works.
2015 winner, Nasser Al-Attiyah, was once again a force to be reckoned with in the gruelling cross-country race. Finishing 2nd overall and winning in the four-wheel drive category, he was closely followed by the other three MINI ALL4 teams, who all earned places in the top 10. The Finn, Mikko Hirvonen finished an impressive fourth overall and claimed the award for Best Rookie.
In a surprise find, one of the very first Minis ever made was recently discovered in a barn in the Netherlands. Thanks to the MINI ReBorn project, this historical treasure was lovingly restored to its former glory with the help of an expert team and the MINI community. You can read all about its amazing resurrection story here.