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Video: Buying a Paul Smith Rover Mini

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, Classic Mini Sep 4th, 2013 7 Comments

Take a classic motoring journey with John Quirk, a vintage Mini owner, as he goes from selling yard rescue, to restoration, to weekend motoring nirvana in his Paul Smith special edition Mini. What I especially appreciate about John’s description is his acknowledgement of the car’s imperfections — those things he’s willing to “forgive” because the car is so brilliant in so many other ways. I can definitely relate to that in my R53 Cooper S.

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Original Mini Suspension Designer Alex Moulton Profiled

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini Aug 26th, 2013 2 Comments

The original Mini was revolutionary on a number of fronts. But one that is often forgotten is the unique rubber springs used on the car. The combination of conical rubber springs and small wheels was one of the many innovative developments which allowed design Alec Issigonis to achieve the Mini’s small overall size. And the man who created it, Dr. Alex Moulton, went on to work designing both bicycle and automotive suspensions to great acclaim. continued →

Classic Minis Race at Brands Hatch

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Events, Motorsports, Official News Jun 28th, 2013 No Comments

Classic Mini Racing at Brands Hatch

This story comes to us from MINI Motorsport

The 2013 MINI Festival at Brands Hatch presented MINI fans with first-rate racing action. The occasion: 50 years of the MINI Cooper S.

Exciting races, international stars, stunts, and a feast of entertainment at the iconic Brands Hatch Circuit: last weekend, the 2013 MINI Festival in the English county of Kent was the hub of the MINI universe. Brands Hatch was the site of spectacular scenes. The occasion: the 50th anniversary of the MINI Cooper S. And the 2013 MINI Festival also featured a true racing premiere, as the title “Champion of MINI Festival” was awarded for the first time.

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“50 Years of MINI Cooper S” to be Celebrated at Brands Hatch

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Official News Jun 21st, 2013 No Comments

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Official Release: MINI’s legendary victorious racer is due to turn 50 – an anniversary which will be celebrated on a race track in its home country. The weekend of 22-23 June, the former Formula 1 race track Brands Hatch, south east of London, will host a celebration of the MINI Cooper S, which was first presented in spring 1963. The MINI Festival will attract thousands of classic Mini and modern MINI fans. As well as live music, vehicle shows and lots of MINI action, a special highlight will be races featuring both current and historical vehicles. continued →


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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Mugello to become a hotspot for classic Mini fans

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Events May 19th, 2013 1 Comment

Classic Mini Gathering at Mugello

Official Release: The classic Mini is a legend on four wheels, and its fans are loyal and love to travel. This year they will be getting together in the northern Italian province of Mugello for the 2013 International Mini Meeting (IMM). A tradition-steeped event held first in 1978 and then at a different venue each year ever since, the IMM is the world’s biggest meeting of the Mini club scene. The event grounds in Scarperia, north of Florence and near the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, will be the meeting venue for classic Mini fans from May 16th to 19th 2013.

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MINI: ReBorn in the Netherlands

MotoringFile Sections: Classic Mini, Official News May 7th, 2013 3 Comments

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As soon as the second half of 2014 MINIs will once again be made in the Netherlands. To mark the occasion BMW is sponsoring the restoration of a 1959 Mini originally assembled at Molenaar’s Car Factory in Amersfoort, Holland. We’ll be talking more about MINI’s production plans and how they will be tweaked for the introduction of the 3rd generation later this year.

Official Release: Today VDL Nedcar employees started the restoration of one of the first Dutch Minis. This classic Mini – one of the oldest Minis in the world – was assembled in 1959 at Molenaar’s Car Factory in Amersfoort, Holland and is now being completely rebuilt by a team of five VDL Nedcar employees. continued →

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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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