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Money for Nothing: Mini Bench up for grabs!

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BBC programme Money for Nothing has got in touch with love:mini to offer readers the opportunity to own one of its bespoke and unique pieces created for the next upcoming series.

Fashioned from a new MINI bonnet, British artisan - Rag 'n' Bone man - has created this item as something for the home or garage. Unsurprisingly, this is marketed as an 'indoor' bench! Perhaps the rusty reputation of Minis still dominates the mind of non enthusiasts!

The bench can seat two people, and is held in place by two large Aston Martin brake discs, while the headlight apertures have been filled with 4mm aluminum plating. 

Dimensions: Length of seat from right to left: 163cm Width of seat from back to front: 72cm Back of seat height: 87cm

If you fancy this lovely piece of artwork... the production company still has it for sale, and it could be yours for a tidy... £1,295 ono. 

Is it worth that? And if it is... we'd all better get into our garages/shed and start welding some scrap together to flog!

Anyone who is interested in parting with their cash for this unique item should contact Jen on  0141 370 0461, or you can email at jen@frielkeanfilms.com



 



MINI CHALLENGE: Open Class Report

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WORDS: MINI CHALLENGE     PHOTOS: David Young

Race 1 
Saturday PM Weather: Bright/Dry Duration 15 minutes

All assembled and ready to go, a small but quality grid. Ben Dimmack is always fast out of the blocks and is usually followed by Rob Austin and Aaron Reeve. Aaron’s car is now working well and he has been on the pace for the last 2 meetings. As his team are managing 9 cars this weekend it is a surprise that he finds time to race! A great race to watch with Ben Dimmack way out in front, with new tyres. At the chequered flag, his gap had been pulled down to 0.55 seconds with Ben slowing down to preserve his tyres.Rob was having a great battle with Aaron for the whole race. P1, P2 and P3 are how these 3 started and is also how they finished. Tim Bill was looking strong and stayed in contention for a podium throughout the whole race, he was slow off the grid allowing Kevin Owen to snatch 3rd, Tim overtook him halfway through the 2nd lap and stayed in P4 for the rest of the race. Chloe Hewitt had a great race with Neil Ginley and Andy Montgomery, Chloe getting the better of Neil but could not get passed Andy. So it looked great with 2 races going on at the same time. The 15 minutes passed and the chequered flag waved and they finished as:

Race 1 Results:
P1 Ben Dimmack
P2: Rob Austin
P3: Aaron Reeve


MINI CHALLENGE: Cooper Pro/AM Class

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WORDS: MINI CHALLENGE     PHOTOS: David Young



Race 1           

Saturday PM           Weather: Cloudy/Dry      Duration: 15 minutes

Sam Weller made a great getaway and just left the rest of the field in the dust. His lead just grew and grew. Matt Hammond was quick but he had Owen Walton and Jessica Hawkins to worry about. Halfway through the race, Sam seemed to slow but more importantly for Matt, his car just came alive, quickest lap after quickest lap 57.607 in a MINI Cooper! Matt passed Sam with ease but Sam stayed with him. Owen Walton and Jessica Hawkins had a great race but Jessica could not overtake. She dropped a few places then came back eventually finishing in P4. In the Am Class, Stuart McLaren got P1 as predicted as well as fasted lap. A big surprise was for Chris Day with a P2 on his first time out, Chris Middleton had to settle for P3 So a win for Matt Hammond and Stuart McLaren.

Race 1 Results:

Pro:
P1: Matt Hammond
P2: Sam Weller
P3: Owen Walton

Am:
P1: Stuart McLaren
P2: Chris Day
P3: Chris Middleton



MINI CHALLENGE: Brands Hatch JCW Reports

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WORDS: MINI CHALLENGE     PHOTOS: David Young


RACE 1
Rob Smith withheld intense pressure to secure his first MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship victory since 2015 in the first race at Brands Hatch. The MINI UK VIP driver produced a superb defensive display to score a lights-to-flag win and keep championship leader Brett Smith at bay. Rob, who scored his second pole position of the year in the morning, made a rapid getaway but was pursued by Brett throughout, taking the flag just 0.193s ahead.

love:mini Show 'n' Shine @ Brands Hatch Mini Festival

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The Brands Hatch Mini Festival is just around the corner and there is some more exciting news to announce.

