60th Anniversary Mini Race Drivers
September 6th-8th, 2019
Portland International Raceway

Rod Davis, #130
79 years old.  Born in El Paso and moved to California in ’66.  San Diego at first and now Wildomar. First race was November, 1958. Celebrated my 60th year Nov. 2018 with a 1st in class at Willow Springs in a Spec Miata. Member of SCCA since 1967 (National license 1968). Member of VARA since 2001. I am the VARA CS  class champion for 2018 driving my 1963 Austin Cooper, #130 “Rusty Booger” the car I built in 2003. I retired four SCCA lap records at RIR and Willow Springs (counter clockwise) in a Lotus Cortina.(now owned by my son). Seven years driving instructor for Cal Club SCCA and one year for Roger Ward’s CARS in the 80’s. Raced with, NHRA, AHRA, ASRA, FCCA, SCTA, HMSA, VARA, SVRA, CSRG,  IMSA, VSCCA. SCCA and, FIA. My plan is to make the Portland race, the CanAm Mini Challenge race my final race of my career……fingers crossed.

Jon Becker, #9

I am 72 years old and a resident of Martinez California.  I am married to Dorothy and have 3 children.  Since 1969 I have owned and operated a Mini Cooper repair and restoration business in Concord California.  My wife and I currently own 5 street Minis, including a Moke and expect completion of a 64 Morris Mini Traveler by June.

I started racing in 1972 in a D sedan Mini.  I have been fortunate to win 6 SCCA Regional Championships and 4 Divisional championships, all driving a Mini.  I ave competed in 9 SCCA national championship races.

I won my first race in 1974 and as luck would have it the very next day the Mini was destroyed in a roll over during a 4 hour endurance race.  My brother and I immediately began construction of my second racing mini.  It was destroyed in 1976 also in a  roll over.  A third Mini race car was constructed in a month and I raced that car until 1987. That car logged over 150 races with several Regional and Divisional championships.  In 1987 I purchased my current race car which had been the first Fortech Mini to win the SCCA national championship in 1984 with Doug Peterson driving.  I have continued to race that Mini until the present time.  
With the demise of the GT 5 class in SCCA the car was converted to run in H Production with corresponding downgrade in Brakes and Engine modifications. I have raced in that configuration since 2007, competing in Scca National Championship races at Laguna Seca and Sonoma as well as the 2017 Can-Am Mini Challenge race.

Trevor Sandham, #76

My name is Trevor Sandham 
I am from vancouver B. C Canada. 
I have just recently started racing 2019 is going to be my 3rd season.  My dad Larry sandham has been racing minis since way before i was born and i am 37 now so i have been around minis my whole life.  I have a very special mini cooper that was purchased in 1975  as a new shell and subframes from the UK and built into an autocross hillclimb car.  So it had nwver been registered or driven on the street, the car had about 40 hours on it and its mint condition.  I would say so far my favoritest racing moment so far was racing with my dad and are good friend Geoff Tupholme at the northwest historics in Seattle.  For how long i watched my dad race it was special to be finally racing beside him. 

Larry Sandham, #30

Well I bought my first Mini …. A really nice 998cc Morris Cooper in May 1969.  I immediately started competing in all sorts of events, gymkhanas, slaloms, sprints, speed trials, hillclimbs and the next year got started in road racing.  So this is my 50th year in motorsport.  I feel humbled competing along side Rod, Bob and Jon who have been doing this a heck of a long time too.  Maybe we should have a ‘Mini Seniors Class’ as well … lol.

The chassis is one of the three second run of Mike’s very successful Fortech series.  It’s pretty well the same spec as when I got it 25 years ago. I’ve upgraded the front brakes a couple of times and re-did the top arms.  I originally had a 1380 in it for a couple years, but then I went crazy and put the Vauxhall 2 litre XE engine in it.  It’s got a lot more power of course but does pay a weight penalty as a result.  One of the main reasons I went to the Vauxhall were reliability and cost.  Heck the first engine had over 200hp and it only cost $7500!  Although I think I need 25 of those extra ponies just to drive the Clubman nose through the air.

I want to thank the organizers for letting a non ‘A’ series car like mine run.  It would be nice if there were a few others to add a bit more diversity to the field but I’m guessing I’ll be the only one.  I’ve seldom run enough events to qualify for a championship but I get lots of events in each year, having run over 600 to date.

Parker Johnstone, #12

Our Fortech Racing Mini will be driven by Parker Johnstone at the Portland Mini Race. Parker Lives in Wilsonville, Oregon. He is the owner of Parker Johnstone’s Wilsonville Honda.

Parkers racing record.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Johnstone.

1985 IMSA Renault Cup National Champion, 1986 SCCA GT4 National Champion driving for Honda, 1987 & 1988  IMSA International Sedan Champion driving for Honda/Acura, 1987 Pro Atlantic Rookie of the Year, 1991, 1992, and 1993 IMSA GTP Camel Light Champion driving Comptech Acura Spice, 2-time winner of the Daytona 24 hour race, Sebring 12 hour race, Suzuka 1000KM race, IMSA record holder with 54 wins and most consecutive pole positions (14).

