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MINI Thunder III (3) was Good!
Created: February 24, 2012
When we passed the gates at Thunderhill there were already MINIs in the lot, and more slowly trickling in. Eager participants for tomorrows event, The Mini Thunder 3, were arriving to pre-register, have some dinner, and do a little pseudo gambling afterwards when the casino night started.
Classic Mini Swap Meet is Back
Created: April 26, 2016
Our Classic Mini Swap Meet was an annual staple at our original Mini Mani Open House. Now, we're bringing it back! Announcing the rebirth of our classic, Classic Mini Swap Meet at our Nevada City Adventure 2016! Bring your treasures to swap or sell, and be prepared to even buy a few parts for yourself.
Created: April 04, 2016
Need a place to stay during Nevada City Adventures 2016? Check out these four charmers.
Foreign Car Show by Sierra Sports Car Group
Created: September 22, 2015
Foreign Car Show by Sierra Sports Car Group, Oct 17, 2015
Created: November 04, 2014
Free Shipping Promotion, November 2014
Created: April 16, 2014
Mini Mania’s Nevada City & Grass Valley self-guided tour Friday May 30th 2014
Created: March 10, 2014
Mini Mania's Nevada City Adventure. A Great Meetup Opportunity for your MINI Customers
Created: February 21, 2014
Founded in 1974, Mini Mania first presented itself on the Internet in 1996. Always a leader in information and customer service, the Internet was and continues to be a great means of giving more to our friends and customers.
Created: February 18, 2014
This event represents a great early summer meeting opportunity for your club members.
"Wild Target" stars a Mini Cooper, and a hitman.
Created: February 16, 2011
Wild Target" stars a Mini Cooper, and a hitman. I’ll be darned if I wasn’t grinning from ear to ear through most of “Wild Target,” a daffy British crime farce that didn’t play Madison theaters, but was released on DVD a couple of weeks back
VTEC Video
Created: June 11, 2008
Some videos of Vtec Mini's on the track and on the dyno.
Created: January 17, 2006
Thinking that the “Heritage Motor Center’s” publication “Mini Derivative Models 1964 to 1991” was going to be a paper-back publication of photographs & stories that I could read on my next plane trip she was kind of disappointed when a CD came in the mail. This seemingly innocuous Compact disk with it’s image of a Moke on the cover belies that which lies within…….. ‘You can’t tell a book by its cover’ nor seemingly a CD either.
Created: June 14, 2002
Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge
Created: September 29, 2016
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to race in a vintage race car? Now’s your chance. If you’re around the Sonoma Raceway this weekend, you can take three, hair-raising laps around the Sonoma Raceway with world-class racer, Don Racine. And it’s all for charity!!
Created: January 29, 2013
Created: February 16, 2000
I borrowed a mini for a few weeks and it was probably the most enjoyable drive I have ever had - the remarkable handling sticking most in my memory. I remember travelling with a friend following me in "family saloon" and he confessed afterwards "I nearly lost it on the roundabouts trying to keep up"
Created: November 06, 2009
The MTAA-B Series Kit was designed to install Honda’s B Series DOHC engines into the Austin America, Morris, MG, Riley, Vanden Plas, Wolseley, 1100's, and 1300's. , upgrading the Classic Austin America's A-Series engine with today’s most trusted engines built by Honda.
Created: March 10, 2006
Celebration Special: Order any of the Swiftune products for delivery in the middle of April and save hundreds of dollars.
Created: January 30, 2006
DEVES rings and ring sets are based on detailed engineering drawings as well as actual engines. They are manufactured for almost all current American and Foreign engines, with some model coverage as far back as 1928! All DEVES rings are checked for fit by a specially-designed light-beam microscope (if light doesn't get through, neither will oil), and they meet or exceed SAE, DIN or BNA standards.
Engines from Mini Mania
Created: August 01, 2003
Our new Engine Cost Estimator tool enables you to choose which parts you want to use to build your engine and then to get an estimated price based on those parts. Simply select the parts required, and then click on the 'Get an estimate on this build now!' button and the total estimated price will be calculated and emailed to you.
Maniflow Exhaust Manifolds & Systems
Created: January 28, 2006
Manflow have a wealth of experience in developing and manufacturing exhaust systems and parts for a whole host of vehicles. We pride ourselves in the manufacture of race-specification exhaust systems for modern cars and historic vehicles.
Created: August 18, 2010
Late Classic Mini Cooper Production Information. 1985 to 2000 year models
Created: December 22, 2006
British Motor Heritage will increase prices effective 1st January 2007. This increase results from increased costs to the business from raw materials and energy costs. The price of steel increased by 13.2% in October and we cannot absorb the impact any longer. Energy costs have also increased dramatically over the last year.
Created: March 17, 2006
AP Hydraulics, the well-known manufacturer of car brake parts based in Leamington Spa, became the latest to apply to the PPF to be bailed out.
Created: June 07, 2005
An Italian-American company is claiming rights over MG Rover's flagship model in a blow to attempts by the failed British carmaker's administrators to sell off its remaining assets. Qvale Automotive - based in Italy but owned by Bruce Qvale, a San Francisco millionaire, and his family - has told the administrators it was not paid in full for the underlying design of the MG SV supercar and its Italian manufacturing base and wants it back.
Created: April 16, 2005
For many, the demise of MG Rover did not begin last week, nor even last year, but more than 30 years ago, even before what was then the component parts of the UK car industry were nationalised under the British Leyland banner. After more than a decade of declining sales through the 1960s, characterised by outmoded production processes and old-fashioned management practices, Leyland, the conglomerate of world famous car brands such as Austin, Morris, Triumph and Rover, was nationalised in 1975. It soon became
Created: April 08, 2005
Created: March 20, 2002
Mini dealers hope to make their new baby a household name in America. With a base price of $16,850, dealers will get a decent 10 percent profit margin. But they still plan to make most of their money from accessory sales and merchandise.
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Created: June 12, 2001
BMW has announced record sales ahead of the official launch of the new Mini, which is being manufactured in Cowley. The German car maker sold almost
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Created: February 26, 2001
Created: February 06, 2001
The MINI dealer network begins to take shape this week with the signing of MINI dealership contracts by BMW (GB) Ltd. All BMW dealers were offered the opportunity to sell MINI as a distinct brand, separate to BMW cars, and all dealers took up the challenge. 95 per cent received the thumbs-up this week to progress with their building works, and the recruitment of over 300 new staff in the MINI outlets.
Created: January 04, 2001
This is what happens when you let designers off the leash! BMW has encouraged stylists on the new MINI project to let their pens run wild – and the results are so exciting they'll be considered for production
No Go For A Rover Mini
Created: November 08, 2000
MG Rover has ruled out building a new small car for at least five years. The firm's chief stylist, Peter Stevens, exclusively revealed his idea of what a replacement for the Mini should look like on the website two weeks ago. The high-roofed, bulbous-looking city runner he penned was a world away from the version of the original cult car that BMW will sell in Britain from next summer.
Created: October 24, 2000
The non-executive directors' uprising at MG Rover will explode this week when three board members unveil a plan to break up the group and attempt to take the famous MG marque away from John Towers, the group's chairman.
Created: October 11, 2000
Mini enthusiasts have reacted with anger to news that 70 per cent of the new model will come from abroad. As production of the old Mini ends after 41 years, we can reveal that its replacement is to be a hotpotch of parts made in SIX different countries.
Created: October 06, 2000
The last ever original Minis came off the production line at the MG Rover plant in Longbridge, Birmingham on October 4, 2000. The Classic Mini, originally designed on a napkin by engineer Alec Issigonis, notched up worldwide sales of 5.39 million cars and became the car of the stars in the 1960's. Here is a collection of pictures of the event that marked this momentous occasion.
BMW Reveals Mini Family
Created: October 06, 2000
The newly born Mini is set to expand into a family of models, including a cabriolet, an estate and even a pick-up. BMW, which retained ownership of the brand in the wake of the Rover crisis, is giving visitors to the Paris Motor Show a preview of how the new models could look by showing a computer-generated film of each of them.
Created: October 05, 2000
The Mini, a boxy pup of a car that wowed the Beatles and came to symbolize the swinging '60s, entered automotive history when the last of its 41-year pedigree -- No. 5,387,862 -- rolled off the production line Wednesday. Conceived as a thrifty "people's car" during a 1950s fuel crisis, the 10-foot-long Mini earned the devotion of legions of British baby boomers eager to flaunt their individuality.
Created: October 04, 2000
After 41 years of continuous production and more than five million cars built, the classic Mini has come to the end of the road. Production of the compact car finished on Wednesday at the MG Rover Group factory in Longbridge, Birmingham. There have been nearly 140 different models of the car since it was first introduced in 1959, as an economy vehicle in the wake of the Suez oil crisis.
Created: October 04, 2000
Sixties icon Lulu today drove the 5,387,862nd and final classic Mini off the production line, bringing to an end a milestone in British motoring history. After 41 years of continuous production, manufacturing of the car that symbolised the Swinging Sixties ended at the MG Rover Group plant at Longbridge, Birmingham.
Created: October 04, 2000
The last of the classic Minis will roll off the Rover assembly line at Longbridge near Birmingham, England today (October 4) after 41 years in production. But it doesn't hold the record for the longest UK assembly run. That title is likely to be retained by Morgan,
Created: October 04, 2000
Today MG Rover Group will build the last Classic Mini at its Longbridge factory, in Birmingham. The event marks the transition from an era that produced this great British icon, into the new millennium with the first Longbridge-built Rover 75,as transfer of the assembly operation from Oxford is completed.
Created: October 04, 2000
It was a classless icon of the swinging sixties that became one of the world's favourite little cars. The last classic Mini rolled off the production line at MG Rover Group's Longbridge factory at Birmingham in central England on Wednesday after notching up worldwide sales of 5.39 million over the past 41 years.
Created: October 04, 2000
More than 40 years of classic motoring history have ended today with the last Rover-built Mini coming off the production line.Over five million cars have been sold since the first £496 cars was sold in 1959, and there have been more than 130 different models.
Created: September 19, 2000
It has perhaps taken a little longer for the new Mini to make its appearance than most people expected. However, when you are replacing a motoring legend then you are perhaps permitted to take it slowly. Quite how it will be perceived when it eventually arrives on our roads is another matter entirely.
New MGs Caught On Film
Created: September 15, 2000
Rover will roar back into showrooms next year with a range of sporty MG saloons – and Auto Express has an exclusive sneak preview of what they'll offer. Detail shots were revealed to a top-secret gathering of staff, dealers and suppliers at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham.
Created: September 14, 2000
The new BMW reincarnation of the British Mini motoring icon which will debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September may not be British for very long. Reports are circulating that the New Mini will have as much as 70% of its components sourced from outside the UK. Its engine is being sourced from a BMW and DaimlerChrysler joint venture in Brazil.
Created: September 11, 2000
Production of the Longbridge Mini will cease on October 4, after 41 years continuous build, it has been announced. The last classic Mini will be built at Longbridge on Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at approximately 10.30am, with a cumulative total of 5,387,862 built.
Created: September 11, 2000
THE ROVER Group has decided on a new name for itself. MG Rover Group Limited is the new name to be introduced progressively over the next month, says the Birmingham company. Commenting on the decision, Kevin Howe, chief executive, said: "Given that we are establishing a new company,
Created: September 08, 2000
German luxury automaker BMW said on Thursday it has begun installing assembly equipment at its Oxford, England, plant for the Mini, the little car it inherited from Britain's Rover. BMW will spend $330 million on machinery, equipment and plant work to prepare for the expected Mini production launch in early summer of 2001, the company said in a statement released in the United States.
Created: August 30, 2000
For the first time since the Frankfurt preview in 1997, BMW has shown new Mini to the UK press. This was on 29 August at Camden in London and the car on display was a black Cooper with white roof.
Created: August 25, 2000
MG returns to the Le Mans 24 hour race next year for the first time since 1965 when British racing supremo Paddy Hopkirk's MGB took second place in his class. The new management of Britain's Rover Group, paid by Germany's BMW in May to take Rover, MG and other historic but lossmaking British car brands off its hands, also trumpeted a recovery in sales,
Created: August 22, 2000
University Motors Ltd of Ada, Michigan, one of two Heritage Approved Workshops in the United States, has announced the dates for the Year 2000 Trade Conference. An invitation is extended to all those in the MG parts and service community to share business and technical information in a two day conference.
Created: August 21, 2000
Unlike some other manufacturers, who have protected their own brands with a polite but firm phone call to trademark transgressors, this punitive approach is threatening to put some companies out of business.
Created: August 18, 2000
Jon Moulton, managing partner of Alchemy Partners, who narrowly lost the opportunity to take over the UK's Rover Cars Group from BMW earlier this year, has warned that the company will be facing a new financial crisis by next March at the latest.
Created: August 15, 2000
BMW is set to signal a tough new battle for buyers - by pitching the price of the new Mini at around £10,000. The new car, which was originally going to be built at Longbridge, had been rumoured to cost around £14,000 when BMW puts it on sale in September next year.
Created: August 09, 2000
FROM next year all Rover dealers will be adding the MG franchise to their operations. The MG franchise network of around 120 dealerships will grow to around 300 as a consequence. James Daulton, Rover and MG franchise manager said:
Created: August 09, 2000
JUST a month to go before production of the Mini ceases and sales are still climbing. Year-to-date figures show a 25% increase on last year. John Sanders, group marketing director, said: "Mini has been at the centre of small car culture for forty years and the car is a recognised icon of design and engineering, loved by generations of fans the world over."
Created: August 09, 2000
The car the world has been waiting for is less than eight weeks away – and the great news is it will only cost £10,000. BMW has said the wraps will come off the new Mini at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. But more excitingly, a source at the German firm has told Auto Express prices will kick off at £10,000 – around the same as the outgoing classic Rover-owned car.
Created: August 03, 2000
Ford's eagerly anticipated involvement in the future of Mini Classic appears to have been curtailed. Last month it was confirmed by Ford Premier Automotive Group, BMW and British Motor Heritage that Ford would be taking over future production of the Classic shell at BMH Witney. Now it seems Ford's interest is more limited than that.
Created: July 27, 2000
With all of the back and forth over the new BMW sale of Rover Group not much has been said till now about the future of the Heritage Motor Centre and its world famous collection of vehicles and archives. According to "Classic & Sports Car" magazine, in its May issue, Ford will be the new nominal custodian of the British Motor Industry Heritage Centre.
Created: July 27, 2000
One of Britain's most legendary motoring marques could be brought out of mothballs in a bid to revitalise Rover. Austin, fondly remembered by few for Seventies models such as the Maestro, Allegro and Princess, is being tipped by industry insiders as the name the company will choose for a new supermini.
Created: July 27, 2000
Pre War (II) vintage race cars never go out of style! Some of the most avid vintage racers drive Bugattis, Maseratis, Alfas, Talbots, MGs, Lagondas, Bentleys, Fords, Millers, and other "vertical", very historic sports and race cars. Several vintage racing events have become traditional, large gatherings. The VARA British Extravaganza
Created: July 26, 2000
Traditional Mini repair and accessory shops in Britain are under siege from German giant BMW. The maker, which retained the rights to the marque's name after selling Rover to Phoenix, is threatening firms using the word Mini in their company title with legal action.
Created: July 26, 2000
The VSCDA Brian Redman International Challenge, July 21-23, at Road America attracted another large, stellar field of almost 450 vintage and historic racers. Featured was a Can-Am Thunder race topped by, whatelse,
Created: July 25, 2000
The Midget and Sprite Club Archivist, Terry Horler, is compiling a comprehensive International Midget & Sprite Register - do your bit now! All information will be added to the register, it will not go to any third party outside the Midget & Sprite Club.
Created: July 24, 2000
"By using the word Mini to market and sell your products and business, members of the public will be confused into believing that your good services are in some way connected or authorised by BMW when this is not the case. This constitutes passing off and is actionable."
Created: July 24, 2000
There could also be a rival to BMW's Mini. Peter Stevens, designer of the F1 McLaren supercar, has been recruited to design the sports car and to oversee the design of all Rover's future models. The new models will be dependent on an alliance with a large manufacturer, whose resources will be needed to build a new platform.
Created: July 19, 2000
There is growing speculation that Rover might want to build a small car aimed at the same sector as the new Mini. Rover is also wary of giving too much credence to suggestions that the Austin and Morris names could return. The indications are that in particular it would like to bring back the Austin Healey marque.
Created: July 17, 2000
THE new owner of Rover is drawing up ambitious plans to introduce three new models, including a rival to BMW's new Mini, to the ailing car marque within four years. BMW retained the right to produce the new Mini when it sold Rover to the Phoenix consortium in May.
Created: July 14, 2000
BMW has confirmed that the long-awaited new Mini range will include a high performance Cooper version. John Cooper, whose name has graced a succession of hot Minis over the years, believes that the Cooper name is central to the Mini brand.
Created: July 10, 2000
He will, however, be based at the firm's Longbridge plant near Birmingham. First prject may be to develop the group's own supercar the MG-Lola. He is one of the automotive world’s leading designers throughout the industry and I am sure his experience in working with some of the most prestigious motoring brands will provide the basis for a great future range of Rover and MG cars.
Created: July 06, 2000
Ford has bought the Gaydon Museum (BMIHT and BMIHC) and Research Centre Complex. BMW will keep British Motor Heritage including the Witney site. This means that, for now, once the Longbridge assembly line closes down, BMW will be in charge of producing original Mini bodyshells.
Created: July 03, 2000
When the 75 is installed at Longbridge, the 25, 45 and MG will come off the same production line. Rover denies it is planning to halt production of the 45, but under the new system it could reduce the numbers produced while maintaining overall output on the line.
Created: July 03, 2000
ROVER has confirmed that the green light has not been given to a supercharged MG. It has, however, confirmed it is on the cards. The race-derived 150-mph car is one of a number or products being considered by Kevin Howe to enhance the brand.
Created: June 28, 2000
VARAC's Annual Vintage Festival at Mosport Raceway in Canada June 30-July 2 always attracts the largest vintage auto racing field of any Canadian vintage race. This is the 21st annual Festival, the public is invited.
Created: June 28, 2000
He is a highly respected engineer throughout the industry and I am sure his experience in working with some of the most prestigious motoring brands will provide the basis for a great future range of Rover and MG cars."
Insider's Guide To Mini
Created: June 26, 2000
Among the key options which will whet the appetite of new Mini fans is a full-length glass roof, the front portion of which lifts and slides back over the rear section. Also on the cards is Steptronic transmission, Rover's CVT-based automatic gearbox which also delivers manual shifting – in the Mini's case via the gearlever.