Following the successful debut of the love:mini Show 'n' Shine at Snetterton Mini Festival last month, this popular attraction will be returning to Brands Hatch Mini Festival on July 8-9. 

Mintex’s racing scholarship gives promising drivers the green light

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Premium aftermarket brake brand, Mintex, has developed and launched the Mintex Race Star Scholarship, to support drivers entering the MINI Challenge Championship.

The initiative has been developed to assist talented drivers with the cost of entering the JCW class, which currently stands at £7,950 plus VAT per season. Mintex has partnered with the MINI Challenge to offer sponsorship to motor sportspeople who show incredible potential but are unable to justify or afford the costs.

MINI Plant Oxford women named ‘Rising Stars’ in UK industry top-100 list

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Three women at MINI Plant Oxford have been named among the top-100 female ‘Rising Stars’ of the UK automotive industry.

Helen Evans, Amy Druce and Annie Sekulla (pictured) secured national recognition as part of Autocar magazine’s ‘Great British Women in the Car Industry’ initiative.

MINI at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

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MINI will be showcasing its youngest model line-up at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, including the brand’s first ever plug in hybrid model, the new MINI Countryman PHEV.

Launching on 24th June, MINI Cooper S E ALL4 Countryman PHEV will be seen driving on the festival’s infamous Hill Climb throughout the weekend by MINI Challenge racing driver, Charlie Butler-Henderson. Offering pure electric mobility with the combination of a 3-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor, the MINI Cooper S E ALL4 Countryman PHEV produces CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km has an average fuel consumption of 134.5 mpg, while also enabling a 0-62mph time of just 6.8 seconds.

Latest Mini 7 Newsletter out now: Donington preview & Snetterton report

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Issue 3 of the Mini Se7en Racing Club's Official Newsletter - Pit & Paddock is out now.

In this edition you can catch up with how the standings lie after two double-header rounds, and what lies in-store for drivers and enthusiasts at Donington this weekend.

Read the latest race reports and delve into the Mini Se7en Racing Club's history with a trip through the years of this well-established series.

Download it or read it online for free.


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Downton-tuned 1966 Austin Cooper 998 on the block at Classic Car Auctions

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  • Well-documented 1967 ‘Touring’ conversion complete with detailed Downton invoices and records.
  • Only 70 miles covered since a recent full mechanical restoration to strictly original specifications.
  • Offered for sale with an estimate of £35,000 to £40,000 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 10th June.

An original and exceedingly rare 1966 Austin Cooper 998, once breathed on by the legendary Daniel Richmond at Downton Engineering, is attracting huge attention from classic Mini fans in the run-up to the Classic Car Auctions June Sale at  the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, near Leamington Spa, on 10th June, 2017.

The Mini has come highly rated in a list of the 250 Things That Make Britain Great

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The list, which is published in the May issue of Best of British, was commissioned to mark the magazine’s 250th issue.

Compiled from suggestions by the magazine’s readers, contributors and staff, the list also recognised Aston Martin, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce along with Black Cabs and the Routemaster Bus.

Famous Mini drivers Paddy Hopkirk and Mr Bean also made the list, alongside Sir Stirling Moss and the late John Surtees.

Asked why the Mini was rated so highly, Hopkirk, who won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S, said: “The original Mini was a classless car, a cheap family saloon that was also bought by Bentley owners and the likes of Twiggy, Princess Margaret and Peter Sellers. Although there’s a difference under the bonnet between the original car and BMW’s MINI, it still has bags of personality and a romantic image.”

Other people, places and things on the list that make Britain great include the Queen, Sir David Attenborough, the NHS, driving on the left, caravanning, and fish and chips.

