Nicole Heinrich and Lola ('cause she's a showgirl...looks like one anyway!) 2003 Mini Cooper S, Indi blue w/white top Ferndale, Washington
We had purchased a Chevrolet Tahoe at the end of January and certainly weren't in the market for purchasing another vehicle. It was a Friday morning in March when driving to work and I got in an accident. The insurance company decided to total out our old, paid off, vehicle. We ended up with some money and that's when we decided to get the MINI. Our only stipulation was that a carseat needed to fit in the back. After confirming that we were on the lookout! (Made total sense to me with the price of gas sky-rocketing. Not to mention it is the cutest car out there!)
We had been looking everywhere and decided to contact a private party in Boise, Idaho. They ended up holding the vehicle thru the week for us. So, Friday afternoon we made the whirl-wind, 9 hour trek to Boise to check out the car. It was love at first sight. We looked at the car at 9:00 am Saturday morning and were on the road back home again by 10:00am. (Did I mention this was the day before my birthday? Score for me!)
Although she has the John Cooper performance upgrades, the only things we have done to the car (since ownership at the end of March) are new door speakers, new wiper blades, new tires and new front hood scoop. (I think she might look good with some stripes and driving lights though!)
We are not part of a car club and do not know if she has been in any shows or raced.
I am really enjoying the MINI and often get a little wave from other MINI owners while driving around town. I've decided MINI owners are fun people!
This is the first picture of me taken with Lola leaving her old home of Boise, Idaho. I sent a mass picture text to my friends and family letting them know we decided to come home with her.