Created: June 22, 2000
BMOC annual club show held at Aston Hall & Park in Birmingham, Show features Full Concours, Club Stands, Auto Jumble, Kids Games etc. All for just £1.00 entry Mini car Drivers And Passengers. Gates Open 10:00 am
Created: June 14, 2000
Phoenix bosses are committed to expanding on the success and values of the MG brand. It will be positioned as a builder of sports cars first and foremost, but the name will be used for hot Rovers. Meanwhile, Rover has announced price cuts of around 10 per cent on all cars, including the MG and Mini.
Created: June 12, 2000
The artist has offered a Mini emblazoned with his trademark multi-coloured spots to the London-based gallery for its 30th anniversary celebrations later this month. Visitors to the auction, which aims to raise money for the United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group,
Created: June 07, 2000
JOHN TOWERS has cut the price of Rover cars by 10 per cent in an effort to re-position the brand less than a month after his Phoenix consortium bought the car company from BMW for a nominal £10. The price cuts, which extend to Mini and MG cars, will initially be for June only, although the campaign is likely to last indefinitely.
Created: June 01, 2000
Range Rover changed the face of off-road motoring, bringing unheard of luxury to the four-wheel drive market. It spawned a whole industry in luxury off-road products, of which today's Range Rover is still the King. This celebration is happening exactly 30 years to the date of the original launch and will be a fine tribute to this classic vehicle.
Created: May 31, 2000
The DeLorean Motor Co., which collapsed more than 17 years ago amid charges of money laundering, is about to end its bankruptcy proceedings, and creditors may get 100 percent of what they are owed, the company's trustee said Tuesday.
Created: May 29, 2000
With the image of the Rover brand somewhat tarnished, the Phoenix Consortium is moving quickly after buying the group from BMW to develop a new model range that will carry the MG brand.
Created: May 26, 2000
Rover Cars, the U.K. automaker acquired by the Phoenix Consortium from BMW, wants to introduce a new line of MG-brand cars within two years, Co-Chief Executive Nick Stephenson said.
Created: May 25, 2000
The British Motor Industry Heritage Centre at Gaydon has been bought by a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. This includes current the Mini production line, although the life of the classic car is unlikely to be extended, and will end as planned in September 2000.
Created: May 25, 2000
Four eastern European countries are competing to attract a new BMW AG plant in which it will build a new small car [new Mini] in the wake of the sale of its Rover unit, BMW said on Thursday.
Created: May 25, 2000
Having now got rid of its loss-making Land Rover and Rover Cars subsidiaries in the UK, BMW's share price has strengthened in Germany and analysts regard the company as less vulnerable to a take-over bid. Milberg predicted that BMW would "grow profitably with the launch of a small BMW, the X family and with products under the Mini brand".
Created: May 24, 2000
The new owners of British carmaker Rover named a former Rover manager, Kevin Howe, as the loss-making outfit's new chief executive on Wednesday. The Phoenix consortium, which bought Rover's main Longbridge plant from Germany's BMW this month for a token 10 pounds ($14.75), said Howe would take up the post on June 1.
Created: May 24, 2000
German car maker BMW AG completed the pull-out from its loss-making British Rover subsidiary on Wednesday, selling Land Rover to Ford Motor Co and sweetening the deal by agreeing to take on the unit's debt.
Created: May 23, 2000
Plans envisaged a coupe version of the top of the range Rover 75 saloon, as well as a new engine purchase deal with former parent BMW AG and new production targets. Plans also included a new small car.
Created: May 22, 2000
Powertrain is a natural purchase for Phoenix, which needs the engines and transmissions for the cars it will make at Longbridge. Towers is also believed to have asked Bowes to mastermind a new sporting range of special-edition cars combining the Lola brand with Rover's MG marque. The Lola brand would be applied to limitededition MG sports cars and an MG-branded Le Mans car.
Created: May 22, 2000
The world's No. 2 automaker in March signed a memorandum of understanding to buy the Birmingham, England-based Land Rover, part of the struggling Rover group, from Germany's BMW for 3 billion euros.
Created: May 18, 2000
ROVER has pulled-out of the British International Motor Show in Birmingham, Autowired learned this morning. The cost-cutting move will save the company, now led by John Towers, millions of pounds of expenditure as the company battles to reverse losses.
Created: May 18, 2000
ROVER has re-introduced Friday working at Longbridge, which was stopped earlier this year by former owners BMW. The decision is a further boost to employees and will add more confidence to the dealer network.
Created: May 17, 2000
Rover's new boss is planning to cut prices in a bid to boost sales. The news came on the day that a report revealed one in five internet users is trying to buy a car on-line in protest at Britain's rip-off prices. According to newspaper reports, Phoenix boss John Towers wants to slash prices permanently for Rovers by up to 12 per cent.
Created: May 16, 2000
Fair enough, but MG was, and remains, a very marketable brand, especially in the US; in 1980, it desperately needed investment and dynamic management... as it does now. The closure of the Abingdon MG factory was chiefly a sacrificial warning
Created: May 16, 2000
He expects the newly planned sporty Mini car would become a collectors item and that the top end of the product line would be rounded off with a new model from BMW's Rolls Royce subsidiary.
Created: May 15, 2000
Nor did Towers gain rights to the brands he wanted. Triumph, a favourite of many in the Phoenix consortium, and Riley remain in Munich's hands. Phoenix has, however, acquired marques such as Austin-Healey, Wolseley and MG and will use them if it decides that Rover is a brand beyond repair.
Created: May 15, 2000
Officials of the consortium and Honda had met last week to discuss the deal, under which it said Honda would provide technological and design expertise in return for equity. "Despite Honda's denials, we have been in secret talks with them," it quoted the source as saying.
Created: May 15, 2000
Announcements are expected over the next few weeks about how BMW will restructure after getting rid of Rover - particularly how it plans to build up its volumes and expand its model range. Training builds have started at the Cowley plant in the UK of the new-generation Mini, which BMW is retaining with production targeted at as many as 125,000 units annually.
Created: May 12, 2000
Phoenix intends to have new sports cars and sports saloons on the road within a year. Towers believes it is possible to develop smaller volume cars using existing platforms for a fraction of what larger companies spend on development.
Created: May 12, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Thursday it expected to seal an agreement to sell its Land Rover operations to Ford soon, possibly in the coming days.
Created: May 11, 2000
Phoenix will also make the Rover 25, 45, and MGF sports car. It will also make the Mini, but only until BMW starts building a new model at Cowley next year. Legendary Mini looks like surviving under the new management. Production will switch to Longbridge.
Created: May 11, 2000
Germany's Volkswagen is also known to be interested in what is going on at Rover and is believed to have evaluated the possibility of having some small car assembly carried out under contract at Longbridge.
Created: May 11, 2000
Phoenix is also eyeing other carmakers to help finance the cost of developing a new set of small and medium sized cars when the Rover 25 and 45 need to be replaced around 2003. The Rover 75, which it will also produce along with the Mini, is a new car which is expected to live another seven or eight years.
Created: May 10, 2000
Longbridge will now make the Rover 25, 45, 75, a new estate version of the 75 and the MGF. The company plans to build 200,000 cars a year, compared with Rover's output last year of 226,000. Production of the 75 is being transferred from BMW's Cowley plant in Oxford, which will still build the new Mini.
Created: May 10, 2000
It was evident from yesterday's press conference that changes of a serious nature will be made at Longbridge. Towers promised to strip out a lot of the 'overhead' and change the style and culture of the business.
Created: May 10, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium, which has agreed to take over loss-making carmaker Rover, said on Tuesday it would maintain production at Rover's main assembly line at around 200,000 cars a year.
Created: May 10, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium began the daunting task of restoring Rover to profitability on Wednesday, a day after securing the carmaker's immediate future by buying it from BMW for a symbolic 10 pounds.
Created: May 09, 2000
German luxury carmaker BMW AG handed over its Rover unit to Britain's Phoenix consortium on Tuesday, securing its exit from the loss-making business and saving the UK's biggest car plant from closure.
Created: May 09, 2000
The leader of a consortium that has agreed to acquire UK carmaker Rover said on Tuesday that just under 1,000 jobs would be lost from the firm's main plant. He also said he would be looking to link up with a major carmaker and named Japan's Honda <7267.T> as a possible partner.
Created: May 09, 2000
BMW has signed a contract for the sale of Rover to the Phoenix consortium for a 'symbolic' £10. The move means that Phoenix will take responsibility for the development, production and distribution of Rover cars.
Created: May 08, 2000
German car maker BMW AG will keep Rover as a brand, offering it under licence to any bidder that acquires its loss-making subsidiary Rover Cars and the Longbridge plant,
Created: May 08, 2000
Burdale Financial Ltd, a unit of U.S. bank First Union Corp , said on Monday it had offered 200 million pounds ($306 million) to Phoenix's bid for Rover, boosting the British consortium's chances of taking over BMW's ailing subsidiary.
Created: May 08, 2000
A British consortium seeking to take over BMW's struggling Rover car business has yet to provide assurances that it can provide sufficient financial backing, BMW said Friday. Talks are continuing.
Created: May 08, 2000
BMW is in exclusive negotiations with Phoenix over the sale of Rover, but has warned that it will shut down operations unless a buyer is found by the end of the month.
Created: May 05, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium has not made a formal request for state aid to back its bid for BMW's loss-making unit Rover, a government spokesman said on Friday.
Created: May 05, 2000
STEPHEN BYERS, the Trade and Industry Secretary, will today hold talks with John Towers, the former Rover chief executive who is leading the Phoenix bid for Rover.
Created: May 04, 2000
JOHN TOWERS, the former Rover chief executive leading the Phoenix bid for the car company, went to the Longbridge plant yesterday for the first time since he quit the company four years ago.
Created: May 04, 2000
Negotiations by the Phoenix consortium to take over Rover Cars from BMW are continuing in Munich today, but there are still no firm indications of how the British consortium intends to raise the necessary funds to make Rover viable.
Created: May 04, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium began poring over Rover Cars' financial details on Wednesday, amid the strongest signs yet that BMW AG would be willing to part with its loss-making unit to the group rather than shut it down.
Created: May 03, 2000
The Mini Clan will be organising a London to Brighton Run equivalent here in Scotland. Through the centre of Edinburgh, under the gaze of Edinburgh Castle, before crossing the river Forth, with it's magnificent bridges, en-route to the beautiful Kingdom of Fife where country highways and byways will speed you to St. Andrews, the Home of Golf, where a beachside show'n'shine and 'Mini' Highland Games will supplement all that St. Andrews has to offer.
Created: May 03, 2000
JOHN Towers said his Phoenix consortium had held "detailed and positive" talks at the London offices of BMW's solicitors, yesterday aimed at securing the future of Rover and that things were 'moving in the right direction'. Mr Towers said relatively few items had been identified for the two teams to work on in the next few days.
Created: May 03, 2000
The consortium's leader, former Rover chief executive John Towers, said after negotiations in London that the two sides had identified a few core issues to thrash out this week.
Created: May 03, 2000
A bid by Britain's Phoenix group to buy carmaker Rover from BMW is being thwarted by British banks' refusal to grant a 200 million pound ($312 million) overdraft, the Guardian newspaper said on Wednesday.
Created: May 03, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium was refining its plans for UK carmaker Rover on Wednesday, one day after holding its first talks with Germany's BMW AG , a Phoenix spokesman said.
Created: May 02, 2000
THE Phoenix consortium said it had received a detailed sale and purchase agreement for the loss-making Rover car factory from Germany's BMW AG and was carefully looking it over.
Created: May 02, 2000
THIS morning's Daily Telegraph is reporting that five un-named City institutions are to provide £200m backing for the Phoenix bid for Rover led by John Towers. And Tony Blair, last night, pledged to work 'night and day' to help save Rover jobs but indicated he was not prepared to bail-out the company with finance.
Created: May 02, 2000
British investment firm Alchemy Partners could reopen talks with German carmaker BMW AG over the future of Rover cars under certain conditions, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.
Created: May 02, 2000
Britain's Phoenix consortium voiced confidence on Tuesday that it could avert the closure of loss-making carmaker Rover and make Germany's BMW an offer it could not refuse.
Created: May 01, 2000
Phoenix, which was contacted no less than four times by BMW on Friday, has been guaranteed £500m from an American bank and is understood to have signed up Honda and Volkswagen to provide platforms for its planned operation at Longbridge. Ford is also understood to have shown interest.
Created: May 01, 2000
Britain's government faced pressure from unions on Monday to fund a consortium's bid to buy car maker Rover from Germany's BMW AG ahead of talks this week to avert closure of Rover's loss-making plant.
Created: May 01, 2000
The Phoenix Consortium, a U.K. group interested in buying Rover Cars from Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, said the German automaker has provided it for the first time with Rover's financial accounts.
Created: May 01, 2000
BMW said Saturday it was considering a deal to sell its troubled Rover Car operation to a British consortium headed by former Rover chief John Towers, after talks with another prospective buyer collapsed.
Created: April 28, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Friday that the UK Phoenix consortium had become the sole bidder for its loss-making British Rover subsidiary after a rival front runner pulled out of eleventh-hour takeover talks.
Created: April 28, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Friday that it would step up talks about the sale of its loss-making UK Rover subsidiary with the Phoenix consortium after a rival bidder pulled out of talks.
Created: April 28, 2000
British investment firm Alchemy Partners pulled out of talks to buy loss-making UK carmaker Rover from Germany's BMW on Friday, just a day after a deal appeared imminent. "Alchemy Partners and BMW have ceased negotiations as they were unable to agree upon certain contractual matters, some of which arose yesterday," an Alchemy spokesman said.
Created: April 25, 2000
According to a BMW executive, Ford would buy BMW and Rolls-Royce, then sell Rolls to VW, which already owns Bentley. But Ford and VW both want the Mini. John Towers is said to want to purchase another British brand such as Triumph or Austin Healey from BMW.
Created: April 25, 2000
Leaders of Britain's automotive unions will be meeting in Munich with BMW's management this week to try to persuade the company to allow more time for the Phoenix Project consortium to raise the funds to bid for Rover Cars.
Created: April 25, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it could wrap up the sale of its loss-making British Rover subsidiary to venture capital group Alchemy this week, leaving a rival bid from the Phoenix consortium out in the cold.
Created: April 25, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it wanted clarification from UK consortium Phoenix about financial support for its bid to win a race against venture capital group Alchemy to acquire its Rover subsidiary.
Created: April 24, 2000
STEPHEN BYERS, the Trade and Industry Secretary, will tomorrow urge BMW to halt the sale of Rover to the venture capital group Alchemy Partners in order to give a rival bid more time to get its financing complete.
Created: April 24, 2000
A bid by the former boss of troubled British carmaker Rover to snatch the company from the jaws of venture capital firm Alchemy Partners looks set to fail, British Sunday newspapers said.
Created: April 24, 2000
BMW AG said on Monday that Alchemy Partners was its first choice of partner to buy its loss-making Rover car unit, and that it expected to conclude negotiations soon with the private equity firm.
Created: April 23, 2000
ALCHEMY, the venture-capital group, looks set to secure Rover this week after its rival, the Phoenix consortium, failed to strike a deal to take over the ailing car maker in a secret meeting with BMW last week.
Created: April 21, 2000
BMW executives yesterday met members of the Towers consortium to clarify details of its rival bid for Rover. The move came as unions prepare for a last-ditch visit to Munich next week to press BMW to drop the bid by the venture capital group, Alchemy Partners, in favour of John Towers, who plans high volume car production.
Created: April 20, 2000
Sales of new Rover cars have shot through the roof since news broke of the BMW sale. Dealers across Britain have revealed showroom traffic is at its busiest for months, and some are even reporting record sales.
Created: April 20, 2000
The sale of British carmaker Rover by Germany's BMW AG will lead to the loss of up to 19,000 jobs, causing a "major shock" in England's West Midlands region, newspapers on Thursday quoted a government study as saying.
Created: April 20, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Thursday it will retain 2,000 of the 8,500 workers it employs at its UK Rover subsidiary's Longbridge plant after selling off the loss-making division.
Created: April 19, 2000
PRESSURE was mounting on BMW last night to open full talks with the rival bidder for Rover as it emerged that the Towers plan could ensure production of up to 250,000 cars a year - compared with the 226,000 it made last year.
Created: April 19, 2000
FOLLOWING Jon Moulton's demand for equal treatment from the government for his bid for Rover as that offered to John Tower's bid, the DTI confirmed yesterday that Alchemy would receive a grant.
Created: April 18, 2000
ALCHEMY PARTNERS, the venture capital firm, is set to forge an alliance with Group Lotus, the sports car manufacturer, to bolster its bid to buy Rover from BMW. Lotus Engineering, a division of Lotus Cars, is considering a proposal to develop the new MG sports cars Alchemy intends to produce if it succeeds in buying Rover.
Created: April 18, 2000
The main thrust of the Alchemy Partners' business plan for Rover, released last evening, further highlights its persistence with sports cars. It is hoping to team-up with Lotus and drive hard for the US market which it says offers significant sales possibilities.
Created: April 17, 2000
JOHN TOWERS, the former Rover boss, who tabled his bid for the ailing British car group to BMW on Friday, claims his consortium would retain two-thirds of the Rover workforce at Longbridge.
Created: April 17, 2000
This could be a decisive week for the UK's Rover Group, with more details emerging of how BMW is reacting to a strong counter-bid for the company, and Alchemy Partners revealing its detailed plans for new models and distribution.
Created: April 17, 2000
Rejuvenated motoring marque Jensen could stand to benefit from the demise of Rover after owners of the British sports car stated an interest in using some of the now spare capacity at Longbridge.
Created: April 17, 2000
Alchemy Partners will ask the UK government on Monday for money to back its bid to buy Rover from BMW , the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.
Created: April 14, 2000
German carmaker BMW AG received a rival bid for loss-making British subsidiary Rover on Friday, days before a London investment firm was due to drive away with the business.
Created: April 14, 2000
The latest is that Rolls-Royces could be made in Longbridge after the Rover factory has been turned into an operation dedicated to the production of Double-Rs.
Created: April 13, 2000
More than 5,000 Rover workers will be axed in one fell swoop when the car firm's expected new owners Alchemy Partners take over, Britain's top-selling Sun tabloid reported on Thursday. Alchemy's managing director John Moulton disclosed plans for a single huge redundancy scheme at Rover's Longbridge plant, the paper said. Longbridge employs just under 9,000 people. "We do not think it is fair to the workers to have lots of smaller redundancies because that only adds to the uncertainty," the Sun quoted Moulton as saying in an interview.
