Archive for June 2007

iPhone Compatibile w/the 2007 MINI

MotoringFile Sections: R56 (Hatch) Jun 30th, 2007 21 Comments

Judging from emails we’ve received, it would seem quite a few MINI owners are curious about the newly released iPhone and its compatibility with the bluetooth and iPod integration of the R56. We’re happy to report that several readers have tested the set-up and both the iPod adapter and bluetooth functionality appears to be working perfectly. Considering that several BMW models made earlier this year aren’t compatible (at this time anyway) 2007 MINI owners can feel pretty good about the shelling out for the new (and incredible based on my time with it) Apple iPhone.

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All Things MINI United

MotoringFile Sections: MINI United Jun 30th, 2007 No Comments

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For those who may have missed some of our MINI United coverage over the past couple of weeks, here’s a quick way to get it all. Check out our MINI United Category page below:

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The Original New MINI is Revealed (1997)

MotoringFile Sections: R50 (Coupe), Video Jun 29th, 2007 21 Comments

Here’s a blast from the past for this week’s MF video Friday. This is a BBC news report from the day that the first new MINI prototype was first shown off to British press. A fascinating glimpse back to a time that seems almost impossible to imagine. It’s interesting to note that the angle taken by the press at the time was all about British jobs and not about a potential successful product. continued →

MINI Australia Rises to the Challenge in 2008

MotoringFile Sections: Motorsports, Official News Jun 28th, 2007 2 Comments

Official MINI Australia Press Release: MINI will race heart-rates off the clock around Australia when a grid full of potent MINI Cooper S hardtops catapult the 2008 MINI Challenge Series into the very-fast lane.

A swarm of angry bees or nest of exceedingly disturbed vipers would pale into insignificance compared with the swashbuckling bump-and-grind apex arguments that will divide the victorious from the vanquished in this modern-day joust between multitudes of jostling knights in shining armour. continued →

MINI Community Poll

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Events Jun 28th, 2007 9 Comments

Most of you saw this posted here already a few weeks ago. Some of you even took it. Thanks!

It was put together by the newest friend to MF/WRR, Oliver Seebach. Also happens that he was about the hardest working man at MINI United 2007. He did so much to help us out, we thought we would, again, return the favor.

We know there are about 10K – 15K of you reading this right now. We’re only looking for about 600 of you to help our friend Oliver out by taking this MINI related poll. Besides, US responses are outnumbered by just about every other country 2:1!

It only takes about 15 minutes. Follow the link below.

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Double Win for Local Hero at MINI United

MotoringFile Sections: MINI United, Motorsports, Official News Jun 28th, 2007 No Comments

Official MINI Press Release: Putting in a perfect performance, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Aerdenhout/NL, Team ProSieben) rounded off his guest appearance in the MINI CHALLENGE being held this weekend as part of the MINI United Festival in Zandvoort (NL). After his win in yesterday’s race, the local Dutch hero and former DTM pro came out top in today’s heat too. “Being part of the MINI CHALLENGE has been a great experience. It was amazing fun,” said the victor. “To win today was enormously difficult. I had to fight forward five places,” Bleekemolen said – he had started in sixth place. continued →

MU Interview: MINI Challenge Points Leader

MotoringFile Sections: MINI United, Motorsports, Podcast Jun 28th, 2007 2 Comments

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A arrange a quick interview with the current German MINI Challenge point leader in the paddock just after the first practice session. Listen for Todd while he gives he best Peter Windsor impression.

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