Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mini stars in The Classic Car Show tonight...

The eighth episode of The Classic Car Show airs tonight on Channel 5 at 7pm and this evening’s programme pays homage to the classic Mini, the best-selling British car in history.
Quentin Willson takes a step back in time to when the Mini was first conceived to uncover exactly what it was that made this tiny four-seater into a legendary British icon. Quentin also discovers how a royal PR stunt made it the must-have accessory for so many celebrities during the ‘60s.

Taking on a Mini adventure of her own, Jodie Kidd takes a look at the Mini’s incredible motorsport heritage. Famed for its handling, the original Mini has chalked up a number of motorsport victories since its inception, including winning the Monte Carlo Rally three times. With the legendary Paddy Hopkirk at her side, Jodie discovers first-hand why the Mini is so special.

Looking at another icon of its decade, Alex Riley heads back to the ‘80s - an era of opulence, fast-paced fashion, finance and cars. Alex’s affordable classic ‘pick of the week’ is the BMW E24 635 CSi, once the car of choice for affluent city traders, today the 218bhp straight-six cruiser can be found in the classifieds for less than £5,000. Alex explains why you should buy one now, while you can.

Meanwhile, Chris Routledge heads to a classic car collectors’ cave full of gems to take a look at a coachbuilt Ford Capri convertible. Built by Crayford in the 1970s, the company took the original Ford Capri and replaced the traditional roof with a fold back canvas top. With fewer than forty cars ever built, Chris explains why this is a barn-find dream.
To wrap up our tribute to the classic Mini, Bruno Senna takes a 1965 British Saloon Car-winning Cooper S to our handling track. Tune in at 7pm to see how it fares.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

WIN: Tickets to Brooklands Mini Day this weekend!

All photos courtesy Mini Madness

love:mini has teamed up with the organisers Brooklands Museum to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets for the event this weekend in London.

See below to see how to enter.

£10 Easter ticket deal for first Mini 7 rounds at Castle Combe

Castle Combe opens this season’s Dunlop Mini Se7en and Mini Miglia Challenges supported by Mini Spares on April 6th, with entertainment guaranteed from these classic compact stalwarts of British club racing.

Monday, 23 March 2015

MINI wrist-slapped by America's FTC

MINI in the USA has been severely reprimanded by the Federal Trade Commission for 
telling customers their warranty would be void unless they used genuine MINI parts fitted at a MINI dealership.

Preview: Rally North Wales

On March 28, a potential 14 crews will head to Dolgellau to contest the first round of the The HRCR Mintex ‘old STAGER’ Championship 2015, incorporating the Mini Cup and HRCR Imp Cup.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

MINI Cooper S saves the world in new Sony film

Madcap chases, snappy dialogue, spectacular action scenes, old favourites from video games past, hope, heroes and, at the centre of the action, saviours in the guise of four MINI Cooper S 3 door models: that’s what lies in store in the new Sony Pictures film PIXELS, set for release in US cinemas on 24 July. 

Tour Guides wanted for Plant Oxford

MINI Plant Oxford has got in touch with love:mini to spread the word amongst the Mini community of positions available at the main manufacturing plant as a Tour Guide.

In this role you will be expected to create a vibrant colourful world with character as you show excited guests around the factory floor. A good understanding of technical terms will be necessary as you explain in simple language each stage of the construction process.

Each tour lasts between 2-3 hours and a guide can expect to receive around £35 per tour.

Questions to:

Apply with your CV and covering letter to:

Monday, 16 March 2015

Doug Adams - the man who helped create the Mini - has died

The Birmingham Mail reports: Doug Adams, one of the last surviving members of the team which created the original Mini at Longbridge, has died aged 95.

Doug, whose career at the world-famous Birmingham car factory lasted for nearly 50 years, worked alongside the inventor of Longbridge’s best-known car, Sir Alec Issigonis, on the Mini.

Read the full story and see more pictures at the Birmingham Mail.

EVO MINI Cooper S four-way track battle

We all love a bit of racing, but there's nothing better than getting a set of similar cars and pitting them against each other in a head-to-head. Well, that's exactly what EVO magazine has done in tribute to Best Motoring - and the results are phenomenal.

The new 2015 MINI CHALLENGE MINI (2-litre turbocharged, 275BHP)  2013 MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS GP (1.6-litre turbocharged, 215BHP), MINI CHALLENGE JCW (1.6-litre turbocharged, 220BHP), 2006 MINI COOPER S JCW GP (1.6-litre turbocharged, 215BHP).

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

1968 Minivan is a 302-mile minter

Virtually unused for 47 years, a ‘time warp’ 1968 Austin Mini Van is set to be auctioned at Silverstone Auctions’ Practical Classics Restoration Show Sale on March 28th, at the NEC, Birmingham.