Created: April 13, 2000
An influential cross-party committee of British politicians slammed German car giant BMW on Thursday over its shock decision to drop Rover and called on it to consider rival bidders for its UK subsidiary. Parliament's Trade and Industry Committee gave Trade Secretary Stephen Byers a qualified clean bill of health, saying he could not have reasonably known that the car firm was on the point of pulling out of Rover much before it did.
Created: April 12, 2000
Former Rover Chief Executive John Towers, who is expected to make an offer for the British-based carmaker this week, wants BMW's Cowley plant as well as its Longbridge operation, the Times reported on Wednesday. It said Towers had told BMW that he wanted to keep the group in full apart from the Land Rover operation which was being sold to Ford .
Created: April 12, 2000
German car giant BMW has been accused of pressing ahead with the planned sale of Rover with "unseemly haste" after letters were sent to workers about the break-up of the group. Workers were told they would have to be allocated to one of the new business units within Rover by the next few days as part of the planned sale of most of Rover to venture capitalists Alchemy Partners.
Created: April 12, 2000
JOHN TOWERS, the former Rover chief executive who is plotting to buy the carmaker, wants to take the Cowley plant as well as the Longbridge operation, it has emerged. Mr Towers has told BMW that he wants to keep together the group in full, minus the Land Rover operation, which is going to Ford. Sources close to the bid, which is expected to be launched in the next few days, suggest that he is looking to offer about £800 million, though he still needs to seal some final financial backing.
Created: April 11, 2000
Former Rover Chief Executive John Towers is likely to present a formal counter-offer for BMW's struggling UK subsidiary by the end of the week, a senior union official said on Tuesday. Towers has been in talks with the German luxury carmaker over the last week in an attempt to thwart the controversial sale of Rover to British venture capital firm Alchemy.
Created: April 10, 2000
Mr Towers wants to build the new Mini at Longbridge and have the rights to produce the R30, which BMW designed as the new Rover mid-market car. BMW was led at yesterday's meeting by Werner Samann, the head of the company in the UK. BMW wants to keep the new Mini in its retained operations at Cowley.
Created: April 10, 2000
A REPORT in yesterday's Sunday Times that the Quandt family plans to sell its 48% stake in BMW has been dismissed as "absolute rubbish". Industry sources said it could not be ruled out that the rumour had been spread by Ford in the US, cited by the Sunday Times as being in talks with the Quandts along with Europe's biggest car maker Volkswagen.
Created: April 10, 2000
An eleventh-hour bid to save Rover's Longbridge as a mass production car plant may hinge on a new bidding consortium securing the right to build the new Mini and the R30, the Times newspaper reported on Monday. The bid being prepared by Rover's former chief executive John Towers included making the Mini and winning the intellectual property rights to the R30's design, it said.
Created: April 09, 2000
THE Quandt family is preparing to sell BMW and will seek a price of at least £20 billion for the company, say motor-industry insiders. They believe Ford and Volkswagen are likely to compete to buy the Munich-based business. However, one BMW executive has told The Sunday Times that he believes Ford is negotiating with VW to divide up the BMW group marques - with Ford buying BMW and VW taking Rolls-Royce. Both companies are believed to want Mini. The BMW executive said Ford could make the Mini at Dagenham, thereby saving the apparently doomed body and assembly plant at the east London site.
Created: April 09, 2000
VOLKSWAGEN, maker of the Beetle, is bidding to take over manufacture of the British Mini in a huge motor industry shake-up. The German car company has emerged as a favourite to take over BMW, which has been hit hard by its losses at Rover. If it does so, it would acquire both the Mini and the Rolls-Royce.
Created: April 07, 2000
BMW last night said it would consider the bid for Rover being put together by a former chief executive. John Towers met Werner Samann, the head of BMW in the UK, yesterday. Details of his bid, which is believed to have sound financial backing, will be made public next week. Mr Towers has already discussed his plans with Stephen Byers, the Trade and Industry Secretary. The Department of Trade and Industry said it will consider "appropriate assistance" when a bid is tabled.
Created: April 07, 2000
MINI has announced a new 3-model line-up for the UK market, known as the Mini Classic range. It comprises Mini Seven, Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper Sport. These derivatives will be the final versions of a car which laid down the rules of small-car motoring 41 years ago. Mini Seven reflects the car’s heritage, being influenced by the original 1959 model while the Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper Sport further demonstrate Mini’s sportiness, agility and exciting driving abilities, says the company. In european and world markets, a further ‘luxury’ variant is offered called Mini Knightsbridge.
Created: April 06, 2000
German car maker BMW AG has been approached by another potential bidder for Rover, the troubled British car unit which it is selling to venture capital firm Alchemy Partners, industry sources said on Thursday.
Created: April 06, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Thursday it would still consider a ``serious'' rival offer for its UK Rover unit after a report that the British government was backing a challenge to a bid by venture capital group Alchemy.
Created: April 06, 2000
A new consortium planning to bid for BMW AG's troubled Rover unit has won backing from the British government and is expected to present a formal proposal to the German owners shortly, the Guardian reported on Thursday.
Created: April 05, 2000
German luxury carmaker BMW AG has seen its carefully constructed long-term strategy crash in flames, it has stumbled into a public relations disaster in its biggest export market in Europe, and investors are beside themselves with admiration. BMW has quickly shaken off huge negatives and transformed its outlook after breaking with Rover.
Created: April 05, 2000
The UK's car buyers are to blame for the Rover crisis, the chairman of BMW has claimed. Professor Joachim Milberg risked further outrage by accusing Brits of abandoning the firm. "Ultimately it's UK customers who, by purchasing Rovers, can secure jobs.
Created: April 04, 2000
Around 100,000 people in a column four miles long filed through Birmingham on Saturday to protest against BMW's sale of Rover. Police were forced to close the city centre - and were ordered to leave their BMW motorbikes at home and follow the march on foot.
Created: April 04, 2000
German car giant BMW wants to break up the Rover plant within weeks, union leaders have claimed. And Tories blamed the crisis on Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers. The Transport and General Workers Union reckon the splitting up of Rover could begin next month.
Created: April 04, 2000
A trade union chief has called on James Bond to abandon his German sports car and drive British. The decision by German carmaker BMW to sell off its British Rover business has sparked anger in Britain and prompted calls for a boycott of BMW cars. ``OO7 is an international symbol of British patriotism and it is inconceivable that he can carry on driving round in one of those cars,'' said Sir Ken Jackson of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.
Created: April 04, 2000
Britain's Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers said on Tuesday that notes on his talks with BMW AG executives should bolster his case that he did not know in advance about the company's shock selloff of Rover.
Created: April 03, 2000
BELEAGUERED Rover dealers were today welcoming the press and TV campaign which broke this weekend whilst privately admitting doubts as to whether it was sufficient to bring back buyers. The campaign urges motorists to 'Buy with Confidence' and supports the message with cashback offers, 0% finance deals or Select finance packages with guaranteed residual valuations.
Created: April 03, 2000
BMW has admitted that it tried to off-load Rover to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen before making a deal with Alchemy Partners. None of the four motoring giants was interested in solely buying Rover, saying they would only be tempted if a possibility to acquire a stake in BMW was included in the deal. The revelation came after Werner Samann, chairman of Rover, was giving evidence at a House of Commons select committee.
Created: April 03, 2000
Over 50,000 people marched through Birmingham on Saturday to protest about BMW's sale of beleaguered car maker Rover to investors Alchemy.
Created: April 02, 2000
THE political future of Stephen Byers was thrown into further doubt last night after the chairman of BMW claimed he had warned the trade secretary last year that he might have to sell Rover. In his first interview since the crisis blew up, Joachim Milberg said he told Byers in December that Rover was in "serious trouble" and that a sell-off might have to be considered. He said Byers seemed to take the news calmly and was "unmoved".
Created: March 30, 2000
The company has just reported financial results for 1999 which show a large loss and indications of sales problems with some of its models, and a spate of reliability issues with Land Rovers.
Created: March 30, 2000
BMW bosses said on Wednesday they did not expect any potential bidders, other than venture capital firm Alchemy, to come forward for Rover. Apparently dashing union calls for the German car giant to work with the British government to find another buyer to keep Rover going as a middle of the range car producer, the chief executive of Rover Group said he would listen to other offers.
Created: March 30, 2000
It's midafternoon at Britain's largest car manufacturing plant, and a new Rover engine -- probably one of a dying breed -- lies unattended on an assembly line while five brooding workers hover around the radio news.
Created: March 30, 2000
BMW has admitted in the fall-out over the Rover affair that it tried to off-load the ailing British car maker to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen before making a deal with Alchemy Partners.
Created: March 30, 2000
A big rally by British unions is being planned in Birmingham on Saturday (April 1) to protest BMW's plans to sell Rover unit to the venture capital company Alchemy Partners.
Created: March 30, 2000
THE sale by BMW of Rover to Alchemy, the venture capital firm, could be delayed by up to a month while the German carmaker completes the sale of Land Rover to Ford. Sources close to Alchemy said last night that BMW's £1.85 billion sale of Land Rover to Ford, the American car company, is causing "great difficulties" at BMW, which could lead to the Rover deal dragging on significantly.
Created: March 30, 2000
TONY BLAIR hinted that Stephen Byers's long-term future as Trade Secretary has been damaged by his handling of the Rover crisis. In fierce Commons exchanges yesterday, the Prime Minister said it was not true that Mr Byers had been told of BMW's threat to abandon Rover three months before it happened. But he declined an invitation from William Hague, the Conservative leader, to express his full confidence in Mr Byers, once one of Labour's rising stars.
Created: March 30, 2000
The Cowley factory near Oxford, which makes the Rover 75 and is where BMW plans to start producing its "new Mini" next year, employs 3,500 people. Disposing of Cowley would have cut BMW's 27,000-strong workforce by a further 13pc, on top of the two thirds whose future passes to Ford and Alchemy as part of Rover's break-up.
Created: March 30, 2000
Troubled Rover is launching an ad campaign in a bid to boost flagging sales. The campaign, launched this weekend, aims to assure customers and enhance sales after several months of falling business.
Created: March 30, 2000
Mr Byers authorised officials from his Department of Trade and Industry to go public on the talks six days before the sale of Rover was announced, in an attempt to show that he could not have forseen the decision. He had promised to lay the details before the Trade and Industry Select Committee next week, and his decision to go public earlier was seized on by the Tories as evidence of his nervousness. He won room for manoeuvre when BMW admitted that it had not warned Mr Byers that Rover's future was in jeopardy, despite the firm's earlier insistence that it had.
Created: March 30, 2000
Not so at Rover where, sometime this week, the embattled car company's would-be saviour, Alchemy's Jon Moulton, will meet its agency of just a few months, M&C Saatchi. While it is a statement of the obvious to say that Alchemy has a number of huge and pressing problems to grapple with, advertising and marketing will certainly be high up on the list too.
Created: March 30, 2000
BMW considered selling its loss-making Rover arm for a year before finally deciding to rid itself of the "English patient". The decison was prompted by dwindling February sales and a European Commission inquiry, it emerged at the German car makers' annual results meeting yesterday.
Created: March 30, 2000
German car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it should complete its pullout from loss-making British subsidiary Rover within eight weeks after ploughing nearly $4.5 billion into it over the last six years. BMW said this month's preliminary agreement to transfer Rover Cars to UK venture capital group Alchemy Partners remained the only deal on the table despite hopes in Britain of a rescue by an established car company.
Created: March 29, 2000
BMW, the German carmaker, blames British consumers for the collapse of Rover, claiming that the lack of support from car buyers in its home market was a key reason for the company's decline. Joachim Milberg, the BMW chairman, delivered the stinging attack with BMW's annual results in Munich. He also renewed his attack on the British Government with claims that the high value of sterling made the German company's presence in Britain untenable.
Created: March 29, 2000
What seemed like a done deal has been thrown into fresh doubt after a counter bid for Rover. The move puts a Midlands entrepreneur head-to-head with Alchemy Partners. Computer millionaire John Hemmings claimed he had support from backers willing to save Longbridge. BMW has said it will consider other offers, but the move has only added to the uncertainty facing Rover.
Created: March 28, 2000
Alchemy Partners, Rover’s potential new owners have named the intended Chief Executive set to take over the troubled car manufactures. Chris Woodwark the former boss of Rolls Royce is poised for the position.
Created: March 28, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday it plans to complete the sale of its loss-making U.K. Rover Cars subsidiary to British venture capital group Alchemy Partners within the next six to eight weeks.
Created: March 28, 2000
British trade union officials plan to meet BMW AG this week to again lobby the German car maker to rethink its decision to ditch loss-making UK subsidiary Rover.
Created: March 28, 2000
UNION LEADERS, local councils and Rover suppliers will today outline to MPs their fears for the future of the West Midlands in the wake of Rover's sale to Alchemy Partners.
Created: March 27, 2000
Key BMW AG shareholders the Quandt family rejected as ``absolute nonsense'' a report on Sunday that they planned to sell their stake in the German carmaker in 2001.
Created: March 27, 2000
Car giant Ford is believed to have made a formal offer to buy BMW for £10 billion, according to reports from insiders working at the German manufacturer.
Created: March 27, 2000
A HANDFUL of enterprising Rover car dealers hoisted the Union flag outside their showrooms last week in a bid to capitalise on the jingoism aroused by the crisis at the British motor manufacturer. The dealers were hoping that resentment of BMW, Rover's German owner for the past six years, could result in customers showing loyalty by buying the British-made car. Anecdotal evidence suggests the marketing gimmick had some impact on sales, and a number of big fleet clients have also reaffirmed their commitment to Rover.
Created: March 27, 2000
AT LEAST 50,000 people are expected to join a protest march in Birmingham on Saturday to campaign against BMW's sale of Rover. Some industry experts believe that the number could be as high as 100,000. They claim there is a growing wave of public hostility towards BMW and they say that unless the German carmaker offers a better deal for its British workers, the company will suffer a backlash that will hit sales.
Created: March 27, 2000
A ROW has broken out between Chris Woodwark, the newly appointed chief executive of MG Cars, and troubled conglomerate Staveley Industries, which could threaten Alchemy Partners' plans for Rover. Mr Woodwark, who is Staveley's chief executive, has started working part-time for MG Cars, set up by venture capitalists Alchemy to take over what remains of Rover from BMW. Jon Moulton, Alchemy managing partner, said yesterday: "He is already doing bits and bobs for us, and he will do more."
Created: March 23, 2000
Ford is being linked in Britain with still unconfirmed reports that there is a secret deal which explains the inexplicable decision by BMW to sell off its ailing Rover Group at a knock-down price to a group of venture capitalists with no experience in the motor industry.
Created: March 23, 2000
British Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers said on Thursday that the Ford Motor Co was in a prime position to take over Rover's research and development centre from German car maker BMW AG.
Created: March 23, 2000
Rover's prospective new owner, Alchemy Partners, named a former boss of Rolls Royce Motor Cars to head the loss-making car maker on Thursday -- but the UK government said there was still time for rival bids.
Created: March 22, 2000
The UK's Retail Motor Industry Federation is making representations on behalf of some 300 car dealers for BMW to pay compensation for the losses the dealers expect to suffer as a result of BMW selling its loss-making Rover subsidiary.
Created: March 22, 2000
The British car is dead. Long live the British car. Rover's demise as a large manufacturer should finally lay the awful ghost of Leyland to rest. But what next? The future could be bright - and a world away from the walnut-and-leather dead end that has dogged home-owned mass-production carmaking.
Created: March 22, 2000
THE last of the original Minis will roll off the Longbridge production line this year, after a tradition lasting more than 40 years. Alchemy Partners, which plans to take over the Longbridge plant, announced yesterday that production of the Mini would cease before the appearance of the version to be produced by BMW at the Cowley plant in Oxford from summer 2001. Jon Moulton, head of Alchemy Partners, said: "We will wind down the production of the old Mini by the autumn and phase it out by the end of the year."
Created: March 22, 2000
JON MOULTON faced the world with a smile yesterday when he was asked how his company Alchemy would turn the base metal of Britain's motor industry into gold. Everyone was fearing a slick City spiv generally spreading gloom in the name of profit. Instead, the balding man who emerged from the modest Covent Garden offices of his venture-capital firm was more than mildly eccentric and took on the baying crowds like one of the best stand-up performers in front of an audience of hecklers.
Created: March 22, 2000
Alchemy Partners says it will continue to build the old Mini, which was to end production this fall after 41 years While the old Mini will soldier on well past its expiration date, BMW's new Mini brand is delayed. It probably will take some time to re-nameplate the cars, but to what?
Created: March 22, 2000
"I thought: 'Why must we suffer this destruction? There must be an alternative to Alchemy. I am looking for people who have the financial backing and motor industry experience. I have talked to several people since Sunday," he told Reuters.
Created: March 22, 2000
BMW shares rose Tuesday on speculation that the German automaker may have sold its Rover holdings to make itself a more attractive takeover candidate. But its controlling shareholder denied BMW was for sale.
Created: March 21, 2000
British millionaire businessman John Hemming said on Tuesday he hoped to put together a consortium to launch an alternative bid for BMW AG's loss-making Rover car unit.
Created: March 20, 2000
Trade unions representing Rover employees voted unanimously on Monday to block the sale of the nation's last home-grown car maker by BMW AG, saying demonstrations, a boycott and strike action were all options.
Created: March 20, 2000
BMW AG's sell off of ailing British carmaker Rover to venture capital group Alchemy Partners, sparked growing anger on Sunday in London and speculation that the German luxury carmaker could itself become a takeover target.
Created: March 20, 2000
Ford is interested in taking over German luxury car maker BMW AG (BMWG.DE), although talks to that end have not taken place at the management board level, Welt am Sonntag said.
Created: March 20, 2000
Ford Motor Company has set up a series of crucial high level management meetings over the next three weeks at which decisions will be taken that will have widespread repercussions throughout the global motor industry.
Created: March 20, 2000
The British motor industry trade unions are starting a series of meetings today (March 20) to discuss strike action aimed at hurting BMW as anger mounts over the German company's decision to sell off most of the Rover group.
Created: March 19, 2000
As Jon Moulton was ushered into the executive suite at BMW's "Four-Cylinder" headquarters near the Olympic stadium in Munich last October, he knew the meeting he was about to attend with Helmut Panke, its chief financial officer, might be a brief one.
Created: March 19, 2000
I FIRST set foot more than 20 years ago in what was then BL Cars. It was clear the company, which had been loss-making from inception, lacked the intellectual horsepower to meet the looming challenges of technological change and customer expectations.
Created: March 18, 2000
BMW blamed its decision to sell Rover on Britain's failure to join the single European currency.
