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Archive for March 2006

Interior Light Kit Install PDF

MotoringFile Sections: DIY Mar 31st, 2006 18 Comments

It wouldn’t be a Friday without some official MINI DIY from MotoringFile. So with that we present you the official install guide to MINI’s new interior light kit. This new accessory fits just under the toggle switches and lights up the storage area and front cup holders for better visability. The rumor is that it may also double as a flux capacitor.

[ Interior Light Kit Install Guide ] Official MINI PDF

White Roof Radio Podcast #47

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Mar 31st, 2006 No Comments

miniLive from Vegas under the Webb Motorsports tent! Todd, db and Michael do a little show from AMVIV III followed by a short recap of the weekend. Oh yea, it’s a long one too, for you, the lover of the long shows. Oh yea, Gabe no longer has the crown of JCW. I have officially given it to Todd!

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MotoringFile Grille Badges

MotoringFile Sections: New Product, Site News Mar 30th, 2006 102 Comments

[Updated] A fixture of classic Minis (and many English cars from days gone by) was the grille badge. Whether is was the Union Jack or just a simple sign of local club affiliation, they were ways to put a personal stamp on your car and great opportunity to tip your cap to other like-minded enthusiasts.

To carry on this tradition, MINI USA has brought out a grille badge holder (part #: 51 13 0 406 752) for the current car that allows for the use of magnetic badges. At an MSRP of $25 it’s a great way to personalize your car and add a bit of heritage. And magnetic badges are inexpensive and easy to swap out depending on your mood. However the badge holder is not only buried in the back of the latest accessories catalog (with no part number) but also is not offered with any actual badges. Apparently that’s up to all individual MINI owners to do.

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MINI Vacation in Vegas: Photos!

MotoringFile Sections: Events Mar 29th, 2006 21 Comments

Now that MINI Vacation in Vegas has wrapped, it’s time to make sure what happened in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas. Or in other words… let’s see some pics!

[ Flickr.com Groups: AMVIV ] Flickr

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Autoweek Feature Two MINI Tuners

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Mar 29th, 2006 5 Comments

This week’s Autoweek has feature stories on both Fireball Tim Lawrence and his shop FTR and MINI tuner M7. Congrats to both for getting coverage on a national scale. You can read the articles below:

[ Sport Compact Tuners: M7 ] Autoweek

[ Sport Compact Tuners: Fireball MINI ] Autoweek

NA MINI Championship in Las Vegas

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports Mar 28th, 2006 17 Comments

The first-ever race event of the new North American MINI Cooper Championship was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 21. The event, scheduled as part of the activities at the “MINI Vacation in Vegas” club event, officially kicks off the long-anticipated racing series that is being organized by Phil Wicks Racing and features six events to be held during this first inaugural season.

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MotoringFile Interview: Tony Nuzzo

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports Mar 28th, 2006 12 Comments

Tony Nuzzo lives a life many of us could only dream of. But what’s it actually like to run and drive in a first class MINI racing team? Recently we had a chance to ask Tony that very question along with few others about the team, the car, and where to start when taking our daily driver to the track.

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