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Seven out of 10 drivers will pay more under new tax rules

New VED system will net government an additional £1.4 billion over next 4 years

2017 road tax rules will add more than £500 to the long-term running costs of Britain’s most-popular and eco-friendly cars

Buyers of the most-polluting vehicles could save up to £245

The majority of new car buyers will lose out when new road tax rules come into force on 1 April, according to latest research from

Meet the Women Behind the Classics

Footman James research shows there has been a boost in the number of female classic car owners, with female drivers predicted to account for 11% of the market by the end of 2016.

MINI facing class lawsuit over 'leaky engines'

Law360 reports: "A proposed class of drivers accusing BMW of hiding an engine defect in its popular Mini Cooper cars asked a California federal judge Monday to keep the suit alive, saying the amended filing took the court’s advice “to heart” and presented a much tighter case.

Despite the court's previous rejection of her claims, Sasha St. Pierre continued to stand by her allegations that certain Mini Cooper turbocharged N18 engines contain defective oil filter housing gaskets that are prone to premature leakage, cracking and deterioration.

VIDEO: MINI driver hits pedestrian while 'stunting' outside Manchester pub

A Mini Cooper S driver has been filmed in Manchester doing handbrake turns along Middleton Road in Crumpsall, near Heaton Park, and hitting pedestrians on New Year's Eve.

LUXEMINI @ Cooper Reading MINI

A glorious sunny October morning greeted the 60 MINIs and one classic Mini that arrived at Cooper Reading MINI for the first LUXEMINI event, I'm sure the first of many going by the comments made.

Mini Spares Electronic Speedo Drive Adapter

For Pre 1980 Classic Minis

With many classic car owners changing to digital speedometers, Mini Spares now offers a drive adaptor that allows pre-1980 MIni owners to convert their speedometers to digital.

The unit fits directly on to the gearbox in place of the standard cable and produces a digital signal for use with any electronic speedometer using a 12 or 5 volt square wave pulse such as the Mini Spares electronic speedo 13H4443.

LAUNCH: The New MINI Countryman John Cooper Works

The second generation of the MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the entire range of the tradition-steeped British brand. And another superlative now applies to the power unit of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. With an output of 170 kW/231 hp, it is the most powerful engine ever to be fitted in a MINI: in combination with the standard all-wheel drive system ALL4 and a robust vehicle concept, it ensures that the latest addition to the family of top John Cooper Works athletes takes the MINI experience to a whole new level – in terms of both race track feeling on the road and extreme driving fun over unsurfaced terrain.

MSV acquires Donington Park circuit

UK motor racing circuit owner MotorSport Vision (MSV) has reached agreement with Kevin Wheatcroft, owner and operator of Donington Park, for MSV to take over the Donington Park circuit business and to lease the Donington Park Estate for an initial 21 year term.

Mini Spares Bonnet Rubber Buffer

Self Adhesive - for Minis from 1990 on and universal applications

Round about 1990 Rover decided to move the Mini's bonnet buffers from the cowl to the sides of the bonnet opening.

Mini Spares can now offer these self adhesive buffers as authentic replacements on late model Minis; however, being stick on means that they can be used anywhere on any vehicle's bonnet landing panel to stop vibration.

The buffers are sold as single items - order as ADU2072 at £1.98 inc vat each.

See for current Euro and Dollar pricing.

For more details contact Mini Spares on
+44 1707 607700 or visit their website:

The 2016 Birkett 6 Hour Relay

PHOTO: Stephen Colbran
This was to be the 66th Birkett Relay race and some 50 years earlier in 1966 the Mini7 Club had entered a team and finished 3rd, Dave Robinson thought that it would be a good idea to enter a team to celebrate this 50 year anniversary.

Lohen Sale now on!

The UK's top performance MINI tuners - Lohen - have got a sale on until the end of January.

With few events to attend and grim weather outside, it's the perfect time to buy some new bits for your MINI in preparation for the new season.

Simply join the mailing list and get your discount code for the January Flash Sale.

Click here to sign up


The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman

Having conquered the small car category, the latest generation of the John Cooper Works model family now takes the premium compact segment by storm, too. In terms of its exterior dimensions and space, the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman is the biggest top athlete in the history of the British brand to date. The bonus in terms of roominess, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability offers a new range of opportunities to enjoy racing passion.

Boom Mat - Black Under Hood Acoustic Liner

Boom Mat's Under Hood Acoustic and Thermal Liner is designed primarily for the engine compartment as a way to greatly reduce heat and noise with an easy peel-and-stick product that anyone can install.

Dakar 2017 / SS11: Terranova gains time

Best special-stage result for Terranova: third position

Tomorrow the 2017 Dakar will be finished

In the penultimate stage, from San Juan to Rio Cuarto, Orlando Terranova (ARG) and Andreas Schulz (GER) finished third, thus closing in on Giniel de Villiers – fifth in the overall standings – by several seconds. Meanwhile, Yazeed Al-Rajhi (KSA) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) set the fifth-fastest time, today. And their team-mates, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Michel Périn (FRA) who struggled with many problems yesterday, crossed the finish line in 11th position, followed by MINI ALL4 Racing pairings Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) / Xavier Panseri (FRA) and Kuba Przygonski (POL) / Tom Colsoul (BEL) who came 12th and 13th respectively.

SMOC Raising Money for 30th anniversary

Last year the Southern Mini Owners Club (SMOC) celebrated their 30th Birthday by giving gifts instead of receiving them. Club members chose charities that were close to their hearts and they, along with the club, have made several large donations to local and national charities.

LIQUI MOLY increases its investment in the UK market

The oil and additive specialist continues to expand its sales team

German oil and additive manufacturer LIQUI MOLY recruits more staff in the UK. This is an unusual step since the company does not normally employ its own personnel in the various countries in which it operates. The UK is an exception. “We see great potential here so we’re investing in a promising future,” says Ibrahim Memis, who is responsible for LIQUI MOLY’s UK operations.

RaceChip - chip tuning from the market leader

Tap into your car's full power potential

If you're looking for the best way to activate your vehicle's power reserves, then all roads lead to RaceChip. Enjoy maximum acceleration, increased torque and better fuel economy from your engine whilst staying within the engine's tolerances. RaceChip is a plug-in processor that's perfectly tuned to the demands of modern engines providing up to 30% increase in power and torque. Made in Germany, using only premium components, they come complete with a comprehensive service and warranty package that includes both a 1 or 2 year engine warranty and 5 year product guarantee. Unlike remapping, RaceChip simply plugs in and can be fine-tuned or switched on and off as required.

MINI announces an all-electric MINI in 2019

MINI has announced its plans to produce an all-electric MINI by 2019. The news follows the unveiling of the MINI Countryman Hybrid due on sale early this year.

UK launch of Lifeline's new firemarshal system set for Autosport


On show in the UK for the first time at Autosport International will be Lifeline's new Zero 3620 Firemarshal - a further development of the successful Zero 3620 fire suppression system - designed to meet an increase in demand, as more categories are required to use systems approved to the FIA8865 fire suppression standard.

Valeo leads the way in flat blade technology

Valeo Service UK, an expert in the manufacture and supply of wiper systems, provides the automotive aftermarket with a wide range of exclusive flat blade solutions from its Silencio® and HydroConnect™ brands.
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