Created: March 17, 2000
Workers at the Rover plant in central England, the largest car factory in the country, braced themselves on Friday for heavy job losses as its new owner said it planned to slash production.
Created: March 17, 2000
British Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers said on Friday that Germany's BMW AG would be prepared to entertain other offers for its loss-making Rover business.
Created: March 17, 2000
Rover's new owner said on Friday it would shrink production at the struggling British car maker to less than 100,000 cars a year and cut a large number of jobs as it seeks to return to profitability over the next two years.
Created: March 17, 2000
THE long-term future of the Longbridge car plant and its 50,000 associated jobs was uncertain last night after BMW confirmed that it was splitting up its loss-making Rover subsidiary and selling the Birmingham factory to Alchemy, a venture capital firm.
Company is a history of British marques
Created: March 17, 2000
Rover today is the culmination of a long process of mergers and takeovers within the British motor industry since the Second World War. Its history is also the history of the demise of some of Britain's best known car makes: Wolseley, Riley, Austin and Morris.
Created: March 17, 2000
Rover's ambitious new owner said on Friday that it would halve production at the struggling British carmaker and cut an unspecified large number of jobs as it tries to restore profitability over the next two years.
Created: March 16, 2000
It has been coming for forty years, ever since the old British Leyland did all its sums wrong on the Mini. The company had a world beating revolutionary car on its hands and, not to put to fine a point on it, they cocked it up in Rolls Royce style.
Created: March 16, 2000
The European Commission on Thursday denied that its determination to probe British subsidies to BMW's Rover subsidiary was a factor in the German carmaker's plan to sell Rover to a venture capital fund.
Created: March 16, 2000
The new company will continue with Rover's current model range of the 25, 45, 75, Old Mini and MGF will provide ongoing service to Rover's customers.
Created: March 16, 2000
As BMW counted the economic cost of Rover and prepared to have it towed away, Britain faced the political cost of 50,000 potential job losses as it gears up for an election.
Created: March 16, 2000
British unions fearfully braced for a decision by German carmaker BMW AG to sell its loss-making Rover to a venture capital firm on Thursday, saying they would bitterly oppose a decision to split up the division.
Created: March 16, 2000
The disposal of Rover to Alchemy will exclude Land Rover and the new Mini, which are to be retained by BMW.
Created: March 16, 2000
British private equity group Alchemy Partners said on Thursday it had reached an outline agreement with BMW AG to acquire most of the German car maker's loss-making Rover operations.
Created: March 16, 2000
British investment group Alchemy would take control of current Mini production at Longbridge, but plans to cease manufacture of the Mini later this year would remain. Alchemy will become responsible for supplying parts for the current Mini.
Created: March 16, 2000
German car maker BMW is to split up its Rover subsidiary and sell the Rover Cars business to UK venture capital firm Alchemy Partners.
MG: Reviving the brand
Created: March 16, 2000
MG was considered the poor man's Jaguar, a sporty model that was in the reach of the ordinary man.
Created: March 15, 2000
BMW SHARES in German soared today after signals that the manufacturers was planning to rid itself of loss-making Rover in the UK. Shares soared over 8% to 29.80 euros. No further announcement is expected on the German company's decision about Rover until a press conference on Friday.
Created: March 15, 2000
THE CLEAREST sign yet that BMW no longer has the spirit - and possibly the reserves - to battle with its Rover subsidiary came yesterday. The German owners refused to deny a report in Sud-deutsche Zeitung that it is to sell factories including, Longbridge.
Created: March 15, 2000
Responding to a German media report on Tuesday that BMW Chief Executive Joachim Milberg would inform the firm's supervisory board of management's plan to sell the unit, BMW said that a sale of the car production unit was one possibility among several.
Created: March 15, 2000
U.S. car makers Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. are widely believed by industry experts to be interested in taking over BMW itself.
Created: March 15, 2000
British unions on Wednesday called on managers at BMW AG to ``keep their nerve'' on the German group's loss-making Rover Cars subsidiary, arguing it's sale was not in the interest of Britain or BMW itself.
Created: March 15, 2000
Britain has contacted BMW AG to stress the importance of Rover Group to the UK economy, as the German car giant decides whether to sell off its ailing car unit, a government statement said on Wednesday
Created: March 15, 2000
German luxury car maker BMW AG said on Tuesday there are parties interested in purchasing activities in its loss-making British subsidiary Rover that may be sold off.
Created: March 15, 2000
He added it was hard to see who would want to buy Rover, stripped of its profitable 4x4 business and the Mini, in an industry struggling with chronic overcapacity.
Created: March 15, 2000
Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair made a direct appeal to Germany's BMW on Wednesday not to sell its loss-making Rover arm in a bid to safeguard 50,000 British jobs.
Created: March 15, 2000
German car maker BMW AG could propose closing its UK Rover group's Longbridge plant rather than sell-off the unit, an industry source told Reuters late on Tuesday.
Created: March 15, 2000
British unions on Tuesday voiced dismay at news that BMW AG was considering selling off its loss-making Rover subsidiary, urging the company to make its intentions clear.
Created: March 11, 2000
BMW's loss-making British Rover subsidiary has weighed heavily on the Munich-based carmaker's earnings. BMW expects Rover to break even in 2002.
Created: March 10, 2000
These two recall campaigns for the BMW-owned British brands come at the same time as there are renewed fears that the European Commission will block the British government giving subsidies worth over $222 million to encourage BMW to invest in making Rover's Longbridge plant viable.
Created: March 09, 2000
THE Government was yesterday attempting to head off an EU veto on the £152m aid package for BMW to redevelop the Rover plant at Longbridge.
Created: March 08, 2000
New doubts over a £152 million grant for Rover's troubled Longbridge plant have arisen after European Commissioners questioned whether BMW was ever serious about threatening to move production to Hungary to slash costs.
Created: March 06, 2000
THE euro's slide against the pound sterling has increased the pressure on BMW to reduce the costs of it money-losing British subsidiary, Rover, a senior BMW official says.
Created: March 06, 2000
The Munich manufacturer wants sites selling up to 1,500 vehicles a year with the Mini, MG, Rover, Land Rover and BMW marques all on offer under one roof.
Created: March 05, 2000
AS HE prepared for last week's Geneva motor show, Rick Wagoner, chief executive-designate of General Motors, spotted a British newspaper headline about GM.
Created: March 03, 2000
IN A meeting with trade secretary, Stephen Byers yesterday,EU competition commissioner, Mario Monti, said he would try to speed-up a decision on whether to back state aid to Rover.
Created: March 03, 2000
The UK's Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers meet the European Union Competition Commissioner, Mario Monti, on Thursday to try speed up the investigation into the planned government grant of £151m to BMW towards the development of Rover's Longbridge site in Birmingham.
Created: March 02, 2000
THE FORMER Lucas automotive component factory in Burnley, Lancs
Created: February 29, 2000
BMW is holding talks with German rival Volkswagen about runningloss-making Rover as a joing venture, according to reports. But BMW has strongly denied the claims.
Created: February 29, 2000
BMW is reporting that new vehicle deliveries rose more than 8% in the first 2-months of 2000 to almost 170,000 vehicles, with Rover sales rising more than 2%.
Limited Edition Minis Cheaper on the Continent
Created: February 25, 2000
If you were to do some window shopping in mainland Europe you would find that the new limited edition Minis are as much as US$3,200 cheaper there than in the UK.
Limited Edition Minis Unveiled
Created: February 24, 2000
Specifications of the LE 'final edition' Minis has been released by Rover
Created: February 24, 2000
German car maker BMW AG warned on Wednesday that future investment in its loss-making British Rover subsidiary could be put in jeopardy if a strong pound continued to hamper efforts to turn Rover around.
Now GM wants Land Rover - and BMW
Created: February 20, 2000
THE world's biggest carmaker wants to take over the world's best 4x4xFar. General Motors, which is courting Rover's owner BMW, is keen to acquire Land Rover along with the Munich brand. GM's interest
Created: February 19, 2000
Seems that the lower prices for limited edition Minis on the mainland is not the end of the story. Motor manufacturers are pushing up car prices on the continent to stop British buyers from snapping up cheap imports.
Four special edition Minis to mark the end of productuion
Created: February 18, 2000
Later this year Rover will produce four speical 'final edition' Minis: the Knightsbridge, Seven, Cooper, and Cooper S.
Created: February 16, 2000
According to a source in association with Rover, it is no longer possible for UK dealers to order UK-specification Minis
Created: February 14, 2000
Despite denials from the company, many see an approach from VW as the only credible solution to Rover's problems
Created: February 14, 2000
By the end of this year, Land Rover North America Inc. will move from a nearly new headquarters in Lanham, Md., to BMW of North America Inc.'s headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
Created: February 08, 2000
BMW, Rover's parent company, expressed surprise yesterday that its fellow German carmaker, Porsche, is to challenge BMW's £152m government subsidy to rebuild the Longbridge plant.
Created: February 07, 2000
There are rumors floating about that an official party will be held this summer
Created: February 03, 2000
Last month it was revealed that the group is expected to announce massive loses for last year.
Created: February 01, 2000
Rover has confirmed that in September 2000 production of Mini 'Classics' will cease.
Created: February 01, 2000
BMW, the German car maker, insisted yesterday that it remained "committed" to Rover despite a 25% fall in sales last year and widening losses from its offshoot.
Created: January 30, 2000
BMW said that model changes and slow sales at its UK subsidiary Rover were the main reasons for a 26.8% fall in profits
Created: January 30, 2000
UK car manufacturer Rover is in trouble, hit by low productivity, falling sales and mounting losses. Its parent company, BMW of Germany, has cut costs and embarked on a massive investment programme. But will it work? BBC News Online examines Rover's problems.
Created: February 09, 1999
Movie-goers knew that Americans drove cars as big as whales - and in that post-war era, the American lifestyle represented progress. In Britain, however, rationing was still in effect - and then the Suez crisis of 1956 threatened to stem supplies of oil.
Created: June 20, 1998
THEY'RE working on a new one and it had better be pretty good, for this is the car that hit the streets and never looked back, never went out of fashion. The Mini, breaker of social barriers, made it smart and trendy to turn up in a small car anywhere, at the steps of the Dorchester or at Ascot.
Farewell to Metroland
Created: January 17, 1998
The entire future of British Leyland rode on the perky tin box with its spacious cabin and luggage-devouring hatchback - even though the organisation installed engines and subframes from the 21-year-old Mini because it was too broke to develop new ones.
Created: February 12, 1996
ROVER engineers are studying a design for a new Mini which would incorporate two engines and make it almost as revolutionary as the original, now 36 years old and still going strong.
The Marina In North America
Created: April 04, 1994
Production of the Morris Marina got under way at Cowley, near Oxford, in 1971 and what was - in effect - the British Leyland Motor Corporation's first new car, was unveiled to the public in April of that year. Its appearances had been eagerly awaited since formation of the corporation in 1968 and what finally emerged after almost three years of deliberation was very much an amalgam of already-dated components from various parts of the Leyland empire (in the main of Morris and Triumph origin.)
Fuel Systems
The Carb Shop
Created: August 16, 2007
Mini Mania is proud to announce the opening of the Carb Shop. We now offer in house carburetor rebuilding, specializing in HS & HIF, SU models.
Created: January 19, 2006
For any rebuildable carbeurator or core. Amount determined by type and condition. Call today and learn how to turn that old carb into fast cash!
Fun Things
Tell a Joke week! Tell us your Jokes - Mini Mania
Created: August 08, 2012
A good laugh is the best stress buster that one can think of. So it is not surprising that among all the special days in the annual calendar, there is a National Joke Week.
MINI and thier Olympic Contribution
Created: August 07, 2012
British automaker MINI has unleashed a fleet of MiniMINIs onto the field at London’s Olympic Stadium to fetch thrown objects; in this case of the Javelin, Discus, Shot and Hammer variety.
Heritage Motor Centre Certificates & Archive Services
Created: February 16, 2012
A Heritage Certificate is a certified copy of the entry against the chassis number in the authentic factory ledgers.Discover the original numbers and colour scheme, dates of build and despatch, and where available, the details of factory fitted equipment.
Created: February 15, 2012
No excuses! Simply take 10% off the next 72 hours and we will donate another 5% to United Way http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
Meet the MINI Countryman’s Classic Cousin, Mini MAX !
Created: March 04, 2011
The Mini MAX is undoubtedly purpose-built, but sensible given Mila's activities, which include publishing his Czech-language publication "OffRoad 4x4 Magazine" blitzing sand dunes in sub-Saharan Africa; and barreling over glacial tundra in Iceland.
BMC Mini Original Commercial!
Created: February 01, 2011
Check out this classic BMC video!
eBay watch: 1988 Austin Mini Designer Mary Quant Edition
Created: January 24, 2011
We have featured one of these in the past, but as they come up so infrequently - and we think they're a collectible of tomorrow - we're flagging up another Austin Mini Designer Mary Quant Edition.
Created: March 08, 2010
The Mini at 50: why we'll never tire of these wheels
Created: January 19, 2009
The Mini was invented in 1959. And thank heavens for that, for without it the Sixties would surely not have been possible. How would Twiggy have got around? And never mind who your favourite Beatle was: which was your favourite Beatle's Mini? Paul's green 1965 Cooper S? John's GT? Or George's psychedelic Mini? Or Ringo's high-spec Radford Mini?
Created: March 07, 2007
Welcome to the 1959 Mini Register.The Register is free to join and is for owners of 1959 Minis.Our aim is to help preserve these unique British Motoring icons.You can contact me via email at bill@1959miniregister.com
Created: February 14, 2007
Created: February 14, 2007
Created: November 07, 2005
The Phil Wicks Ultimate Mini Driving Academy will be at Laguna Seca on Wednesday, December 14. The activities will begin on Tuesday, December 13, at the Embassy Suites on Monterey Bay with pre-registration and opening reception.
Created: December 09, 2002
Created: June 10, 2002
These days, it would appear that people have flat out lost their collective minds.  Wouldn't it?  After all, each morning after a brief flurry of activity in the home, and a much too short period of warming up the wee beastie, I head out of my Metropolitan apartment complex and attempt to scoot out into traffic (ahhh city life).
Created: April 29, 2002
Gray skies and drizzle didn't deter the determined Mini and MINI drivers from having a great time during for the 2nd Annual "Mini" Miglia Fun Run
Created: March 25, 2002
Stand up and be counted! List your Classic Mini or variant with the American Mini Registry and be a part of a permanent census of Minis in the US.
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Created: February 27, 2002
Created: February 27, 2002
Not much headroom, but the world's lowest car can be yours for a mere £30,000.
Created: February 12, 2002
When you're young and not thinking clearly, anything's possible. Even driving a Mini shell across town ... on TOP of your Mini! Rachel Nelson of Victoria, BC, sent photos and the whole story
Created: February 11, 2002
That's right! Get ready for Spring Thing, your next race, or just beat the winter blues with Mini Mania's 15%-Off Sale!
Created: November 20, 2001
Minis, of course, are fantastically manoeuvrable, but that applies only when a sufficient number of wheels are on some kind of surface. It does not apply when they're all up in the air.
Created: August 17, 2001
It is inevitable that when good ideas come up, they will come up at inopportune times. This was one such time and Mini Run 2001 was such an idea. Read the first of many Mini episodes ...
Created: July 13, 2001
WHEN the chef Antony Worrall Thompson was aged 20, he was well known to the local police. His souped-up Mini Cooper S looked highly suspect, with its
Created: May 02, 2001
I decided to drive my Mini more than 200 miles to California's Gold Country to attend Nevada City Adventure at Mini Mania's new location....
Created: April 12, 2001
Congratulations to our first Mini Mania contest winner, Bob Beauchemin! Find out more about Bob and his gorgeous Mini.
Created: April 05, 2001
Changeover period should mean fun driving for MINI owners.
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Created: February 16, 2001
On February 11th the Oregon mini Society headed for Vancouver Washington's indoor go-cart track, called Hot Tracks, to try out their driving skills behind the wheel. Talk about a lot of fun, these 160cc carts can go an amazing 30 miles an hour with their Honda 5.5hp engines!
Created: February 08, 2001
In 1992 I brought together a few friends to form what was soon called "The Alberni Valley Autosports Club" (AVAC). We had about 4 of us with one Austin Healy Bug Eyed Sprite, a Mini 1000 ("The No Brakes Mini), a Toyota Corolla and one rather worn out Datsun F10.
Created: February 07, 2001
A MINI fanatic has received particular mention in Britains best-recognised awards scheme for small businesses, it was announced today. Judges were so impressed with the Mini specialist that they created a special award to recognise the firms outstanding achievement.
Created: February 07, 2001
Following a visit to my Godfathers back in the winter of ’95 the idea was born. Gerry Hawkridge, the owner of Transformer Cars, was in the midst of building a mini sprint!
Created: February 07, 2001
The Austin Mini1000 makes for a great slalom car, assuming you prepare it well. However, for those of us trying to prove we are related to Mario Andretti or some other famous (or less so) racer, and without the budget to prepare a killer mini, the less prepared mini 1000 will have to do and certainly fits the description of "low budget slalom car".
Created: February 02, 2001
I recently discovered a way to race a Mini Cooper S 1.3I all over the world, without paying a dime
Created: January 25, 2001
It was at Knox Mountain Hillclimb in mid May of 1974, the sky was blue the air was warm and all was well in the world for this nine year old boy -- at least I was nine then! I was wide eyed and very impressionable -- some say little has changed-- and everything was bright and colorful (specifically the cars)! Of course, way back then, Knox Mountain was sort of a Mecca for British Columbia drivers like my dad (Ken McVay) who had visions of tromping Triumphs and Datsuns alike with his highly prepared MG despite the fact that it lacked one important ingredient: Goodyear Bluesteaks!
How low can you go?
Created: January 19, 2001
MINI owners in Buckinghamshire who found a man with a tape measure taking their cars' vital statistics might like to know that this apparently peculiar activity got him into the Guinness Book of Records.
Created: January 17, 2001
Mini Owner Alex Best from Haselmere in Surrey won a Slogan competition held by Herts Insurance Consultants.
Created: January 12, 2001
Over 70 celebrities signed the team 107 Mini which took part in the 10th annual Italian Job run.
Mini Memoirs: Bruce's Cooper
Created: November 08, 2000
Although I have lived in the Caribbean for the past 28 years I keep a car or two in NJ where my vacations are for car shows. The Mini is my driver. The truck is not mine. I have had more fun driving this and people love seeing it more than many other more exotic cars I have owned.
