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The Classic Mini says “Happy Birthday” to the Porsche 911

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary, Classic Mini, MINI Competitors, Official News Jun 6th, 2013 9 Comments

Happy b-day 911

Official News from MINI: In September 2013 the flag-bearer of the German sports car fraternity, the Porsche 911, will celebrate its 50th birthday. And among the hoards of well-wishers will be MINI, not least because its model history also includes – in the classic Mini – a similarly compelling work of art characterised by a similar reluctance to abandon the exuberance of youth.

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MINI Camden’s Mission Control Feature (Fail)

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary, R56 (Hatch) Feb 12th, 2010 36 Comments

For the 2010 model year two special models (or packages in the US) were released to help celebrate the occasion of MINI’s 50th Anniversary. Both feature attractive trim and color choices combined with unique wheels and badging. Beyond that there really aren’t that many differences between standard models. With one exception of course. The Camden model (named after a trendy London neighborhood with more places to buy shows than you thought was imaginable) comes standard with something called Mission Control. The feature responds to your normal driving inputs by congratulating you, urging you on more than anything trying really hard to be your digital friend. Provided you don’t order Nav (which deletes the option) it’s a standard feature with the Camden that (at this point) is entirely exclusive.

And after spending some time with the car, we hope to God it stays that way. The video above likely gives tells you all you need to know about our reaction to the system.

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MINI’s 50th Anniversary Videos

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary, Video Dec 30th, 2009 2 Comments

This year saw the release of a couple excellent videos celebrating the brand’s 50th anniversary. With all the stories, reviews, links and general excitement throughout the year, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss them. They’re definitely work a click.

Rebel without Pause Part 1

Rebel without Pause Part 2

MINI’s Official Birthday Video

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R56 Graham Knuttel Art Car

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary, R56 (Hatch) Oct 14th, 2009 8 Comments

MINI Ireland R56 Graham Knuttel Art Car

MINI Ireland R56 Graham Knuttel Art Car

In my first article for Motoringfile, I bring you (From Ireland) the R56 Art Car commissioned by MINI Ireland.  This vehicle was created by Graham Knuttel, and was given to the various Dealerships in Ireland at the launch of the R56 in 2007.   Currently,  it’s on display at the only racetrack here – Mondello – with a 1968 Mini next to it in order to commemerate the 50th anniversary of the original Mini.   Read on for the full press release from MINI Ireland continued →


Car Magazine Celebrates MINI’s 50th

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary Oct 5th, 2009 4 Comments

Car Magazine (one of our favorites) is celebrating the MINI’s 50th Anniversary with a series of articles from various contributors. It’s well worth a click and the perfect thing to start off Monday morning.

+ MINI is 50 / Car Magazine

MINI’s 50th Anniversary Russian Style

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary, Events Oct 3rd, 2009 5 Comments

Our friend Dimitri from the Russian MINI site www.minipeople.ru has asked us to pass on some of the Russian highlights of MINI’s 5th Anniversary party:

I wanted to let you know about activities dedicated to MINI 50th aniversary that took place in Russia.

Our club turned 5 years old this year, so we are one 10th of MINI’s age and to celebrate the two events, we had a massive birthday party here in Moscow.

Here are the pics

On the whole it went like this:

We gathered near the center of Moscow underneath a huge MINI advertising banner. There were over 80 cars, including 5 classics. Then we set off on what we call city quest, which involved driving around a preset route and carrying out certain tasks. This years quest was called MINI Monopoly Quest, because the task along the route involved stopping off at 7 Z-Stores (official Apple retailer) and playing renown Monopoly game with a twist. the quest also had a timed-rally aspect to it, as you could not arrive to the waypoint earlier then the route card let you, but being more than 7 minutes late gave you penalties. continued →


Rauno Altonen & Paddy Hopkirk Test the JCW Cabrio on Rallye Monte Carlo Roads

MotoringFile Sections: 50th Anniversary, Motorsports, Video Oct 1st, 2009 18 Comments

MINI gave a new JCW convertible to rallye racing Rauno Altonen and Paddy Hopkirk and sent them to the famous roads of Monte Carlo. They talk about the old Monte Carlo rallye, the new JCW and everything in between. This is a must watch video for any MINI enthusiast.

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