Classic Mini News and information

General
Mini Cooper 60th Anniversary features the first MINI EV
Created: January 10, 2019
This year will mark the 60th anniversary of Mini Cooper. A revolutionary Mini will be unveiled to the world. The Mini Cooper S E, an all electric MINI will be the highlight of the celebration. It will be the first mass-produced electric car from Mini Cooper, as well as the world’s first fully electrified hot hatch.
Foreign Car Show by Sierra Sports Car Group
Created: September 22, 2015
Foreign Car Show by Sierra Sports Car Group, Oct 17, 2015
VTEC Video
Created: June 11, 2008
Some videos of Vtec Mini's on the track and on the dyno.
Community
Created: May 16, 2017
Summary of 2017 Mini Meets including Mini Meet West, Mini Meet East, Mini Meet North and Mini Mania's Nevada City Adventure.
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
Mini Mania is excited to announce that we are a platinum sponsor of Mini Meet West 2013! Mini Meet West is an annual gathering of fans of the classic Mini manufactured from 1959 to 2000
Created: August 18, 2010
Late Classic Mini Cooper Production Information. 1985 to 2000 year models
2008 MINI Cooper Clubman The classic compact has a growth spurt
Created: April 18, 2008
If you believe the MINI is too small to accommodate some activities, meet the other MINI - the MINI Clubman. Available as a base Cooper model and the hotter Cooper S, it's essentially identical to the MINI Coupe from the nose to the "B" pillar, but from there rearward it has been extended. The w...
Created: August 03, 2006
Caterpillar Inc. Subsidiary to Acquire Ownership of Marketing, Sales and Distribution of MG Rover Parts and Accessories Worldwide
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: April 14, 2005
http://www.minimania.com/articlelist/MINI/News
Maxi Mini results
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
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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
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.
Fun Things
Jay Lenos Garage 1965 Morris Mini Minor
Created: February 28, 2019
In this episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Jay's guest Steve Nelson brings his 1965 Morris Minor that has been with him for more than 40 years.
60 Year Edition MINI
Created: January 24, 2019
All eyes will be on the 60 Year Edition MINI, a model very similar to the 2019 F55 and F56.
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 Joke Week.
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.
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/
The 10 Most Famous Minis
Created: October 28, 2011
The Minis that made it "the" Mini!
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.
CA Wildfires Direct Relief - December Give Back Charity Profile
Created: November 27, 2018
Direct Relief responds each year to wildfires throughout the Western U.S., including the series of devastating fires burning in its home state of California. Direct Relief is providing N-95 masks, medicine, and other resources to healthcare agencies and first responders in wildfire-affected communities across California.
Devastating California Wildfires - How you can help
Created: November 26, 2018
The deadliest fire in CA history is 100% contained. But the victims and wreckage it has left behind is tremendous. 85 people have lost their lives and 249 are still missing. Together we can help those affected. A donation of any size would be a help.
Created: December 28, 2012
http://new.minimania.com/articlelist/NEW_MINI/General%20Articles/Mini_Mania
Created: October 02, 2012
Southern California Mini Cooper Club Newsletter is full of great information and fun events.
Created: September 12, 2012
Every September 15th Mexicans commemorate the war of Independence, which was actually initiated in the small town of Dolores in Guanajuato Mexico on September 16, 1810.
Created: March 30, 2012
Mini Meet East dates and history
BMC Name Changes
Created: March 30, 2012
The British Motor Corporation (BMC) was formed in 1952 by joining the Nuffield Organization (Morris, MG, Riley, and Wolseley) with the Austin Motor Company. It was during BMC’s reign that the Mini was designed and introduced.
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.
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.
Motorsport
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.
Phil Wicks Racing - Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Created: October 22, 2015
Phil Wicks Racing - Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Phil Wicks Racing Race Report -- The Walter Mitty
Created: May 13, 2015
Phil Wicks Racing Race Report -- The Walter Mitty, 2015
Created: October 20, 2014
Phil Wicks Race Report Heacock Classic Gold Cup
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.
Created: June 03, 2014
Brands Hatch raceway is the quintessential track that has represented English racing since 1950 and while probably best known for the “Grand Prix” circuit, it uses a smaller portion of that famous track that has been called the INDY circuit.
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.