Pacific Coast Dream Machines

Also happening today (Sunday), 10am-4pm, is the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show — this 17th Annual Event is taking place at the Half Moon Bay Airport, along northern California’s famous Highway One. Miniology photojournalists (uh, that would be me) will be there capturing photos of the event.

For additional information, please visit the official Miramar events page at http://www.miramarevents.com/dreammachines/

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Cool New Shift Knob With LCD ReadOut

Indy-Cator shiftknobs
A revolutionary product! This universal shiftknob with LCD display is not only good for looks: it also increases driving safety and helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 percent by means of an adapted driving style.

This shiftknob fits all cars with manual transmissions up to 6 speed and is designed to work with every gearshift pattern.

A light sensor in the Indy-Cator adapts the brightness of the digital display to the surrounding light by means of an automatic dimming function, ensuring optimal readability at all times.

The connection to the cars power supply and gear assignment programming is very simple, and of course the shiftknob comes with detailed instructions for installation.

Available with red or blue display from TM Tuning.

Hammer and Coop-erize your MINI?

I was in MINI of San Francisco today, checking out the BMW Motorad stuff on the 2nd floor, and there parked in the dealership was ‘COOP’, an AstroBlack metallic 2007 Cooper S, with the $1,600 “Hammer and Coop package”. Lot of nice little accents, and a few bigger ones. I don’t know if it talks, but the white lightning stripes and side wrap must add at least another 100 horsepower 😉

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Upcoming MINI Events Nationwide!

Thanks to Norm over at Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts for updating the list of upcoming Mini Cooper events!

If anyone has runs, events, or activities that are MINI/Mini related that they would like added, please send them to me so I can get them in the next newsletter. If you want to be added to this distribution list, please send me an email.

Please feel free to pass this along to any of your MINI/Mini friends.

Please check your club listings to see if the dates are correct. If you have any additions or corrections, please email them to me and I will include them in the next mailing. Please double check with the organizing club to make sure the dates are valid.

You can subscribe to Norm’s list: norm@redwoodempiremini.com

April 22, 2007 (Saturday): SV-REME Night Out on the Town “ The Queen’s Birthday Party” Streets of London Pub 649 E. Bidwell St. Folsum, CA Contact: Rob (Califzeph) Saunders califzeph@mac.com

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MINI earns top marks in reliability

ADAC Statistics on Roadside Assistance in 2007: BMW Group with outstanding rankings in all segments.
Courtesy BMW Press Club, Canada – 04/20/2007

Munich. Current models of the BMW Group achieved an outstanding result in the current ADAC Statistics on Roadside Assistance with two models being named as best in class and four models ranked among the top three in their segments. This most extensive and conclusive nationwide analysis of the reliability of all cars on offer in Germany impressively confirms high quality and reliability of cars of the BMW and MINI brands. Moreover, the uniform picture as shown in all classifications provides clear evidence that the high quality standards of the BMW Group are made to work across all model lines.

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Miniology scoops Dr. Kay Segler in Shanghai

At the MINI Press Conference, 4/20/2007, Auto Shanghai. Dr. Kay Segler gave a speech with some inside information on MINI’s amazing successes in China. What follows is a transcript of that speech.

(Courtesy BMW AG, Used by permission)
Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s great to see you here at the Shanghai Motor Show 2007 in Shanghai. I am delighted to present the new MINI to you today, and this extraordinary metropolis is the perfect setting for your first drive. Because Shanghai combines – in a very exciting way – tradition with trends, growth, dynamics and modern spirit – so it is clearly an environment which perfectly matches the MINI!

With MINI, we can look back at a real success story: Since its re-launch in 2001, we have sold a total of about 944,000 MINI worldwide. China has been contributing to this success with substantial growth rates for example: retail volume in Mainland China increased by 145% last year. A new record in 2007 is surely in sight. Year to date the Mainland China volume has already doubled. One interesting fact: in Hong Kong, MINI has reached a market share of 2.5% – its highest market share worldwide.

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