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5,142 Miles Aboard The 2014 F56 S

MotoringFile Sections: F56 Hatch, MF Feature, MTTS, Opinion, Reviews Aug 25th, 2014 29 Comments

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Preston Thomas Tucker. Most people know him as the car manufacturer Jeff Bridges portrayed in the critically acclaimed film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Others know him as one of those formidable entrepreneurs that only the United State seems to have the recipe for. Following the end of World War II, Tucker strongly believed the US car market was ripe for disruption and that unprecedented car designs would bring people back into the dealerships. With that in mind, he started the Tucker Corporation with the ambition of building the car of tomorrow. Even though it would never fully reached production status it would be revolutionary in its form and function by boasting a fuel-injected engine, disc brakes, side impact protections and adaptive headlights. While one can argue about the relative success of Mr. Tucker’s venture, he was, by any measure, a visionary; he saw the future and acted to change the world regardless of the obstacles he faced. Though we must remain objective in evaluating what the Tucker Corporation achieved and what MINI is doing today, our favorite car brand had to overcome serious challenges to remain the undisputed contender in the premium small-car category. After a 5,142 miles MTTS rally, not only has our F56 surpassed these challenges, but moreover MINI might have a serious sales hit on their hands, especially with the soon-to-be-released F55.  continued →

Faces of MINI Takes The States

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, MTTS Aug 14th, 2014 14 Comments

Finish LIneThe dust has settled, the buses have left and MTTS withdrawal has afflicted moterers from coast to coast. We’ve seen pictures of the cars but let’s meet some of the people who made this event so epic. continued →

MTTS 2014: The Final Day (w/Gallery)

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, MTTS Aug 9th, 2014 8 Comments

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For those that have been on the two week trek the finish line is both welcome and a little bittersweet. For those of us (me) who have just joined, it feels like a party. Either way there have been thousands of interesting MINIs and MINI owners to see and meet along the way.

Follow along with us as we post to Instagram and MF the sights of the final day of MTTS 2014. continued →

MINI Takes The States 2014

MotoringFile Sections: MF Feature, MTTS Jul 31st, 2014 No Comments

MTTS 2014 ROUTE

We’re almost a third of the way into the 2014 MINI Takes The States and all of us at MotoringFile wish all the participants a memorable, exciting and safe trip.  If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still a limited amount of time to join the party, so head on over to www.minitakesthestates.com  In the mean time we hope you enjoy the coverage from our comrades at White Roof Radio that will be posted on MotoringFile periodically throughout the event in addition to the resources below.

If you see any of the MotoringFile or White Roof Radio sponsors along the way, be sure to wave and say hello.  In particular, be sure to thank MINI USA for organizing such a fantastic event.  Motor On. continued →


MTTS2014 Day 4: Day 2 & 3 Wrap Up

MotoringFile Sections: MTTS, Podcast Jul 30th, 2014 No Comments

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Todd and I are joined by WRR Intern Alex Sitbon in the F56 today as we drove on The Million Dollar Highway from Grand Junction, Colorado to ABQ, New Mexico as we wrap up the last couple of days from MINI Takes the States 2014. We let Alex talk about the JCW Coupe he drove today as well as more about the F56.

Tonight we are at Sandia MINI in New Mexico, tomorrow we are east bound and down to Lubbock, Texas! If you are here, come find us and say hi!

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Hello from MTTS2014: Day 1

MotoringFile Sections: MTTS, Podcast Jul 28th, 2014 3 Comments

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HELLO FROM MTTS!

Day one is now behind us and it’s been an epic day! We’re told that there were 1,400 MINI enthusiasts gathered at Golden Gate Fields this morning driving over 750 MINIs! Last night Todd and I attended the kick-off party at MINI of San Francisco, which was amazing! We walked around and talked to a few people that were there, listen in below.

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MINI Takes the States 2014 Route Announced

MotoringFile Sections: Events, MTTS Sep 19th, 2013 25 Comments

It’s official gang! Here is the route for MINI Takes the States 2014. Now Who’s ready? Remember to mark those calendars for July 26th – August 9th, 2014 and stay tuned to MF and WRR for updates as they happen.

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