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Just found a B&W picture on google (which I won't be able to link to due to copyright issues) but it is most definitely in period showing a Mini racing in 1965, with steel wheels, numbers stuck straight to the doors, tape over the headlamps and standard lap strap and diagonal seat belts.

 

TBH I think it would be down to the driver's personal preferences at the time rather than mandated by the motorsport authorities, so unless you're doing a specific car it's probably down to your own choice.

 

Good Luck.

 

IanJ

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19 minutes ago, Bonhoff said:

Just found a B&W picture on google (which I won't be able to link to due to copyright issues) but it is most definitely in period showing a Mini racing in 1965, with steel wheels, numbers stuck straight to the doors, tape over the headlamps and standard lap strap and diagonal seat belts.

 

TBH I think it would be down to the driver's personal preferences at the time rather than mandated by the motorsport authorities, so unless you're doing a specific car it's probably down to your own choice.

 

Good Luck.

 

IanJ

So how would the diagonal strap run over the top of the racing seat. There doesn't seem to be anything there to hold it in place so would it just dropdown the side of the seat as the early ones in my Mk1 Escort did?

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Static seat belt like this...

 

http://www.dsnclassics.co.uk/mini-parts-shop/mini-interior-electrical/seatbelts/seat-belt-static-front-3-point/

 

Would have been bolted to the two mountings on the B pillar then the flexible locky claspy bit (proper name escapes me at the moment) to the mounting on the side of the exhaust tunnel.

 

Think my first Mini, a '71 Clubman, had a unit that accommodated both belt clasps bolted to the tunnel.

 

Referring to the Haynes guide to Mini restoration, although it lists the various colours and trim options originally available, doesn't specify seatbelt colours.

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Not sure. I am talking Cooper Car Company, Crystal Palace here c 1961/62. My scout leader had a hotted up Ford Escort - Not the Mk 1 type but the earlierfifties version, like this:

1957%20Ford%20Escort.jpg

His has uprated suspension, a supercharger and four point static seat belts. Wouldn't the Cooper Car Company use something like that in the early days rather than a three point diagonal one? 

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Try this then.....

 

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20145/lot/151/

 

Ex Cooper Car Co Mini. Bit later than 61/62 though.

 

Britax 4 point belts evident on this one as well as the somewhat arbitary roll cage of the day. 

 

Our Akela had the Popular version of that Escort, complete with vacuum operated wipers that slowed down as the car went faster.

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I'm assuming the bucket seat in the racer boxing is the same one as in the LBL6D Monte boxing so probably not strictly correct.

 

Group based in Nottingham.

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