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Don't miss our run to Madonna Inn, a landmark resort hotel on California's Central Coast, the weekend of July 22nd & 23rd. ...
GO CRAZY WITH NORCAL MINIS!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Meet up at 9:30 a.m. to get your sugar high at
before we run the twisties of the Santa Cruz Mountains, cruise Pacific Coast Highway, stop for lunch, and end with a tour of the
165 Forest Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA
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East Lothian News reports Haddington native Kenneth Thirlwall won the MINI Cooper Cup 2013. This is the second time he has won the event. The first time was in 2009.
Jalopnik thinks t may not be the best way to raise funds to cure cancer. It imagines this:
I can see the plea now— "Officer I know radar detectors are illegal here, but surely you can excuse this transgression on account of my supporting a worthy cause while I tried to evade you!"
MINI Motorsport reviews the preparations and road ahead.
[Source: via just a car guy]
Oxford Mail reports that former Cowley plant employee Michael Jones has been convicted for using his old ID card to access the plant to steal three MINI Coopers and a BMW X3, Check out the article to find out what happened to the cars and Jones.
TopGear explores some of the more unusual requirements governments impose in order to get a driver's license, such as:
. . . In Finland, it takes a minimum of two years to obtain a full, unrestricted driving license. Learners are subjected to skid-pan sessions and night-driving courses. Difficult as it is to compare driving tests, Finland is, anecdotally at least, considered to have a world-class standard of driving.
* * *In Russia (incidentally, one of the very first countries to adopt the driving license), drivers must possess a ‘certificate of mental fitness' and not have a history of substance abuse. Similarly, in Brazil, drivers have to pass a psychological exam before obtaining a license. . . . .
BMWBlog has a gallery of photos of the MINI Driving Experience training courses throughout the world and discusses their content, including -
True MINI enthusiasts can book the two-day MINI John Cooper Works Fascination Nordschleife Training where they can take the range-topping MINI to its limits on the 20.8 km long legendary racetrack with its 73 corners and 300 metres of altitude difference.
AutoExpress reviews the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman and gives it 3 out of a possible 5 stars. It summarizes its opinion as follows:
On UK roads, the JCW’s styling and exhaust note are sure to turn heads, but the ride will be too punishing for some. Fortunately, it drives like a true MINI, darting around corners and gripping hard, thanks to four-wheel drive. Its price is steep, though, especially when you can get a Cooper S Paceman – which is as much fun to drive – for so much less.
modifiedcars.com has an extensive gallery of photographs taken by Grant Buchanan of the cars and the ladies.
Three Thousand photographs and writes about the male grooming workshop held by Aesop at the MINI Paceman shop
Carscoops reports that a private company, Moke International, with the help of China's Chery Motors and its subsidiary, Chicar Engineering, for 2013 will produce a limited test run of 1,000 Mini Mokes, to available with a choice of petrol and electric motors. These are only for sale in Australia at this time.
abc News reports on a class action lawsuit filed with a California lead plaintiff that claim MINI misled owers with its claim of "Lifetime" transmission fluid that, according to the plaintiffs, led to premature transmission failure when it was not periodically changed during the time of ownership of the vehicle. The claim is limited to the following models: 2002 through 2006 R53 Mini Cooper Hatchback S model vehicles, 2005-2008 R52 Mini Cooper Convertible S model vehicles, 2007-current R56 Mini Cooper Hatchback S model vehicles, 2008-current R55 Mini Cooper Clubman S model vehicles, 2009-current R57 Mini Cooper Convertible S model vehicles, and 2011- current R60 Mini Cooper Countryman S model vehicles.
The Press reports that Shane Stoney has won the MINI Challenge Championship with wins in 13 out of 17 races. It writes, in part:
The 18-year-old driver from Nun Monkton, near York, dominated the competition in his BMW Mini Cooper, winning at some of this country’s famous circuits, while also winning at Zandvoort in Holland.
MINI Motorsport reports Robbie Davis has won the B-Spec Challenge of the Pirelli World Challenge and provides details on the action.
autoevolution discusses an interview with Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW Board Member who is in charge of MINI, in which Schwarzenbauer asserted he does not want a MINI plant in China and does not believe MINI presently has the right vehicle for sale in China.
Connected Digital World says Ubisoft has launched a contest for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) that lets you customize a MINI Cooper S to win prizes and limited editions of a new video game called "The Crew," that features wild rides through the U.S.A. The winning customized MCS's will also be featured in the game. Contestants register here.
BMWBLOG interviews MINI's Chief of Design Anders Warming in advance of the debut of the F56. It never asked hard questions about the exterior design. We also wonder whether Warming envisions turning the MINI into a giant video game after reading this Q and A:
BMWBLOG: Speaking of the connectivity and technology, BMW Group has been using quite a bit of flat panels lately. Is that something that will work for the MINI design? Or will you keep the classic approach?
Anders Warming: Quite on the contrary, we’ve always had a special layout on the dashboard which is an icon with the round display in the middle. It’s a thing that I will hold onto as an icon for MINI – as I was saying it’s an easy decision if it’s the right decision.
On the MINI Vision it was important for me to show how the future will be, and there are three levels to it:
The driver’s functions – rpm, speed, gas gauge are centered on the steering column. On the MINI Vision we show that’s really what the drivers need, the information needed to do his job
The central display is a platform for connectivity. It’s connected to the whole car, so everything that you need to know – of course, the navigation, traditional things, are included – but online, Facebook post,
Buddy Radar, all these features are attached to this user interface
On the Vision we show that the rest of the interior surfaces are also lit up, so maybe the floor will have the blinker going off, when you go right and it’s blinking, the whole floor is giving you this feedback.
So user interface becomes the whole environment you’re sitting in, and that is something that we have on the MINI Vision as the concept car, and things that will be introduced in stages to the public after that.
hybridcars MINI is now definitely considering diesel variants and a gasoline plug-in hybrid version for the U.S. market. The source of the tip appears to be from Peter Schwarzenbauer, the BMW Board of Director Member in charge of MINI.