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Created: December 28, 2012
* Update: There will be a horsepower challenge and DYNO testing at this year's MINI Thunder Hello all!  For the fourth straight year, Mini Mania is excited to announce that we are a primary sponsor and participant in Stormin' Norman's Mini Thunder!  Join us for this all day track event ...
Mini Tec MTB2 Honda B18C Type R vtec Powered 1976 Mini Clubman. 220hp = SuperFast!
Created: January 30, 2012
We just wanted to share with you our latest build. This is a 1976 Mini Clubman with a JDM Honda B18C Type R Power-plant (about 220hp) using our MTB2 Kit. The Clubman's offer a little more room than the standard round-nosed Minis making for a clean looking and easy installation.
MINI USA Water Pump Recall
Created: January 16, 2012
  In perhaps the largest recall ever announced, MINI USA is recalling every Cooper S and JCW model sold from 2007 to 2011. The recall effects almost all 2007 – 2011 R55, R56, R57 and R60 models with the turbocharged Cooper S engine. For a full list of the cars affected an...
MINI Clubman Cargo Van revealed
Created: January 05, 2012
MINI intends on showing a cargo van version of the current Clubman in late February at the Geneva Motor Show.
Winterize your Mini - Checklist
Created: October 13, 2011
                                                         Mini Mania's 12-point Winterization Checklist Tune up the motor. (Air, Oil and Fuel ...
Mini Meet West 2012
Created: October 13, 2011
Mini Meet West 2012 will take place in Prescott Valley.  Prescott Valley is in Central Arizona and although it is only 90 miles north of Phoenix the average June temperature is 75 to 85 degrees.
J.J. Jegede jumps over 3 MINI Coopers
Created: September 29, 2011
The world’s first long jump over three Minis took place at Potter’s Field, London.
New Zealand's Nelson Hartley Goes for Speed
Created: September 20, 2011
Come August next year and Nelson will be behind the wheel of a Mini screeching across the Bonneville salt flats in Utah chasing four world land-speed records.
Mini is adored by Richard Hammond of Top Gear
Created: September 15, 2011
how in the name of all that's holy did Alec Issigonis and his team manage to take one massive leap with the original Mini in 1959?
The TOP 100 Greatest cars of all time
Created: August 23, 2011
This is the definitive list to end all 100 Greatest Cars lists. You'll never have to read another list, and this list is absolutely, scientifically, precisely and transcendently correct. That is until next millenia..
David Bowie’s art Mini is a subversive kind of awesome
Created: May 31, 2011
Mirror plating applied by Britain’s eternal and chamaeleonic rock star David Bowie to a plain old Mini, including all its windows, it becomes something else entirely.
NEW Product Reviews on the fly
Created: May 19, 2011
If you have purchased any product from Mini Mania, You can Review it. So, Go On! Tell us what you think! Be a Mini Mania(c)!
Mini Mania is in MC2
Created: May 13, 2011
Recently Mini Mania went to Hallet Raceway. It turns out Team Mini Mania was showcased in the magazine all about everything Mini… MC2.
Mini Meet West  2011
Created: May 12, 2011
Mini Meet West is the longest continuously running Mini happening in North America, dating back to 1973.
NCA 2011 - Are you coming?
Created: May 12, 2011
Nevada City Adventure 2011 Minis, music, and driving fun highlight this 11th annual springtime event in Northern California.
Denise McCluggage - Winners Circle
Created: May 11, 2011
Denise McCluggage is amazing. She holds both the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and..
Denise McCluggage - Racing Legend & Journalist
Created: April 28, 2011
Journalist. Race car driver. Sports reporter. Photographer. Intellectual. And friend to about a zillion people. Denise McCluggage has worn all these hats; many of them so very well.
Women and the Mini Contest
Created: April 25, 2011
Winners get Gift Cards good for anything Mini, Accessories, Parts, You name it!!
MINI for your Computer
Created: March 18, 2011
For the Mini Cooper fan who already has the Mini-branded shirt, windbreaker, hat, shoes, cufflinks, backpack, wallet, keychain, towel, water bottle, and coffee mug, there's always more. Mini announced a new computer mouse and two new USB drives that carry its winged badge.
Police use MINI Cooper to catch Motorists
Created: March 18, 2011
Police use MINI Cooper to catch distracted motorists Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 17, 2011… The BMW Group message of DON’T TXT & DRIVE became local and mobile this afternoon as BMW of North America presented the Woodcliff Lake, NJ Police Department with a specially emblazoned MINI Cooper hartop.
