Friday, March 30, 2012

NORCAL MINIS Friday Reminders

BECOME A NORCAL MINIS MEMBER


Annual Membership is only $25.00/family and entitles you to a host of discounts from Vendors and Dealers that support NORCAL MINIS, email invitations, a say in where we run and what we do, and access to Members Only events and our Members Only Google Group. Just use this Paypal Button to join:












NORCAL MINIS' CENTRAL GOLD COUNTRY RUN


On Saturday, April 21, 2012, NorCal MINIs will run backroads from Angel's Camp to Murphy's in the Central California Gold Country.  We will stop at Quyle Kilns and get an exclusive tour of this fantastic handmade pottery producer's operation.  We will also have lunch at El Jardin.

We will meet up at 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot between Rite-Aid and Taco Bell at 200 South Main Street, Angels Camp, CA. We will leave promptly at 11:30 a.m. for an hour backroads run and arrive for our tour at Quyle Kilns at approximately 1:00 p.m.. After our tour we will proceed to downtown Murphy's for lunch at El Jardin at about 2:00 p.m.

Caravan from the Bay Area will meet up in front of MINI of Concord, 1961 Market Street, Concord, CA  94520  at 8:00 a.m.






Here's the run map


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 This run is open to Members and non-members. Members, please respond to your email invitation which will be sent in early March.  Non-members please tell us you are coming by emailing us at info@norcalminis.com.

RSVP BEFORE APRIL 14, 2012
 SO WE CAN GET AN ACCURATE HEADCOUNT FOR THE TOUR AND FOR LUNCH 




MINIS AT PACIFIC COAST DREAM MACHINES


Calling all MINI and Mini Owners


Join Us For This Event!

On April 28, 2012, NorCal MINIs will participate in the 22nd Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show at the Half Moon Bay Airport in Half Moon Bay, CA.  This is an incredible charity event for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center with a huge selection of beautiful and unique vehicles.

Registration is now open . Click HERE to register and for more information.  If you enter before April 15, 2012, the entry fee is $30 which entitles the driver and passenger admission to the event (after April 15, 2012, the cost goes up to $40 and, if you don't enter your vehicle, admission is $20/adult, Age 11-17 and 65+ $15 (Cash only accepted at the gate).) By entering your vehicle you will save money and be able to park with the club.

To park together we must arrive early and first assemble off-site.  Thus, we will meet up at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of:

Peet's Coffee & Tea‎
142 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
[MAP]

 (This is at the corner of Highway 92 and Highway 1)

We have invited the members of Redwood Empire MINI Enthusiasts to join us at this event.

Members may respond to their email invitations when received.  Non-Members (and Members) may also tell us they are coming by sending us an email at info@norcalminis.com

Here's a promotional video from last year!








NORCAL MINIS' YOSEMITE OVERNIGHT

Join NorCal MINIs for our Saturday, May 5 through Sunday, May 6, 2012, Yosemite Overnight!

We will meet up at 9:30 a.m. on May 5, 2012 in the parking lot at Denica's located at 6058 Dougherty Road, Dublin, CA 94568-2634 (Please arrive early if you wish to have breakfast at Denica's (it is wonderful)) and by 10:00 a.m. we will be on the road for the Shilo Inn located at 40644 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644.



NorCal MINIs has been able to block twenty rooms (choose from king bed and double queen bed rooms) for the low price of $89.00 + tax.







TO GET THIS RATE YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM BEFORE APRIL 1, 2012
CALL  (559) 683-3555 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
DO NOT WAIT - ONCE THE ROOMS ARE GONE THEY ARE GONE 

There is a 48 Hour cancellation policy. If there is any chance you will attend we recommend you book your room and, if you have to cancel, cancel on or before May 2, 2012.


On Sunday, we will drive to Glacier Point then into the valley, and spend the day on the valley floor before we reassemble to drive back to the Bay Area.

Members, please respond to your email invitations for this overnight. Non-members, please email us at info@norcalminis.com to tell us you are coming.

NORCAL MINIS GOES TO THE A'S VS. GIANTS GAME SOLD OUT

On Sunday, May 20, 2012, NORCAL MINIS will attend the A's versus Giants game at AT&T Park.  The Giants will be giving away a Brian Wilson garden gnome to the first 20,000 fans.  We expect to go early and stay late as reservations will also be made for dinner and bowling at Brian Wilson's new venture, Lucky Strikes after the game.

