Matt Shardlow, is the proud owner of a classic Mini, and here’s his story.
I have lived in North London and have done all my life. Coming from a petrol head family my love for MINI started when my best buddy Jeffery Surrey introduced me to the ‘Errrmmm MINI Club’. I went along with him and the guys to several meets and the bug started. I nearly bought a MINI back when I first learnt to drive but that fell through so the dream had always been to own one.
Being my first and (so far) only MINI project at 43, I’m quite late to the restoration game, but this did not deter me! I bought the shell from one of the ‘Errrmm MINI Club’ members, Sean Ashford and taking a lot of inspiration from the guys in the club (Jeffery Surrey, Oliver Taylor, Paul Raynes, Sean, James Poole, Norman Jay, Gavin Fox, Norman Bilby, Pam and Andy) all who have extensive MINI experience and have owned MINI’s that have graced the covers of magazines, I got underway.
The only real teething issue was the final build up, which was no mean feat. The Mini went from paint to an MOT and drive down to the L2B in just 9 days!! An impressive turn around I think you’ll agree and one which I have to give a massive shout out to Jeff for; he worked all hours to achieve in time.