Afflicted with Mini-mania!
Created: March 11, 2011
Afflicted with Mini-mania! If you really want to get renowned cabinet-maker Geoff Hannah's motor revving you can forget about talk of rare timbers.
Mini Thunder II - weekend pics
Created: February 22, 2011
Mini Thunder II, A Great Adventure! Mini Thunder II has now finished the second annual event at Thunder Hill raceway outside of the small town of Willows in Northern California.
Tour London in a Mini with Small Car Big City
Created: February 22, 2011
Tour London in a Classic Mini Cooper The Guide/Driver has a good knowledge of London and can offer the basic sightseeing information or more quirky tales and historical facts for those who know the city well and it is fun to actually be at the locations while talking about them and listening to 60's tunes.
Ultimate Throne - Mini Style
Created: February 22, 2011
Designer turns Mini into Ultimate Chair Designer David Gawthorpe has created the ultimate boys’ toy out of one of the best-known classic motors. His entertainment chair is made to look like the front end of a black Mini Cooper.
Showtime again for the mighty Mini
Created: February 11, 2011
Showtime again for the mighty Mini A collection of Mini Coopers will be under the spotlight at a classic car show on Sunday to celebrate the Mini's 50th birthday.
MINI launches New "Matte" Cooper
Created: January 26, 2011
MINI has announced plans to offer a limited edition Cooper Hatch with unique tweaks and accents
Created: July 30, 2009
The iconic rally car celebrates its Golden Anniversary this summer. Here's where it's been--and where it's headed.In Depth: 50 Years Of Mini LoveCraig House is one loyal car enthusiast. He put a deposit on aMINI Cooper S two years before the car hit showrooms. At the time, Hous...
Created: December 10, 2007
MINI Clubman has been on sale for less than a month and is proving a huge hit with the British public
Created: August 24, 2007
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Don Racine Tel. 800-946-2642Email: info@minimania.comWeb: http://www.minimania.com     Mini Mania sponsors Mini Cooper High Performance Driving Experience Hosted by Hooked on Driving   August 24, 2007 - Nevada City, CA. Mini Mania Inc....
Created: August 16, 2007
URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE) California Bill to Require ANNUAL Emissions Tests for Vehicles 15-Years Old Moves to Senate Appropriations Committee  Legislation (A.B. 616) to require annual Smog check inspections for vehicles 15-years old and older has been approved by the California ...
Created: November 18, 2006
08/59 Minis introduced as the Austin Seven and the Morris Mini Minor01/60 Van introduced09/60 Estate models (with wood) introduced Morris Mini-Minor Traveller and Austin Seven Countryman01/61 Pickup introduced09/61 Super introduced
Created: November 06, 2006
BMW Group DesignworksUSADesigner: Gary ShiuThe Biomoke is a futuristic version of the Mini Moke, a Jeep-like offroader produced by the original Mini in the 1960s. It would be produced in a kit car form. It's body could be constructed from a single sheet of biodegradable paneling impregnated with...
Created: March 23, 2006
Update on parts from the UK Having just returned from one of my trips to the UK I thought it might be helpful to share some of my observations. First, I have to admit that sourcing parts for our venerable Minis is still pretty much “more of the same”.  It is difficult at best to find an...
Created: March 21, 2006
Don Racine is never far from the roots of his business, which started with his Mini racing hobby. His home garage is still where he goes to relax. Customer contact has always been a critical ingredient in Mini Mania’s growth. ...
Created: February 13, 2006
Mini Mania, Inc.  Announces $1,000 Spring/Summer Shopping Spree Giveaway Nevada City, CA – February 12, 2006 ---- MINI & MINI Cooper S owners of all generations have an opportunity to fulfill their...
Created: February 13, 2006
THE FOLLOWING SWEEPSTAKES IS OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (“D.C.”) ONLY, AND WILL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO U.S. LAW. Mini Mania, Inc. “SPRING/SUMMER 2006 SHOP...
Created: February 02, 2006
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 24, 2005)—Cooper will be the featured marque at the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, August 18-20, 2006, announced Steven J. Earle, president of General Racing Ltd. and founder of the event. Cooper Car Company will be part of a larger celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, featuring the racecars and champions that have competed there.