Our group tickets are SOLD OUT.  However, you can get on the waiting list if any become available (preference given to current NORCAL MINIs Members.).  Just email us at info@norcalminis.com with the number you need and we will put you on the list.















MINIS INVADE THE SONOMA HISTORICS MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL



Calling All MINI Owners!


Join 
The MINI Invasion 
Of The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
On Saturday, June 2, 2012
At Sonoma Raceway*
*Formerly known as Infineon and Sears Point

NORCAL MINIS and Redwood Empire MINI Enthusiasts have reserved an unparalleled location for all MINIs and Minis to park and watch the races, be close to the paddock, food and wine tents and see hundreds of insanely expensive historic vehicles race around the track  - the same track that hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!!   

All MINI and Mini drivers will get to take a parade lap on the track.
 That's right! 
The price of admission and corral parking 
includes a parade lap on the raceway in your MINI or Mini!

Here's What You Should Expect

The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival is a two-day event, June 2 and June 3, 2012, and will feature nearly 400 historic race cars, including legendary marques like Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, McLaren and Corvette, among others. You’ll witness 10 unique race groups take to the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course throughout the weekend with warm-ups and racing slated for both Saturday and Sunday. This is your only chance to see the ultimate collection of historic race cars take to the Sonoma Valley road course.

The weekend also features the Wine Country Pavilion with FREE samplings of fine foods and wines from the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. It’s a perfect pairing of the wine country and racing that you won’t want to miss!

This is also a great weekend for the whole family as the paddock is open for spectators to get an up-close look at the race cars and enjoy the various car corrals dotted throughout the raceway.

WINE COUNTRY PAVILION

Fine cars and wine country living are the perfect pair this weekend, as race fans are invited to sample some of the Sonoma and Napa Valleys’ finest regional wines and cuisine in the Wine Country Pavilion.
Admission to the Wine Country Pavilion, as well as a number of food and wine samples, are included with your weekend admission ticket.  Last year’s pavilion lineup included: 











                 Wineries                

Restaurants

Tin BarnGirl & the Fig
Dawn HughesEstate Sondra Bernstein
AspinaButterfly Restaurant
Clarbec WinesEastside West
Rielle WinesBotanical Bakery
MeadowcroftAnnie the Baker
Bennett LaneBardessono
KorbelAvia
Cline & JacuzziDel Monte Meat & Sea Food
DembesteHana Sushi
MaryvaleSonoma Cheese & Monterey Gourmet Foods
FlaskSonoma Fois Gras
Nicholson RanchTuscan Cow Girl
Larson Family Wines
Roche
Viansa

HISTORIC RACE CAR FESTIVAL

Following Saturday’s on-track action, the action shifts to the historic Sonoma Plaza for the Historic Race Car Festival.  This evening is a true celebration of Sonoma, featuring historic cars on display and food and wine tasting.  All proceeds benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
Tickets And Attendance

You should attend Saturday (that is NORCAL MINIS official event date) but you also might want to attend Sunday.  Therefore, when you purchase your tickets you will have the option to attend either day and the option for a discount for a pass to attend both days.  In addition, the purchase of MINI Corral parking is available for either day.  

Purchase discount tickets!  
Save $5.00/person per day off the regular entrance price!

Ticket Prices
 $35/person per day or $50/person for a Weekend Pass
Plus 
Corral Parking, $15/vehicle per day or $20/vehicle for the entire Weekend,  

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS AND CORRAL PARKING AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:


Procedure for Purchasing Tickets and Car Corral Passes for Historics

1. Order Qty of Seats and for which day: Saturday, Sunday or Weekend

2. Add To Cart

3. Click on Continue Shopping,

4. Click on Additional Events

5. Click on Find Tickets next to Nor Cal Mini’s

6. Click on Qty and order how many Corral Passes (need 1 per car) you need to order and for what day….Saturday, Sunday or Weekend

7. Go To Checkout

8. Create Account

9. Purchase

Tickets and Corral Passes will be mailed approx 4-6 Weeks before the event June 2nd and/or 3rd 2012

THEN

EMAIL US  
TO TELL US YOU ARE COMING!

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE IN NORCAL?
Check NORCAL MINIS' "Calendar of All Motoring Events" and find out!  You can always find a link to the "Calendar of All Motoring Events" in the left column. 

