Section: MF Feature
Apr 29th, 2013
In Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values, the narrator takes the reader on a journey that explores the nature of “Quality” as a thing we all instinctually understand, but none of us can adequately define. His conclusion [SPOILER ALERT] is that what we perceive (if only peripherally) as quality is itself the source of all existence, and that quality is achieved when a person takes care to do, or build, or fix something well. That’s a rather inadequate summary of a book full of interesting ideas, but that concept of quality, and especially its definition, has me thinking about the word and its relationship to the next generation MINI, the F56. In fact it has me thinking about what the real secret sauce is when it comes to making a MINI a MINI. Hint – it’s not a central speedometer.
Apr 1st, 2013
In a shocking turn of events, MINI corporate in Munich have released an official statement that based on the overwhelmingly negative response to the spied photos of the F56′s pre-production interior, they’re sending the MINI Design Team back to the drawing board. Way back, in fact. They’re sending them all the way back to 1958.
April 1st 2013, Munich. Official release: Due to overwhelming negative response on the MINI news site MotoringFile.com, the MINI Design Team have decided to scrap the planned interior redesign in the upcoming 2014 MINI. Instead, based on consistent feedback that the interior be in touch with its Mini roots, the team have opted to retrograde the design back to the original 1958 Mini interior design.
Mar 22nd, 2013
Every year, MINI taps a world renowned designer or artist to create a special MINI for the Life Ball, one of the largest AIDS charity events in the world. You can see some of those cars by exploring our archives. This year it’s fashion designer Roberto Cavalli who’ll create a one-of-a-kind MINI for auction at the 2013 event in Vienna. Check back here in the coming weeks to see the unveil. Official details after the jump.
Mar 16th, 2013
Via our friends at Bridge to Gantry the most famous race track in the world is now for sale. This could be bad or good news depending on who ultimately buys the track out of all the potential suitors. However one thing is for certain. The ‘Ring is changing. And for manufacturers like BMW and MINI who use the ‘Ring to develop cars that has to be somewhat unsettling.
Jan 28th, 2013
We don’t often plug things on MF but then again good friends don’t often start exceptional magazines about great cars. Bryan Joslin, formerly of Kilometer Magazine, VW Vortex and occasionally a guest author on this site, has been an automotive journalists for years. However, he’s always had the itch to create something of his own that’s a bit more lasting than the fast-paced stories that are here today and forgotten tonight. So what though, right? Another cool print and tablet magazine. What should I do about it? A lot, as it turns out. Building out an entirely new publication like this can be pricey. Therefore, he’s turned to Kickstarter and potential subscribers to help back the project.
At this point I’ll turn it over to him…
Between blogs, news sites, discussion forums, and videos, motoring enthusiasts have an almost limitless supply of outlets from which to get their information. But once in a while, it’s nice to jump off the fast track, unplug and relax a little with a great magazine. Not just any magazine, but a truly great magazine. And for those of us who love European cars and motorcycles the most, the choices are few. That’s why we’re creating GranTurismo magazine. continued →
Dec 18th, 2012
Scooter stuff from Scooterfile starts us off to keep us in practice for the day that MINI/BMW decides to release that fancy electric scooter we saw last year. Follow that with some updates about the Paceman and new information about the R60 AWD system. We finish things up with some timely safety tips during Ask Chad. This weeks pro-tip: DO NOT TURN YOUR HEADREST AROUND BACKWARD. You need to read your manual or ask a buddy to help you adjust your seat. You’ll hear all about it in the show.
We were supposed to be live last week, but db got sidetracked at his company holiday party where they made him ride indoor karts. So, to make up for it, we are, for sure, going to be recording Woofcast 450 LIVE. For sure! Watch the Facebook and Twitter for details and links around 9p CST (0300GMT) this coming Thursday, December 20th, 2012. We can’t wait and hope you can’t either.
Download | WRR @ iTunes | 29.7MB |1:02:56| Show Notes
Dec 6th, 2012
A few months back we announced a series of limited edition MINIs created with our help by MINI of Chicago. Yet the first of those special editions, a White Silver JCW, should have been in a owner’s hands by now. What gives? As bad luck would have it, our MF Spec, 2013 JCW was included in a production delay that pushed all new JCWs back to November start dates. On the bright side, the delay has given us some time to gear up for the car’s debut, and MINI of Chicago has responded by including a MF-exclusive bonus of $1,000 in free JCW accessories to the buyer.
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