Covercraft Fabrics & History
Created: January 28, 2006
We offer a wide selection of fabrics, to allow you to select the one that will meet your vehicle's protection needs and budget. Different fabrics offer different levels of protection performance, and some focus on protecting from a specific element, like intense sun exposure or dust. Our range of fabrics is based on experience in manufacturing covers since 1965. Use the chart below to help identify which fabric is best suited for the protection needs you require. We've tried to be as realistic as possible in showing how the fabrics perform in certain conditions, but keep in mind that our opinion is based on performance comparisons with other fabrics currently used for vehicle covers.
Created: January 28, 2006
Quaife Engineering's automotive performance product range covers: ATB Differentials for road and motorsport use Performance gear kits for cars, motorcycles and motorcycle engined cars Replacement race / rally gear boxes Specialist reversing boxes and gear trains for niche vehicles Uprated drive shafts & half shafts Complete heavy duty axle kits Four wheel drive systems GT sports racing cars in either 2 or 4WD
Created: January 28, 2006
That story began forty years ago when engineering entrepreneur Rod Quaife acted upon a chance suggestion from Norton motorcycle specialist Ray Petty. It was tempting enough for Rod to change his strategy he was then involved in and began afresh to specialise in motorcycle gearbox design and production. Enthusiasm and skill made good any financial shortcomings in these early days, and soon the new company - known as RT Quaife Engineering Ltd - began producing the first Quaife transmissions that converted four speed Norton gearboxes into five speed units. Motorsport success soon followed, culminating in John Cooper testing at the TT on a Quaife equipped 350 Norton in 1967.
Created: January 04, 2006
PRODUCT RETURNS We at Mini Mania value your satisfaction. We back up every sale with our Satisfaction Guarantee : If you're not fully satisfied with our pr...
Created: December 29, 2005
Importing a Mini or Mini Cooper into the USA   It is not easy for US citizens wanting to bring a Mini Cooper into the US. Depending on the specific situation, can range from a mild hassle, to hard, to very d...
Created: November 03, 2005
Spread the word, there's a new Mini magazine in town. It's called MC2 (as in "Energy equals") and is North America's first independent magazine dedicated to both the Classic and New Minis.
Created: April 08, 2005
INTERNET SPECIALS PAGE IS COMING SOON! ...
Created: October 22, 2004
PARTS QUALITY by Keith Dodd, Mini Spares Centre For the last 3 years I have constantly tested and fitted every different brand of every different part on my Twin point injection car to find o...
Created: October 20, 2004
Heritage News - Original Mini at 45: Facts and Figures   The original Mini was launched as the Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Se7en on August 26 1959.   The final original Mini, a red and whi...
Created: October 01, 2004
It is sometimes easy for those of us that have been attending to our beloved British Cars to forget that the real world of economics can get in the way of our enjoyment of our cars...
Created: March 03, 2004
Most of us take it for granted that we will always be able to find the parts we need for our favorite British car, even parts which are no longer in production. The reality is that an increa...
Created: February 28, 2003
Once again, and despite past successful hobbyist efforts, Sacramento is once again after your collector car. A new California State Senate bill has just been introduced which will require biennial smog tests for cars up to 44 years old beginning January 1, 2005. That means that your 1961 ...
New Body Shells available again!
Created: August 08, 2002
Mini Classic MkIV and MkV bodyshells will be available form British Motor Heritage as from Late September. Available complete, with Doors, Boot and Bonnet
Created: April 03, 2002
Here's the lowdown on the lack of MINI dealers in the Lone Star State, as well as an overview of MINI's marketing plan and some miscellaneous fun facts.
Created: February 04, 2002
Wondering where your latest Mini Mania order is? MiniMania.com now has an Order Lookup feature, where you can view the status orders any time of the day or night! Here's how it works ...
Created: December 18, 2001
An enterprising limousine service in Berkshire offers New MINIs for rent by the day!
Created: October 19, 2001
The BMW Group has reached an agreement to sell its British Motor Heritage Limited classic car parts business to the Legacy Consortium. Legacy is a
Created: October 03, 2001
A total of 5,809 Mini Classics produced between August 1996 and January 1999 and registered in the UK are being recalled over a concern associated with the rear wheel bearings.
Created: August 21, 2001
Mini Cindy recounts her first experience racing on a wet track -- with a surprise ending!
Created: June 05, 2001
It was a last minute decision. We still didn’t trust the Mini, so the decision to run the SVRA driver school and the “Thunder in the Mountains” SVRA race at Pocono International could not be made until after the Pennsylvania State Championships.