Created: October 16, 2000
The morning of Monday, September 4, 2000, dawned cloudy and damp. It wasn't raining, but had been and, as Dorothea and I made ready to continue along the Lewis and Clark Trail, it was easy to envision what the Corps of Discovery had faced in November 1805. Envision it we did, but that didn't stop us from having a hot breakfast and setting off from Portland, Oregon, in a warm and dry car.
Created: October 16, 2000
The following is a summary of the boring bits from the Wolseley Across America trip. If you have any questions or comments, I can be reached at Cheleker@aol.com
Created: October 05, 2000
The Mini is as youthful as the day that Sir Alec Issigonis first sketched its simple lines on a restaurant table cloth. In four decades it has become an icon and is destined to live on as one of the great legends of the world motor industry. The modern motor car was born on 26 August 1959.
Created: October 04, 2000
Portland. This Portland is in Oregon. Oregon is the 18th State of the trip. It is also the 2nd biggest at 97,073 square miles (rank 10 in the US), only surpassed by Montana. With a population of 3.2 million (ranking 11th out of our 18) the population density is only 33 people per square mile.
Created: October 03, 2000
n Kennewick on the evening of August 31st, EG and I are almost a week ahead of the Corps of Discovery. The Corps camped at the meeting of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers near present day Lewiston, Idaho, on October 10th. They dined on what they purchased from the Indians: dried roots, salmon and dog.
Created: September 29, 2000
Wednesday night, August 30, 2000, EG and I spent the night in Missoula, Montana. September 10, 1805, the Corps of Discovery spent the night in what is now Lolo, Montana, just south of present day Missoula. The next day we both headed west.
Created: September 27, 2000
I need to back up a bit. Although I-15 between Great Falls and Helena in itself is just another freeway, the country through which it passes can hold one's interest - what could be seen of it because of the smoke. The road follows the Missouri River and even crosses it several times. It is easy to use your imagination and see the Corps of Discovery trying to maneuver the heavy canoes against the river's flow.
Created: September 25, 2000
Monday night the 28th left me in glenDIVE, Montana (having traveled from Pierre, South Dakota that day) about to poke into EG's dropping gas mileage. PART 20 also left Lewis and Clark leaving the current-day Pierre area heading out away from the Teton Sioux.
Created: September 20, 2000
Once dinner the 27th was out of the way it was time to dive into EG to see why she was running a bit "off," and, while I was at it, it was time to change the tarp. It had flapped around for 3,900 miles since leaving Miami and had worn through in a few spots. I was heading for the Northwest. It might rain.
Created: September 19, 2000
This past weekend saw the Colorado English Conclave, nearly five hundred entrants, the largest gathering in Colorado this year. Here are some pictures of the weekend's activity.
Created: September 15, 2000
It was Sunday the 27th. I was two days out of St. Louis and had easily covered over 500 miles. Lewis and Clark took well over two months to cover the same distance. They spent four days in this area south of present day Omaha, and continued to marvel at the vast prairie devoid of trees. By July 27/28 they passed through the area now known as Omaha and shortly after encountered a lone Indian. Through him they arranged their first formal meeting with Indians for August 3rd at the area that became Fort Atkinson. Their thoughts on the Omaha area? Clark wrote,
Created: September 14, 2000
Saturday the 26th was to be a short drive, but I still got an early start. I had to get around Kansas City (and Kansas City, there's one in Kansas, too) before the Saturday working corporate drones clogged the freeways. The day's route would take me from Missouri to Kansas (briefly), back to Missouri to Iowa and finally into Nebraska outside of Omaha. I was still on the trail of Lewis and Clark following the Missouri River and heading for a meeting with Mini owner Frank Grover.
Created: September 13, 2000
Something tells me these have been used for a rallye or two in the past. Eventually, Karl led me to Highway 94 just on the north side of the Missouri River where he let me lead for a while until he had to turn off and head back. Horn honk, lights flash, and a wave and EG and I were off to cross Missouri and get to Lees Summit just outside of Kansas City.
Created: September 12, 2000
The 24th I got an early start. I wanted to get to St. Louis to connect up with the MADMEN before the afternoon traffic crunch started and all the corporate drones hit the road. Most of the planned route was on freeways, so, for the most part, the drive was going to be hot, humid and boring. EG decided to make it just a bit more exciting for me. More of that later.
Created: September 11, 2000
Knoxville, Tennessee. I arrived the afternoon of the 22nd to the west of Knoxville near the junction of boring I-75 and equally boring I-140 and checked into a motel for the night. Before I broke out the computer to makes some notes about the day's drive, I called Hugh Cannon. Hugh's not only a Mini owner in the area, but I was to find out that he owns two of my favorite Minis: Mokes (just don't tell EG!).
September Italian Job Celeb Special
Created: September 07, 2000
The Italian Job Team number 107 Mini was recently invited to the Sir John Mills Celebrity Golf Classic where 21 famous personalities added their autographs to the Miniís bodywork. This brings the total number of celebrities to have signed the car to over 40.
Created: September 07, 2000
We left EG and me all but coasting into Asheville just off the Blue Ridge Parkway desperately looking for a gas station and seeing a sign indicating Asheville was 5 more miles. I turned the corner, and there was a gas station! Sort of makes up for driving up Mount Mitchell to see the sights and only seeing clouds.
Created: September 05, 2000
Sunday the 20th promised to be a great day. That is the day I started down the Blue Ridge Parkway. Up until a couple of months ago, I'd never heard of it. It's certainly no secret to anyone who lives within 500 miles of it, but, hey, I'm a Left Coaster.
Wolseley Across America 12: MORE VIRGINIA
Created: September 01, 2000
Every State visited by EG and me has much to offer, more than could be seen in a short period of time. Virginia certainly fits in that category. The plan, as you'll recall, was to spend Friday the 18th playing tourist. One small area around Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg could occupy a week. I stretched the trip to give it a day. Just a taste, but probably enough to entice me back someday.
Created: August 31, 2000
Just to put North Carolina in perspective with the other three states (and you thought I was going to forget about demographics and history, didn't you?) its population of about 7.5 million puts it just less than double its neighbor to the south, South Carolina, and about the same as Georgia.
Created: August 28, 2000
I've been asked to comment about how EG has been performing to date, so this article will put the trip out of Charleston on hold long enough to recap how the South African Wolseley is performing north of the equator.
Created: August 28, 2000
Wednesday the 16th saw me turning my back on Charleston, with some regret, and heading north along 17 with the ultimate destination for the day of somewhere in the Outer Banks. Well planned, as usual, you can see. Highway 17 runs near the Atlantic through a national forest for a while, although you'd never know it -- the ocean being near, that is. The forest is obvious.
Created: August 24, 2000
If I’ve counted correctly, this is Part 8 of the Wolseley Across America saga. It only took me this long to figure out that I’d better number these things or it is hard to figure out which ones to read in which order. Sorry for the brain fade.
Created: August 21, 2000
Before we get back to Florida, I dug up some more detailed information about this unusual car. Ryno Verster of South Africa (and from whom I bought the car) has been digging around trying to come up with a history of the cars.
Created: August 21, 2000
While waiting for the Mini to arrive I took a few drives and played tourist. Museums, beaches, everglades. All the usual stuff. Do it if you ever get the chance. Here's a challenge for you though. Every chance you get ask whomever you are talking to if they are native Floridians. You won't find many!
Created: August 21, 2000
When I last left off I was heading up boring old I-95 towards Satch's. It was late afternoon when I arrived. Like the other places I've visited, Satch's was easy to find by the Minis in the driveway.
Created: August 21, 2000
We are just about out of Florida, but before we go, how about a few more Florida facts? Tough. You're going to get them anyway!
Created: August 21, 2000
Unlike Sherman, I drifted quietly into Georgia on Sunday the 13th, and headed up the quickest route towards Savannah. (Sherman wasn't so quiet, but he, too, headed for Savannah.) Unfortunately, that was I-95, and for the most part this was the worst section. But, I had one stop I wanted to make and I wanted to make sure I got all the way to Savannah so I could spend time there the next morning.
Created: August 18, 2000
What can I say about Florida; except, it is everything you've ever seen or read about it. It is almost a cliche of itself. Think of LA with humidity, bugs, alligators and the worst drivers in the US. Here's a tip for car makers. You could save a lot of money on Florida bound cars. Well, not a lot per car, but by leaving out the turn signal bulbs on each car it would add up. Nobody uses them anyway. OK, that is not entirely true. Occasionally, I'd see someone driving down the freeway with the left turn signal on, and on, and on... I finally figured it out. It is a handy place to hang the cell phone on those few times when it is not being used.
Created: August 15, 2000
This is about driving a Mini across America. It is about what happens along the way and about the Mini owners I am fortunate enough to meet. Some travel commentary may sneak in now and then, but Minis are the main theme. As long as all the new technology holds up (laptop, digital camera, Internet access) and all the old technology holds up (in the form of one Wolseley  1000...and driver), dialogue and photos will get posted as we make our way across the US.
Burnin' Mini
Created: June 19, 2000
Check out this Mini. So much for tires! This crazy boy is Russ Swift from the MiniSpares display team, I don't know who the biker is but the way they're going no one's going anywhere.
Created: May 22, 2000
Every inch of all the rear windows had a child's face in it,I could just about hear the bus driver yelling at all the kids to get back in their seats. As I passed it was like the wave at sporting events; the little faces just followed me down the side.
Blowing bubbles
Created: April 18, 2000
After the Mini's debut in 1959, the bubble bubble began to deflate, if not actually burst. Fuel rationing was over, we'd never had it so good and the Sixties were about to swing.
Created: April 14, 2000
Almost instantly we heard the rumbling of engines coming up from behind us. Looking in the rear view mirror I saw the most bizarre sight. It was a bozozoku gang. Near terrorist motor gangs that zip around Tokyo with battle flags, crazy outfits, and a complete disregard for cops.
Created: April 13, 2000
Two years later, after numerous visits to the police, calls downtown, meetings with a lawyer, and searching for information about our car, it was miraculously released by the Italian government. It had spent those two years outside at a tow lot, with another car parked on top of it!!!
Created: April 07, 2000
In 1969 I was a 19-year-old sports car fanatic with a 1964 Austin 850 Mini, my first car. The glory years of the Monte Carlo rally minis were just over and I was sure that my red shoebox was the ticket to motorsports fame.
Created: April 07, 2000
When I was coming out of the store at my last stop, I saw an elderly gentleman walking very slowly around my Sprite. He told me what a nice car it was and that you just don't see that many on the road anymore.
Created: March 17, 2000
I've just bought a mini. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it at the garage. He is a white mini austin, an R and L special, with a special paint job making him look like a mini cooper. His roof is turqouise and so are the stripes down his bonnet.
A class of its own
Created: March 13, 2000
Jaguar's F-type concept car has had tongues wagging and jaws sagging in admiration at Detroit and Geneva but, whatever its fate, it will never eclipse the original E-type. The F-type has evolved through the XK180 and is based, like it, around the XKR. At the F-type's unveiling, Jonathan Browning, Jaguar's managing director, said: "The F-type concept is a clear signal of Jaguar's intent to return to the true sports car market in which we were so successful in the 1950s and 60s."
Created: March 13, 2000
Lots include the red MGB roadster which she bought with her first royalty cheque. Beatles fans can also bid for Ringo Starr's 1966 Mini Cooper, fully restored and on sale for £30,000.
Created: March 08, 2000
I was not very successful due to the fact during the rainy season in Northern California whilst driving on rain slickened roads in the winter the water would seep in and collect on the floorboards. Since the MK.1 Mini had an extremely efficient heater system it provided a nice spa for my feet hence my continual operation of the car in my bare feet!
Created: March 07, 2000
More then once those magic words CALIFORNIA CAR leap from the page with the smells of sun block leather seat preservative, undercarriage bolts that can be removed without an acetylene torch and that perfect, rust free body. There is truth to the concept of the CALIFORNIA CAR. However, there are some traps that can dispel the myth.
Created: March 07, 2000
I went to look the car over during the day and it immediately became an emotional, irrational thing. There was no bargaining and no negotiations. I had to have the little maroon Mini 850, like now!
Best of British
Created: March 05, 2000
It is a tradition that goes back to the introduction of the Jaguar E-type in 1961. The British make the stars of the Geneva motor show.
Created: February 25, 2000
My boyfriend Henry and I bought a Mk2 Cooper in Torquay. It was a private sale, although the seller also appeared to have various other cars and parts for sale. The car looked quite nice, had a new MOT, a few pictures of the rebuild etc. So after thinking about for a day or so we agreed to buy it.
Created: February 24, 2000
The Mini is one of 500 cars you can take for a spin on the track or off road in Gran Turismo 2
Created: February 22, 2000
The most popular city among Mini enthusiasts of Colombia is Medellin. Medellin is home to the largest group of Mini Cords in all Colombia, and has some great shops, such as Repuestos 323
Created: February 21, 2000
In a section where two lanes merged into one, we were swept off the road by a marauding Grand Torino. My poor car was demolished. We were frightened, but unharmed. What a marvelous, mad little steel box it was. I miss it.
Created: February 17, 2000
Too Fast, Too Old and British I have owned more than fifty British cars over the past 38 years. Many would say it was a flaw in my character. I currently own just four. My first car ever was a fairly new 1959 Morris Minor convertible, black, red interior and a white top.
Created: February 16, 2000
I inspected the car myself and offered him 15 pounds for it. Damage was mostly to the right fender and with the help of a few pop rivets and some aluMinium sheet I was soon driving around in my Mini.
Created: February 16, 2000
I was in Paris ten years ago. I used a friend's Mini to get around town - and much to my delight, was allowed to park it on the sidewalk without the risk of getting a ticket or having it towed away! That was something I always wished I could get away with here in Los Angeles.
Created: February 16, 2000
How I laugh when I see the owners of those large cars driving past Mini sized spaces on the side of the road and how they glare when my pocket sized car glides easily into the smallest of gaps!
Created: February 16, 2000
On my lap was a motoring magazine, either "Motor" or "Autocar", with a photo of the Mini on the front cover. Pointing to the photo, then tapping his steering wheel, he remarked knowingly, "It'll never last as long as this."
Created: February 16, 2000
To everyone's amazement I received a letter back saying that a white Mini was waiting for me at a garage in Croydon. I was absolutely thrilled. Later that year five of us travelled from London to Spain in a Mini
Created: February 16, 2000
When I was a little girl, my mum had a fantastic red mini. I loved it so much that I told mum I wanted her to keep it for me to drive when I turned 16 (I was about five years old at the time). I was shattered when she sold my Mini and bought a VW Golf when I was about 12.
Created: February 16, 2000
But perhaps the very best memory is just putting around the shores and hills of Seattle, my young son strapped into his car seat, watching in the rearview mirror as he became hooked on this most personable of small cars, looking forward to the fun we'll have working together to keep this old wonderful crate running.....
Created: February 16, 2000
My Mini sped onwards past the hard shoulders, emitting a steady stream of cigarette smoke and mono amplified indie pop.
Created: February 16, 2000
Only thing was that the engine was from an Allegro and geared for 12 or 13" wheels - the result of this was that I rocketed from 0-50 in about three seconds with a top speed of 53! Never have I had so much fun driving. Going to miss you!
Created: February 16, 2000
My Uncle Roland took me for my first ride in a green Mini with a black top back in the mid 1960s and it was the most exhilerating ride I've ever been on. I'm sure we weren't going any faster than 40mph but it felt as though it was 120mph!
Created: February 16, 2000
I was also involved in an accident in this car near Liverpool in 1978, I braodsided a car that ran a red light. The little car was amazingly resilient and I walked away with only very slight injuries.
Created: February 16, 2000
From super-minis to diesel turbo-estates nothing I have driven has given me the same buzz as driving a genuine Mini (I've had three) despite the rumours, they are the easiest car to maintain that I've come across and get no worse with age than many other marques I could mention!
Created: February 16, 2000
When I finally got home, at about 5 mph, I discovered that THE bolt that secured the motor had snapped and that the dreadful noise was the motor rocking back and forth as I navigated the hills of Wales!
Created: February 16, 2000
It was loads of fun. No frills, no flashy electronics just good motoring. Many a time did I 'rip off' a Porsche at the traffic lights. An angel with four wheels.
Created: February 16, 2000
Life for Mini has just begun...40 and still itchy! Ask Mr Bean, he'll tell you why.
Created: February 16, 2000
The mini is in my genes! My Grandad owned one, My Dad owned one. And for my first car - a beautiful (beauty is in the eye of the beholder!) Mini Mayfair named (as all mini's have to be!) Oscar. I spent an intimate and deeply loving year with Oscar until being out of work and out of money meant we had to say Goodbye -
Created: February 16, 2000
Who can forget the moment when we gave the Italians a jolly good routing with three of England's classiest motors? Long live the Mini!!!!
Created: February 16, 2000
The interior space was amazing, apart from our child, dog, cat, drunken husband and friends, I even managed a treadle sewing machine and large assortment of greenery for the garden.
Created: February 16, 2000
The world congress of Jaycees was being held and we hosted 3 Japanese to our home one night. I can still see them sitting in the car, all grinning, saying 'ah, Mini Cooper', which it wasn't, of course. Obviously the Mini was well known to the Japanese even then.
Created: February 16, 2000
The Mini, oh yeah!!!
Created: February 16, 2000
We also had a mini station wagon in Salisbury which we re-upholstered in white leather with purple carpets and drove with two great big alsatians hanging out of the side windows.
Created: February 16, 2000
I love the attention it gets (great for pulling blokes!) and have even had tourists taking its picture. The camaraderie between mini drivers has to be unique (you never see Ford drivers waving at each other). It may not be the safest car on the road, but if you're going to be in an accident you might as well do it in style!
Created: February 16, 2000
After 30,000 miles I had very little trouble with the car and sold it for $3,375.00. Upon seeing the new owner drive away I could not help but feel a tear running down my cheek.
Created: February 16, 2000
My fondest memory of it is driving home in company with another couple of souped-up Minis after watching the Italian Job. I can still remember its number plate - MPV 618 if its still out there. Eventually I swapped it for another car. I wish I still had it
Created: February 16, 2000
When my third son (Robin) was married in 1987 the wedding party was transported in a small convoy of Minis -- six of them. No stretched limo for the bride. The groom's wedding gift to her was a Mini painted a beautiful candy pink!
Created: February 16, 2000
I bought my first one for a hundred quid! It was a great car! My best mate also had one, and the two of us would be bouncing along having a great old time. I live in San Francisco, and they would be the ideal car for this city!
Created: February 16, 2000
Being used to the larger American cars we grew up with it was a shock for us at first, but we grew to love driving in the little thing all around London and the countryside. Still have a picture of it on my office wall, but wish I still had it in the garage!
