WHY YOU SHOULD
LEARN ABOUT PAT MOSS.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of her win at the Tulip Rally in the Netherlands, MINI has released the Pat Moss Edition to honour this legendary rally driver. Thanks to her fearless and unconventional approach to life, Pat Moss has never lost her relevance as an icon for female empowerment. Her story deserves to be told every day, not only on International Women’s Day.
If you search the Internet for pictures of the Briton Pat Moss, you will find plenty of black and white photos of a young woman with short, curly hair. In one she’s sitting on a moped giving a horse a loving pat, while yet another shows her standing next to the bonnet of a car covered in her trophies. In almost all of them, she is beaming brightly into the camera.
A WOMAN OF MANY TALENTS.
EVERYTHING FOR THE WIN.
A SENSATION: A 2,500 KM RACE WON BY AN OFTEN UNDERESTIMATED LITTLE CAR, PILOTED BY A WOMAN.
THE INSPIRATION THAT IS PAT MOSS.
Obviously such a smashing international victory by a cult car deserves to be honoured again in a manner befitting the accomplishment. And what could be more fitting than honouring the winning team with a special edition? So on International Women’s Day, MINI is celebrating both its win and the driver with a special Pat Moss Edition. It can be ordered in over 20 countries with either a Cooper S or John Cooper Works engine. But you need to be quick. This edition will be offered for a limited time only and there are just under 1,000 available worldwide!
One of the highlights of this edition is the Multitone Roof, which is available in red for the first time. An exciting array of colour variations can be had ranging anywhere from Chili Red to Melting Silver to Jet Black. The MINI Plant in Oxford uses an innovative painting process to make this standout design possible. MINI colour and materials designer Morgane Bavagnoli, who developed the Pat Moss Edition, also decided to incorporate a racing stripe. And for the first time in the history of MINI, the stripes run horizontally across the bonnet. Their winning registration number “737 ABL” is a cool shimmering 3D effect. Morgane Bavagnoli explains why she chose horizontal stripes, “I wanted to add an unexpected element to the design. Just like Pat Moss’s unexpected win. Suddenly a woman crossed those men's path and shaked the long-established motorsports world.”
A STRONG ROLE MODEL.
Exceptional people with the courage of Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom (later Wisdom-Riley) deserve to be lauded. Pioneers in their day, they paved the way for future generations of women in motorsports. Their unique form of self-actualisation serves to inspire other women to seize new opportunities in life and to question existing role models. Their spirit, ambition and pursuit of equality has lost none of its relevance today. People around the world are still trying to rid themselves of outdated traditions and to break free from gender roles. Sometimes slowly, sometimes with full throttle, like Pat Moss they keep their sights on the finish line.
Learn more about this energetic and inspiring woman who can teach us all about the following:
PAT MOSS AND ANN WISDOM PAVED THE WAY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN IN MOTORSPORTS.
NURTURING YOUR TALENTS.
Just as expressive and straightforward as Pat Moss’s signature and her unswerving approach to life, are the front bumper and interior features of the new Pat Moss Edition. Patricia Ann Moss (later Moss-Carlsson) was born in Thames Ditton on 27 December 1934, the younger sister of her famous brother and Formula 1 rally driver Stirling Moss. Both her father Alfred and her mother Aileen had petrol in their veins. He drove circuit races and she mountain races. At just eleven years of age, her brother Stirling is said to have taught her to drive. But at this time she was fully in love with horse riding, which she mastered to Olympic level in the following years. But once she got started with motorsports, she was hooked for life.
DON’T DREAM ABOUT IT, JUST DO IT.
Pat Moss competed in national rallies in the UK in a Morris Minor cabriolet, nicknamed “Granny”. She is said to have been a shrewd businesswoman who used the income from her equestrian activities to buy a Triumph TR2 sports car, from which she is said to have expected greater success. While other car makers didn´t give her a second thought, MG recognised her talent, potential and her fierce determination to win. They became her sponsor. So in the middle and late 1950s, she began a successful partnership with the British Motor Corporation (BMC), the brand that manufactured Austin, Morris, MG and Austin-Healey cars.
This is how Pat Moss came to drive different models such as the Morris Minor and Austin Healey over the next few years. In the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally, she took fourth place driving the Austin Healey. This made her the first woman ever to reach the top 10 in this long-distance rally. She also won the Women’s European Championship. But she wanted to be the best. In 1960 she returned to race again in the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally, and with sheer tenacity, she won, racing the heavy Austin-Healey 3000. This also made her the first woman to win an international rally. That same year, the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) presented her with the Driver of the Year Award. But the rules did not allow women to enter the club’s banquet hall and this rule had to be suspended while she was presented with her award.