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 Posted: Sep 11, 2009 09:36AM
 Edited:  Sep 12, 2009 12:34AM
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Last post: Sep 30, 2013
Member since:Nov 9, 2008

I'm sure this isn't BigAl's bus, as this photo is from 1971!!!

The car in front, licence SJO439K, is a Morris Marina 1.3 Coupe, first registration Aug. 01 1971. It was prepared by Special Tuning for 1971 RAC Rally.

The bus were most likely painted like this in 1969 or 1970.

Cheers...

 

 

 

 

 Posted: Sep 11, 2009 07:24AM
 Edited:  Sep 11, 2009 07:55AM
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I have nothing at all meaningful to add to this thread, but I can honestly attest from personal experience that when you have to sleep in the big BMC because your tent got washed away in a monsoon, and you have to pi$$ like a race horse in the middle of the night after a long evening of drinking, and you have to quietly tip-toe around in the pitch black tripping over a snooring Captain JJ, only to finally find the door handle and figure out how to use it, work your way down the stairs and stumble thru an ankle deep river of cold rain water right outside the door, all during the pouring rain, life is a bitch.

 Posted: Sep 11, 2009 05:45AM
 Edited:  Sep 11, 2009 05:48AM
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Bob/Arwally-

Pretty hard to tell, lf the one you show in the brochure is a

Left Hand Drive model, then quite possibly-

Out of the 9 produced, only 2 LHD models came to North America & I owned both of them-

The first one l purchased went to the U K to be refurbished & then l restored the second one (in the pic)-That is the one , presently in California, that went there via Texas-

Great machines, those 6 cylinder Perkins engines never quit-

 

BIG AL

new e-mail address-

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Please update your records-

 Posted: Sep 11, 2009 05:26AM
 Edited:  Sep 24, 2009 12:00PM
Total posts: 31
Last post: Sep 30, 2013
Member since:Nov 9, 2008

Hi, all friends.

Search Google for "1965 BMC Marshall Bus" !!!

I understand that Mark Mitchell, the owner of BigAl's second bus,  purchased this "Unit" too !!!

I'm glad this vehicle were discovered, as it now seems to be a total of nine survivals!!!

That makes it 1/4 of the total build.

 

Many thanks,

Brimen - Norway

 

 

 

 Posted: Sep 11, 2009 05:23AM
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big Al...was this yours? MM part# HMCC2006

 Posted: Sep 10, 2009 10:48PM
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GB
The pics of the Watkins Glen show have made me smile - it was 7 years ago yesterday that I proposed to Suzy after the event.

Metric is for people who can't do fractions...

 Posted: Sep 10, 2009 10:37PM
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The Beige mini looks a little like mine, when and where was this?

 Posted: Sep 10, 2009 07:42PM
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From the seller:

Subject: Re: '63 Pininfarina/BMC Competitions Dept. Support Vehicle
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2009 22:14:42 -0700

Hello Marcel, Thank you for the email.

I have not settled on a price yet, but it will be quite a bit more 
than $20K.  I just talked to RM Auctions today and they are interested 
in consigning it for their London auction.  I am hesitant to ship it 
overseas, so I may wait until their Arizona auction in January.

By a strange twist of fate, I actually own 2 of these Pininfarina 
busses.  I understand that there were only 2 dispatched originally to 
the US, so I most likely own them both.  The second bus has a nice 
body but it has a funky camper interior, and has been partially 
converted to a V8 powertrain (no engine currently).  I would think 
that this would be a good candidate for a modern chassis swap since it 
is already modified.  The price on this unit will be much less than my 
other one.

Kind regards, Mark Mitchell

 

Marcel - aka VA6CCD
visit my world www.starchak.ca

 

 Posted: Aug 22, 2009 05:32AM
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Hey, is that the Domino in the background of the second pic?  I loved that car.  Should have taken you up on that when I had the chance Al!

Great pics Darren!

 

-james

God bless America and the farmer that feeds your fat a**.....

 Posted: Aug 21, 2009 04:21PM
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Great pictures! That was a wonderful weekend, winery tour, laps on both the old town course and the Glen long course. That amaranth purple sports pack was a nice driver...now owned by our own "drufly", Drew Elliot in MI.  Thanks so much for posting them. Bob

 Posted: Aug 21, 2009 03:15PM
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the top pic is of Bill Foster(Headstay), myself and Darren (Cranium) at the Glen, 5-6 years ago-

The pic below that is of my 1934 Morris 10/6 Special Tourer and James(Authimini) dads' mini formerly owned by mini enthusiat in Pittsburgh PA

The bottom pic is of Arwallys white mini with the racing lites-Beautiful car-

BIG AL

new e-mail address-

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Please update your records-

 Posted: Aug 21, 2009 10:41AM
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I don't ahve any of Captin JJ, but I do have a couple of everyone at The Glen that year.. Arwarlly's cars:

"I reject your reality, and substitute my own." - Adam Savage
 Posted: Aug 21, 2009 10:06AM
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I had the great pleasure of spending the weekend in the BMC with Big Al and JJ a few years back at the Watkins Glenn Grand Prix weekend.  What a weekend to remember, had a blast.  JJ and Al always kept things interesting.  Got to drive a sweet Estate that Al had for sale.  Saw some great racing and was in great company the whole weekend.

Heres a pic Al sent me of JJ when they were delivering my dads mini to my place in the mountains!

-james

God bless America and the farmer that feeds your fat a**.....

 Posted: Aug 19, 2009 04:06PM
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Bob-

As far as the lack of fins (Oxford Morris tail Lites), they had to go when the original vehicle was converted to a transporter with the ramp in the rear-

 

BIG AL

new e-mail address-

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Please update your records-

 Posted: Aug 19, 2009 04:02PM
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Bob- Great pic-Lots of history there-

I believe that transporter was BMC 34 , but as it shows Leyland graphics, it probably was still hanging around  when British Leyland took over-

Check the Anglia in the back ground , looks like a sixties model-(105E)

BIG AL

new e-mail address-

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Please update your records-

 Posted: Aug 19, 2009 02:32PM
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found this in Works Minis book. Later BL livery. No fins.

 Posted: Aug 18, 2009 09:26AM
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Can't really discuss the BIG BMC without thinking about the Captn JJ-

Gone two years ago to-day-

 

R I P-

 

BIG AL

new e-mail address-

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Please update your records-

 Posted: Aug 18, 2009 09:15AM
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Zip-tph

 

The one in your picture is BMC 25, owned and restored by Paul Stanworth-

I hope to have more info on this particular bus posted here shortly-

 

BIG AL-

new e-mail address-

austinmorris@xplornet.ca

Please update your records-

 Posted: Aug 18, 2009 06:16AM
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Yes, the bus is a beauty.

 Posted: Aug 17, 2009 03:00PM
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GB
Paul Stanworth's was at IMM/Mini50 last week. It still looks great.

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