Best of British is the UK’s top nostalgia monthly. It is available from WH Smith and other newsagents. Further information can be found at www.bestofbritishmag.co.uk


      The 250 Things That Make Britain Great are:

1. Volunteers

2. The Queen

3. Sir David Attenborough

4. Houses of Parliament

5. Sir Winston Churchill

6. The NHS

7. The English Language

8. Marmite

9. Village Fetes

10. Our sense of humour

11. Fish and Chips

12. The Great British Breakfast

13. Macmillan Cancer Support

14. The Royal National Lifeboat Institute

15. Pubs

16. The BBC

17. Red phone boxes

18. Real ale

19. The Beatles

20. Giving up your seat

21. National Museums

22. Brilliant architecture

23. Stunning scenery

24. Cornwall

25. The Mini

26. London Underground

27. Town and city parks

28. Springtime

29. Dad’s Army

30. William Shakespeare

31. Tornado

32. The Brompton

33. Isambard Kingdom Brunel

34. Blackpool trams

35. Our rich musical heritage

36. Ealing Studios

37. Pickles the Dog

38. Tunnock’s wafers and tea cakes

39. The Great Little Trains of Wales

40. The Routemaster Bus

41. Sunday roasts

42. Our friendliness, generosity and kindness to others

43. The Lord Mayor’s Show

44. Bulldogs

45. Cricket

46. Charles Dickens

47. Seeing off the Nazis

48. The Royal & Ancient

49. Bobby Moore

50. Doctor Who

51. A good old cup of tea

52. A murmuration of starlings

53. Cockney Rhyming slang

54. King Edward potatoes

55. Corner shops

56. Our patience

57. The South Wales accent

58. Laura Trott

59. Greasy spoons

60. Llandudno, especially Haulfre Gardens

61. Only Fools and Horses

62. Country cottages

63. Diana Dors

64. Our resilience when times are hard

65. Stephen Hawking

66. The seaside

67. Emmeline Pankhurst

68. The Proms

69. Sir Isaac Newton

70. The Brontë Sisters

71. Aston Martin

72. Alan Turing

73. Our openness and generosity of spirit when newcomers make an effort to fit in

74. The Scouts and Girl Guides

75. Beatrix Potter

76. Melton Mowbray Pork Pies

77. National parks

78. The RSPB

79. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

80. Buckingham Palace

81. Morris Dancing

82. British Cheeses

83. The Victoria & Albert Museum

84. Flying Scotsman

85. Coronation Street

86. Steam Rallies

87. Stonehenge

88. The WI

89. Strawberries and Cream

90. The Lake District

91. Beer gardens

92. Big Ben

93. Wimbledon

94. Dame Judi Dench

95. Armed Forces

96. Cornish pasties

97. James Bond

98. The Spitfire

99. Stephen Fry

100. Black cabs

101. The Rolling Stones

102. Dame Maggie Smith

103. Red post boxes

104. Harry Potter

105. Scrumpy Cider

106. Match of the Day

107. Beefeaters

108. Joanna Lumley

109. Sue Ryder

110. Mary Berry

111. Unpredictable weather

112. Jessica Ennis-Hill

113. Morecambe and Wise

114. The Two Ronnies

115. Dame Helen Mirren

116. Tom Baker

117. David Jason

118. Worcestershire Sauce

119. Carry On films

120. Jaguar cars

121. Tony Hancock

122. Michael Palin

123. Chelsea Pensioners

124. Football

125. Rugby

126. Comic Relief

127. Great Ormond Street Hospital

128. Charles Darwin

129. Sir Joseph Bazelgette

130. Monty Python

131. Compulsory Education

132. Sherlock Holmes

133. HP Sauce

134. Mr Bean

135. The Jurassic Coast

136. Record collecting

137. Dry Stone walls

138. Hot Cross buns

139. British Film Institute

140. Rolls-Royce

141. The Grand National

142. Bradley Wiggins

143. Lords cricket ground

144. The Red Arrows

145. Ballroom dancing

146. Andy Murray

147. Seb Coe

148. Midsummer afternoons

149. John Surtees

150. Cumberland sausages

151. Mr Benn

152. Blackadder

153. Haggis, neeps and tatties

154. The Telegraph crossword

155. Roald Dahl

156. James Herriot

157. Driving on the left

158. Churches

159. The Boat Race

160. Bertie Bassett

161. Heritage railways

162. Arboretums

163. Countdown

164. Our coastline

165. The Union Flag

166. Caravanning

167. Queuing

