John Coooper Teaches Steve McQueen How to Drive

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  1. RonsMinnie

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    Rather interesting read. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    A couple of things caught my attention ...

    1. Mike Cooper says the "S" in Cooper S stands for "special," but I recall that in some books on the Mini it is said that John Cooper never really said what the S stood for. I wonder if this is just the younger Cooper's guess or whether his dad actually told him this.

    2. I didn't realize that John Cooper actually 'met' the new MINI and apparently approved of it:

    "Dad passed away nine years ago, aged 77. He would have been so proud that his 'baby' was such an enduring success, and not in the least bit upset that Minis are now produced by BMW. He actually saw the BMW pre-prototype back in 1999, two years before the company started making them, and was thrilled with it."

    Thanks for the link.
     
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    Good article, thanks for sharing, RonsMinnie!

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    John Cooper unveils the new generation of Mini's to carry his illustrious name

    Photo: John Cooper Garages UK

    John Cooper
     
  5. very good read. i learned a lot about the very car that sits in my garage.

    john cooper ftw.
    we all wish you were still around to see what your creation has evolved into.
     
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    Cool! Yeah, he looks pleased! :D
     
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    Very cool. Interestingly, it reminded me of the bio of Enzo Ferrari that got recorded instead of something else on my DVR. One of the themes was that Enzo never actually wanted to build road cars. He was only interested in motor sports aspect and only conceded to road cars as a means to finance that endeavor by selling out to Fiat (who he had some previous history with, which was actually negative).
     
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    And thus the historical reason the current Clubman has more backseat room and a third access door.
     
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    I was lucky to have met and talked with John Cooper several times when our Air Force sent me on two different three year tours in the UK. At one event, John Cooper was our after dinner speaker. He was asked directly what the "S" stood for and his reply was something along the line of that it was often supposed that it stood for "Special" but that it stood for nothing. He said, "'Special' is something you would expect to find on a hair dressers car, not on a car with the Cooper name on it."

    Paul
     
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    Cool! Thanks for sharing. I will remember that quotation next time someone asks. :lol:
     
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    :Thumbsup: Good stuff, very informative.
     

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