Five years ago this month a small site called launched. It wasn’t much; some downloads, some links, and one review. However it was start. Just a few months after that the site you see today launched (1/03) and the rest… well you can read the rest in our news archive.

At the time of the launch the site was simply a front-end to house all my various MINI links and official PDF files that I’d gathered over the previous six months of ownership. Five years later it sees upwards of 15,000 visits a day as the world’s largest MINI news site. So I’d like to take a moment to give a big thanks to all the readers, contributors and especially the sponsors of MotoringFile who have been a large part of this success.

And for those curious, it wasn’t until early January of 2003 that the site changed to the daily news format that you see today.

And finally another big thanks to Don Burnside. He’s now been with the site as the official daily editor for a year and has helped a ton as my availability has started to get increasingly harder to come by.