168. Branston pickle

169. The Bisto kids

170. The National Trust

171. The Sky at Night

172. Magna Carta

173. Our seats of learning

174. Our gardens

175. Bangers and Mash

176. Alexander Fleming

177. Stan Laurel

178. Alfred Hitchcock

179. Charlie Chaplin

180. Cream Teas – Devonshire or Cornish

181. Fudge

182. The London Marathon

183. Arctic Roll

184. The Loch Ness Monster

185. The World Wide Web

186. Treacle Sponge and Custard

187. Pork Scratchings

188. Help For Heroes

189. Thomas Telford

190. John Logie Baird

191. Laurence Olivier

192. Mowing the lawn

193. The Queen’s Christmas Message

194. TV dramas

195. Wind-up radios

196. Hovercraft

197. Peter Kay

198. Twiglets

199. Salt and Vinegar crisps

200. Jumble sales

201. Billy Connolly

202. Sir Michael Parkinson

203. The Science Museum

204. Sir Steve Redgrave

205. Cancer Research

206. Nelson’s Column

207. The Presumption of Innocence

208. Band Aid/Live Aid

209. Riding for the Disabled Association

210. Chas & Dave

211. The Pennine Way

212. National Railway Museum

213. Sir Michael Caine

214. Tartan and Tweed

215. Alan Bennett

216. Julia Donaldson

217. Paddy Hopkirk

218. Enid Blyton

219. Age UK

220. Barry Cryer

221. The Natural History Museum

222. English Heritage

223. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

224. Wallace and Gromit

225. Quality Street

226. Sir Stirling Moss

227. John Lewis/Waitrose

228. Bernard Cribbins

229. Brian Blessed

230. June Whitfield

231. Jorvik Viking Centre

232. Sir Bruce Forsyth

233. Walnut Whip

234. Sir Tony Robinson

235. Art Deco lidos

236. Saucy Seaside postcards

237. Dame Patricia Routledge

238. Ironbridge Gorge

239. Roundabouts

240. The BT Tower

241. Morse Code

242. Guide Dogs for the Blind

243. Steak and Kidney Pudding

244. Bletchley Park

245. Chocolate Orange

246. Bobbies on the beat

247. The Goon Show

248. The Shipping Forecast

249. David Coleman

250. Best of British Magazine

Harrop TVS900 Supercharger Kit for MINI R53

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The new TVS900 Supercharger Kit is the result of an exhaustive research and development process aimed at delivering an affordable solution for R53 Mini Cooper S owners who are seeking greater performance or a direct replacement for the factory fitted M45 Supercharger.

GALLERY: Classic Mini MkI S sold for £47,600 at Brooklands Historics Auction

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This amazing looking MkI Mini Cooper S was recently sold for a eye-watering £47,600 at Historics @ Brooklands



MINI Model updates: Summer 2017

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  • MINI model range updated with enhanced cockpit instrument design
  • More precise fuel level display, and new control system for MINI Driving Modes and MINI Head-Up Display
  • Introduction of Apple CarPlay on MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman
  • Alertness assistant introduced on MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI 5-door Hatch and MINI Convertible

The MINI brand is further enhancing the appeal of its model line-up in summer 2017 with a range of new design, functionality and infotainment improvements.

Diesel still preferred by hire-car customers

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Europcar UK analysis of customers of ‘Model Guaranteed’ service sees diesel the preferred choice – and appetite for electric slowly building

International Mini Meeting 2017. Westport House, Ireland

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Westport Co. Mayo is set to see an invasion of MINI’s old and new this week, as the 2017 International Mini Meeting gets underway from the 25th May to 28th May. Described as a ‘MINI’ Electric Picnic, this event is expected to attract close to 3,000 fans and 1,200 MINI cars of all shapes and sizes, new and old which will be proudly presented by their loving owners.