Don't Honk - Patience Is A Virtue

Here's why -




[Source: via Carscoop]

U.S. Debut Of MINI Baker Street, Bayswater And Highgate Editions


According to Car And Driver the MINI Baker Street, Bayswater and Highgate special editions will debut in the U.S. at the New York Auto Show. The special edition spec's can be viewed int eh article. The vehicles are named after London Districts and were chosen since MINI is a sponsor of the upcoming London Summer Olympic Games.


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How To Get A New MINI For The Lowest Price Possible

Just follow the instructions of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, the well respected author of The Predictioneer’s Game, in this video and use Game Theory.




[Source: via egmCarTech]

Armindo Araujo Flies In His MINI WRC

From the Rally de Portugal, courtesy of  FoxRS @ YouTube:


How To Jump A Bridge In A Car

Don't try this at home! Jalopnik notes the "study" was conducted at the 2011 Rally of the Midlands in the UK.




Getting Splashy In The Arabian Desert

According to arab news.com in Saudi Arabia:
Visitors to Virgin Megastore at Roshana Mall on Jeddah’s Al-Tahlia Street, between March 29 and 30 will be forgiven for rubbing their eyes in astonishment if they see two vehicles parked with parachutes shooting out of the top, go-kart competition and a giant comic book of MINI heroes representing the MINI family surrounding them.
Why such a display?
Anees Jamjoom, MD, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (BMW Group), said: “We wanted to give our two newest models an unconventional welcome to Oman and create something completely different for MINI enthusiasts. We took an interactive approach and focused on creativity and fun, two things that are fundamental to the MINI brand.” MINI is an unconventional brand so the marketing activity we use always has an unconventional approach that supports urban projects and events that champion creativity such as music, film and art.”

Printing The Parts For A MINI JCW World Rally Car

A PRWeb Press Release published by Virtual-Strategy Magazine announces that the Society of Manufacturing Engineers will feature Prodrive and the MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car Program at RAPID 2012. It is a rather interesting Release, especially if you are an automotive engineer, but also if you are a futurist or imagineer. Here is part of it:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) today announced details about Prodrive's development of the MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car (WRC) and a keynote presentation to be given by Paul Doe at the RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, May 22-25 in Atlanta. Prodrive’s highly specialized use of 3D printing will reveal the future of manufacturing and appeal to any organization looking to capitalize on additive manufacturing technologies that speed new products to market.

“Additive manufacturing is instrumental for many product development companies, and we’re excited to showcase Prodrive’s 3D printing success story with Paul Doe’s keynote presentation at RAPID 2012,” said SME business development manager Gary Mikola.

Prodrive is one of the world's leading motorsport businesses and is responsible for the design and engineering of the MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car. The company uses additive manufacturing to accelerate the development of the race car and reduce production costs. Prodrive’s 3D printers created functional prototyping, rapid tooling and end-use parts with polycarbonate and ABS materials direct from CAD (computer-aided design) files.

“3D printing is an important part of our design and development process that has massively reduced our reaction time,” said Prodrive chief design engineer Paul Doe. “The technology allows us to produce new parts for the test car within hours of a problem or need being discovered.”

During his presentation, Doe will share how the MINI John Cooper Works WRC team relied heavily on 3D printing throughout the car's two-year development cycle. To design the test car, engineers used additive technologies to create large parts of the engine bay, multiple display housings, gearbox, steering assembly, vehicle interior and even engine components. In addition to prototyping parts for the test track, the team 3D printed end-use parts for the finished car. The ergonomically styled gearshift display and control panel, which is mounted on the steering column, are the WRC’s most visible 3D printing examples.

“3D printing has created opportunities to innovate that were previously considered a dead-end without a significant investment in tooling and has freed our team from the constraints that are applied when manufacturing by more traditional production methods,” says Doe.

Attendees will discover how Prodrive’s WRC program was one-fifth the cost of similar projects that specified traditional manufacturing methods. As a result of these cost savings, the number of parts produced by additive manufacturing technologies for Prodrive’s development programs continues to increase.

“3D printing improved our overall prototyping and manufacturing process by giving our team the ability to make high-performance, end-use components that would have been very expensive to produce by any other method. The simplicity of 3D printing combined with the relatively low cost of materials make it the obvious choice for manufacturing parts and offers significant advantages to our program,” Doe added

Paul Doe has 15 years of experience in race vehicle design, working at the forefront of the World Rally Championship with Mitsubishi, Subaru and MINI. He also worked with Aston Martin Racing in the development of the 2009 Le Mans Series winning DBR1-2 LMP1 car.

