A Real Life Hot Wheels
Larry Coste of London Ontario, loves driving historic race cars. A successful business owner, Larry spends his down time behind the wheel of his 1965 Morris Cooper S, better known as the iconic “Mini”.
Larry’s original Mini was worn out he says, and a new project needed to be started. Being a big fan of of auto racing and following motorsport history in Canada, Larry combined his two passions into a reality. Canadian driving champ Bill Brack raced a car not unlike Larry’s in the 1968-69 seasons with Mattel Hot Wheels sponsorship. I think we all have played with a Hot Wheels car during the years, whether ourselves or with the kids but Larry on the other hand is playing with the real thing here!
The original car was destroyed in competition back in the day, but in 2003, Larry built his car to be a tribute to Brack and Mattel Hot Wheels for their 35th anniversary. Getting permission to replicate this wasn’t a problem from either Mattel or Brack, they were thrilled and assisted with the information to get the car looking correct. During the course of the race seasons that followed, Larry and his #85 have had numerous wins and a 95% podium finish rate. On a couple of occasions wins came at the Watkins Glen historic races and the other at the Canadian Historic Grand Prix with Bill Brack behind the wheel of this little beauty. It was just like the old days with Brack putting on a good show and adding a little “pedigree” to the car. It’s great to see Canadian Motorsport being remembered and honored this way. If you would like to see this car and other fast classics compete, come out to a VARAC club event and enjoy the show. If it’s your first auto race or you attended back in the day, the sound and smell of these cars on the track will excite all and bring back memories. For more information visit www.varac.ca
Written & Photos by Perry M. Mason