• Short Summary

    John Cooper, the man who created the Mini Cooper car
    and ran the Cooper Car Company which twice won the
    Formula One World Championship, has died aged 77.

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    John Cooper, the man who created the Mini Cooper car
    and ran the Cooper Car Company which twice won the
    Formula One World Championship, has died aged 77.


    Cooper's racing team, the Cooper Car Company, was
    formed with his father Charles in 1950 and worked from a small
    garage in Surbiton, South London.

    Cooper, a former racing driver, developed the upgraded
    version of the Mini in 1961. The car went on to have great
    success in the European Rally Championships, including three
    wins in Monte Carlo - Irishman Paddy Hopkirk in 1964,
    Finland's Timo Makinen in 1965 and another Finn, Rauno
    Aaltonen, two years later.

    The cars were also famously featured in the 1969 film "The
    Italian Job", starring Michael Caine.

    Cooper were the first team to successfully put the engine
    behind the cockpit in Formula One cars, a style which all
    teams were to follow. The team's main successes came in 1959
    and 1960 when they became the first British team to win the
    Formula One constructors' world championship with the
    Cooper-Climax. Australian Jack Brabham also took the drivers'
    title for the team in both those years.

    The Cooper team won 16 Grands Prix in all before leaving
    Formula One in 1969.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9IGL4SJZZ4YA7XJDWZOANVXP3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9IGL4SJZZ4YA7XJDWZOANVXP3
    Group:
    File reuters - No Resale
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
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