Not really, but we couldn’t resist the scandalous headline. Actually, Jessica is pictured here with two of SFPD’s Finest, as she displays her classic Mini Cooper at the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Recently Norm Nelson, Steve Lowery and Bob Wilson of the Shasta Mini Club were guests on the Exceptional Living radio show on KLXR Redding.
Host Lynn Fritz interviewed the Mini Cooper enthusiasts about the Mini itself and the Shasta club.
“Enjoy Exceptional Living” is provided through a collaboration with Enjoy Magazine, KLXR 1230 AM Radio and Lynn E. Fritz, Psychotherapist (MFC 44877).
Miniology continues our ongoing MINI WRC coverage to bring you the 12th of 13 rounds in the FIA World Rally Championship (Oct. 20-23), Day Two.
Salou, Spain – 22nd October, 2011.
As the cars returned to the Spanish coastal resort for the end of day two of Rally RACC – Rally of Spain the MINI WRC Team cars of Dani Sordo (ES) and Carlos del Barrio (ES) and Kris Meeke (GB) and Paul Nagle (IR) were lying fourth and sixth respectively. It had been a day when the Citroen of Sébastien Ogier (FR) lost time with a puncture and dropped behind Sordo, while the Spaniard chased after the third placed Ford of Mikko Hirvonen (FI) and set the fastest time on stage 11 in the process. Meeke was again in new territory, but remained on the pace of the front runners while learning the stages without taking unnecessary risks.
The drivers were more than happy to leave the dramas of dust and darkness behind them on day one, for the all tarmac stages of day two. In hot and sunny conditions they completed another 142.54 kilometres over six stages without any major mishaps to the top crews. The biggest test of the day was on the 45.97 kilometre El Priorat stage that, along with the other stages, was run twice, but while Riba-roja d’Ebre and Punta de les Torres at 12.27 kilometres and 13.53 kilometres respectively were much shorter, they were both completely new to all the competitors. Tomorrow they have the final six stages and 102.62 kilometres of competition before an early afternoon finish.
Dave Wilcock, Technical Director: “Generally it has been a good day for us. It was the first day of Tarmac and Dani set off with the intention of catching Mikko Hirvonen. On the first loop of stages it was all looking good and he managed to pull 22 seconds back from him, and the target was to do the same in the afternoon. We nearly had a stage win on the second stage of the morning, and then we finally got it on the second one of the afternoon, so we are very happy with that. We were disappointed to drop some time to Mikko at the end of the day, and it now puts pressure on Dani to pull back 0.37seconds per kilometre on the remaining stages going into tomorrow. As for Kris, he has been neat and tidy and shown he is developing very well. Comparing his times to Mikko, we are very, very pleased with his pace. Clearly he is doing a good job, the obvious intention is to get him to the end of the rally and he is very much focused on that. It’s a big day tomorrow so let’s see what happens.”
Dani Sordo (MINI John Cooper Works WRC No 37): “It has been a really good day, there have been no problems and I am very happy to have a fastest stage time. The battle with Mikko for the podium is very tough, as he is a bit far away in terms of times and the gap is now 37 seconds. However, my plans for the final day are to push Mikko really hard and fight him for the podium. It would be really nice to be on the podium here on my home rally, but I am realistic about what I have to do.”
Kris Meeke (MINI John Cooper Works WRC No 52): “I can’t complain at all about today. Probably the most important thing for me is the times relative to the top guys got a lot better on the second pass through the stages, so I am very happy about that. I wasn’t trying any harder, but it just shows how it comes together when you subconsciously learn the roads. The Michelin tyres were mega consistent, particularly on the long 46 kilometre one, and on the tarmac there was maximum grip.”
And of course, as always, here are a bunch of photos delivered to you fresh from the day’s event:
[Source: BMW Group PressClub Sport]
Thanks to its MINIMALISM technology MINI is ranked within the top five motoring manufacturers for its low CO2 emissions throughout its whole range. The MINI Cooper D offers drivers the legendary ‘go-kart’ handling and iconic design, as well as a bundle of economical and environmentally friendly benefits such as being exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
Chas Hallett, What Car? Editor in Chief said; “What Car? has long been a fan of the British-built MINI. The MINI 1.6D Cooper proves that being green does not mean you have to wave goodbye to driving enjoyment. It has very low running costs, because it emits just 99g/km of CO2 and does 74.3mpg. The Cooper D is without question the most fun way to go green and keep a bit more cash in your pocket.”
The Mini Owners of America, San Francisco Chapter (aka MOASF) presents the 20th Annual Hayward Field Meet All British Car Show & Swap Meet! On Saturday, June 4, 2011, starting at 9:00 AM and running to 2:00 PM (for the awards) and likely carrying on awhile after that, this long-standing event is open to ALL British Cars, classic Minis, new MINIs, and a whole bunch of other fine English Automobiles will also be there for your viewing pleasure. In the past we’ve seen MGs, Jaguars, Triumphs, Sunbeams, Bentleys, Lotus, you name it! They are even open to “Other Cars of Particular Interest” such as the iconic Smart car.
Nick Becker, chairman of the event, says the event “..will probably be the largest one day gathering of Minis & MINIS in Northern California” and yes, with the inclusion of several local groups such as REME, NorCal MINIs, and MOASF amoung them, there is sure to be a good turn out this year!
Once again, the concourse for the Hayward Field Meet will be held at Cal-State East Bay (aka CSU Hayward), in the lovely green of the soccer practice field below Lot B. Free spectator parking is available as well!
You won’t want to miss it!
Pre-registration form must be received by May 31, 2011, so pop on over to their website and grab a handy form to print out and send in!
The official website is here:
You can download the registration form here:
For the show, all restorations, daily drivers and works in progress are welcome.
The swap meet is the oldest continuous British Car Swap Meet in the Bay Area. There’s lots of space to spread out. “Parts, Project & for Sale Cars” welcome in Swap Area. “For Sale” signs allowed on Show cars.
The HFM features door prizes, Marque awards by popular vote, Event mementos, and authentic British food will also be available on site (woo! bangers and such! yum!)
Entry Fees are $20 pre-registration or $30 on the day of the event, for either showing your car or having a space in the swap meet. For $10 more you can do BOTH the swap meet and enter your car!
If you need more information, contact:
Nick Becker, email@example.com, or (925) 932-7886
Jon Becker, (925) 689-4005 days or (925) 228-1672 evenings
As you may recall, Miniology has covered this event in the past, as well the earlier StarLord Mini Podcast did a show reel for an earlier HFM!
Courtesy of autoblog.com
Once you’ve put an all-electric drivetrain into a Mini Cooper, is it that hard to hybridize one? Well, yes, especially since BMW’s limited testing program was intended to give the company information about a plug-in architecture. But our spy photographers have discovered what’s believed to be the first Mini Cooper prototype fitted with a hybrid drivetrain.
The body certainly looks the same, but – as you can see in our high-resolution gallery – BMW has affixed a sticker in the window that clearly says “hybrid test vehicle.” We don’t know many details about the powertrain sitting under the bright red paint, but sources indicate that this is a through-the-road hybrid, with the front wheels powered by a normal engine and the rear wheels motivated by an electric motor. Things like displacement, total horsepower and battery size are all as mysterious as they ever were, but rumor has it – no, really this time – that a hybridized Mini will be available when the next-generation arrives in 2013.