Created: February 16, 2000
He pointed out a bird rising but by the time he stopped and I got out to shoot, and cocked the gun, the bird was gone. Disappointed, I sat down into the Mini and my gun went off hitting the window frame of the Mini. This is known as the day I shot a Mini. Love that car.
Created: February 16, 2000
The front-wheel drive Mini Coopers would trounce the elephantine Jags and Fords as the latter slithered around the track.
Rover Auctions Celebrety Minis
Created: February 11, 2000
Rover will auction off a unique mini dressed in the fancy of British Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
Created: February 10, 2000
'PULL over there, where there won't be any interruptions," said Tony. "We're due out in 35 minutes, and I've got to mark up the maps . . . Parking the Triumph in a quiet corner of the Aire de Beausoleil, a service station alongside the A8 just short of the Italian border,
Created: February 10, 2000
THE ride is harder than a concrete floor, the exhaust makes a noise like a food mixer stirring six-inch nails and mysteriously - scarily, even - the steering wheel is bent out of shape. (What kind of intriguingly bold opposite-lock moment could cause that to happen? Best not to think about it.)
2000 British Historic Rally Championsip
Created: February 10, 2000
Having been a Ford man through and through, the soaring expense of maintaining my MK1 Lotus Cortina has led to a rethink of future rally plans, and a MK1 Cooper 'S' seemed the obvious choice...
Created: February 07, 2000
Rover has provided a mini at the request of members of the cast of 'Friends', which may be featured in an episode of the popular television show
Created: February 04, 2000
In an unofficial annuncement, a representative of BMW said there was "no way" a VW Beetle would appear in
Created: January 30, 2000
Here's some sound advice for anybody with a hankering to invest in a classic car: don't. It's not the cars that are to blame. There's a delicious delinquent appeal in tooling around in an old car that's thwarted the scrapyard and defied the cynical planned obsolescence of the manufacturer.
Created: May 01, 1998
When I acquired the car as a serious MOT failure seven years ago it was sprayed black (Very Badly) had a hotchpotch of different coloured seats, was as rusty as a horse shoe, and had been standing around doing nothing for years so I didn't feel too badly about my plan to change it into a convertible.
The Secret History of the British Motor Car:  Part 1
Created: February 20, 1996
ONE OF the lessons that 20 years in the motor industry taught me is that there is no fate more uncertain that that of the heir-apparent whose route to the top seems assured. He faces no apparent rivals, his subordinates jockey for his patronage and then . . . just as the final bend comes in sight, the wheel of fate suddenly jumps a cog and the man who would have been king trips, stumbles and falls - or is pushed - from favour.
Created: February 15, 1996
IT WAS A far-fetched plot that would have delighted the editor of the Wizard: noted Harley Street bacteriologist and amateur racing driver enters his extremely second-hand sports car for the Le Mans 24-hour race. His co-driver, a pipe-smoking journalist with a talent for cartooning, rams into a pile of crashed cars in the small hours,
Created: February 06, 1996
CHAIN-SMOKING ex-cycle mechanic William Morris, who lived to be 85, was an incurable hypochondriac. In later life, even though he had become a lord and one of the richest men in England - and given millions to medical research - he continued to embarrass his executives by testing his urine samples for imagined diabetes symptoms in his threadbare office in the old Military College in the Oxford suburb of Cowley, across the road from his mighty motor works.
The Secret History of the British Motor Car:  Part 2 - The high road to Scotland
Created: January 30, 1996
EARLY IN 1900 a young Scottish engineer, resplendent in tall silk hat and frock coat, walked into the grandly named Automobile Palace on London's Holborn Viaduct, a few doors from where the notorious Harry Lawson's company was still trying vainly to assert its patents monopoly over the motor industry.
Mini Memoirs: An American's Experience with the Austin Marina
Created: February 06, 1994
I guess I like to support the underdog. Not that I'd call my latest restoration project a dog, it's just different. It's a car you won't see on every corner, or any corner for the most part. My car is a 1973 Austin Marina. No, it's not a "HEALEY," as most people ask when I mention the word Austin.
Created: March 31, 2016
Our complete range of Cobra seats have now been replaced by Corbeau seats
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 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.
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.
Winterize your Mini - Checklist
Created: October 13, 2011
Mini Mania's 12-point Winterization Checklist
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.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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
Created: February 13, 2006
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.
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.
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 04, 2006
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: October 01, 2004
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.
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.
Mini Mania
Created: February 07, 2017
Join us for our 17th Annual Nevada City Adventure Mini Meet on Saturday, June 24, 2017! Let's celebrate minis, friends, family and the start of summer!
Nevada City Adventure 2016 Recap
Created: June 16, 2016
Mini Mania had the Adventure of a lifetime - the Nevada City Adventure 2016 that is. It was a great event with lots of beautiful Minis and MINIs to gawk at, great lectures from our Tech Talk Speakers and an Adventure Tour to end all Adventure Tours!
Mini Mania Across America 2016
Created: June 02, 2016
Mini Mania Across America 2016
Nevada City Adventure 2016
Created: February 19, 2016
Come join us for this Nevada City Adventure, our annual customer appreciation car show and a tour of Gold Country! Where: 870 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City, California When: Saturday, May 21st 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Created: February 05, 2014
Motor Werks Magazine covers the Nevada City Adventure 2013 with pictures and stories of the 13 annual event
Winter Rebuilds Photo Captions
Created: January 20, 2014
Winter Rebuild Photo Captions needed!
Created: December 11, 2013
Mini Mania's Nevada City Adventure 2014 What: 14th Annual Nevada City Adventure Where: 870 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City, California When: May 31, 2014 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Customer Product Reviews
Created: November 28, 2013
Customer Product review posts are in many ways the core of what Internet buying is about—the ability for regular folks to express an opinion about a product, be it positive or negative. Every day, tens of thousands of product reviews are written on websites across the world, and often, on just one product alone, hundreds of new opinion/review posts are written each week.
Created: August 19, 2013
Photo Log Part 3 - Mini Mania Crosses America
Created: August 13, 2013
Don Racine, owner and founder of Mini Mania, is now traveling across the US towing his infamous 1960 Mini to take part in three exciting races
PHOTO Log Part 1 - Mini Mania Crosses America
Created: August 09, 2013
Follow along as Don Racine, owner and founder of Mini Mania, is travels across the US towing his infamous 1960 Mini to take part in three exciting races: Glenora Wine Cellars US Vintage Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, NY, the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT and the Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan XXVII in Grattan, MI.
Created: June 04, 2013
Mark Your Calendars! We have set a date for Nevada City Adventure 2014! Join us on Sat. May 31, 2014 for our 14th Annual Open House and Car Show. 2014 also just so happens to be our 40 year anniversary. We are already planning an EXTRA special event! RSVP ...
Created: March 01, 2013
1967 Mini Cooper S Restoration Title
Team Mini Mania at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Created: February 05, 2013
Team Mini Mania's caravan of four Classic Mini Coopers have again been selected to participate in the upcoming Sonoma Historic Races at Sonoma Raceway, California. ***UPDATE*** Do you needs parts and you're going to the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival? Mini Mania will delivery them t...
Created: December 10, 2012
Sobre Mini Mania
Created: December 10, 2012
Thank you for your order. In order to pay for your goods with your PayPal account, please follow these simple instructions to send money from your PayPal account to our PayPal account
Created: September 20, 2012
Created: September 12, 2012
Classic Mini vs. New MINI
Created: August 23, 2012
The original Mini Cooper was first launched in 1959 and went on to become a style icon of the 1960s which was much sought after, even by the rich and famous.
Nevada City Lodging Guide
Created: June 11, 2012
Local Room Taxes NOT included Seasonal rates may apply, Rates are subject to change
2012 Nevada City Adventure - Recap
Created: June 04, 2012
It was a early morning at the Mini Mania headquarters in Nevada City, Ca. We had MINI’s show up the day previous. Anxious participants were scouting to see if people were camping out for prime locations in the front of our facility.
MOM's & the MINI for Mother's Day
Created: May 07, 2012
We think MOM's are pretty special... Really, Where would we be without 'em? So, for this Mother's Day we want all of you MOMs to treat yourself!
Vintage Racing on the Philip Island - AUS
Created: May 03, 2012
Phillip Island is the on the southern most tip of Australia and only 90 miles from Melbourne. The 38 Sq. mile island features spectacular coastal scenery, charming heritage and an abundance of Australian wildlife AND the most famous race track in a country that is 2.9M sq.miles (the USA only has 3M Sq. miles) with a total population of 21.8 Million people (California alone has 37.7 million). Phillip Island itself has a population of less than 10,000.
Standing Starts verses Rolling Starts - AUS
Created: May 03, 2012
Standing starts verses rolling startsWhile I am sure this has been discussed, debated and ruled on many time in history I thought I might share a perspective from a newcomers point of view.
Vintage Racing at Wakefield Park - AUS
Created: April 19, 2012
The racing adventure of a lifetime started on a small club race track southwest of Sydney.The Sydney area is not unlike a lot of areas in America in that many of the racers tell stories aboutthe number of old race tracks that have been bull dozed by the developers for housing or shopping
Drive the race track of your dream - AUS
Created: April 04, 2012
As most of us are driven to race for the experience and thrill of it all with a little tinge of winning it is easy to know that almost everyone has dreams of racing various circuits around the US and even the world.
Vintage racing (and more) in Australia - AUS
Created: April 03, 2012
The mystique of Phillip Island was with us for almost 5 months, before we left for Australia. The anticipation of participating in the world class premiere Aussie vintage racing event was intertwined in our daily life, everything relating to "when we go to Australia....."
Created: March 30, 2012
Mini Meet East dates and history
Created: March 23, 2012
Win a weekend at Lake Tahoe at this years 12th Annual Nevada City Adventure !
MINI Thunder III (3)  An experience to build on!
Created: February 27, 2012
Go to a track day of Mini's tearing around the rolling hills of California's central valley? What a great opportunity for Mini Mania to attend  MINI Thunder III. Once a year Minis from all over descend on Willows, CA. They converge and meet at one place.. Thunderhill Raceway.
Austrailian Adventure - Don goes down under - AUS
Created: February 23, 2012
Early rise this morning in order to meet Graham Russel at 7 am for our road trip to the Blue Mountains, about an hours drive from Paramatta.
The Daytona-win-$500 Contest - The Daytona 500
Created: February 20, 2012
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series kicks off its 2012 preparations at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500 is to racing what the Super Bowl is to football.
Created: February 03, 2012
The Big News is WE'RE IN! As it turned out, our little town's Soapbox Derby has generated huge interest!  So much that there had to be a lottery to limit the field to 42 entries.. 
Mini Mania goes racing!! SOAPBOX Derby Racing! - UPDATE!
Created: January 19, 2012
We’d like to sponsor an entry in this Summer’s NEVADA CITY ADULT SOAPBOX DERBY. Those of us who attended last year’s inaugural race witnessed a great community event that benefited our local Pioneer Park in Nevada City, just around the corner from Mini Mania. In fact, our parking lot was used as a staging area by the teams competing in the race!
Mini & the Month Of..
Created: January 05, 2012
Mini & the Month Of..  A complete listing of Mini, and the milestones, by month
Mini Mania's 12th Annual Nevada City Adventure 2012 NCA
Created: December 29, 2011
Nevada City Adventure 2012 Nevada City, CA - The Coolest event this Summer will be The Nevada City Adventure 2012, May 19th.
Created: December 20, 2011
Fit seal, squirt loads of silicone spray around it, place glass in seal on scuttle, then with a blunt screw driver ease it in.
1964 Mini Cooper Works Racecar DJB93B
Created: December 16, 2011
Belying its small size and apparent fragility, the Mini Cooper developed into the most successful works rally car of the 1960s
Minis and the Month of December
Created: December 06, 2011
Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of December, and an overview of total Mini production figures.
Minis and the Month of November
Created: November 10, 2011
Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of November; including, the birth of Alex Issigonis.
Even More Minis and the Month of October
Created: October 31, 2011
Even More Minis and the Month of October               Still more significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of October; including, the end of production for Minis in three countries and the passing of Issigonis.
More Minis and the Month of October
Created: October 26, 2011
            More significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of October.
Jessica Pabalate's Arrive & Drive Experience
Created: October 14, 2011
I was at work when I opened the email Don sent telling me that I won the essay contest for Arrive and Drive. I read it, and then reread it because I couldn’t believe I won! I jumped up out of my chair emphatically yelling “I won, I won, I won!”
Wallpaper for your iPhone from Mini Mania
Created: October 13, 2011
Want to make your MINI the wallpaper on your iPhone? Creating your own Wallpaper for your iPhone is a pretty simple task.
Get 15% back from Mini Mania - Video Upload
Created: October 11, 2011
Make a "Do it Yourself" guide. (a D.I.Y.)Take a Video of you applying, bolting on, installing,or modifying your MINI with your Mini Mania order.
The Mini-Trac at The Bottom of the World
Created: October 05, 2011
Port Martin, to the east, has reported an annual average wind speed in the gale force range, and daily averages as high as 102 mph (hurricane classification begins at 73 mph). If it's the last place in the world you would expect to find a Mini, read on.
Minis and the Month of October
Created: October 03, 2011
Minis and the Month of October               Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of October.
More Minis and the Month of September
Created: September 27, 2011
Minis and More for the Month of September               More significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of September.
Minis and the Month of September
Created: September 02, 2011
Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of September
NEW Oporto Bike for Women from Cooper Bikes
Created: September 02, 2011
The bicycle division of the Cooper Car Company said the Oporto is elegant, simple and high quality, featuring a sophisticated riding position for comfort and a smooth ride.
More Minis and the Month of August
Created: August 29, 2011
            More significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of August.
Jessica Pabalate - 2011 Arrive & Drive Winner
Created: August 23, 2011
        I absolutely loved that car and my favorite thing was to drive along the desolate windy country roads where I lived. My dad even became fascinated with all things MINI and was..
Millionth Post Giveaway
Created: August 10, 2011
In celebration of our One Millionth Post, we want to have some fun with all of you artist-types out there. Send us a photo (via email or snail-mail) of your Mini inspired art! We'll showcase our favorite and give that person a $200 Gift Certificate good for anything on our site.
August is special - Happy Birthday Mini Cooper!
Created: August 04, 2011
On this day in 1959, the British Motor Corporation (BMC) launched its newest car, the small, affordable–at a price tag of less than $800–Mark I Mini. The diminutive Mini went on to become one of the best-selling British cars in history
Minis and the Month of August
Created: August 03, 2011
Minis and the Month of August               Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of August.
More Minis and the Month of July
Created: July 25, 2011
Minis and More From the Month of July              More events in the life of the Mini from the month of July – mostly about North American Mini Meets.
Minis and the Month of July
Created: July 12, 2011
Minis and the Month of July; Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of July.
More Minis and the Month of June
Created: July 01, 2011
More significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of June. ...1986, June. Piccadilly limited edition starts at 3,928UKP. (Total production: approx. 2,500.) A City E in Cashmere Gold. Dark velvet interior. Full width wheel trims in plastic...
Minis and the Month of June
Created: June 30, 2011
 Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of June
Many Mini Dashes at Mini Meet West 2011!
Created: June 23, 2011
We've got lot's of Mini Meet West 2011 stuff to share with you! The first is a gallery of some of the many Mini dashes we saw. Use the comment section to vote for your favorite!
Ricks VTEC Mini
Created: June 06, 2011
Here our some shots of our Vtec Mini. We used a Honda civic car for parts.
More Minis and the Month of May
Created: May 11, 2011
    More significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of May…and a few insignificant ones.
Mini Mania's 25th year at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Created: May 05, 2011
The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival is coming up and were excited!The Festival takes place the first weekend of June. The 4th  & 5thMini Mania will be there for our 25th year and to celebrate were giving a free lunch to anyone that wants to come out and support us.
Created: May 04, 2011
Minis: More April and Into May    Significant events in the life of the Mini from the months of April and May
Vintage Racing at Hallett Motor Raceway - Dennis Racine
Created: May 04, 2011
Vintage racing has very much been a part of the Racine’s life style for quite a while. And now with the whole family racing, it’s been even more special. We now field no less than for Minis out at the track.
Minis and the Month of April
Created: April 30, 2011
Minis and April              Significant events in the life of the Mini from the month of April.
Women and the Mini Quiz
Created: April 29, 2011
The world of Minis is not populated solely by men. Females played an important role, especially in early Mini history. Here’s a little quiz to see how well you’ve been paying attention when reading about the early days of the Mini; especially, Browning’s, “The Works Minis.”
Even More Minis and the Month of March, & Misc.
Created: March 24, 2011
A little more from Mini life in the month of March, plus some extras.
Nevada City Adventure 2011 ( 11th NCA )
Created: March 22, 2011
Nevada City Adventure 2011 Minis, music, and driving fun highlight this 11th annual springtime event in Northern California.
Learn from the Dyno - NCA 2012
Created: March 22, 2011
the Dyno can yield a lot of great information and this was no exception! Dyno testing is like a ‘great dream’! Lots of us talk about them but how many people can really live them! Proving our metal is often equated to ‘dreaming’ about demonstrated how good we are by how much horsepower we can buy for our steed of choice.
Max's Clubman VTEC
Created: March 10, 2011
1974 Clubman Wagon For Sale It's a New Zealand 1974 Clubman Estate.Since I bought this car it's never stopped changing.
More Minis and the Month of March
Created: March 09, 2011
Minis and March, Part II.               More from the busy Mini life in the month of March.
In Stock or it Ships Free!
Created: March 08, 2011
At Mini Mania, our goal is for you to have the best shopping experience possible. So we've decided that when we're occassionly out of an item that you need, we'll go ahead and pay to ship that item to you as soon as it comes in!
Mini Mania is celebrating 20 years of Website Service in 2016
Created: March 03, 2011
Founded in 1974, Mini Mania first presented itself on the Internet in 1996. Always a leader in information and customer service, the Internet was and continues to be a great means of giving more to our friends and customers.
Mini Mania celebrates 40 years in business
Created: March 03, 2011
Mini Mania celebrates 40 years in business during 2014! Mini Mania is located in the heart of the Gold Country in Northern California's Sierra Nevada Foothills. What better place to drive Mini Coopers than in the twisty mountain roads of the region!
Minis and the Month of March
Created: February 28, 2011
Minis and March. March was a busy month for Minis! 
Minis, More February and a Bonus
Created: February 22, 2011
Minis…More February and a Bonus.             Here are a few more February Mini-related dates. The later years are pretty boring, so I’ve added a few miscellaneous items at the end to make up for all the “decal specials.”
