Section: Classic Mini
Sep 9th, 2012
[Official Release] Motoring magazine Autocar publishes outcome of survey: one-off of the small car class crowned “greatest British car ever made”.
53 years ago, in September 1959, sales began of the Morris Mini-Minor and Austin Seven, and the classic Mini duly embarked on what was to be a triumphant assault on the world’s consciousness. 41 years later production had passed the 5.3 million unit mark, the revolutionary small car having blossomed into a legend. The classic Mini remains a motoring icon today – particularly so in its native Britain, but also much further afield. The car’s special place in the hearts of British car fans is reflected in a recent survey conducted by motoring magazine Autocar, in which it was crowned the “greatest British car ever made” – the best and most important car ever built in the British Isles. continued →
Aug 17th, 2012
Bonneville is legendary. The Mini Cooper 970S enjoys cult status. What do you get when you combine the two? A fantastic record. An average 251 km/h (155.96 mph).
If you want to break a high-speed record, Bonneville is the place to be. Many a record has been smashed on the legendary salt flats in the US state of Utah. The Bonneville Speed Week is the logical choice – a 1964 Mini, perhaps not so. While the 970S boasts an iconic design, the aerodynamics of the legendary shape hinder any attempts to improve the car’s top speed. This can be particularly troublesome when the goal is to raise the bar for cars with engines with a capacity of less than 1,000 cc. Despite this, it could not have been an easier decision for a team from Nelson, New Zealand. continued →
Aug 7th, 2012
Three New Zealanders have converted a 1964 Mini Cooper S into a racing missile and are now out to set a new speed record in the USA. Their goal: 250 km/h.
Garry Orton, Guy Griffith and Garry Grand have named their unbelievable sounding mission “Project 64″, as they look to demonstrate to the world just how much power their modified Mini Cooper S possesses. The trio hopes to push the boundaries of speed with the classic Mini at the “Bonneville Speedweek”, which takes place from 8th to 20th August in the US state of Utah. They have set their sights on a speed of 150 miles per hour – that is just over 240 km/h. However, they believe the Mini might be capable of even more.
Jul 25th, 2012
A hot VTEC 4-cylinder motor in a classic Mini is nothing new to most Mini and MINI fans. Nor is one blasting around the Nürburgring. This video, however, is a little different than most of the ones I’ve seen in the past as it’s from an onboard perspective. So click on through, because there’s 9:41 of classic Mini fury after the jump. continued →
May 23rd, 2012
[Official Release] It was in 1959 that the Mini broke out onto the scene as a classless car, quickly took the world by storm and soon became a motoring icon admired by one generation after the next. Nowhere is the close bond between the classic Mini and its followers more apparent than at the International Mini Meeting (IMM). The 36th edition of this traditional event is about to get under way, and still the classic Mini continues to transcend boundaries: this year marks the first time that the IMM is being held in Hungary. From 24 – 28 May 2012, fans of this compact British classic will descend on the resort of Balatonfüred on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. continued →
May 3rd, 2012
Remember that barn-found, unrestored Mini we told you about a little while ago? Well it finally went to auction and snagged £40,250, or $65,241. Here’s how the auction house described the car: continued →
Apr 23rd, 2012
[Official Release] The classic Mini won the Monte Carlo Rally and thrilled millions of enthusiasts in everyday driving. Even today it is one of those cars that attract affectionate glances on the road and, time and again, it sets itself new challenges. Now it is making its debut in the Allgäu-Orient Rally. Five classic Minis are joining 44 venerable BMWs to take part for the first time in the alternative competition for classic and near-classic cars, which will be flagged off on 28 April 2012 in the tourist village of Oberstaufen in southwestern Bavaria. Together with 207 other cars, they will be making for Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, more than 5,000 kilometres away. There, on 12 May 2012, two weeks before the European Song Contest, the city will celebrate the arrival of the four-wheeled “Stars for Baku”. All the vehicles that reached their destination will subsequently be auctioned for a charitable cause. continued →
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