MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp, Clubvan Camper and Cowley Caravan: MINI Goes Camping
Jul20

MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp, Clubvan Camper and Cowley Caravan: MINI Goes Camping

MINI loves to make really cool one-off design studies that would (and could) actually be sold and then never, ever sell them.  Kinda mean, don’t you think?  I think so.  The most recent in MINI’s nanny-nanny-boo-boo product line are the Getaway Cars.  The MINI Clubvan Camper, Countryman ALL4 Camp, and Cowley Caravan are three products designed to be self-contained, or nearly self-contained MINI-designed campers (or...

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32nd Annual Sussex, WI British Car Field Day Father’s Day Car Show
Jun22

32nd Annual Sussex, WI British Car Field Day Father’s Day Car Show

Every year on Father’s Day at the Sussex Village Park in Sussex, Wisconsin, a group of Anglo-American motoring enthusiasts get together for the British Car Field Day.  The local Boy Scouts, Troop 95, raise money through parking and selling concessions.  (The brats are always particularly tasty.)  And, the admission and registration fees are donated to the Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee. Jaguar D-Type My father, my...

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Introducing the Fiat 500L Living: Seven Passenger Italian Fun
Jun18

Introducing the Fiat 500L Living: Seven Passenger Italian Fun

Fiat 500L Living What the hell is a Magic Purpose Wagon?  It sounds like something that would have Puff the Magic Dragon painted on the side.  But, it’s actually what Fiat calls their new 500L Living, a seven-passenger version of the tiny little Fiat 500.  Before you think that there is no way a seven person car could ever be little, consider this, the Fiat 500L Living is only 14 feet 3 inches long. Fiat 500L Living The Fiat...

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Driven: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman: The Goldilocks Mini – Road Test
Apr23

Driven: 2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman: The Goldilocks Mini – Road Test

It’s raining in Coconut Creek, Florida.  Hard.  The kind of rain that shows up as a big purple blob on satellite weather maps.  The kind that makes the inside of your car sound as if you’re taking flak in a WWII fighter plane.  The kind that wakes windshield-wiper manufactures in the middle of the night.  I’m not sure if this is a terrible day to test out MINI’s new sport ute the Cooper Paceman or the best day...

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MINI Paceman: The Goldilocks MINI
Nov30

MINI Paceman: The Goldilocks MINI

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S Who would have thought that when the “new” Mini came around in 2001 that a decade and some change later we would have twenty or so models with three more on the way?  Taking a look back, it kind of makes sense.  The original incarnation of the Mini brand saw many variations of the iconic hatchback, some good, like the 1963 Austin Mini Cooper S; some bad, like the Mini Pick-Up; and some just plain...

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MINI Concept Highlights
Aug04

MINI Concept Highlights

MINI has long been a brand of fun designs, goofy elements (dinner plate-sized speedometers and color changing LEDs) and go-cart driving feel.  Odd to think that the MINIs that make it to the showroom floor are the more sedate and tempered versions of the truly off-the-wall concepts.  I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the more MINIish concepts that have come down the pike over the past few years.  Some have...

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The 2012 London Olympics Mini MINI "Go-Fer" Electric R/C Car
Aug04

The 2012 London Olympics Mini MINI "Go-Fer" Electric R/C Car

2012 London Olympic Games Mini MINI R/C Car For those who don’t know, BMW is the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.  So far BMW has provided 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE and 40 MINI E electric cars for various shuttling duties.  Ferrying athletes and officials is all well and good, but who is going to deliver the javelins, discuses, hammers, shot-puts, etc. after being thrown all over the...

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2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP…The GP Is Back.
May12

2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP…The GP Is Back.

2012 Mini John Cooper Works GP This just in from the worst kept secret department…Mini has just announced version 2.0 of their famed GP in a limited production run of 2000 units.  Back in 2006, because they were installing their John Cooper Works options in the factory instead of in the dealerships, Mini had the idea to take the JCW to a higher and limited production level and produce the 2006 Mini Cooper GP.  That GP had the...

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