Minis, More January, and Into February
Created: February 14, 2011
    Mini's, January, & Febuary The last article focused on the importance of January in the history of the Mini as it related to the Monte Carlo Rally successes. Here are a few more January dates that are less well known. How many of these do you know?
Minis, January, &  The Monte Carlo Rallye
Created: February 07, 2011
If one starts digging into the history of the Mini, the month of January was a very important one; especially, on the international scene.
TEAM MINI MANIA Ready for Sonoma's Challenge
Created: January 25, 2011
With plans for 6 days of running/testing now underway, Team Mini Mania will be ready to see the green flag at the start of the Sonoma Motorsport Festival.
Team Mini Mania Race Schedule 2011
Created: January 13, 2011
The Racine family from Team Mini Mania has annouced a busy schedule for the 2011 Vintage Race season. The team includes, Don Racine, Dennis Racine, Julie Racine and son-in-law John Burmann.
Mini Mania 2011 Race Schedule
Created: December 09, 2010
With the 2010 year coming to a close it's time to start thinking about next year. 2010 was a great year for us, and we're looking forward to another in 2011.
Thoughts from a Mini Mania Customer
Created: October 04, 2010
I want to thank all these people and your business in general for making my foray into this awesome hobby/lifestyle hassle free and extremely fun. Its people like you that bring more people into this hobby. Once again, thank you so much for making this a effortless transition for me. Rob Crawley
Mini Mania partnered with the Economic Resource Counsel
Created: September 25, 2010
Mini Mania partnered with the Economic Resource Counsel of Nevada Country to host a number of tours of the facilities at the headquarters of Mini Mania.
MINCOMP &  Team Mini Mania Celebrate 19 Year Partnership!
Created: August 27, 2010
Over the years the MINCOMP MINI has gone from being a converted street tub based mini race car to what is now a full tube frame purpose built race mini! Although the SCCA GT rules do allow building a mini as a rear wheel drive (RWD)
Created: August 04, 2010
Mini Mania's Repair Shop
Created: June 16, 2010
Mini Mania's Repair Shop The Mini Mania rebuilding service will tackle almost any problem you are having! We specialize in Cylinder Heads, Transmission and Engines.We can either rebuild your old unit or supply a complete assembly.
Created: May 26, 2010
The Nevada City Adventure 2010 has been an annual Mini event sponsored by Mini Mania for the last 10 years, and generally marks the beginning of the summer Mini Meet season in the western states. Held on the grounds of Mini Mania’s (www.minimania. com) 6-acre facility in Nevada City, CA.
Created: May 26, 2010
The Nevada City Adventure 2010 has been an annual Mini event sponsored by Mini Mania for the last 10 years, and generally marks the beginning of the summer Mini Meet season in the western states. Held on the grounds of Mini Mania’s (www.minimania. com) 6-acre facility in Nevada City, CA.
Created: March 16, 2010
Created: February 26, 2010
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Created: January 21, 2010
With MINI’s introduction in 2010 of the MINI Countryman, we need to look back 50 years to another introduction, that of the Austin Seven Countryman.
Nevada City Adventure 2010
Created: January 11, 2010
We would like to invite all Mini enthusiasts to our 9th annual Nevada City Adventure, set for May 15th from 8 am until approximately 5 pm, located in the heart of the scenic and beautiful gold country. This year’s event coinsides with the 2010 AMGEN Tour of California which for the first time ever will begin in Nevada City! It's important to mention this event because if you plan on staying over in Nevada City, you'll need to make your arrangements early, as rooms will book up fast due to this huge bicycling event!
Mini Partes y Accesorios  - PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES - [Spanish FAQ]
Created: June 19, 2009
Mini Partes y Accesorios Enviamos a México! - PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES (En Español) - [Spanish FAQ] Created: June 19, 2009 Mini Partes y Accesorios - Enviamos a México! PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES ¿Distribuyen partes para el Mini Cooper? Sí. Llevamos más de 35 años en este negocio y distribuimos partes para el modelo Mini Clásico (Inglés/Rover/BMC) y para el Mini Cooper S, fabricado d...
Mini Partes y Accesorios  - PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES - [Spanish FAQ]
Created: June 19, 2009
Mini Partes y Accesorios Enviamos a México! - PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES (En Español) - [Spanish FAQ] Created: June 19, 2009 Mini Partes y Accesorios - Enviamos a México! PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES ¿Distribuyen partes para el Mini Cooper? Sí. Llevamos más de 35 años en este negocio y distribuimos partes para el modelo Mini Clásico (Inglés/Rover/BMC) y para el Mini Cooper S, fabricado d...
Nevada City Adventure 2009 Galleries & Stuff!
Created: May 22, 2009
We would like to invite all Mini enthusiasts to our 8th annual Nevada City Adventure, set for May 16th from 8 am until approximately 5 pm, located in the heart of the scenic and beautiful gold country. This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British classic mini cooper.
MINCOMP & Team Mini Mania 2009 racing season (so far!)
Created: April 20, 2009
MINCOMP/Team Mini Mania 2009 racing season (so far!) The 2009 SCCA National racing season is in full swing and the MINCOMP MINI has been out and running the SoPac events! Due to the economics we all are facing this year, it was decided to run only the SoPac National races and not travel up,...
Created: February 18, 2009
What we learned after 5 hours on the Dyno - NCA 08
Created: January 29, 2009
The Nevada City Adventure 2008 at Mini Mania was an experience like no other for many of us! Five hours on the Dyno can yield a lot of great information and this was no exception!
Nevada City Adventure 2009
Created: January 09, 2009
We would like to invite all Mini enthusiasts to our 8th annual Nevada City Adventure, set for May 16th from 8 am until approximately 5 pm, located in the heart of the scenic and beautiful gold country. This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British classic mini cooper.
Created: October 17, 2008
Created: September 18, 2008
Free Shipping Promotion Created: September 18, 2008
Created: August 27, 2008
Created: February 20, 2008
The Californian Mini Moke Is Here!Now you can build your own version of the beloved classic! Mini Mania, Inc. has obtained the rights from the manufacturer to sell the recently introduced Mini Moke replica in do-it-yourself kit form. Whether or not you’re familiar with these popular fun cars of the 1960’s and 70’s, there is one Moke that stands out among the rest: the Californian Mini Moke. Auto expert Don Racine hosts www.MiniMokeUSA.com, which chronicles the history of the Moke and it’s evolution into the replica industry.
Created: January 14, 2008
Summer is just around the corner and that means it's time to mark your calendars to join us for our 7th Annual Nevada City Adventure Open House, Saturday May 17th, 8am to 4pm. Some of the events planned include a swap meet, car show, prizes, and of course, great deals on the latest and coolest merchandise! Also this year we will be featuring our "DO-IT-YOURSELF" Install sessions and product demos.
Created: November 07, 2007
Created: September 21, 2007
Mini Mania, USA announces that the Mincomp Mini Mania Classic Mini Cooper has again been invited to participate in the SCCA “Race of Champions” annual event. The Classic Mini Cooper will run with the other regional champions during the week long motorsports challenge to be held in Topeka, Kansas. The first qualifying session will start October 9th with the National Championship race to be held October 12th.Mini Racing at Mini Mania Website
Created: June 05, 2007
The 6th Annual Nevada City Adventure was a great success with over 100 BMW MINI and classic Mini Coopers in attendance. MINI Cooper enthusiasts drove from all over the West to participate in this year’s event...
Created: March 26, 2007
Shipping quotes are now available by simply choosing a product to put into your shopping cart and entering a postal code and country, a login is no longer needed.
Created: March 26, 2007
Shipping quotes are now available by simply choosing a product to put into your shopping cart and entering a postal code and country, a login is no longer needed.
Created: January 24, 2007
Place a Mini Mania banner and link on your home page, and earn a 5% commission on all on-line sales made through your website. No set-up fees, minimum sales levels or other hidden charges; you'll receive a check every six months.
Created: December 18, 2006
Still A Legend - The Mini Cooper Land Speed Record
Created: November 15, 2006
And now a new record has been established for the Mini in the US - A Land Speed Record at the Bonneville salt flats! The little square econo box Mini was never intended to out of the city yet alone on the salt flats.
Created: September 24, 2006
The historic races in Monterey for the last 31 years have been considered the ultimate Vinatge race held in the USA.  Drivers and cars from around the world all enter this event. Regretfully only about 350 cars are accepted each years from the 1,000+ entires.  This year was no exception.  The tradition has it that each year a specific marque of historic significance is chosen to be honored and thus while many of the same cars are there year after year, the changing featured marque results in new and exciting race cars year after year.
Created: September 07, 2006
Prices are rising worldwide, not only at our own gas pumps but even for the bits and bobs which keep our beloved Minis running. British Motor Heritage (BMH) is the world supplier for factory original quality sheet metal for the Classic Mini and other British cars. As BMH’s sole authorized distributor in the US, Mini Mania recently received notification of price increases across the BMH range of products.
Created: July 05, 2006
Many of us are still driving and enjoying our Mini Cooper every day and seldom really appreciate what we experience. How many of us can remember exactly when our daily driver started being referred to as a “classic”? How many of us would be proud to drive around in a 20+ year old American car? Do you ever stop to think that our MK1 Mini & Mini Coopers are 40+ years old and that even our MK3 Mini & Mini Coopers are 30+ years old!
Created: April 27, 2006
The Mini Mania Website now offers many customers the option to view all prices in their native currency. This latest innovative feature of both the classic and BMW MINI portions of the Website allows the customer to easily choose the currency they are most familiar with and thus making it easier to appreciate our great prices. On the left side of the screen on almost every page on the classic side you will find a drop down menu that when you select your currency the entire page will reflect your price in that currency.
Created: April 13, 2006
Download our listing of Clearance Items for fast and easy reference! Prices good for stock on hand only.
SEMA Membership & History
Created: January 30, 2006
A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more.
Created: December 23, 2005
Heritage Approval means that Mini Mania (USA) meet strict criteria regarding quality of service, product knowledge, financial stability, premises and that they carry a broad range of Heritage Original Equipment parts in stock.
Created: April 25, 2005
Hello everybody...We ran the Team Mini Mania / MINCOMP MINI COOPER at Thunderhill for a SCCA Double Nation over the March 18th weekend. There were three minis entered in this event Doug Peterson was guest driving Ward Barbour's mini (this is the sister car to the Fortech Mini), Jon Becker had his mi...
Created: February 24, 2005
Created: August 02, 2004
Put your Mini-related website to work by becoming a Mini Mania Affiliate! Earn a 5% commission on all on-line sales made through your website. This is a great way for Mini clubs to raise money for the treasury, or for Mini shops and dealers to get added income with very little effort and no overhead costs.
Created: July 01, 2004
Mini Mania branded products are covered for 2 years/24K miles, OR the remainder of your OEM warranty!
Created: May 25, 2004
Mini Mania's 30th anniversary party drew over 70 New and Classic Minis.
Created: April 09, 2004
Mini Mania's EXPANDED service shop is open and ready to help your Classic Mini or New MINI reach its full potential! Due to increased demand, we have built upon our ..
Created: September 03, 2003
Created: June 04, 2002
Our Guarantee: We offer the best products at the best prices available----
Created: May 27, 2002
It nice to hear good things!
Created: May 27, 2002
Complete mechanical and performance work including chassis dyno tuning!
Created: April 22, 2002
That’s right! The famous Mini Mania New MINI race car is for sale and must be exported out of the U.S.
Created: January 31, 2002
It's official! The Mini Mania New MINI will be on display at the 12th Annual Inland Empire Auto Show in Ontario, California, Feb. 27 through March 3.
Created: November 26, 2001
For that very special Mini owner on your gift list (like, YOURSELF!), get a $100 Mini Mania Gift Certificate for 10% off!
Created: November 09, 2001
Mini Mania and our New MINI modifications were prominently featured in the San Jose Mercury News just prior to the Mini Challenge.
Created: July 30, 2001
We've found a small supply of turn signal only switches for the MK1 Mini and early Minor – and we’re offering them at a great price!
Created: May 02, 2001
On Sunday, April 29th, Mini Mania held it's first Nevada City Adventure event. Being our first swap meet/car show since our move, we weren't sure what to expect...
Created: April 12, 2001
A thank you letter we recently recieved with some great photos to go with it.
Created: September 18, 2000
I walked into work today, this day after the last Mini Mania swap meet EVER, and what do I see? THOUSANDS of used parts strewn about our parking lot that didn’t find a home the day before. What are we going to do with them? We HAVE to move them out of here before our upcoming move! That’s where you come in.
Created: June 20, 2000
I just ordered an engine from you folks and it represents my first transaction with you. My experience with your effort to be a focal point to the mini community has been filled with respect and admiration.
Created: March 04, 1900
Mini Vs Sprite Vintage
Created: November 24, 2016
Done Racine of Mini Mania, California, once again sponsored this race and chose the location in Mid Ohio to enable competitors from all over USA and Canada to compete even though some had to travel from South California, Florida or Canada, which in some cases represented up to 40 odd hours towing the race cars or rigs.
Created: November 24, 2016
Done Racine of Mini Mania, California, once again sponsored this race and chose the location in Mid Ohio to enable competitors from all over USA and Canada to compete even though some had to travel from South California, Florida or Canada, which in some cases represented up to 40 odd hours towing the race cars or rigs.
Created: August 07, 2014
Race report by Phil Wicks of the Can-Am Mini Race, June 2014 56 Minis entered ranging in groups from M1-M5, with M5 being mostly space framed rear wheel drive cars with a lightweight Mini body shell, extra wide 13” wheels with slic...
Created: August 04, 2014
Coming straight off the Mid-Ohio Can-Am Mini Challenge race in June, I pulled the cylinder head of Snoopy, my 1967 Austin Mini racecar, and freshened it up. Everything seemed okay. We found a couple of things amiss on the front suspension and corrected accordingly.
Created: June 06, 2014
2014 is the 40th year that Mini Mania has enthusiastically supported the Mini Cooper community. Our celebration started with our party at the Nevada City Adventure at the end of May and will continue with are touring across the US to participate in a number of special Mini races.
Phil Wicks at VIR Racing Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Created: November 02, 2012
We traveled to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Thursday, October 4, so we could take advantage of the Friday morning practice. Floyd Harper, the suspension guru from Black Art Design had spent a lot of time the previous week adjusting the suspension on Snoopy and corrected as best as possible the caster, camber, tracking, ride height, and shock settings.
New Zealand's Project 64 goes for Land Speed Record at Bonneville
Created: June 26, 2012
Garry Orton, Guy Griffith and Garry Grand have named their unbelievable sounding mission "Project 64", as they look to demonstrate to the world just how much power their modified Mini Cooper S possesses.
3 Classic Mini's in the Camel Hunt Rally 2012
Created: May 11, 2012
The cars must be at least 20 years old, entrants can choose their own route, and the winner gets a camel: the Allgäu-Orient Rally has its own rules. This year's race will include three classic Mini cars.
Phil Wicks Racing  The Mitty
Created: May 02, 2012
The Walter Mitty road races at Road Atlanta is probably the biggest and most significant vintage racing on the east coast.
MINCOMP MINI Cooper Race report 2012
Created: March 09, 2012
The 2012 SCCA race season has begun for the MINCOMP MINI with the first race of the season being held at Cal Speedway on Jan 21-22! As what has become
MINI Thunder III (3) is Sunday Feb 19th
Created: December 09, 2011
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that Mini Enthusiast in your life? Make it easy and get them something you know they really want!
Coronado Vintage Race 2011
Created: October 03, 2011
Speed Festival on Coronado Island this year was a very special event.  Not only was it the 14th year of Vintage Racing on the North Island Airfield but it was also part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary
HS-Racing VTEC Race Mini
Created: May 19, 2011
This is the story about HS-Racing in Sweden.It started with a dream, a dream to be fast and furious, but most of all - HAVING FUN !
Arrive & Drive Contest featuring Phil Wicks!
Created: May 18, 2011
Mini Mania, Inc. announces its second annual Arrive & Drive contest! Enter to win a high performance driving class where we equip you with a race-prepared classic Mini or MINI Cooper S!
Created: May 18, 2011
We took the MINCOMP MINI racing the other weekend 4-30-201, it was an SCCA double National race out at Buttonwillow!  Frankly most of our races this year have pretty much ended in some sort of drama! So let me start at the beginning of the race season
Denise McCluggage - Operation 850 PLUS
Created: May 11, 2011
Denise McCluggage (born 1927) is an American auto racing driver, journalist, author and photographer. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports as well as in journalism.
A letter from Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing
Created: April 21, 2011
A letter from Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing We pride ourselves in good events where most everyone has a great time. A couple of things about CVAR..
Doing Hallett Raceway backwards in a Mini Cooper
Created: April 15, 2011
Doing Hallett Raceway backwards in a Mini Cooper Hallett has over 80 feet of elevation change and is considered Technically Difficult. It has wide, grassy run-off areas and zero concrete or Armco barriers. Hallett is unique in that it can be run in either clockwise or counter-clockwise directions ­ making it two completely different race courses.
Vintage racing a Mini Cooper at Hallett Raceway
Created: April 14, 2011
Vintage racing a Mini Cooper at Hallett Raceway Vintage racing a Mini Cooper is hit, racing with old friends makes it a double, racing at Hallett raceway for the first time makes it a triple, and being a guest of the Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing group made it a home run!  Almost too good to be true!  And I don’t even play baseball! *yerrrr safe!*
Relive Monte Carlo with Aaltonen & Hopkirk
Created: March 23, 2011
Now let’s take a look back at the two chaps who helped build that rich racing heritage as they take a modern MINI ’round the snowy curves of the classic rally route.
Created: March 23, 2011
THE LEGEND RETURNS: MINI LINES UP IN THE FIA WRC IN 2011 The countdown is on to the return of MINI on the international motorsport stage. This season, the new MINI WRC Team will compete at selected rounds in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
VDCA – Road Atlanta February 18-20, 2011
Created: March 16, 2011
VDCA – Road Atlanta February 18-20, 2011 By Phil Wicks Power and torque mean everything at Road Atlanta. Suffice to say, we found much more of it in the engine and handling work we did on the Snoopy dog Mini!   After many conference calls with Don Racine at Mini Mania, I re-worked the existing cylinder head
Racing Legend Returns
Created: February 03, 2011
Racing Legend Returns ONE of Australia’s best racing drivers, who made his debut in a Morris Minor at Gnoo Blas in 1958, will return for this year’s Gnoo Blas car show in Jack Brabham Park on February 12.
