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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

MINI Plant Oxford Celebrates 15 years of MINI production


Plant Oxford today celebrates 15 years since the first new MINIs rolled off the production line on 26 April, 2001.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

UPCOMING: East Midlands Mini and VW Show

For over 20 years now classic cars have been turning out at Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire to be gazed upon in awe by passers-by. In a couple of weeks time the beautiful park will be home again to many illustrious cars from a bygone era, and on the Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May) there will be a focus on two of the most popular marques ever - the Mini and the VW.

Friday, 15 April 2016

BMW & MINI in drive to attract new talent

BMW Group has joined forces with other leading UK car manufacturers to help launch the Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service and develop the skilled workforce of the future.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

MINI sales highest ever in March 2016

MINI sales were higher in March 2016 than in any previous single month in the brand’s history. 

Charlie Butler-Henderson appointed MINI ambassador


MINI UK is proud to announce British racing driver, Charlie Butler-Henderson, 37, as a new brand ambassador. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

VIDEO: Funny Quest World RX Championship preview (with MINI)


Quest – the free-to-air entertainment channel which will broadcast the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy live across the UK and Ireland – has released a promotional video ahead of the World RX season-opener in Portugal this weekend. 

WEEKEND PREVIEW: 16-17 April

As the April weather changes from one extreme to the other you've got a 50/50 chance of enjoying some warmth and dryness if you venture outside this weekend, and here's what you could be doing:


APRIL 16
Pride of Longbridge
The Pride of Longbridge Rally has grown and grown over the years and is now a regular and popular fixture in the diary of stalwarts indulging in the classic way of life and all things Morris and Rover.
Any car that has a connection with Longbridge, from Austin 7s to Rover 75s,  Morris, MG,  Wolseley, Riley, Vanden Plas are all welcome.
www.austinlongbridgefederation.co.uk

 




 

APRIL 17
Lincoln BIG Mini Day

Held at Brayford Waterfront, Lincoln, this event has become very popular amongst locals and enthusiasts, allowing owners to put their cars on display and do a spot of shopping too in Lincoln's historic city.
www.trentvalleymoc.co.uk



APRIL 16-17
Mini 7 Racing - Brands Hatch GP
For the Mini Se7en Club's 50th year, they have been granted access to the GP circuit, and with a mixed gird of over 50 Minis lining up you can be assured of some exciting action! With last month's season opener rained off the drivers will be itching to drop the clutch and hit the tarmac.
www.mini7.co.uk


 
APRIL 16-17
BTRDA Rallycross - Pembrey
This is where Mini racing gets really dirtty, as Christina Aguilera once spelt it... Fast and furious Minis on a dirt track with a fire in the drivers' bellies and a bit of bump and grinding guarenteed.
www.btrda.com/Rallycross


 



APRIL 16-17
HSCC Historic Touring Championship - Castle Combe
A little more traditional racing taking you back to the 60s and 70s with eveything from Hillman Imps and Lotus Cortinas up against the Mini in the classic battle of David and Goliath.

www.hscc.org.uk



APRIL 16-17
Gurston Down Hillclimb
Fancy something a little different, why not head to Gurston Down to watch the Minis test themselves against the forces of nature (gravity) as they speed up the course fighting for the best time in Class.

www.gurstondown.org

 

APRIL 17
Leewood Autograss - North Western Qualifiers
A bit like the rallycross, the autocross is more confined to an oval track, where racers of all ages - some as young as seven - power their Mini cars round to try and take the win. Great action and comaraderie makes this a great day out.
www.leewoodautograss.org

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Classic Mini breakers jailed for spate of thefts

Two men who stole 13 classic Mini motor cars have been jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years, the Met reports.
 
Stephen Fiddimore, 36 (23.04.79) of Shearwater, Longfield in Kent pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years' imprisonment.

Sam Metten, 28 (20.01.88) of Polsteads, Basildon in Essex was found guilty of conspiracy to steal motor vehicles after a week-long trial and jailed for three years.

An investigation into the theft of classic Mini cars across the south east led officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Organised Vehicle Crime Unit (OVCU) to investigate the activities of both men, who ran an eBay business from a lock-up garage in Horton Kirby, Kent. The business dealt exclusively in classic Mini cars and vehicle parts.

On 28 April 2015, officers carried out multiple search warrants at the following addresses:
- Oakview Stud Farm, Lombard Street, Horton Kirby, Kent
- Lock-up garage, Cross Lane West, Gravesend, Kent
- Lock-up garage, Carrington Road, Dartford, Kent
- Lock-up garage, Crayford Way, Crayford, Kent
- Shearwater, Longfield, Kent
- Polsteads, Basildon, Essex.

Property seized at each of these premises linked the defendants to the criminal enterprise.
In addition, two vehicles seized from the defendants' home addresses were found to be stolen and cloned. 

Fiddimore and Metten were able to use their specialist knowledge to gain entry to the vehicles and ‘hotwire’ the immobilisers in order to drive them away. 

Detectives believe that the pair may have been responsible for the theft of more than 40 vehicles across London, Kent and Essex between August 2014 and May 2015.

Detective Inspector Caroline Clooney, of the Met’s Organised Vehicle Crime Unit, said: "These men systematically targeted the owners of classic Minis across the south east. Many of the vehicles had been lovingly restored and were the owners’ pride and joy. Discovering that their cars had been stolen obviously caused them much distress and inconvenience. 

“I am pleased with the sentences handed down and hope it sends out a message that the Met is serious about tackling car crime and will always seek to destroy the activities of individuals involved in it."

Sentencing took place on Monday, 11 April at Inner London Crown Court.

Issue 2: Mini Se7en Racing Club Newsletter out now - Brands Hatch Preview

The new Mini Se7en Racing Club newsletter is out now, featuring a preview of the racing goodness instore at Brands Hatch.

With a mixed grid of over 50 cars there's bound to be some tasty action to drool over.

Come and find out more...

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Friday, 8 April 2016

Abu Dhabi Stage 5: Success for the MINI ALL4 Racing

Today, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, second round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies, ended with six MINI ALL4 Racing vehicles securing top-10 results.