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Featured Member – Fergal ‘MiniMpi’ McDermott

To be our next Featured Member, Ferg jumped at the chance. Well, Ferg jumps for everything, so that’s not any different … but he’s still one of the best members our Club has, and a true MINI and Mini fanatic. Click the ‘Read More’ link below to see the answers Fergal gave to our list of all important questions, and of course, to see more of Ferg, and his collection of cars.

Name :

Fergal Mc Dermott.
From :

Ballincollig, Co. Cork.
Age :

Occupation :

Security Officer for Noonan Security,based in EMC Ovens, Cork.
Current Cars :

2007 R56 MINI Cooper S.
First Car :

1978 Fiat 128 for a month,but my first Mini was a 1968 Wolseley Hornet rally car!

Favourite thing’s about my R56 MINI Cooper S?

The colour, Laser Blue. The Latest alloys I’ve fitted, the handling, the looks, I could go on and on, I love this car.
Insurance costing?

€400 Fully Comp on R56 MINI Cooper S.
Dream Mini?


Best things about being a Mini driver?

Driving a ‘Different’ car to everyone else.Having fun driving and owning a great,different,mad car to the rest of the commuter traffic.

Do you wave to other Minis?

Always,and flash the lights too,but seems to be a dying breed of people who will wave back though. Generally better response from early MINI’s and Mini’s.

Advice to others?

When i got my first Mini,didn’t have it long until i got my hands dirty and took it off the road for a rebuild to rally spec,converted the suspension from hydro to dry,swapped subframes,changed engine from 998cc to 1275cc,Cooper s brakes etc.Did some of the work myself and Ger and Aidan did the rest(Thanks Guy’s  )Good to get to know your Mini like this as you really ‘know’ it and gives you confidence in it’s ability. We drove from Ballincollig to Scotland(in full Rally spec,rollcage,bucket seats etc. not very comfortable!) and back in that Mini with nothing more than a wet distributor cap one morning after typical Scottish weather!!! A simple tissue fixed that,dried the cap and off again. Wouldn’t have gone on this trip if i hadn’t ‘known’ my Mini from front to back after the rebuild.
Worst Mini moment?

Couple!,but crashing my Hornet into a wall on fist stage of West Cork rally is high up there!!! But most memorable moment would be being in McDonald’s drive thru in Douglas when smoke started billowing through the dash ,ran to the boot,spun off my quick release battery connection and pushed the Mini to the window,collected my takeaway and pushed it to the carpark to investigate! The wire for the lights which ran behind the rad,got trapped and shorted there and as there is no fuse on early Mini’s for the lights!!!  shorted the whole way back to the dashboard switch! Funny looking back on it now though

Best Mini moment?

Every day I drive either of my Mini’s as they are just truly great car’s. But the best ever moment was in the West Cork Rally,Sean and myself in the Wolseley Hornet. And we rounded the last of a series of bends and there was a ’1200 Flat’ section ahead!(1200 metres of a straight!)We were doing around 110mph and both of us turned to each other and started roaring laughing at the maddness of it all :)

Any plans for your MINI?

A JCW Aerokit, a JCW exhaust and maybe different stripes.

Fergal McDermott and one of his many MINIs

Fergal McDermott and one of his many MINIs

Fergals beautiful Mpi Mini Cooper.

Fergal's beautiful Mpi Mini Cooper.

Yorkie - Fergals everyday R53 MINI Cooper S

'Yorkie' - Fergal's R53 MINI Cooper S

Fergals rally car, a Mini derrived Wolseley Hornet

Fergal's rally car, a Mini derrived Wolseley Hornet

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