Thursday, 24 April 2014

Swiftune Hornet

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Call me perverse, but I've always preferred the booted variants - the Wolseley Hornet and Riley Elf - to the standard Mini bodyshape. There's just something about that stubby tail that really works for me.
And this little red Hornet's pretty cool, isn't it? The open, carefree nature of the Goodwood paddock allows free access to poke about while the car's undressed, its boot and bonnet resting casually by the fence, so we can peer in and see what makes the little racer tick. There's a saucy Swiftune A-series on twin SU carbs, a stripped and caged interior with a sole driver's bucket, a fuel cell in the boot, and a dinky set of Minilites. Everything you need for a bit of lightweight sixties fun, plus room in the boot for your groceries. (I mean, there would be, if it didn't have the fuel tank in there...)

Spotted at 72MM - click here for more photos.

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