Ridelust Reviews The 2012 MCS Coupe

Ridelust concludes, in part:
While the Coupe’s diminutive size requires some concessions for use as a daily driver, when the road gets tight and twisty the MINI S Coupe comes into its element. Like all MINIs, it’s just plain fun to drive and buyers will likely spend free time hunched over Google Maps, looking for any winding ribbons of asphalt in a three-state radius. Since the MINI Coupe begs to be driven hard, you may even find yourself pondering things like track days and autocross events.

Rally Portugal Standings After Stage 1

[Photo Source: Demotix]
After Stage 1 two MINIs are in the Top Ten. Patrick Sandell is 18th and Paolo Nobre did not participate due to a crash during the qualifying stage.  Here are partial standings after Stage 1 from www.Crash.net:

Rally de Portugal: Overall standings after Stage 1 (Top 10):

1. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2mins 57.1secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 00.1secs M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 00.7secs M
Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 00.7secs M
5. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 02.8secs M
6. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +00mins 03.8secs
7. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC+00mins 04.3secs
8. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 04.4secs M
9. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +00mins 05.5secs M
10. Dennis Kuipers M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 06.4secs 

Others

11. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 07.6secs
12. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 07.7secs M
13. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 08.3secs M
14. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 08.7secs
Peter van Merksteijn Jr van Merksteijn Motorsport Citroen DS3 WRC+00mins 08.7secs
Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 08.7secs
18. Patrik Sandell Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +00mins 09.3secs 
19. Daniel Oliveira Brazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 09.4secs M


SWRC standings after Stage 1 – Top 3:

1. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 3mins 10.2secs S
2. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 01.7secs S
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RCC +00mins 01.9secs S


Notable retirements:

DNS. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Did not start – crashed in Qualifying stage
DNS. Kevin Abbring VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 Did not start – crashed in shakedown

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Four MINIs Line Up For Rally Portugal

Four MINI WRC cars line up at the Rally Portugal including Armindo Araujo who will be participating on his home soil. Armindo is joined in Portugal by team-mate Paulo Nobre, as well as Dani Sordo and Patrick Sandell of the Prodrive WRC Team.

You can find updates from Portugal on Twitter.com/MINImotorsport.

Irish Sunday World Says Simply "COUPÉ WINNER"

In the Motormouths column of the Irish Sunday World Robbie Ferrell is ecstatic over the MINI Coupe.  He concludes,
Don't forget to put aside a few bob though if you want the extra toys for the big boys. Overall this is a cracking coupe, and will win the hearts of MINI lovers

Nice Gas Caps

Available from the Japanese BOND MINI Diary Estore!  Fire up your translator.  We don't know whether they ship to the U.S.

MCS Convertible Motion N' Style





[Source: kyriakosMINI @ YouTube]

MINI Introduces The John Cooper Works Coupé Endurance

MINI provides a photo gallery of the new MINI JCW Coupe Endurance, a vehicle to be -
". . . taken to the track to tame one of the most fearsome circuits known to man."
MINI says it will race the Endurance in the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Demo Of Dynamic Music In A MINI Roadster

Check out this MINI Connected feature!




[Source: MonkeySDLA @ YouTube]

The MINI Roadster Hits Venice, Italy





[Source: SupercarHall @ YouTube]

Check Out Letterman In A Mini Moke

Celebrity Cars Blog caught David Letterman cruising in a Mini Moke around the island of St. Barts.

24TV.BY Tests MCS Countryman

Great video review from Russia.


MINI COOPER S - тест драйв команды портала 24TV.BY from frankkk on Vimeo.

GP2 Spotted Testing At Nurburgring

Car Buzz has posted a gallery of photos of the upcoming second generation GP testing at Nurburgring.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rauno Aaltonen Races His Son Tino

On Dunlop Inside Racing Rauno races an Austin Mini Cooper S Competition 1964 against his son Tino who drives a MINI Cooper Works Challenge 2011 car.




[Source: Aaltonen Motorsport @ YouTube]

A MINI At Valašská Rally 2012

Watch this MINI Cooper rally driver team of Václav Pech and Petr Uhelmake make this 180 degree turn during the rally!





