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Holiday Greetings from MINI’s Design Team

MotoringFile Sections: MF Mailbox Dec 23rd, 2007 25 Comments

Usually when we get cards around this time of the year from friends in the MINI world, we’re not asked to share them with our readers. However the card (seen above) we received recently was created for MotoringFile and its readers by none other than MINI Design in Munich.

One of my favorite MINI related memories of the year was getting know some of the talented people at MINI design at MINI United this summer. However it wasn’t just meeting them that was the highlight. It was finding that they are open and self-effacing people who are genuinely enthusiastic about the MINI and about automobiles in general. Or in other words, they’re enthusiasts like all of us.

So on behalf of our readers out there, I’d like to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the talented people at MINI Design and everyone who works so hard to create the cars we love to talk about.

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The Clubman Photoshopping Has Begun

MotoringFile Sections: MF Mailbox, R56 (Hatch) Sep 13th, 2007 14 Comments

Worth a look if you’re a potential (mod happy) Clubman owner.

[ Clubman Photoshopping Contest ] Motoringunderground.com

Upcoming Event: Rolex Vintage Festival

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MF Mailbox Aug 17th, 2007 6 Comments

rolex_vintage03__2_.jpg Summer is winding down. Vacation time is almost all used up and school is going back in session. You do have one more chance to check out a great event in your MINI!

Motoringfile Sponsor MINI of Manhattan is arranging unofficial MINI hospitality at this years Rolex Vintage Festival at Limerock Park which is going on August 31st through September 3rd.

The event is the Rolex Vintage Festival, and I am working with the staff at LRP to arrange “unofficial” MINI hospitality (MINIUSA will not have a formal presence this year). They are going to be setting up a corral for us on Monday for the races, as well as offering discounted tickets for pre-purchase.

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Reader Review: R56 iPod Adapter

MotoringFile Sections: MF Mailbox, R56 (Hatch), Reviews Jul 15th, 2007 23 Comments

For those of you wondering about the OEM iPod Adapter and how the installation goes, MF reader Stephen Phillips has you covered with this great review!

One of the unfortunate side effects for those of us who took early or first delivery of a 2007 Mini was the lack of accessories that could be included in the car at the time of ordering. One of the biggest areas that seemed to have no options available was in the audio department. The prospect of receiving the next generation iPod adapter seemed a daunting task. Luckily, my salesmen, Dave, assured me that as soon as it was available, he would notify me. Late May, nearly four months after taking delivery, they became available and I began my quest to have the iPod adapter installed in my R56 Cooper S. continued →


MF Exclusive: The MINI Incident (Video)

MotoringFile Sections: MF Mailbox, Video Jul 13th, 2007 14 Comments

Sent in by daily Motoringfile reader David Sims

Last May, Brian Mathis and I drove my 2004 MINI Cooper S in the Nevada Open Road Challenge, better known as the Silver State Classic. That’s the “high speed rally” where you drive as fast as you want on a Nevada public highway for 90 miles.

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Lack of UK Delivery Option for the MINI

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, In the Press, MF Mailbox, Sales Jul 12th, 2007 23 Comments

Most everyone knows this already. You want a MINI. You want to pick it up at the factory, cruise around the UK or Europe for a spell, load it on a boat and bring it home. Think again. However MSNBC has some fresh info on the idea of MINI UK delivery (for those located outside Britain) and how it relates to what other manufacturers are doing.

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More R/C MINIs

MotoringFile Sections: Best of the Web, MF Mailbox Oct 28th, 2006 6 Comments

We’re you one of the unfortunate that was not able to get a GP? Remote control car maker Carisma has you covered.

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