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The Classic Mini Lego Set Officially Launches

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini Jul 22nd, 2014 11 Comments

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We brought you this news previously but today MINI officially takes the wraps off of the set in their official press release and photos. And if you’re wondering, yes this is 2014′s perfect holiday gift for the MINI fan.

Official Release: The creative use of space has always been its strength. Now the classic Mini is presented in an entirely new format. The LEGO Group is expanding the fleet of its product series Creator Expert to include the original from Great Britain. As of August 2014, a classic Mini will be available as a 1,077-part LEGO set, providing authentic building and driving fun for all fans of the popular LEGO bricks and the legendary small car. continued →

Mini Festival Comes to the Cheshire Circuit

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, MINI Challenge Jul 10th, 2014 1 Comment

MINI-FestivalFor the first time ever, this weekend Minis of all eras will gather for the Oulton Park Festival to celebrate the Mini brand and its history with a full day of festivities. The fun starts in Oulton Park, U.K. just southeast of Liverpool Saturday, July 12 and runs all day.

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How to Sell a Mini in 1978

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Classic Mini, Video Jul 3rd, 2014 8 Comments

1978 Mini Training Video

Car buying has evolved significantly in the past decade, even since the MINI as we know it came into being. Yet one thing remains the same, the cars still have to be sold. MINI holds training sessions for its dealers to this day, but the chaps at Jalopnik found this highly entertaining training video talking all about the fine points of what made a Mini the car to buy in 1978.

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Lego Announces Classic Mini Cooper Kit

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini Jun 7th, 2014 11 Comments

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Get your credit cards ready. Lego has announced a full classic Mini Cooper kit coming August 1 2014. The kit retails for $100 and will be sold at online and in-stores. Check out a hands-on look after the break. continued →


Official: MINI Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Monte Carlo Rally Win

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Motorsports, Official News Jan 24th, 2014 2 Comments

Monty Carlo 50th

The Mini Monty Carlo Rally three-peat is a staple of MINI enthusiast culture to this day. While familiar to most, it’s not an accomplishment to be taken lightly. Severely out-classed, the Mini team showed what small can really do. Today MINI’s motorsports presence has evolved, but is no less accomplished. Racing in MINI-only leagues, GRAND-AM (now part of AMLS), WRC and now three time Dakar champions, the MINI brand keeps having fun going fast. While the racing landscape has changed tremendously, MINI has kept racing a priority and that is a remarkable thing. From the nearly stock in Class B GRAND-AM, to the highly specialized BMW Group monsters of Dakar, we’re just excited that there are MINIs out there being driven in anger. Even better when they win!

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MINI’s Decade of Concepts & Turmoil (w/Gallery)

MotoringFile Sections: City Car, Classic Mini, Design, R50 (Coupe), R53 (Coupe) Dec 9th, 2013 4 Comments

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Given the launch of the new MINI and the recent pre-production shell that popped up on eBay, we’ve been digging into our archives a bit and thinking about how the modern MINI came about. Over the past ten years MotoringFile has written much about Mini, Rover and BMW in the 1990s but it’s such a good story it’s always worth a revisit. So with that in mind we wanted to go back and take look at the concepts from that time period that help guide us to the R50 which set the tone for all modern MINI’s to come.

The idea of a modern MINI had been floating around since the late 60’s. But the Mini’s appeal and subsequent sales success kept it in production for two decades longer than originally anticipated. However the various government backed companies that manufactured the Mini through the years were less than successful on the business side of things. In fact British Leyland, Rover, etc tried to kill the Mini more than once (first to avoid converting the engine to run on unleaded, then to avoid increasing safety requirements) but English public opinion was too negative. So when BMW bought Rover and the Mini there was quite a bit of hope for the future. continued →


Pre-production Rover R50 Prototype Shell Shows up on eBay

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Classic Mini, Design, R50 (Coupe), R53 (Coupe) Dec 3rd, 2013 27 Comments

Pre-production Rover MINI Prototype

Want an early look at MINI development? This prototype shell found on eBay gives us an interesting window into that time period where Rover still had some control over engineering and BMW was guiding the ship from afar.

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