[Source: TB1983Rally @ YouTube]

How Canada Celebrated MINI's Tenth Anniversary





[Source: minidowntown @ YouTube]

Holding The Wheel At 10 and 2? Then You're Doing It Wrong

The Bottom Line on MSNBC.com says, because of modern airbags,
. . . AAA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and many driving instructors now say you should grip the wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock. A few go even further, suggesting 8 and 4 to avoid the airbag mechanism as much as possible, but what formal research has been published on the varieties of hand positions suggests that this may lessen your control of the car.

More Spy Shots Of The New 2013 MINI

Global Market has these spy photos of the newly redesigned 2013 MINI Cooper. The images show a wider front grille and a slightly wider front which may mean more interior room and boot space. The car body is also lower and the A-pillar design is changed.

The 2013 MINI Cooper will have a new three-cylinder engine that will use BMW's "®TwinPower Turbo" technology, which is a twin-scroll turbocharging system, direct fuel injection , solenoid injectors, and variable valve control system.

Expect the vehicle is set to be unveiled in late 2012 and should be available in 2013.

Green Car Reports Reviews The 2012 MINI

Green Car Reports gives the entire 2012 MINI line-up a positive review.  For example,
The MINI Cooper range is fun to drive, too. Steering is sharp and accurate, and the MINI really scoots around corners. Some may find the ride quality of the JCW a little harsh, but the Cooper and Cooper S ride the bumps pretty well.

So, fun and frugal--and safe too. The NHTSA gave the 2012 MINI Cooper a 5-star rollover rating, while the IIHS scores the Cooper with its best rating of "good" in crash testing. Throw in plenty of equipment and the MINI Cooper suggests that you don't have to give up big-car benefits in the pursuit of small-car economy.

Chance To Win A 2012 MINI Cooper S Convertible

This year Hankook will continue its baseball-themed promotions. This year, the "Great Catch" promotion's grand prize will be a 2012 Mini Cooper S Convertible.

Consumers can register for this "no purchase necessary" giveaway online at www.hankooktireusa.com/greatcatch2012 between April 1 and June 30, 2012. Upon registering, consumers automatically will be entered into a random drawing to win the Mini Cooper. Consumers who purchase four qualifying Hankook tires from an authorized Hankook dealer between April 1 and June 30 of this year are eligible for a mail-in rebate of up to $80. Here are the eligible products for the rebate -

Ultra-High Performance Summer: Ventus V12 evo.

Premium Touring All-Season: Optimo H727.

Luxury Performance Touring All-Season: Optimo H426.

Premium Highway All-Season Light Truck/SUV: Dynapro HT.

Faster Than Disaster

Faster Than Disaster is the new MINI China commercial created by Pixomondo and Interone Beijing. Learn how it was made in this article on Dexinger and watch it here!

ArabMotorstv Looks At The Countryman S

Anyone understand Arabic?




[Source; ArabMotorstv @ YouTube]

No MINI Recaro Seats Available In April

MotoringFile says Recaro seats will not be available in April for fitment MINIs ". . . due to a subtle tweak in the design of the stand-alone post/pivot for the seatbelt . . . .

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sandell Climbs In The WRC Fafe Rally Sprint 2012

Patrick Sandell makes his way up hill -




[Source: poliuyttyrr @ YouTube]

Unipart Captures Parts Deal With MINI Oxford

The Oxford Mail reports that Unipart has secured a new parts deal with the Cowley MINI plant.  According to the article:
Under the agreement, exhausts made at Unipart’s manufacturing plant in Coventry will be distributed to the Mini production line through a new facility set up at Unipart’s site off Garsington Road, Cowley.

Be Afraid Of Teenage Girls Driving Cars

A study by the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety found that teen girls are twice as likely as teen boys to use cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

[Source: via The Auto Channel]

Nice Autocross Run!

Happened at the 2012 Koss Motorsports Autocross in Green Cove Springs, FL. Watch from the perspective of this 2012 MINI Cooper S driver with street tires.




[Source: adrive7 @ YouTube]

MINI Test Drive Takedown Event

MINI USA is putting on tour its competitors vehicles for a "MINI Test Drive Takedown."  Those who attend get to drive MINIs and their closest competitors all in one place - their local MINI dealer!

Here's is when the tour will hit Northern California dealers - Niello MINI on April 12, 2012; MINI Of Concord on April 13, 2012; East Bay MINI on April 14, 2012; MINI of San Francisco on April 15, 2012; MINI of Stevens Creek on April 17, 2012.