Created: May 25, 2001
It all started that fateful Christmas morning, December 25, 1996. I had been co-driving a 1960 Austin Healey Sprite with my father, Larry Shaffer, in the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association/SCCA Solo I series...
Created: April 04, 2001
It might be down, but it's not out. Organisers of the London Motor Show have been forced into a radical revamp of the event after most of the major manufacturers pulled out.
Created: March 16, 2001
The latest issue of the West Sussex Mini Owners Club magazine devotes a page advising Mini owners of when their love of Minis becomes an addiction.
Created: January 25, 2001
BBC Midlands will be screening a documentary about the infamous Leyland Metro (honest) on Feb 1 at 7.30pm.
Created: January 19, 2001
Yes, after 9 months the Bugeye Vintage Racer has returned. I am glad for several reasons. First, I was worried that my readers would loose interest in the project. After all, part 6 was published in July 2000.
Created: December 27, 2000
JOHN COOPER, creator of the rear-engined F! Cooper-Climax and the Mini Cooper, died on Friday in hospital. He was 77. The former racing driver devised the souped-up Mini Cooper in 1961 and his cars were behind Jack Brabham's success in the drivers' championships in the early 1960s.
Created: December 26, 2000
The creator of one the Sixties' coolest car has died, aged 77. John Cooper CBE devised the Mini Cooper in 1961 and it became the ultimate in four-wheeled chic – immortalised in the classic Michael Caine movie, The Italian Job. The Cooper Car Company was the first British motor racing manufacturer to win the Formula One constructors' championship, which it achieved two years running.
Created: December 25, 2000
Mini Cooper creator dies The creator of one of the coolest cars ever seen on the road, John Cooper, has died aged 77. The former motor racing driver developed the Mini Cooper, the souped-up version of the Mini, in 1961 and it soon became a cult classic. The Mini Cooper is still regarded as a cult icon Mr Cooper, who lived at Worthing, West Sussex, was awarded a CBE for services to the motor industry in the New Year's honours list last year.
Created: December 08, 2000
The final Mini to roll of the production line, a 10ft red Mini Cooper Sport, has been presented to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. The most famous small car ever has followed a tradition within the company and will go on public display at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, alongside many other examples of the best in British design and engineering.
Created: November 28, 2000
The classic Mini market has shifted in the last couple of years. Not so long ago, the ideal old Mini was a perfect original from the 1960s, but there's a rapidly growing trend towards buying middle-aged cars, retaining or even enhancing the 1960s look while modernising them technically.
Created: November 20, 2000
The Vintage Motorsports Council, an association of vintage race sanctioning organizations, meets this weekend in New Orleans, for the Winter bi-annual meeting. Representatives from over twenty of the member clubs are expected to discuss items of mutual interest and of importance to the organizations and the sport of vintage auto racing.
Created: November 07, 2000
MG World, the world's best-selling MG magazine has taken over the world's oldest, MG Magazine, to consolidate its position as the best MG publication available. 'We're delighted to be able to keep the American MG Magazine alive,' says MG World's editor Philip Raby.
Created: September 25, 2000
End of the road for legend The world's most famous small car - the classic Mini - will cease production at Longbridge on October 4. Ironically, it was introduced in the wake of the 1956 Suez fuel crisis and will finish in the midst of another.
Created: July 28, 2000
Those worried that the disappearance of leaded petrol at the end of this year could curtail the use of their cherished vehicles should be heartened by the announcement that the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is endorsing four lead substitute products as adequate for all normal driving.
Created: July 27, 2000
After 22 years, MG's long, protracted withdrawal from North America is now complete. MG Magazine, the last remaining vestige of MG's presence in North America, has ceased publication. Ironically, it was not for a lack of readers. In fact
Created: July 19, 2000
The Bugeye Vintage Racer is in the body shop. It is one of those "do it between the others who are on a tighter schedule" jobs so it will be there a while. I get a weekly update. Sometimes it is good news sometimes bad. In all the effort is holding to cost and on schedule. My problem is staying focused.
Polka-dotted Saatchi Mini
Created: July 10, 2000
But there's been some serious scratching of heads as to why this orthodox paint job could invigorate the value of a Mini by so much. Mind you, there is one bonus - he didn't try to cut the car in half or stuff it into a tank of formaldehyde.
