Author(s): Donn Anderson
Mini Down Under traces the history of one of New Zealand's - and the world's - best-loved cars. More versions of the Mini were available in New Zealand than anywhere else, and the launching of the iconic car in February 1960 was a larger-than-life event. In this lively and personal story, the author tracks the Mini's life in New Zealand, the connection between Kiwi racing driver Bruce McLaren and the birth of the Mini Cooper, the heady days of competition success in the Antipodes, the local assembly and marketing of the classic original car and the eventual development into the latest generation Mini for a new century. 198 pages illustrated with monochrome and colour photos. First published March 2009.
New Zealand journalist Donn Anderson has been writing about motoring for half a century - or as long as the Mini has been around. He started his own car magazine at the age of 12, and went on to write for many newspapers and publications in his home country and abroad. Anderson's passion for the Mini began at an early age and he has followed the progress of the ingeniously designed British car ever since. Anderson worked in motoring journalism in Britain in the early 1970s, and today divides his time between Auckland and London.