E-broken Into Ditch

If you are going to learn to make emergency brake turns we suggest you not do it on a narrow rural road next to a ditch or this could happen to you.




{Source: mx3sleeper @ YouTube]

Prodrive Seeks Rally Portugal Podium

Beyond The Redline reports that the Prodrive WRC Team will make its debut at Rally Portugal next week running two MINI John Cooper Works WRCs for Dani Sordo #37 and Patrik Sandell #52 and that
team principal, Dave Wilcock, believes the team should have a podium finish

In addition to the two Prodrive WRC Team MINIs, Prodrive will provide engineering support for the MINI WRCs of Armindo Araujo and Paulo Nobre.

The MINI Rauno Aaltonen Special Edition

MINI has announced a Rauno Aaltomnen special edition model in tribute to the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally winner. The package is Available on both Cooper or Cooper S models,and are set off by their Chili Red exteriors, a white hood intake, and racing stripes down the hood and trunk of the car with matching side red stripes with a checkered theme, and unique 17-inch Infinite Stream white spoke wheels. On the inside is a specially-badged leather steering wheel and a speedometer which features a red outer ring with an image of the original Flying Finn’s signature.

As an added bonus purchasers get a day of rally driving instruction on ice at a school owned by Rauno and his son Tino.

[Source: via AutoGuide.com]

All Of The 2012 MINI Models In A Minute And A Half

From the carbikenetwork @ YouTube:


MINI United Webradio!

Tune into the brand new MINI United Webradio station to listen to all the bands playing at MINI United in May! The MINI United Webradio channel curates music straight from the festival stage alongside cool independent tracks.

LISTEN NOW.

Dani Sordo During 3rd Super Stage Of WRC Fafe Rally Sprint 2012





[Source: pedrolimamendes @ YouTube]

Monday, March 26, 2012

World's Fastest Street Legal MINI (Without Nitrous)?

It's a MCS tuned by 1320mini, cooling by Forge Motorsport, and here it pulled a 12.9 in the quarter mile with a passenger.




[Source: RichardODwyer @ YouTube]

Better yet, without a passenger, a 12.4751 to claim the title:





[Source: RichardODwyer @ YouTube]

Go Armindo Go!

Check out this rally footage of Armindo Araujo at the WRC Rally Sprint - the "aperitif luxury" to Rally Portugal -




[Source: theAUTOBITchannel @ YouTube]

DIY: Replace The Drive Belt On A 2002-2006 MCS





[Source: cooperSml @ YouTube]

MINI WRC - 3 Points Of View In 3 Laps

Check out this video of the MINI WRC that consists of 3 laps, each one seen from a different point of view - onboard, from the roof and from outside the car.




[Source: armandozapata @ YouTube]

Human Kite Flies From A MINI JCW Countryman

Awesome!!!! From the MINI YOUTUBE CHANNEL!


New MINI WRC To Compete In Rally Portugal

A new MINI JCW WRC, called the "01B", is now set to get its first outing at the March 29-April 1, 2012 Rally Portugal. MINI and Prodrive modified over 100 technical details to deliver an even more powerful car.

There are new engine parts – such as the exhaust manifold and electrical water pump, a smaller fan belt, and a revised engine management system. Changes were also made to the cooling system, dampers, suspension and aerodynamics, the weight and centre of gravity. MINI worked with chassis partner Öhlins to improve the dampers. Weight reduction was achieved by use of a lithium-ion battery for the first time and modification of the carbon-fibre-reinforced rear spoiler. This has saved ten kilograms.

Noticeable changes include the new air duct on the front of the MINI WRC, a new bumper, and a squatter stance on gravel.

[Source: MINI Motorsport]

MINI London Olympic Athletes 2012 Track Day Challenge

London Olympic athletes get a MINI track day courtesy of MINI UK!


Don't Go Aftermarket With Your Oil Filter

MotoringFile reports on discoveries by White Roof Radio co-host and Detroit Tuned founder Chad Miller of significant problems with aftermarket oil filters for the MINI.  We recommend, along with Chad and MotoringFile, that you stick with OEM MINI oil filters.

Just Wait Your Turn Even If You're In A Hurry

Gilda Ramos wanted to fill up her Jeep Compass at a Miami Beach gas station. She tried to beat another driver to the pump but smashed her Jeep into the pump, which quickly erupted into flames, according to service station employees.

