The Legendary Mini Cooper
know about cars, the "Mini" is a legend; and in that legend there is
special type of Mini that is an even bigger legend; the Mini Cooper.
An original Mini Cooper
The original "Mini", which first came
out in 1959, remained
in production for
over 40 years - an incredible success story in the rather unsuccessful
modern British car industry. And for most of that time, the most
Mini of them all was the Cooper.
During the 1960's in particular, the
Mini Cooper was the car of the stars. Mini Coopers won the Monte Carlo
Rally four times in
, from 1964
to 1967 (though the 1966 result was contested); they also won races and
other rallies throughout
the world. Everyone,
film stars, pop stars, sports stars, wanted to have a Mini - preferably
a Mini Cooper.
The production of Mini Coopers ceased
in the 1970's, but people kept wanting them; so the Cooper Car Company
- who designed and made Cooper engines for the Mini - sold conversion kits
to change ordinary Minis into Mini Coopers.
In the 1990's - after 17 years - Rover
(who then owned the Mini marque
back the Mini Cooper , and new Mini Coopers again rolled off the
line. As before, they were all quickly snapped
buyers - proving that the legend
was still very much alive!
Nevertheless, when production of the
old Mini came to a stop, that meant the end of the line for the
Mini Cooper; but not for
BMW, who had taken over Rover, had
already decided to bring out a new Mini, and with it a new Mini Cooper!
The new Mini Cooper was thus launched
on 1st December 2001, and within a few days all the original batch
of cars had been sold! All over the world, racing teams were desperate
one of the new cars, and
to be the first to revive a great legend on the race track or in
rallies. And the new Mini Cooper has played a big role in some recent
films, such as the remake of the "Italian Job".
The new ordinary Mini has certainly achieved
the same commercial and popular success as its ancestor; there are
lists for the new cars in many countries, including the USA! The legend
of the Mini is now over fifty years old; and it is still going strong !
The Cooper Works is one of several
small British companies, which have a high reputation in the world of
Other similar companies include MacLaren
and Williams (for Formula 1 cars), or Morgan and Lotus for sports cars.
The Cooper Car Company was started
by Charles Cooper and his son John, just after the Second World War.
specialised in building high performance cars for racing and motor
- from Formula 1 to rally cars. They were in fact the biggest of the
"privateers", small companies who designed and built racing cars for
individuals. One of their customers
Stirling Moss, the great F1 champion.
Today both John and Charles Cooper
are dead; but Michael Cooper, John's son, is still in the company,
to keep up its long reputation.
obtain - batch:
stop - customer:
client - event:
special occasion - for
for a long time - get
hold of -
obtain - in
in succession, one after
the other - keen:
avid, very determined - kit:
equipment - launch:
bring out - marque:
name, brand - preferably:
preferred to have - remain:
continue - snap up:
buy very quickly -
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The Legendary Mini Cooper
the preterite form of the following verbs in the text:
attention to the verbs below, which are used in the article. ....Do you
know, or can you guess, the meanings of each of these?
Get hold of
following extract from
the article, replace the definite articles where they are needed....
do not replace them where they are not possible!!
Remember, you NEED
a definite article with a singular count noun (countable item), you do
NOT NEED one with generalisations. You also need an article in cases of
In some cases in
English, there may be a choice: but not in the exercise below!!
_____) Cooper Works is one of several small British
companies, which have a high reputation in ( _____) world of ( _____)
similar companies include MacLaren and Williams
(for Formula 1 cars), or Morgan and Lotus for ( _____) sports cars.
_____) Cooper Car Company was started by Charles Cooper
and his son John, just after ( _____) Second World War. Coopers
in building ( _____) high performance cars for ( _____) racing and
sport - from Formula 1 to ( _____) rally cars. They were in fact (
biggest of ( _____) post-war "privateers", small companies who designed
and built ( _____) racing cars for ( _____) private individuals. One of
their customers was Stirling
Moss, ( _____) great F1 champion.
both John and Charles Cooper are dead; but Michael
Cooper, ( _____) John's son, is still in ( _____) company, helping to
up its long reputation.
Here are some
answers: Make up
appropriate questions to which they could correspond.
For over 40 years.
The Monte Carlo.
Because production of the Mini Cooper ceased.
Because production of all Minis was stopped.
On 1st December.
Charles and John Cooper.
Ideas for teachers
Simple technical English.
should be plenty in this text, and the accompanying worksheet, to keep
One point not exploited in the worksheet is the use of compound nouns
in technical English.
The English language is very flexible when it comes to
making compound nouns. And it's easy too. Just stick two nouns
together, and you have a compound. No need for endings, no need for
prepositions. All that is needed is to make sure that the nouns are in
the right order! The main noun last.
Look for compounds in this article, and have
students try and explain what they mean.
Here are a couple of examples:
the British car industry : the people and companies who manufacture /
the Monte Carlo rally : a rally that finishes at Monte Carlo.
film stars : actors who are very famous
and so on....
here for a guide
to using definite
articles in English
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