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Monday, 26 September 2016

PRODUCT NEWS: Push Button Solenoid and 9 Tooth Starter

Sunday, 25 September 2016


Mini Fair 2
October 16, 2016
Stoneleigh Park

On the 16th October, Mini enthusiasts will be out in full force for the annual Mini Fair 2 and Spares Day, organised by the British Mini Club. Lancaster Insurance is thrilled to be the sole insurance sponsor and attendee at the event, following on from becoming one of the clubs official insurance partners in March.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Longbridge production to cease as MG moves to China

The BBC reports that MG is to end UK car production at the Longbridge factory in Birmingham that was previously used to build the classic Mini.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

WEEKEND PREVIEW: September 24-25

Classic Car Auctions

A few Minis and plenty more classics up for grabs.

Wilmslow Motor Show

Taking place on the streets of Wilmslow, in Cheshire’s golden triangle, the show features an array of high end cars, a supercar display, supercar rides for charity, Formula 1 cars and more.

Supercars of the Northwest September Show

Southport Pleasure Beach


Sywell Classic - Pistons & Props

Sywell Aerodrome, Hall Farm, NN6 0BN Northampton, Northamptonshire


The OhSoRetro Show

The Rec, Palm Bay Ave, Margate, Kent, CT9 3PP
Over 700 classic, vintage and retro cars, 40+ Club Stands, Show & Shine Awards, Classic Motorbikes and Scooters, Trade Stalls, Auto Jumble, Live Music ALL day, Retro Gaming Competitions from Level Up Games, Sinclair C5- C5Alive.co.uk Display, Radio Control Drift Track, Race Simulator Van and more....
£5 per person
Under 16s FREE

The final Cheddar Run of 2016
Toby Carvery (Taunton, Somerset)
Ilminster Road, TA3 5LU Taunton, Somerset

The Northern Retro Show

Crossland Moor Airfield
HD4 7 Huddersfield



Mighty Minis



Super Cooper Cup

British Rally Cross


Leewood Motorclub Autograss

Champion of Champions

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

MINI Clubman John Cooper Works 2016 gallery

The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman.

  • The new MINI Clubman receives the John Cooper Works treatment, creating a unique high performance option in the C-segment
  • The most powerful MINI Clubman, with 231 hp and 350 nm of torque, enabling a 0-62mph time of just 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 148 mph
  • MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system fitted as standard for maximum traction combined with highly enjoyable handling
  • Full John Cooper Works specification including upgraded suspension, braking, cooling, exterior styling and interior features
  • Exclusive high-quality standard specification, with new options including a new touch-screen MINI Navigation XL
  • World Premiere at Paris Motor Show on 29th September
  • MINI Retailers taking orders now, priced at £29,345 OTR with the six-speed manual gearbox, and £30,945 OTR with the eight-speed sports Steptronic transmission

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

MINI Challenge Race Report: Cadwell Park

MINI Challenge Race Report:
Cadwell Park 3rd September
Words & Photos: David Young

A trip up North again, this time to the wonderful countryside of Lincolnshire, for the MSV jewel in the crown called Cadwell Park. What a great circuit. The MINI Challenge had never been before so for all the drivers it was a first. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Mystery of the Alec Issigonis watch

Reader David's LE Issigonis watch.
Reader David Seabrook has got in touch with us to see if anyone in the Mini community can help shed some light on a rare Mini watch he has bought.

David tells us: "I recently acquired a watch, photos attached. Apart from what is on the watch face and rear, I can't find much more about it. Found one for sale on eBay USA in 2014, and a picture of another on a different auction site of the watch in a wood presentation box and a Mini Cooper certificate."

The face of the watch has mellow yellow colour to it with three oval dials, looking very Mini speedo-like. Lettering on the face of the watch describes it as part of the 'Alec Issigonis Series', and a 'Limited Edition 1,000 Units'.  A late '90s Mini logo is also present and correct.

On the reverse the back of the watch is engraved with information about it, stating 'Alec Issigonis The father of Mini. Limited Edition 0089/1000'.  As well as a date of 1998 and engraving stating it was produced by the Rover Group.

We contacted Chris Barker, a Mini watch collector, who was as puzzled as the rest of the internet. "Unfortunately I can't give specific information on the watch you have, as it's the first time I've ever seen one of that particular design before!"

What I can say, however, is it looks very similar in style to a few I have, which I believe were made under license from the Rover Group, and manufactured/ sold in/ around Cyprus. It certainly would appear to be a genuine authorised item as the logo is correct and clear, indicating that the original logo artwork was released to the manufacturers of it. The rear of the watch also fit with the styles I have in my collection.

Chris sent us some photos of his watches for comparison, and the similarities are striking.

Both the colour of the face and the rear engraving of the Spiritual Mini watch match up exactly to the mystery Issigonis watch from reader David.

Chris says, "Well I can't say definitively where it came from either manufacture or where it was first sold, but the few watches of similar style to this and the ones I have were for sale in the Cyprus and Greece areas. One of the watches I have has a little guarantee card which is stamped from a shop in Cyprus with the original sale date and some do say they have a "japan movement" on them."

He continues; "More recently I've taken delivery of another watch - this time a Mini 40 special edition watch - one that was a competition prize (with letter proving it) - the guarantee card states the manufacturer of those was a company in Japan."

If you have any information about this watch, please contact us at editor@love-mini.co.uk

Chris' other watches.

Parade of iconic cars at Classic & Sports Car Show

  • For the first time ever, this year’s Classic & Sports Car Show will feature must-see on-road parades of stunning historic cars
  • Taking place twice a day in the grounds of Alexandra Palace, the parades will feature everything from supercars to historic racing cars, set against the backdrop of the show’s iconic home and London’s incredible cityscape
  • As well as thrilling engine notes, crowds will be treated to a live commentary and appearances from VIP guest drivers
  • The show, which runs from 28th – 30th October, will also unveil the public-voted greatest supercar ever and feature a host of other must-see attractions, including an auction from Coys and an Interview Stage in association with Goodwood
  • To vote for your favourite supercar and buy tickets, including new premium packages, head to the show’s all-new website: http://www.classicandsportscarshow.com

Visitors to this year’s Classic & Sports Car Show this autumn will be treated to the sight and sound of some of the world’s most iconic historic cars as they take part in a host of on-road parades in the grounds of Alexandra Palace.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

MINI sales for August

BMW Group sales continued their long-standing upward trend in August with a total of 165,431 vehicles delivered to customers around the world, an increase of 5.7% on the same month last year. This result brings the year-to-date sales total to 1,508,659 – up 5.5% compared with the same period last year and the first time ever the company has sold over one and a half million vehicles in the first eight months of a year.