Ramos, however, explains it this way:
Ramos told WSNV news that she did not observe the yellow Hummer waiting for the pump and that when she pulled up in front, the driver of the other vehicle started honking at her.

"He started honking at me and I got nervous," said Ramos. "Instead of hitting the brakes, I hit the accelerator. That is when the accident occurred," she said.



[Source: via Carscoop]

Car Guide To Buying A Used 2006-2012 MINI

Car Magazine has published a guide to buying a used 2006-2012 MINI.  It tells you the weaknesses in the vehicles and what to look for when purchasing one.

Friday, March 23, 2012

NORCAL MINIS Friday Reminders

BECOME A NORCAL MINIS MEMBER


Annual Membership is only $25.00/family and entitles you to a host of discounts from Vendors and Dealers that support NORCAL MINIS, email invitations, a say in where we run and what we do, and access to Members Only events and our Members Only Google Group. Just use this Paypal Button to join:













NORCAL MINIS' CENTRAL GOLD COUNTRY RUN


On Saturday, April 21, 2012, NorCal MINIs will run backroads from Angel's Camp to Murphy's in the Central California Gold Country.  We will stop at Quyle Kilns and get an exclusive tour of this fantastic handmade pottery producer's operation.  We will also have lunch at El Jardin.

We will meet up at 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot between Rite-Aid and Taco Bell at 200 South Main Street, Angels Camp, CA. We will leave promptly at 11:30 a.m. for an hour backroads run and arrive for our tour at Quyle Kilns at approximately 1:00 p.m.. After our tour we will proceed to downtown Murphy's for lunch at El Jardin at about 2:00 p.m.

Caravan from the Bay Area will meet up in front of MINI of Concord, 1961 Market Street, Concord, CA  94520  at 8:00 a.m.





Here's the run map


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 This run is open to Members and non-members. Members, please respond to your email invitation which will be sent in early March.  Non-members please tell us you are coming by emailing us at info@norcalminis.com.

RSVP BEFORE APRIL 14, 2012
 SO WE CAN GET AN ACCURATE HEADCOUNT FOR THE TOUR AND FOR LUNCH 



MINIS AT PACIFIC COAST DREAM MACHINES


Calling all MINI and Mini Owners


Join Us For This Event!

On April 28, 2012, NorCal MINIs will participate in the 22nd Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show at the Half Moon Bay Airport in Half Moon Bay, CA.  This is an incredible charity event for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center with a huge selection of beautiful and unique vehicles.

Registration is now open . Click HERE to register and for more information.  If you enter before April 15, 2012, the entry fee is $30 which entitles the driver and passenger admission to the event (after April 15, 2012, the cost goes up to $40 and, if you don't enter your vehicle, admission is $20/adult, Age 11-17 and 65+ $15 (Cash only accepted at the gate).) By entering your vehicle you will save money and be able to park with the club.

To park together we must arrive early and first assemble off-site.  Thus, we will meet up at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of:

Peet's Coffee & Tea‎
142 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
[MAP]

 (This is at the corner of Highway 92 and Highway 1)

We have invited the members of Redwood Empire MINI Enthusiasts to join us at this event.

Members may respond to their email invitations when received.  Non-Members (and Members) may also tell us they are coming by sending us an email at info@norcalminis.com

Here's a promotional video from last year!









NORCAL MINIS' YOSEMITE OVERNIGHT

Join NorCal MINIs for our Saturday, May 5 through Sunday, May 6, 2012, Yosemite Overnight!

We will meet up at 9:30 a.m. on May 5, 2012 in the parking lot at Denica's located at 6058 Dougherty Road, Dublin, CA 94568-2634 (Please arrive early if you wish to have breakfast at Denica's (it is wonderful)) and by 10:00 a.m. we will be on the road for the Shilo Inn located at 40644 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644.



NorCal MINIs has been able to block twenty rooms (choose from king bed and double queen bed rooms) for the low price of $89.00 + tax.




TO GET THIS RATE YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM BEFORE APRIL 1, 2012
CALL  (559) 683-3555 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
DO NOT WAIT - ONCE THE ROOMS ARE GONE THEY ARE GONE 

There is a 48 Hour cancellation policy. If there is any chance you will attend we recommend you book your room and, if you have to cancel, cancel on or before May 2, 2012.