1969 MINI Cooper S Wins the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique
Created: February 02, 2011
1969 MINI Cooper S Wins the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique The MINI car brand has entered a team in the Rallye Monte Carlo Historique recently, and managed to emerge victorious. The car in question was a 1969 Cooper S, driven by Finnish racer Rauno Aaltonen
FREE Power Meter App for iPhone - From BMW
Created: January 20, 2011
Free Power Meter App for iPhone - Play with the settings and it can measure your 0-30, 0-50, 0-60 and 0-100 mph times, 1/16-, 1/8-, 1/4-, 1/2- and full-mile runs, your speed and both your forward and lateral g.
Phil Wicks Returns to Classic Mini Racing
Created: January 05, 2011
The annual Phil Wicks Driving Academy Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation fund-raising event took place on September 10-11, 2010 at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Arrive & Drive: The Experience
Created: December 27, 2010
Did I have fun? You Bet! Since the event I have found myself continually reflecting on the experience. I find myself reviewing in my mind’s eye the turns I did well, and the turns I didn’t do well.
Mini Thunder III (3)  - Presidents Day Weekend 2012
Created: November 09, 2010
MINI THUNDER III - This presidents day weekend Thunderhill Raceway is being taken over by Mini's!!
CSRG Charity Challenge 2010 Race Weekend Re-Cap
Created: October 13, 2010
The Mini's at this year's CSRG Charity Challenge Race were all in group B, a representation of the smaller engine displacement sports and GT cars as raced in the US under rules of 1967 and earlier.
Created: June 24, 2010
Imagine winning a Mini Cooper High Performance Driving Experience program where you will ARRIVE & DRIVE a Mini Mania Cooper S! As you arrive at the Thunderhill Raceway at Hooked on Driving you'll receive a warm welcome from Don Racine,
Created: June 24, 2010
Imagine winning a Mini Cooper High Performance Driving Experience program where you will ARRIVE & DRIVE a Mini Mania Cooper S! As you arrive at the Thunderhill Raceway at Hooked on Driving you'll receive a warm welcome from Don Racine,
The Bumble Bee Flies Again!
Created: April 02, 2010
Classic Mini Cooper Racing and the history of the Unsbee Mini
Mr. Bean Mini Get's Dyno'ed!
Created: March 04, 2010
Finally got the LeMons mini (LeMini) on the dyno last night (this morning! home just about 3am!) and got some numbers. Not that they mean a whole lot, but I got the fueling a bit better sorted.
Created: December 06, 2009
a day at Thunderhill Raceway including lunch, tee shirts, coaching, demo rides, and many vendors, including Mini Mania.
Created: January 09, 2007
The historic races at Laguna Seca, Monterey, in California, are considered the ultimate event of its kind held in the USA. This year’s featured marque was Cooper and, much to the delight of the crowds, you cannot honour Cooper without acknowledging the Mini, so seven Cooper S were entered in the feature race.
Created: February 21, 2006
Join us for a day of fun at Mini Mania at the Fifth Annual Nevada City Adventure! Come show off your Classic Mini, New BMW MINI, Morris Minor – we welcome ALL British cars! Along with the car show and a good old fashioned Swap Meet, we'll have technical seminars for both Classic and New MINIs, manufacturers tech sessions and product installation demos. Plan to make a day of it!
Get Ahead with TEAM Mini Mania's Contingency Program
Created: January 07, 2003
Join Team Mini Mania and get purchase discounts for doing what you love most -- RACING!
Created: January 01, 2002
Catch a preview of Grassroots Motorsports February 2002 cover, featuring the Mini Mania New MINI being test driven at Laguna Seca!
Created: December 04, 2001
Terry Smith sent in some GREAT movies of the Pace and First laps of the Mini Challenge -- you won't want to miss them!
Created: November 05, 2001
Well over 100 Minis attended the Mini Challenge at Laguna Seca this past weekend. Check out the photos here
Created: September 04, 2001
See 40 Mini Coopers and the New MINI on display at the 2001 Lord Mayor's Show on the streets of London, on Nov. 10.
Created: August 08, 2001
All Mini's entered in the Mini Challenge – street or race - can participate in the Parade Lap of the Laguna Seca track on Sunday, Nov. 4!
Created: July 27, 2001
Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert will race a Mini Cooper S against a field of famous touring car aces, in the saloon car race at the Goodwood Revival Meeting near London, Sept. 14-16.
Created: May 29, 2001
An enterprising couple were today being waved off by racing legend Stirling Moss as they embarked on the 2,500 mile London-to-Istanbul Historic Rally - in a Mini Cooper.
Created: May 25, 2001
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the MG Midget, FISC made racing history by assembling the world’s largest ever grid of racing Midgets & Sprites at Spa.
Created: April 23, 2001
2nd Annual Nevada City Adventure! FREE to all buyers and sellers. All British car parts welcome, vendors welcome, cars for sale welcome, club displays welcome! No cost to buy or sell!
Created: March 30, 2001
I have been to the tracks of the Northwest a few times here and there (though often I was too young to really remember), but a season opener sure sounded like fun.
Created: March 17, 2001
From the mid sixties onwards Mini’s have endured the harsh weather conditions associated with rallying through France, in the bitter grip of winter on Monte-Carlo Rallies. So entering
Created: March 16, 2001
Mini owners have been invited to to do a lap of Castle Combe Circuit as part of their journey to Newquay on Sat 5th May. All cars taking part in the Mini Parade must arrive at the 'Mini car park' by 9.45am LATEST.
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Created: March 14, 2001
After more than 30 years of absence, a Mini Cooper appears again in the Mexican Rally Championship. Reserved for cars up to 10 years old, the Mexican Rally Championship didn't have a Mini in competition since the end of the 60's.
Created: March 09, 2001
Have you ever wondered how rally's are really won? I personally have lost several and can attest that I too have wondered just what it took to figure out those cryptic codes the inventors of various rally's came up with and how to interpret them.
Created: February 26, 2001
February 16th -18th marked the 10th Annual Copperstate Classic presented by Tuttle Click Automotive Team and sanctioned by the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA). Over 230 vintage and historic sports racing and production cars participated in this traditional weekend.
Fosse Way Rally Results
Created: February 26, 2001
A letter sent to Alex at Mini Spares following the Rally..
Created: February 05, 2001
The special Mini Cooper Challenge is brewing bigger for the VARA Copper State Classic vintage racing weekend, February 16-18.
Created: January 25, 2001
Yes, it is possible to go vintage racing on a minimum budget. Either vintage F.Vee or Spec Sprites are options. Vintage Forumula Vees can be purchased for $5,000 to $10,000. A set of tires might cost $800, but will last two years. An engine rebuild $1,500 to $2,500 and is only necessary, some say, after 20 or more racing weekends, that's several years for budget racers.
Created: January 15, 2001
Calling all Clubs and Traders, book you space now!
Created: January 12, 2001
MINI will reappear at the New York Auto Show from Friday, April 13th - Sunday, April 22nd. Located in Manhattan at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on 11th Avenue between 34th & 39th Streets. Show hours are as follows:
Created: November 16, 2000
Congratulations to the GT5 Minis! The top three sposts in the GT5 nationals were taken by Joe Huffaker of Huffaker, Doug Peterson of Forthech and Jack Baumgardner. 5 of the top 10 spots were taken by the Minis. Check out all the results right here.
Created: November 07, 2000
Created: November 03, 2000
The United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) was the first professional racing series organized by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). It ran from 1963-1965 for sports racing and GT/Production cars and for sports racing only, 1966-'68.
Created: October 31, 2000
Our racing historians are busy checking into this, but this most likely is the first time that three Mini Coopers have swept the podium at the RunOffs. From Minis To Trans Am Cars Joe Huffaker must enjoy extreme opposites, for what else would explain that
Created: October 20, 2000
Philip Wylie/Jim Howe in their MGB had a massive battle with Dessie Nutt/Geraldine McBride in their Porsche 911, during the Cork 20 on 7/8 October - the forth round of the Toshiba Irish Historic Tarmac Rally Championship.
Created: October 02, 2000
From 29 September to 01 October 2000 Summit Point Raceway hosted the annual Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Blue Gray Challenge. This is the 8th year for this event that pits Northern vintage racers against competitors from the South in a prize-less, end of the season show down.
Created: September 28, 2000
Following the failure of MG Rover Group to organise a public party to mark the end of Mini production next week, dedicated UK clubs are planning celebrations of their own. The Southern Mini Owners Club is encouraging Mini fans from across the country to organise a mass Mini procession in their local area.
Created: September 15, 2000
This Sunday we will hold our LAST SWAP MEET EVER in the San Francisco bay area. As usual, everyone is invited to join us for a day of shopping and swapping, free of charge. Throw that garage-full of parts into the back of your truck and setup shop for a day. If you've got everything you neddthen why not join us for a barbeque and a nice long day of casual car ogling? Get together with other enthusiasts and form a convoy of Minis, Bugeyes, Minors, and even Triumph Bonevilles to tour the area.
Created: September 05, 2000
Now in its eighth year, the inimitable EuroClassic is the ultimate classic run. Starting in Belgium, we will quickly cross Northern Germany before travelling through uncharted territory in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to a finish in Austria.
Created: September 05, 2000
It has been two years since the FISC last raced at Good Year in Colmar Berg (LUX). Again FISC was an appreciated guest of the Letzeburger Oldtimer Festival and provided plenty of excitement during the two races. The Good Year Tyre Company makes full use of their test circuit during the working week, therefore
Created: August 21, 2000
There will be no official gathering to celebrate the end of Mini production in September this year. Amazingly, after 41 years in constant production, the last owners of the Mini brand will not be inviting enthusiasts to see the world's favourite small car into retirement.
Created: August 11, 2000
The Elva Reunion is featured at Sears Point October 27-29 with CSRG and Laguna Seca November 4-5 with SF/SCCA Vintage. Both events have special Elva salutes for the famous English racing and sports cars.
Created: August 08, 2000
FISC will be organizing a record breaking all time biggest Sprite & Midget grid at the world famous Spa circuit located in the Belgian Ardennes (11-12-13 May). A total of 70 cars is expected to race and we are currently talking to the Guinness Book of Records.
Created: August 08, 2000
The Morris Modified Register is a CAMS affiliated club which was originally created by a small group of Morris Minor Car Club of Victoria members so that they could race their hot Morris Minors in competition with other CAMS affiliated car clubs.
Created: August 01, 2000
Vintage auto racers look to a busy August. Opening the month, in the first week and weekend, is the Vintage Oval Track Celebration on Wednesday and Thursday, August 3, 4, at New Hampshire International Speedway. Following
Created: July 31, 2000
It's not just another vintage car “cheese and wine testing” style event unless your taste leans towards "Velvetta and Thunderbird.". It’s the real Mexican Road Race and open to everyone that loves to drive.
Created: July 25, 2000
The Euroclassic for year 2000 will feature a longer route than previous events, as it heads East to explore the varied cultures now accessible in Eastern Europe. “We wanted to offer something a little different for the new millennium” said route co-ordinator Pete Wellington.
Created: July 24, 2000
"Period authentic and correct race cars" is a goal that several vintage race sanctioning and organizing clubs and groups are puting more emphasis upon. VARA is adopting stringent measures for vintage Formula Vee. CVAR has adopted a points system that rewards authenticity.
Created: July 14, 2000
The southern national MGOC car show 'Surrey 2000'. This year promises to be the best and biggest. The committee have started working early for this our millennium show. Our proposals and aim are to provide something different as well as the familiar car competitions.
Created: July 13, 2000
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is pleased to announce the release of the 2000 The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix web site, hosted by the Three Rivers Free Net.
Created: July 06, 2000
Victorian Mini Club Inc has organised Australia's first indoor Mini Auto Salon and Show 'n' Shine. Date is 29 July 2000 and the e-mail contact is minishow2000@optusnet.com.au
Created: July 06, 2000
Victorian Mini Club Inc has organised Australia's first indoor Mini Auto Salon and Show 'n' Shine. Date is 29 July 2000 and the e-mail contact is minishow2000@optusnet.com.au
Created: May 31, 2000
Another marathon event taking a bunch of rich boys and their toys halfway around the world? The London-Sydney Marathon is different, however, because it has attracted two former world champions and the world's fastest lady driver.
Created: May 22, 2000
The epic long distance event will cross 14 countries - England, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. All cars are pre-1971 classics and two giant Russian Antonov aircraft will air-lift them across the oceans.
Created: May 22, 2000
Of most interest to the Mini Mania customers was the Lola Cars Cup. This is a 1 hour enduro for pre '59 sports racing and pre '67 production based racing cars under 1.3 liters. The field of 25 cars included 6 Minis, 2 square body Spridgets and a BMC A-Series powered Jabro special.
Created: April 28, 2000
We organize yearly a international meeting : "MINI Goes to Dracula's Castle" at Brasov. Brasov a mountain city located at 20 km from Bran were is the Castle of Dracula - a place with specific athmosphere who inspired BRAM STOKER'S novel "DRACULA".
Created: April 18, 2000
Set for Sunday 30th July 2000, the SWMF 2000 will be South Wales' first major MINI event ever. To be held in the large and beautiful grounds of Margam Country House and Park, just off the M4 near Port Talbot.
Created: April 13, 2000
The Historic Rally of Great Britain will be based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It will thus have the benefit of some of the most modern city-centre facilities in Britain for the documentation and scrutineering plus excellent hotels and a lively social scene in the evenings.The Tyneside area also has some of the best shopping centres in Europe. Modern ferries coming from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Germany serve the new port at Royal Quays and a direct link to France will be added during the coming year.
Created: April 12, 2000
Ballarat was built on Gold, but its history also is steeped in Red, White and Blue – the Troopers, the Police, the Eureka Flag and the Empire. Gold is symbolic of the miners while Red, White and Blue can be associated with the authorities
Created: April 10, 2000
In the northern summer of the year 2000 a fleet of 100 MICROCARS will depart England to drive across the world to Australia. The rally will be restricted to microcars only; no larger vehicles are eligible to enter. We can no longer always justify large vehicles and the time is right to look seriously at modern microcars to save our resources in an increasingly crowded world.
Created: April 10, 2000
The ever popular Riveria Run is back!!. Coupled with the London to Brighton Run, these two cumulate in two of the best Mini shows to attend in 2000. The route this year is a familiar one and covers the following: -
Mini Owners of Texas' Autocross
Created: March 14, 2000
We had our first autocross of the season here in Shreveport yesterday and I worked my butt off.
Mini racing in Phoenix
Created: February 23, 2000
VARA’s first race event of the year was determined to be a ‘fun in the sun’ weekend and the Mini owners of VARA were determined to be big part of it!
Created: February 17, 2000
Wonder  women : Grace Owen and Ali Bohm Grace Owen and Ali Bohm are a new all-female team making waves in the rallying world in their GpN rallying Mini Cooper. The pair have already appeared on the front cover of Mini World magazine.
Created: February 10, 2000
IF ever a car was a star, it was the Mini Cooper, the motoring icon of the Swinging Sixties. It was the star of the race track, the rally stage and the screen in the 1969 film, The Italian Job. It even topped the bill twice on the hugely popular television variety show, Sunday Night at the London Palladium....
400HP AWD VTEC Mini Traveller!
Created: April 02, 2010
Engine - Honda K20A2 VTEC out of 2004 Acura RSX Type S
Created: April 11, 2006
Mini TEC VTEC Mini
Created: August 23, 2006
Once upon a time when the mountains were young, import-car buyers were avant-garde. These half-mad radicals thought nothing of trading in a perfectly good De Soto Firesweep for—whoa!—an English car! They craved something quirky and agile like a Morris Minor or Hillman Minx that worked. Worked! Started every morning. Lasted decades. Sold for cheap. Of course, you nod, they wanted a BMC Mini, but engineered by Honda.
Created: December 30, 2005
The Heritage Motor Centre (HMC) combined their historical resources with Mark Greer and Associates’ knack for cataloguing and compiled the largest assemblage of Adobe Acrobat files, for 1959 to 1969 Minis, on the face of the earth. The most amazing part of this is there were no Adobe Acrobat files at all until 1990, thus provoking the question, “Where exactly did they get these?” This mystery aside, the HMC has amassed a virtual cornucopia of technical and owner’s manuals for the Mini Saloon, Mini Cooper and Cooper S, the Mini Van, the Mini Pick-up, Countryman, Traveler, Riley Elf, Austin Seven, Australian Mini, and Woseley Hornet MKI, II and III on one super-easy to use CDROM. You might be asking yourself, “Self, why do I need all of these manuals when I only have one classic Mini?” Well, to be quite honest, apart from nostalgic reasons, and the fact that you cannot find original parts publications for a 1967 Mini Countryman Woody Wagon anywhere else, much less the original owner’s manual to a 1959 Austin Seven MKI, there might not be a reason for you to invest in this CD. However, if you want these impossible to find manuals to top off that “complete car” restoration project, or if you can’t remember the proper firing order for your Riley Elf (1, 3, 4, 2), or if you are simply a glutton for knowledge, this is the compilation for you.
Created: January 07, 2004
At the track, Mini Mania's power and suspension upgrades proved a well-enginered package. The Stage III MINI Cooper delivered results that crushed a stock MINI Cooper S. Senior Road Test Editor Chris Walton notes, "You gotta love a front-driver that can get into the elite 70-mph-slalom club. The secret to the Mini Cooper Stage III is to drive it like you're running from the cops. You must trust that the tires will eventually regain grip -- and they do -- on the way to the next slalom cone where you gotta slide it by that one, and so on. I could really feel the limited-slip working at the exit. Where the stock MINI Cooper S hesitates before all the wheels are going the same speed in the same direction, the Stage III says 'Right now!', everything hooks up, and the car blasts out the other side."
Created: November 04, 2002
Autoweek's art director crash-tested the New MINI Cooper S -- the hard way.
Created: September 26, 2000
I was driving the narrow roads of southern Ireland, but my mind was on American drivers. I was certain some of us, fed up with the rigors of driving and owning pricey sport-utility rigs and looking for a new fashion statement, would welcome the low-cost, little Mini I was in.
Created: January 28, 2006
The Origins of SPAX SPAX has been making suspension for the past 50 years, we are one of the best known manufacturers in the world. Named after a Somerset village called Spaxton. SPAX were the first company to produce on-car adjustable dampers and patented the idea. 10 Reasons to Buy 1. We are all mad……..about performance!. All of the team that works at SPAX are all confirmed petrolheads, whether they are into racing, classics, modified cars or even bikes, everyone is passionate in one way or another and our products and company reflect this.
Polyurethane MKIV Subframe Tower Bush
Created: April 05, 2000
If you have a late model Mini (1976 on) then you probably know that the front subframe is isolated by these rubber mounts. While this makes the car quieter, it hinders handling by letting the subframe move about.