Santa Cruz Mountain Run

Join the Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts for a quick and twisty run through the Santa Cruz mountains, over some great winding backroads, enjoy gorgeous views through the trees and the beach, driving along California Highway 1, up through La Honda, ending up at Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside for a well-deserved lunch and brewskies 🙂 – formated in 16:9 iPod Video size, encoded with QuickTime via iMovie.

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More Fun on Less Fuel:
The new MINI One.
The new MINI Cooper D.

More power, more efficiency, more MINI. Now the line-up of the new MINI is being enlarged – and enhanced – by two particularly economical variants:

With its 70 kW/95 hp 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the new MINI One is entering the market as the “basic” version in the range and will be on view to the world public for the first time at the International Motor Show in Geneva on 8th March, 2007. The new MINI Cooper D will also be making its appearance on the same occasion, boasting a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel developing maximum of 80 kW/110 hp and peak torque of 240 Newton-metres or 177 lb ft at between 1,750 and 2,000 rpm, with a further brief increase through Overboost to 260 Newton-metres or 192 lb-ft. Clearly, this gives the new MINI Cooper D a level of power and muscle truly unique in this category. The all-new power units featured in the MINI One and MINI Cooper D provide the option of combining the unique driving fun of this compact front-wheel-drive model with exceptionally efficient fuel economy and emission control.

As a result, the connoisseur is now able to enjoy the flair and driving pleasure of the new MINI under particularly economical conditions. With these new models entering the market, the one and only premium car in the small model segment is becoming even more attractive and versatile as of April 2007.


Get the racing feeling: the John Cooper Works tuning kit for the new MINI Cooper S

Press Release from BMW AG
(Translated somewhat from German, it could be cleaned up, but hey you heard it here first)

The international automobile salon in Geneva (8. to 18. March 2007) is scene for the world premiere John of the Cooper Works Tuning kit for the MINI Cooper S.

Mitte 2007 gets the anyway already strongest variant of the compact Premium models thereby now additional steam under the hood. With John Cooper Works Tuning kit for the MINI Cooper S the achievement 1.6 litres of the large twin Scroll turbo engine on impressive 141 kW/192 HP one increases and the maximum torque within the range between 1,750 and 5,000 routes is increased to 250 Newtonmeters.

By the Overboost function the torque can be raised with strong accelerating at short notice and in the speed range of 1,750 to 4,500 min-1 even to 270 Nm. Beyond that the mark MINI for the fans of the new MINI Cooper S has still further John Cooper Works components in the offer, which accelerate the pulse and into everyday life traffic bring passionate Racing Feeling.

In addition one sport chassis, punched brake disks for the front axle of the MINI Cooper S as well as 18 tariff light alloy wheels belong. Ideally to combine these options with numerous further offers from John Cooper Works accessories program, which supports the sport spirit, leave themselves.

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Episode 15 – Huffaker Engineering

After the M&M run (Episode 14) several of the Mini and Miata owners made their way to Huffaker Engineering at Infineon Raceway, to enjoy an exclusive look at Joe’s facility and meet with his staff for great stories of racing history and a sneak peak at one of the leading fabricators of the racing circuit. We saw Joe’s #77 Mini in some of the earlier episodes, so it was a real treat to meet the man behind the scenes and hear him speak candidly about his family’s wonderful racing history. This short podcast has some of that tale edited and posted here for your enjoyment! Sorry some of the edits are a bit rough 🙁


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MINI dealers invest millions…and Robert Stern wins ‘Dealerof the Year’

In 2006, MINI dealers invested £21 million in expanding or moving premises to meet the growing MINI range and offer customers more choices in the showroom, rather than just the brochure.
MINI dealership Robert Stern moved to new premises in 2005 after an investment of £1.5 million. In the same year, the Worcester dealer was crowned ‘Dealer of the Year’. Successive titles have now been achieved with Robert Stern being named ‘MINI Dealer of the Year 2006’.

All 150 MINI dealerships were judged on a variety of performance indicators including new and used sales. Once again, Robert Stern proved the most successful at all-round business excellence throughout 2006 combined with exemplary customer service.

Andy Hearn, MINI UK General Manager, said: “To win this once is a tremendous achievement, to win it two years in succession is remarkable and shows the results of hard work, passion and commitment in providing the best customer experience. My congratulations to Robert Stern and his team.

“This level of commitment is reflected across the dealer network with an investment figure close to £40 million in the last two years. Dedicated MINI dealerships means the ability to show more of the huge choice of models, options and accessories at the dealership, including MINI Cherished models.”

Colin Capewell, Robert Stern Dealer Principal, said: “We’re incredibly proud to receive this award for a second year running and my thanks go to our fantastic MINI team for making this happen. Our business has developed dramatically over the past two years and it is a credit to Robert and Deborah Stern, and of course our staff that we have been recognised by MINI UK for this. We also give our thanks to customers both existing and new. Without their support and loyalty in our first two years in Worcester, achieving this title would have been so much tougher.”

Over 6000 MINI Coopers and MINI Cooper S are now on the road since the launch date of 18 November 2006. This April, the MINI One and MINI Cooper D will go on sale, starting from £11,595.

Seven regional winners were also announced: Dick Lovett of Bristol, Chandlers in Brighton, Sytner of Solihull, Fairfield in Southend, Bateman in Langdale, Preston Hall of Stockton-on-Tees, and Harry Fairbairn in Irvine.

The winner is…

Media Information
26 February 2007

The winner is…”The Lives of Others”.
MINI Collection and the “Double D” congratulate Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on winning the Oscar® for the “Best Foreign Language Film”.

Los Angeles / Munich. At yesterday’s live broadcast of the Oscar® ceremony in the ARRI Cinema Munich, organised by German Films and MINI Collection, visitors were able to watch the young director being presented by the Academy with the Oscar® for the “Best Foreign Language Film” for “The Lives of Others”.

The film made by up-and-coming director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck successfully fought off the favourite, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, from Mexico.

The evening’s special guest – the “Double D” – was eagerly used by many film lovers and VIPs to relax in during the broadcast. Guests were also able to check out the clothing and accessories from the MINI Collection, and to enjoy the DJ sounds on the top floor.

For those of us that went on MINI Takes The States last August, do you remember that big bus they had? Well there’s a similar thing going on in Germany right now with an equally impressive bus.. uh.. that’s about all I know. Cool though 😉