Created: June 16, 2000
In the land that invented muscle cars and is awash in sport-utility vehicles, these hardy few are agog over something that gives you a splendid view in a traffic jam -- of somebody else's hubcaps. In a society that loves speed, they boast not of horsepower, but of something they call ''being in touch with the road'' -- the ability to take 90-degree corners at 40 mph without touching the brake.
Import Story
Created: May 11, 2000
After Mini shopping for more than a year, I decided to try my hand at importing one. I live in Tennessee, so I limited my shopping to the UK and Canada, as other sources were impracticable for me from a cost standpoint. After much research on MiniMania and other sites, I took the plunge.
Created: May 09, 2000
The BMW-owned Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, Warwickshire, is home to 350 historic vehicles, plus a massive document archive. Ford's acquisition of Land Rover means it will soon own the Gaydon vehicle development facility – next door to the museum – which led to speculation it was buying the Heritage Centre as well.
Created: April 21, 2000
Like the new company, the much-awaited new Bonneville will share only the name with its ancestor. Hints about capacity suggest 650cc to 750cc. Inevitably, it will be a twin-cylinder machine, and, in an excess of misty-eyed nostalgia (or is that cynical marketing savvy?) over common sense, the new Bonnie is rumoured to be air-cooled as well. Hopefully this fascination with the past will not extend to pushrods or to oil leaks.
Created: April 14, 2000
If you received multiple copies of this week's newsletter, we apologize. We have implemented a new mail list program which is causing some problems, including sending multiple emails to individual recipients. We are hard at work fixing this problem. Again, we apologize.
Created: April 06, 2000
RACE car constructor, John Cooper - the father of the Mini Cooper - has been presented with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal for services to the motor industry.
Created: April 04, 2000
John Cooper, the distinguished Grand Prix race-car constructor and father of the Mini Cooper, has been presented with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal for services to the motor industry.Cooper, (76)...
The Mini is Big in Japan
Created: March 29, 2000
So you think the Western Mini-Internet scene is big ? Think again! The Japanese Internet scene must be equal, if not bigger. Their Yahoo listing is twice a big as the US & UK version. Unfortunately though, most of these sites are in Japanese, therefore unaccessable to us Westeners.
Major & Lancer (1958 to 1964)
Created: March 15, 2000
Introduced in April 1958 the first Majors and Lancers were mechanically identical to the English Wolseley 1500 which was also produced in the same factory. Vehicle launches were kept separate as there were still both Austin and Morris franchised dealers.
Created: March 11, 2000
British publisher Emap PLC is buying The Petersen Companies Inc., publisher of Motor Trend, Teen, Sport and other specialty magazines, for $1.2 billion in cash.
Created: March 07, 2000
This article will be in several parts. This is not because the article is too long. It is because it will take me some time to get the car on the track. So watch for updates.
Created: March 03, 2000
For one week only, from 3 March 2000 through 10 March 2000, we are offering a 10% discount on all non-sale items ordered through our website. All discounts will be automatically calculated when you place your order. Act now!
Created: March 03, 2000
The Vintage Motorsports Council is requesting that racers and race prep shops report all mechanical failures to Ely Fishkin. The Vintage Motorsports Council is requesting that racers and race prep shops report all mechanical failures to Ely Fishkin,
Created: February 21, 2000
I wandered into the British car section filled with Jags, MGs and Triumphs. In the back was a Mini MKI. The usual rust areas were solid, not repaired; the body was straight; it had an engine; it had four tires and the price was right. It was just what I wanted. The only draw back being I live in Maryland. I began to express my interest and my concern noting that the Mini was a bit too large for a carry-on.
Created: February 18, 2000
A shop in Hook, Hampshire plans to rebuild and sell 24 right hand drive, Portuguese Mokes it has recently purchased.
Created: February 17, 2000
First of all, I would like to tell you about my shipping a Morris Mini Van into the USA from Australia. I did a great deal of searching on the Internet. I contacted many different dealers. Many of them wanted top dollar for there cars. If you pay a high price for the car to start with, You can plan on spending at least $1500.00 to $1800.00 more on the shipping , terminal handling fees, taxes & duties
Created: February 17, 2000
Considering the whole idea of the Car of the Century started three years ago with a list of 200 cars, to make it to the last five is an achievement in itself
Created: February 10, 2000
The Monte Carlo Rally, the oldest and most prestigious of them all, is poised to be thrown out of the world championship.