The Mini is the 1970 SCCA National Champion driven then by Ed Spreen. Prepared by owner Michael Kearney at Fortech Racing, racing Mini’s for 45 years.

R.J. McConnell, #997

Randy McConnell bought his first Mini in 1967, a 1962 Austin Cooper 997 that he still has.  In the following 52 years he has driven over 100,000 miles in Minis, participated in 18 Mini Meets on both coasts, and competed in over 100 autocrosses, 81 vintage races, nine NHRA sanctioned drag races, and four speed trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats.  The speed trials included setting a record in a Mini co-sponsored by Mini Mania.  Randy has competed in nine of the special Mini vintage races held since 1992 and for the 60th Anniversary race Randy will drive a 1962 Austin Cooper that he has owned since 1977.

Julie Racine, #969
In 1996 I was given an opportunity to drive a Mini in the CSRG Reno Hilton/Buick Vintage Grand Prix.  This was my first official racing event besides all the Mini Meet Autocrosses and a driving school at Sears Point in the famous Monte Mini.  I was driving a white Mini that a business partner of Mini Mania brought up from Colorado and needed a driver.  I was very happy finishing the race in the middle in the pack. I had such a blast which fueled my racing bug.

Don Racine, #61

Don Racine was born in York, Pa, in 1945. He began racing a Porches 356 in the North East in the mid ‘60s. After moving to California to pursue his career in Television Engineering he switched to racing a Mini Cooper. Shortly thereafter he started his business Mini Mania. While always returning to the Mini marquee Don has taken the opportunity to race many types of cars over the years: Everything from Sports Racers, Sedans, Formula Cars, Flat head Specials, H-Mods & production cars. He has raced at 30+ tracks around the world from the East to the West coast, from the UK and Japan to Australia.

Don’s business Mini Mania continues today as a leading supplier of Restoration and performance parts for both the original Classic Mini and now the new generation BMW MINI Cooper. The now Internet based business operates from their headquarters in Nevada City California.

The Team Mini Mania racing tradition continues to be rejuvenated with the Team of his son Dennis, his daughter Julie and son-in-law John all racing classic Minis for Team Mini Mania.

Dennis Racine, #177
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Richard Paterson, #97

When I was in high school in New Zealand my Mum bought a ’64 Morris Mini Minor 850, already a well -used ex rental car.

Unfortunately she didn’t drive.

Fortunately, I did, and was more than willing to shuttle her around in return for the use of the car .

I did several ¼ mile and hill climb events in the poor wee thing. The gas tank always seemed to be empty when Mum wanted to go anywhere…….

My love affair with the little bricks was well underway.

-Jump forward to 2003 and the Mini bug had returned and so I built up a 1480cc, Arden 8 port, fuel injected ’59 Mini, “Betty”   for the Targa Newfoundland 6 day tarmac rally and went back every year until 2009, with several class wins.

In 2008 I bought my current race Mini, which had been an SCCA car, and did a total rebuild on it and have competed locally (Eastern Canada and some of the closer US tracks), with modest success, ever since.

See you at Portland!

Brian Waters, #39

My love of Minis began in 1965 while I was in high school. I have always enjoyed working on Minis but did not get serious until I retired from teaching in 2001.

I started my business, BWR Motorsport, to develop and supply custom A Series race engine components.  I began racing in 2002, and have been racing with SOVREN, SCCA, and SVRA ever since. The first race Mini I built is now owned by Steve Phillips.  This car is a very successful and competitive Mini.

My wife Michelle is also a Mini enthusiast, and is my very capable pit chief at the races. For the 60th Anniversary Race I will be driving a new race Mini that I am just completing.... I hope it performs even better than my first car!  I am really looking forward to seeing all the drivers and race Minis in September at my home track, PIR. 

Randy Unsbee, #62

Randy Unsbee drove his first quarter midget at age 3 years, 11 months and won his first of over 100 races beginning at the age of four. He had to wait until age 21 to begin sports car racing in a Mini Cooper, where he was undefeated for two seasons. After 43 years he is reuniting with the same Cooper 'S' he raced in the 1970s. Randy scored back to back titles and 18 straight victories as part of the three-car Peterman Unsbee Racing Enterprises (PURE) team that was prominent at many circuits across the Midwest. Don Racine of Mini Mania now owns two of the three team Minis that were Randy’s and his brother’s. Randy campaigned the #62 car from 1972-1976 winning a grand total of over two dozen championship races at eight race tracks in seven states with the Midwest Council and SCCA. He then moved onto a race-winning career in formula, sports racer, production, and touring sports car racing, and more recently won four more SCCA championships between 1999 and 2010 at Portland International Raceway. The #62 story is featured in the May 2019 issue of “Victory Lane” magazine. https://www.minimania.com/Tale_of_Two_Mini_Racing_Families

Geoff Tupholme, #441
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Greg Wold, #88
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John Burmann, #65
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Mari Miller, #703
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Karlos Flores, #84
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Mike Pinney, #16
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A.J. Johnston, #17
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Robert Beauchemin, #331
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Bruce Houlden, #427
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