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Happy Thanksgiving from MotoringFile

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, Site News Nov 27th, 2014 1 Comment

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It is Thanksgiving here in the United States and although many of our readers reside in other countries, it still feels appropriate to express our feelings of gratitude to all of our readers, MINI, MINI USA and our sponsors who make sharing our love of all things MINI possible.  Happy Thanksgiving from the MotoringFile family to yours!  Motor On and Motor safely this weekend.

A MINI Helps A BMW Break A Guinness World Record

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, Video Nov 26th, 2014 No Comments

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In the do-not-try-this-at-home news category, Han Yue (China) and Zhang Shengjun (Taiwan) just broke the Guinness World Record for number of donuts (spins) around a car driving on two wheels in one minute. The car on two wheels which the Austin Yellow BMW M4 happened to be spinning round was a British Racing Green II F56 MINI hardtop.  MINIs are often described as handling like they are riding on rails, but this takes that to a new level!  If the name of the driver sounds familiar, Han Yue recently broke another Guinness World Record in a different F56 MINI Cooper as reported here on MotoringFile.   continued →

MINI USA Holiday Owner Gift Swap Returns

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MF Feature Nov 13th, 2014 2 Comments

 

MINIUSA Holiday Gift Swap

For the second year in a row, MINIUSA is facilitating a group holiday gift swap exclusively for MINI owners. The community event is setup similarly to a “secret santa” which gives MINI Owners the opportunity to secretly send and receive a creative holiday gift with a fellow MINI Motorer.  All you have to do is submit your contact information on the website provided below to allow MINIUSA to give this to a secret gift giver on Match Day. continued →

How is the New MINI in Wet Driving?

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Oct 23rd, 2014 7 Comments

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 5.09.40 PMWith fall in full swing storms can bring lots of rainy days. Autocar recently put seven cars to task in wet conditions and MINI was in the mix. continued →


Unleash your inner artist on a custom MINI

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 30th, 2014 No Comments

gmb5YyfaFGThe folks over at MINI Space are having a contest and you’re invited to participate. Get out the crayons, submit your design and it could end up on display at BMW Welt (BMW World) in Munich. continued →

Autocar: Mini Cooper D five-door UK first drive review

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 26th, 2014 6 Comments

F55 Five Door Cooper D

The floodgate of F55 Five Door reviews are pouring in and Autocar has reviewed something of forbidden fruit for those of us on the other side of the pond, the diesel five-door MINI Cooper D. Autocar not only appreciates the practicality of the five-door for families and those who need more space, but dynamically believes the ride improves on the three-door F56 (similar to the ride transition from R56 hatch to R55 Clubman). continued →


MINI Debadging – Creating Stealth and Subtlety

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature Sep 5th, 2014 8 Comments

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In 2001 when the MINI One and Cooper were introduced to the world it was clear that BMW had done it right. No we’re not talking about the cars (although clearly they nailed that too). We’re talking about the brand identity and typography associated with it. Modern with a hint of tradition about it, the MINI brand and the Cooper mark on the cars was spot-on in our opinion. Then we started seeing R53 test mules with the same “Cooper” type design with a (gasp) gaudy and played-out “S” tacked on to it. Our first thought – we hoped we’d see revisions before production. Alas that was not to be the case and we’ve been trying to remove that italicized and stretched red “S” ever since. continued →

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