Lib Dems plan to scrap diesel

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Just 15 years after the government at the time encouraged people to buy 'fuel-efficient' diesel vehicles, the tide has turned again against the evil black stuff. 

Death of great British banger?

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-38% of newly licensed drivers opting for brand new first car –

-32% cited fuel efficiency as the main reason for this change -

THE GREAT BRITISH banger could become a thing of the past as ambitious new drivers are now aspiring to opt for a brand new vehicle as their first car, according to new research.

Snetterton Mini Festival

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Clubstands and Show 'n' Shine cars on display
There were many firsts to celebrate at the Mini Festival at Snetterton last weekend. It was the first time the Mini Festival had visited the Norfolk race circuit, making the number of amazing Mini Festivals on offer throughout the year to three. This one was the first of the year though, and the temperamental early summer weather had tried to spoil the weekend with a couple of brief showers in the mornings but it eventually succumb to the warm rays of the sun to ensure visitors left with a spot of sunburn. With the weather sorted there was an action-packed schedule of racing over both days and access to the paddock to chat with racing teams and drivers who were happy to have a natter about their setups and efforts over the weekend. 


love:mini Classic Mini Show 'n' Shine winners
Elsewhere there had been a large turnout for our first ever show 'n' shine event, particularly the MINIs. With the rain showing up briefly in the morning, it might have made Mini owners think twice of bringing the rust-baiter out. Splitting the categories between Minis and MINIs there were some stunning looking cars as well as well-used ones, but all dearly loved by their owners. Each category winner was awarded a smart sparkplug trophy and rosette, with the Best in Show for the best Mini and MINI taking home the gold cup! Admittedly things didn't run perfectly smoothly and we had some teething problems, but these have been addressed and corrected for the next event at Brands Hatch Mini Festival on July 8-9. 

MINI Challenge action!
After some exciting track action visitors were able to relax and mingle with competitors in the on-site restaurant whilst enjoying a band for the evening. Over on Palmer's Bank an outdoor cinema had been setup with a screening of the original The Italian Job film. With the sun setting and the warm breeze blowing over the site, it was the perfect way to chill out with friends and family. Those in the know had made preparations, bringing camp chairs, duvets and blow-up sofas for the occassion!


Camping!
Some local clubs joined others, who had travelled further, in making a weekend of it by camping over. The campsite was quiet and secure with staff on hand and floodlights keeping it lit until late. a block of toilets was nearby and there was fresh water and even showers available! 

Leon Wightman had a bad bump on Saturday
After some early Sunday morning rain, the sun made its way out and set the day up for a blinder. We made our way to the pits and paddock to say hello and found Leon Wightman's Mini 7 had taken a big hit on Saturday seriously bending his front subframe and trashing his radiator... so no more racing for him. Around the corner Lewis Selby and his team had spent most the night and morning changing a gearbox gasket. In the MINI Challenge it was Jessica Hawkins who was grabbing all the attention with a double win on her first outing!


The trade area was a little quiet, but with it being a new show, and sandwiched between the British Mini Club's Himley Hall and the London 2 Brighton events, it was always going to be a big ask to attract them until it becomes a bit more established.


Judging underway
All in all, we felt the weekend was a surprising success, albeit with areas for improvement. Having not been to Snetterton before, we wern't sure how it would all pan out. But the weather turned up, and so did the Minis for the Show 'n' Shine. We'll be at Brands Hatch next, on July 8-9, so come and join us there where there will be even more on offer!

http://www.mini-festival.co.uk/


New Autoglym App Makes Car Cleaning Easy

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Royal-warranted car-care expert Autoglym has made weekend driveway life even easier with the release of its fabulous new app for iPhone, Android and windows devices. Packed full of useful tips, product advice and all manner of interesting social features, this app is perfect for everyone who is passionate about their car, whether they’re a ‘quick wash on a Sunday’ type – or a detailing obsessive.
 
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