IMM2015 begins in Lithuania – May 21-24

IMM2015 Rauno AaltonenThis year’s IMM takes place in Zarasai, Lithuania (55.734529, 26.229165), Zarasai District Municipality, Utena County.

Located in the North-eastern part of the Republic of Lithuania, This district allures with the clearest colors of nature and peaceful dew of lakes. It is a land where everyone becomes a poet and a place where you can walk barefoot.

The Greater island where IMM 2015 will be has nice asphalt road which take you to the heart of the island. It is a unique resort of cultural events, music festivals and (of course) car shows.

Source: Link to official IMM2015 site: Location

Cars will arrive tomorrow, the island gates open at 12:00. The welcome greetings (about a half hour) will commence at 8:00pm. Shops generally stay open to 10:00pm every night, there’s food, camping, and beers will be about 2 euro (sounds like our kind of event!)

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be filled with events of all sorts, games, rallies, parades, attempts to break world records, parties, music and live DJs throughout the night.

Of note will be Mini celebrities such as the rally legend Rauno Aaltonen, aka “The Rally Professor” as well the Dakar All4 MINI will be on display. If you’re in the area but can’t make the entire show, day visitors will be allowed on Saturday.

For more information please check the official site at or join the facebook page at

MINI explores the Future of Mobility with major exhibition opening at London Design Festival.

Yesterday marks the opening of ‘Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: The Future of Mobility’, an exhibition at designjunction, London, which explores how design, technology and science are coming together to shape the future of travel. Visitors to designjunction, a flagship venue at London Design Festival (13 – 21 September), will see six of the UK’s most progressive designers come together to celebrate a collaboration between MINI and the online design magazine, Dezeen. The designers include Pernilla Ohrstedt, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Dominic Wilcox, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Lucy McRae and Keiichi Matsuda.
The designers come from a variety of disciplines, including performance arts, biology, architecture and film making – but whether it is a stained-glass car or a vacuum-packing installation, each designer has taken design inspiration from the new MINI 3-Door.

Cars of the future to behave like living organisms
Daisy Ginsberg combines design with synthetic biology.  Her belief is that car manufacturers will increasingly use natural or genetically modified materials in car design. “They already use natural plastics like chitin”, she says. According to Ginsberg’s research, cars of the future could be just like living organisms, mutating to suit the requirements of the driver and adapting to the surrounding environment.

World’s first stained-glass car, with a bed inside
Inventor Dominic Wilcox takes the safety guarantee of driver-less cars and demonstrates the scope for creative car design. As such, Wilcox has made a car entirely of stained glass, inspired by the windows of Durham Cathedral. As glass becomes increasingly ubiquitous in technology, Wilcox’s work implies that the cars of the future could even become entirely responsive vehicles.

Cars digitally personalized with augmented reality
Designer Keiichi Matsuda showcases a short film which shows the possibilities of augmented reality in the future, including how digital traffic information and road signs, which are personal to each driver, could be super-imposed onto cars. With augmented reality apps currently in use and the intelligent contact lens already in development, Matsuda’s future is not far away.

Vacuum-packing installation prepares people for space travel
Lucy McRae is a body architect who has trained in classical ballet and interior design. Her installation piece is a speculative vacuum chamber in which participants’ bodies are prepared for space travel.  McRae’s idea is based upon the knowledge that astronauts can suffer from osteoporosis, a symptom of zero gravity environments.  As space travel is sure to become more commonplace over the coming century, her design aims to contend with this issue.

Travelling virtually to new places
Pernilla Ohrstedt focuses her research on 3D mapping of cities.  She believes that with technology already being used by Google Maps, people will be able to map whole cities with up-to-date 3D images and therefore travel virtually through these destinations, rather than visiting them in person. Ohrstedt has also designed the exhibition space at designjunction, in partnership with ScanLab, and her design is incorporated within it.

Super-intelligent ‘bobblehead’ that personalizes driving
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez has imagined and designed the first interactive bobblehead. His concept is inspired by the commonplace dashboard figurines which, in the future, could become a driver’s intelligent companion: they can be connected to the car’s GPS, can offer tips to the driver according to driving style and speed, and can act as speakers for a hands-free phones.  These ‘bobbleheads’ can store the information and be transported to a different vehicle, thus ensuring that every driving experience is bespoke.

Visit the Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition at…


The Sorting Office, 21 – 23 New Oxford Street (London, UK)

18 – 21 September 2014.

Tickets are £8 in advance and available from £10 on the door.

More about Dezeen & MINI Frontiers please visit:

[Source: BMW Group, Munich/London.]



MINI turns 55: a small car with a great history – and IMM Pics, lots of em!

Classic Mini

When the first classic Mini, made in Birmingham, went on the market on August 18th 1959, none of the people involved at the time are likely to have imagined that the concept of a revolutionary small car would turn into one of the automotive industry’s most impressive success stories stretching over a period of five and half decades. 55 years ago, two models were presented to the public which differed solely in their radiator grille, hub caps and paint finishes: the Morris Mini Minor and the Austin Seven. Designer Alec Issigonis’ concept was both simple and ingenious: lots of interior space combined with minimum exterior dimensions, four seats, perfect driving properties, low fuel consumption and a reasonable price. These brilliant ideas had an impact that was to extend into the 21st century.


The brand’s underlying principle was confirmed once more when it was restarted with the market launch of the MINI in 2001: a superior concept gained popularity in a range of different forms and eventually became firmly established. Since then MINI has combined the classic values of the early generations with the demands of a modern automobile. Very few vehicle concepts have survived for such a long period of time or gained a comparable level of popularity – and no other concept has been applied to such a wide variety of versions as is the case with MINI.

Today and beyond?

Today the range comprises a large number of models: starting with the classic body variant of the MINI, it includes the MINI Clubman, the MINI Convertible, the MINI Coupé and the MINI Roadster, going right through to the MINI Countryman and the MINI Paceman. The brand began another fresh chapter of its success story in spring 2014 when the new MINI went on the market. An entirely new variant in the model program follows in autumn 2014 – the  MINI 5 door.

All models share unsurpassed elegance, highly stable value retention, unbeatable handling, outstanding safety, unrivalled sporty flair, an expressive and instantly recognisable design and uncompromising quality at premium level. The combination of different qualities is as modern today as it was 55 years ago and the concept is younger than ever.

IMM 2014

On the first weekend in August, members of the classic Mini and the new MINI community met in the county of Kent to celebrate the most successful and most popular British small car on its 55th anniversary. MINI enthusiasts were just as impressed by the new generation of the original in the premium segment of small cars as they were by some of its ancestors that were to be seen on the grounds. The vehicles on show ranged from one of the very first cars of the brand dating back to 1960 to a classic Mini Clubman Estate and a classic 25 Special Edition Mini from 1984 through to one of the last classic Minis ever built from the year 2000. Guests of honour at the anniversary included Paddy Hopkirk, who achieved the brand’s first win at the Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S 50 years ago and Russ Swift, who demonstrated some of his unique stunts and tricks. Fans of the brand traditionally get together at the International Mini Meeting to demonstrate their passion for the world’s most famous small car. This year they designed and produced hundreds of individual stickers featuring messages and pictures. The best designs will be on show later this year at a big MINI exhibition at the BMW Museum in Munich. The International Mini Meeting (IMM) was first held in Germany in 1978 – at that time it was a relatively small-scale three-day camping event. Its popularity increased from one year to the next, however, with fans prepared to travel further and further until the organisers finally decided to turn it into an international meet-up. The IMM takes place in a different country every year, but it returns to the UK every five years to mark the brand’s anniversary in August.

[Source: BMW Group, Munich]