Mini Minor to Asia Minor

There & Back

This is the story of an independent trek in a 50-year-old Mini – all the way to the Great Pyramid and back – with no assistance or support crew, to provide much needed funds and publicity for the Willow Foundation. Inspirational to others, the book includes practical advice on the car preparation and documentation required for such marathon drives, along with photographs of the Mini’s preparation and the amazing journey itself.


Oblivious to the sound of chalk scratching on blackboard, Nicky stared wide eyed into the pages of the atlas. The Mediterranean landscape beckoned, and it occurred to her that Egypt – land of mystery, Bedouin tents and Turkish delight – didn’t seem very far away at all ...
Thirty years later and determined to help Willow Foundation, Nicky decided it was the perfect time for a sponsored run with a difference: a never-been-done-before trek of 11,063km in under 40 days, driving all the way to the Great Pyramid and back in a 50 year old Mini – ten countries, three continents ...
A lone expedition, it would undoubtedly be an epic and arduous drive, without a support crew, enduring potholes, sandstorms and occasional wayward camels; but it would also be an incredible adventure, with every mile the car covered helping children devastated by life threatening disease.
This book follows Nicky’s journey from preparing the Mini, to crossing the scorching sands of North Africa and the Middle East, all the way to the exhaustion and sheer elation of finishing back at Hatfield House again. An inspiring and informative read.


  • A unique sponsored run through ten countries and three continents
  • Driving a 50-year-old car 11,063km in 37 days
  • Helping provide special days for desperately ill young people
  • The transformation of a barn find into a long-distance champion
  • Classic 850cc Mini drives to Asia-Minor – a real Mini adventure
  • How to plot and plan an independent route or trek
  • Documentation and visas – what’s needed & who to contact
  • The hurdles faced when applying for sponsorship
  • Practical tips on home restoration of a classic car
  • Stately home and back again ... via the Great Pyramids

About the author

Having spent countless hours as a child travelling the world, visiting forgotten civilizations and witnessing heroic battles from the safety of an armchair, head buried deep in a book, Nicky West’s wanderlust finally stretched its wings in 1998, when she was asked to navigate on the Dash to Marrakesh Rally.
Bitten by the travel bug, Nicky has since competed with husband/driver Rob Stacey in such historic events as the Monte Carlo and Acropolis rallies.
An engineer from Hertfordshire where Willow Foundation is based, Nicky took on the enormous challenge of the Egypt expedition to provide special days for critically ill young people. You can find the Mini Minor 2 Asia Minor
Facebook page here.

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eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845846-26-8 • eV number: eV4626 • Published: June 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £10.99 / $11.99 / €13.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4361 • Hardback • 25x20.7cm • £15.99 • 128 pages • 95 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845843-61-8 • UPC: 6-36847-04361-2. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

What people are saying...

“An awesome story of a truly epic journey… once I started this book I simply could not put it down simply wanting to know what happens next." Morris Minor magazine

"Driving from the UK to the pyramids of Egypt (and back) would be an adventure in itself. Doing so in a 50-year old Mini is surely bordering on madness. Judge for yourself as this book follows two charity fundraisers on their epic 7000-mile drive." Evo magazine

“There's been a rush of epic classic drives recently, and this one charts Nicky West's charity challenge across 10 countries to the pyramids (Your Classic magazine, Oct). The book covers everything from car preparation to crossing the scorching deserts, and all proceeds go to the Willow Foundation." Classic & Sports Car magazine

“To the Pyramids in a 50-year-old 850cc Mini for charity – a great adventure!'" The Bookseller

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