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MotoringFile Top 10 Stories of 2007

For better or worse 2007 was the year of the R56. With MINI launching the second generation of the new MINI, we obviously focused on the car and all the hype surrounding it for much of the larger stories and reviews of the year. But thankfully R56 related stories don’t make up the entire top ten. 2007 also saw the debut of the Clubman and the largest MINI event to date – MINI United. So without further delay, the envelope please…

10: MINI United Interview: Gert Hildebrand

9: MF Exclusive: Ask Stracco (the answers)

8: MF Exclusive: Factory JCW Revealed

7: MF Review: R56 JCW Engine Kit

6: MF Podcast: R56 Reviewed on the Track

5: MF Podcast: R56 on the Nurburgring

4: R50/R53 Used MINI Buyers Guide

3: MF One Week Review: 2007 Cooper S

2: MINI’s Future Models Revealed

…and the number one story of the year published on MotoringFile…

1: MF Comparison: Modded R53 vs JCW R56

As always it’s hard to narrow it down to just 10. Here are a few that didn’t make the cut yet may deserve a second look:

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Written By: Gabe

  • YuccaPatrol

    Gabe,

    Why did you call the factory JCW car a “2009” above? Are you hinting that I am not going to be able to drive my new MINI this summer?

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    Why did you call the factory JCW car a “2009″ above? Are you hinting that I am not going to be able to drive my new MINI this summer?

    Sorry – that wasn’t meant to be there. When I was writing the piece originally I had info that the car would be called a 2009. Since that time (literally minutes after it was posted) I heard from other sources that it may still be technically an ’08. Regardless the release date hasn’t changed (yet). It’ll start production and sales in June of 2008.

  • Jon

    A fun year in review Gabe. Many of my favorite stories during the year are mentioned. Do believe that the Mini diesel debate would have earned a honorable mention lol.

    Thanks to you and everybody that has put in the time and effort to bring these articles to us.

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    Do believe that the Mini diesel debate would have earned a honorable mention lol.

    It did – it’s above in the second list.

  • msh441

    Not even an honerable mention of the GP? A limited edition car signifying the last of the series? I would have assumed it would at least get a mention during the MINI Takes The States listing… but thats not there, either! I guess the R50/53 buyers guide will have to do. Too bad.

  • MeanMrMstrd

    Gabe, over the years, way back to BRIDGER.US, I have found groundbreaking info here, good and bad discourse and wonderful fellowship with people in the MINI community like GBMINI, MURMINI, BLUIGUANA, JCWGP and others. THANX!

    Seems that more and more things have become less about the debate and more about other things. My hope for the coming year is that we can all agree to disagree in a creative and less distasteful way.

    Happy New Year to all. RB

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    Not even an honerable mention of the GP? A limited edition car signifying the last of the series? I would have assumed it would at least get a mention during the MINI Takes The States listing… but thats not there, either! I guess the R50/53 buyers guide will have to do. Too bad.

    The GP was released in 2006 and our review was posted in December of 2006. You can find it here: MF Review: JCW GP. There were no stories relating to the GP in 2007 much less major ones.

    MINI Takes the States happened in 2006 as well. You can find our coverage of that event here: MotoringFile Section: MTTS. There were no stories relating to MTTS 2006 in 2007 much less major ones.

  • http://www.dickdavid.com dickdavid

    Thanks Gabe and MF crew for keeping my daily, online MINI fix going.

    Happy New Year!

  • msh441

    2006!?!

    OMG! Has this year gone by THAT FAST!!!

    Sorry!

  • bluzeke

    . . . sniff – choke – ahem. ;-)

    Happy New Year to you and yours Gabe. Keep it coming.

  • http://www.motoringfile.com/ Gabe

    OMG! Has this year gone by THAT FAST!!!

    No worries. We will be trying to get a GP to test along side the new factory JCW car next year.

  • lavardera

    Darn, too bad MF doesn’t know somebody that has a GP… cough..cough..todd…cough..

  • YuccaPatrol

    I’ll offer up my factory JCW car for you as soon as they build it for me. . . . ;)

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