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The HRDC Academy is a control series for Austin A30/A35/A40 and Morris Minor 2-door cars and is an invitation-only series devised to establish an affordable route into Historic Racing based on BMC Saloons from the fifties and early sixties. Now in its fifth season, the regulations have been reviewed to offer competitors a little more technical flair whilst maintaining the original low cost entry-level ethos. The engines are based on a 1275cc MG Midget power unit and are sealed and maintained by Classic and Modern Engine Services (CMES) to ensure absolute parity. Full details of this fantastic championship can be found here http://www.hrdc.eu/academy.html?LMCL=kHGTdk
The striking Morris Minor on offer here has indeed been built to conform with those Academy Regulations. It started life in 1968 and from the Chassis Number, we can establish that it was a 1098cc, Series V, 2-door Deluxe Saloon that was built at Cowley and finished in Trafalgar Blue. Where it's been in the last 50 years we can only surmise but we do know that it was purchased by Darryl Davis, proprietor of multiple award-winning race car preparer Moto-Build of Surrey with the intention of building the best Academy Morris Minor he could. The full process would take far to long to describe here but fortunately, every detail of the resurrection of 'Doris' is described here http://www.moto-build.com/morris_doris.html The result was truly spectacular and this is one of the best prepared historic saloons we have ever seen helped, no doubt, by the unusual colour. Academy saloons have to run with a white roof but the bodywork colour is free so Moto-Build chose to paint the car in the distinctive Lilac hue used by BMC in 1961 for their Minor Million. Morris Minor production had reached one million in early 1961 and the decision was made to celebrate this by finishing 350 Minors in Lilac with a white interior and badging them Minor 1,000,000.
On completion, Doris was shaken down at Brands on 01/06/2018 and placed a splendid 5th in class with a novice driver a couple of days later. It was subsequently sold to a new owner who's son enjoyed success in 2019 but is now moving on to bigger things.
We welcome any inspection of this delightful little Minor racer.