On Sunday, we will drive to Glacier Point then into the valley, and spend the day on the valley floor before we reassemble to drive back to the Bay Area.

Members, please respond to your email invitations for this overnight. Non-members, please email us at info@norcalminis.com to tell us you are coming.

MINIS INVADE THE SONOMA HISTORICS MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL



Calling All MINI Owners!


Join 
The MINI Invasion 
Of The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
On Saturday, June 2, 2012
At Sonoma Raceway*
*Formerly known as Infineon and Sears Point

NORCAL MINIS and Redwood Empire MINI Enthusiasts have reserved an unparalleled location for all MINIs and Minis to park and watch the races, be close to the paddock, food and wine tents and see hundreds of insanely expensive historic vehicles race around the track  - the same track that hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!!   

All MINI and Mini drivers will get to take a parade lap on the track.
 That's right! 
The price of admission and corral parking 
includes a parade lap on the raceway in your MINI or Mini!

Here's What You Should Expect

The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival is a two-day event, June 2 and June 3, 2012, and will feature nearly 400 historic race cars, including legendary marques like Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, McLaren and Corvette, among others. You’ll witness 10 unique race groups take to the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course throughout the weekend with warm-ups and racing slated for both Saturday and Sunday. This is your only chance to see the ultimate collection of historic race cars take to the Sonoma Valley road course.

The weekend also features the Wine Country Pavilion with FREE samplings of fine foods and wines from the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. It’s a perfect pairing of the wine country and racing that you won’t want to miss!

This is also a great weekend for the whole family as the paddock is open for spectators to get an up-close look at the race cars and enjoy the various car corrals dotted throughout the raceway.

WINE COUNTRY PAVILION

Fine cars and wine country living are the perfect pair this weekend, as race fans are invited to sample some of the Sonoma and Napa Valleys’ finest regional wines and cuisine in the Wine Country Pavilion.
Admission to the Wine Country Pavilion, as well as a number of food and wine samples, are included with your weekend admission ticket.  Last year’s pavilion lineup included: 





                 Wineries                

Restaurants

Tin BarnGirl & the Fig
Dawn HughesEstate Sondra Bernstein
AspinaButterfly Restaurant
Clarbec WinesEastside West
Rielle WinesBotanical Bakery
MeadowcroftAnnie the Baker
Bennett LaneBardessono
KorbelAvia
Cline & JacuzziDel Monte Meat & Sea Food
DembesteHana Sushi
MaryvaleSonoma Cheese & Monterey Gourmet Foods
FlaskSonoma Fois Gras
Nicholson RanchTuscan Cow Girl
Larson Family Wines
Roche
Viansa

HISTORIC RACE CAR FESTIVAL

Following Saturday’s on-track action, the action shifts to the historic Sonoma Plaza for the Historic Race Car Festival.  This evening is a true celebration of Sonoma, featuring historic cars on display and food and wine tasting.  All proceeds benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
Tickets And Attendance

You should attend Saturday (that is NORCAL MINIS official event date) but you also might want to attend Sunday.  Therefore, when you purchase your tickets you will have the option to attend either day and the option for a discount for a pass to attend both days.  In addition, the purchase of MINI Corral parking is available for either day.  

Purchase discount tickets!  
Save $5.00/person per day off the regular entrance price!

Ticket Prices
 $35/person per day or $50/person for a Weekend Pass
Plus 
Corral Parking, $15/vehicle per day or $20/vehicle for the entire Weekend,  

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS AND CORRAL PARKING AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:


Procedure for Purchasing Tickets and Car Corral Passes for Historics

1. Order Qty of Seats and for which day: Saturday, Sunday or Weekend

2. Add To Cart

3. Click on Continue Shopping,

4. Click on Additional Events

5. Click on Find Tickets next to Nor Cal Mini’s

6. Click on Qty and order how many Corral Passes (need 1 per car) you need to order and for what day….Saturday, Sunday or Weekend

7. Go To Checkout

8. Create Account

9. Purchase

Tickets and Corral Passes will be mailed approx 4-6 Weeks before the event June 2nd and/or 3rd 2012

THEN

EMAIL US  
TO TELL US YOU ARE COMING!

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE IN NORCAL?
Check NORCAL MINIS' "Calendar of All Motoring Events" and find out!  You can always find a link to the "Calendar of All Motoring Events" in the left column.