Monte Mini and Friends
A Project Outline
The characters involved in this series of stories have grown out of tales I developed for my grandchildren when they were aged five and seven respectively.
All characters are based on real motor vehicles that have been important either in their own right or have become modern classic cars. The exploits contained in the stories are real and the stories are spoken through the ‘mouths’ of the vehicles themselves. The graphic characterisations are made to appeal to children and whilst their origins are clear, the characters have distinct personalities that reflect their ‘marque’ and personal exploits.
The principal character is cast as the hero of the Monte Carlo Rallies of the early 1960’s when BMC Mini Coopers won this classic event no less than three times. He is called ‘Monte Mini’ and he lives with many famous friends in a museum collection of classic racing cars, together with some other less famous but nonetheless classic vehicles.
His mentor is ‘Basil Bentley’, a very big and famous racing car from the late 1920’s and early 1930’s; he is a classic English gentleman who admires Monte very much, but tends to ‘father’ him and protect him from some less savoury characters in this racing stable.
‘Miss Moggy’ is a very special little car as she is one of the 350, “Millionth Edition” Morris Minor’s manufactured and has special mauve paintwork to proclaim the event. She is very special indeed because at some time in her life she was converted from a saloon into a soft top. She admires Monte very much and is probably in love with him. Monte is certainly in love with her and it shows.
Monte’s other friends include ‘Austen ‘Ostin’ a famous little ‘Supercharged’ orange racer who smashed record after record in the 1930’s; he also protects Monte and runs errands for Basil. ‘SS’ is a Jaguar sports car who also holds Monte as a special friend, because he, like Monte, is a Rally Specialist. He won the ‘Concours de Confort’ – a ‘Beauty Contest’ at the Monte Carlo in 1938.
There are many more special racers in the stories, but there are also some cars that are a little ‘sniffy’, as they are jealous of Monte’s fame. One of these is ‘Mr Snooty’ also a Mini who starred in a celebrated film about a bullion robbery in Milan, Italy and he thinks he is better than Monte. He is also jealous of Miss Moggy’s affection for Monte and is always showing off; after all he is a ‘film star’. He has a Union Jack painted on his roof too – very swanky.
There are many stories of “Daring Do” and each story is complete in itself, but linked by the themes of competitive motor racing, love and jealousy.
The museum is owned by his ‘BOSS-ship’ who lives in the big house at Lickeys End and is the keeper of the ‘Big key’ for the ‘Big lock’ to the museum. He is very rich and owns all the little cars.