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Gareth Nixon Takes Double Victory at NAMCC Season Opener

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press, Motorsports Mar 31st, 2007 3 Comments

March 28, 2007: The second season of the North American MINI Cooper Championship (NAMCC) got underway under perfect weather conditions at Spring Mountain Raceway in Pahrump, NV near Las Vegas, on Friday March 23rd. Two rounds of the championship were contested with a special appearance by the 2006 British MINI Challenge Series Champion, Gareth Nixon taking on the U.S. counterparts for this race as part of his season-ending championship prize.

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MINI United 2005 Flashback

MotoringFile Sections: Events, Video Mar 30th, 2007 2 Comments

We’ve gt a special MF Video Friday for you this week. With MINI United 2007 coming up quickly, we thought a look back to MINI United 2005 was in order. So with that in mind, we dug up the official video created by MINI awhile back that gives a great overview of the event. But be warned, you’ll want to buy a plane ticket for MINI United 2007 immediately after viewing…

[ MINI United 2005 ] MINI.com

Cars.com Face-off Round 5

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web Mar 30th, 2007 12 Comments

Go vote for the MINI! It’s currently losing in it’s round with the Nissan 350z.

MINSpeed Featured in Autoweek

MotoringFile Sections: In the Press Mar 30th, 2007 5 Comments

Pete Foglia and his tuning shop MIN Speed (formerly MyMINI) are featured in this week’s issue of Autoweek. Pete (for years one of our favorite people in the MINI world) talks mods, how the shop got started, and one of his latest project cars. Here’s an excerpt:

Peter Foglia guessed, and he guessed wrong. He figured that his South Florida Mini-only store, Minspeed, would sell a lot of aftermarket parts to owners of regular Coopers, because, after all, by not buying the pricier Cooper S, they’d have more to spend on personalizing their cars.

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Clubman Production Update

MotoringFile Sections: R55 (Clubman) Mar 29th, 2007 10 Comments

We recently heard from one of our always reliable sources that initial MINI Clubman production will be made up solely of One and Cooper models. We have yet to confirm this bit of new info but a staggered introduction wouldn’t be too surprising considering the logistical issues with introducing an entirely new model. Regardless of what model gets produced when, we can expect production to begin during the first week of August. According to our source, Cooper S and Diesel Clubmans should start production in December of 2007.

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Cars.com Face-off Round 4

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web Mar 29th, 2007 19 Comments

Go vote for the MINI! It’s currently losing winning in it’s round with the lowly Nissan Altima.


MINI The Book

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web Mar 29th, 2007 8 Comments

MINI The Book” looks like it’s now officially available at Amazon. A highly recommended addition to any MINI owner’s coffee table.

[ MINI The Book ] Amazon

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