2017 Raffle Car: MINI Cooper John Cooper Works
A MINI Cooper that honors the legacy of John Cooper is the International Motor Racing Research Center’s 2017 raffle car.
The winning ticket will be drawn at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International. The winner does not need to be present.
The annual car raffle is a major fundraiser for the Racing Research Center, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The wholesale value of the car is $32,120.
Starting in the early 1950s, John Cooper’s revolutionary, rear-engined chassis design changed the face of motorsports to its highest levels, from Formula One to the Indianapolis 500. His F1 race cars were piloted by the legendary drivers of the time — Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss, Maurice Trintignant and Bruce McLaren. In a nine-year period, the team took 16 Grand Prix wins, with Brabham and the team winning back-to-back World Championships in 1959 and 1960.
The advent of the mass-market Mini Cooper, a pop-culture icon of the 1960s, was welcomed by rally and daily drivers alike.
“In 1961, racing legend John Cooper unleashed the potential of the Classic Mini on the racing world,” state manufacturer publicity materials. “Though it wasn’t the biggest, fastest, or most powerful, this feisty underdog took the motorsports scene by storm, dominating opponents with its nimble handling, near perfect balance and innovative engine and wheel layout.
“Our eponymous line of high-performance MINI – the John Cooper Works – carries his mantle forward. With enhanced tuning, upgraded parts and up to a 228-horsepower turbo engine, every John Cooper Works model is at home on the track and the highway.”
The raffle car offered by the Racing Research Center, a 2017 JCW, has been described as “a blast to drive” by msn.com.
It is “pepper white” with a “chili red” roof and mirror caps. The car also has a red “John Cooper Works bonnet stripe.”
This two-door, front-wheel-drive car has a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive and a 2.0-liter, 228-horsepower engine.
It has a panoramic moonroof, 17-inch silver aluminum wheels and heated front seats.
Other comments from the msn.com review include:
- “With an easily recognizable design and flashy paint schemes, the Mini Cooper … makes a statement wherever you go.”
- “It has incredible agility whether it’s going around curves or over twisty roads.”
- “A fun everyday driver.”