VotW – 1958 MGA And 1962 Austin Mini Cooper: Whiz Kids

For this go-round of VotW (Video of the Week), we will turn to our friends over at Petrolicious … 

We love to see young people involved in this hobby, and driving fun cars with your friends is, by no stretch of the definition, time well spent. But being able to do so while you’re in high school, and being able to say that your first car wasn’t a typical five-speed automatic Corolla only makes it better. That being said, owning a half-century-old baby Brits like Daniel Harrison’s 1958 MGA and Daniel Hornstrand’s 1962 Austin Mini Cooper isn’t simple.

Both have rebuilt his car’s engine, and while their pack of petrolhead friends all offers competent help in the garage, it’s a rare time when all the group’s cars are running well at the same time. They don’t mind though and adopt an attitude that focuses on the fun times with friends who will spend weekends in the garage chasing the inevitable gremlins that come with not only owning and driving (often), but maintaining cars like these.

VotW: 1958 MGA And 1962 Austin Mini Cooper - Whiz Kids

You can see the photoshoot and learn more about the young men and their cars on the Petrolicious Site.

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car enthusiast, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 and a 1977 MGB. But there is always room for more - no matter what his wife says.


  1. Awesome, inspiring video. Good for these two, especially with embarking on restoration.
    It takes me back to when at age 19 I bought my 1951 MG TD. Believe it or not, I “had to” choose between the TD and a 1954 TF the owner also had for sale. Each car was for sale for $1300, so it was tough to decide which to buy. Settled on the TD simply because it was older, and looked more like a TC. Over the years I went form the TD to a race prepared Healey 100-6, then to a very rare 1953 Triumph TR2 “long door” (my favorite).
    Hope to see more of these videos – keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks for the compliment! And wow! Such a choice, and for such a price. Of course, I am sure that $1300 was quite a bit more mack then. Makes you wish you could have bought, and kept, both of them. Not that there is anything wrong with a 100-6 nor a TR2. And impressive lineup.

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