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White Roof Radio Podcast #56

MotoringFile Sections: Podcast Apr 30th, 2006 No Comments

miniWe get caught up on listener voicemails and emails, news of the week and db gets new equipment. Gabe wants to see a decal or badge on the Death Star.

If you actually click through to the show notes you will see, in the comments, a link to a WRR decal actually on the deathstar and a link to the new Morgan Aero 8.

Shownotes | Subscribe | WRR @ iTunes

MINI Crashes into Crowd at Targa Tasmania

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports Apr 30th, 2006 11 Comments

This tagic news comes from MotoringFile reader Fred Hornung:

Here is some bad news from Australia, Saturday a Mini Cooper S crashed into the spectator crowd in Tasmania and injured 3 people seriously. The Japanese driver and navigator were shaken but unhurt. (I saw the footage on channel 10 on TV this evening and it was definitely a PW Mini Cooper S, not a Mini Cooper)

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The German MINI2 Deutschlandrundfahrt

MotoringFile Sections: Events Apr 30th, 2006 8 Comments

From May 19th to June 2nd German MINI enthusiasts from the German MINI² Club will do a round trip throughout Germany: The MINI² Deutschlandrundfahrt

The trip is covering over 3,500 km (2,175 miles) and is split into 14 stages, each of them focusing on exploring the twisty side of Germany. Although the tour will mostly be on German roads there will also be stages in Austria and Luxembourg.

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Wikipedia on the Mini

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web Apr 29th, 2006 3 Comments

Yesterday’s Wikipedia “Featured Article”: The Mini. A great read for those into the history of the the Mini and the MINI:

[ Wikipedia.com/wiki/Mini ] Wikipedia


MF Review: The JCW Leather Dash

MotoringFile Sections: DIY, JCW, R50 (Coupe), R52 (Conv.), R53 (Coupe), Reviews Apr 28th, 2006 82 Comments

There are few MINI accessories out there that are as seemingly extravagant as the new JCW Leather dash. I mean, it’s a MINI right? Why in the world would you spend the cash on something so exotic? Well I’ve asked myself that very question and all I’ve come up with is… there is no good reason. But then again there is no real reason to do what most of us have done to our cars. It’s all about a personal preference, a look, a feel, and with a leather dash, an atmosphere.

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More R55 Spyshots

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, R55 (Clubman) Apr 27th, 2006 13 Comments

It looks like Autoexpress back with more MINI news based on some spy shots first run by Worldcarfans.com. While there’s nothing new to see that we didn’t get a look at last week and with previous spyshots, there is one bit of info that seems relatively new. Apparently MINI is planning on having some sort of “Traveler” concept ready for the British Autoshow in July. That would fit well with what we had heard last year that MINI was planning on having a larger presence then usual at the show.

You can read the article below:

[ Traveler's Taking Shape ] Autoexpress


2007 MINI Timeline & Debut Info (Update #2)

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Apr 27th, 2006 14 Comments

Here’s a quick update on what to expect and when to expect it for the US market. As we mentioned previously, MINI will be holding off introducing the R56 to the US market until December production. That means the cars in the US are expected reach some dealers by late January.

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