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The long awaited next issue of love:mini is ready, out now and free to download or read online.

This issue we look at the forthcoming season of motorsport, talk to Ed Bryant about his internet purchase and long restoration of his rare 1959 Mini.

We also interview the Head of MINI Design and take a closer look at the newly unveiled MINI GP3 concept.

There much more too, so download your copy for free and have look yourself!


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New proving ground for BMW/MINI

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Representatives of the BMW Group, the Czech government and the Karlovy Vary region announced construction of a new proving ground today in Prague. The roughly 500-hectare property will be developed in Sokolov in the Karlovy Vary region, close to the German border town of Waldsassen and about two-and-a-half hours’ drive from the BMW Group’s main development site, the Research and Development Centre (FIZ), in Munich. The new BMW Group proving ground, which will create several hundred jobs, is slated to go into operation early in the next decade. Total investment will be in the three-digit million-euro range.

Millenials can't change a tyre or open a car bonnet

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By Gemma Francis

Almost three quarters of millennials admit they have no idea how to change a tyre, a study has found.


MINI France launches the MINI Heddon Street

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Paris. Inspired by a legendary London street, made famous by David Bowie and Gordon Ramsay, the new MINI Heddon Street special edition is now in concessions. Available exclusively in France on the MINI 3-door, 5-door and Cabrio, it offers a high-end equipment and a specific decoration from 295 € / month *, without contribution and maintenance included.

AUCTION: Practical Classics Car Show NEC

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Classic Car Auctions has announced the line-up for its auction at the Practical Classics car show at the NEC on March 24-25.

There's a handful of Minis up for grabs - see which one you like the best.

Mini Festival - Snetterton, Oulton Park & Brands Hatch

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The love:mini sponsored Mini Festivals are back for 2018!

After a fantastic summer in 2017 another three amazing events have been lined up this year, starting with the Snetterton Mini Festival on May 12/13. 





As the weather hots up, the beautiful Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park will host the next Mini Festival on Saturday July 21.




And the climax of another sizzling summer will come to a head at the home of British motorsport, Brands Hatch on August Bank Holiday 25-26.



There is something for all Mini fans, whether it be the high octane racing, including the Mini Se7ens and MINI Challenge, or the huge array of Minis and other enthusiasts bringing together the Mini spirit. Entertainment and a funfair will keep the whole family happy too.

2018 also sees the return of the love:mini awards. Last year's successful start has been refined and Mini owners attending will all be in with a chance of winning a trophy!


 

For Brands Hatch only there will also be a Concours event, which owners need to specifically book in to when buying their event tickets.


If last year is anything to go by, it's going to be a fantastic summer... these events just keep getting better and better!

See you there.
 




 

MINI France: New MINI Clubman Edition Kensington

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Paris. Offered until the end of 2018, the MINI Clubman Edition Kensington is a limited series exclusively offered in France, which offers a level of upscale equipment, a specific decoration and displays particularly competitive rents, without input and including the interview.

MINI launches apprenticeship scheme for 2018

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Applications for 2018 apprenticeship scheme now open with 60 places available.

Apprenticeships available at three BMW UK manufacturing sites in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall.

Roles in a wide range of careers including engineering, maintenance, logistics, IT and business.

Young people keen to kick-start a career in the automotive industry are being encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship place at BMW Group UK’s manufacturing operations.

Sixty places are available to start in 2018 at the company’s Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall sites, in a wide-range of roles including engineering, maintenance, logistics, IT and business.

All MINIs get 4G

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From March 2018, all new MINI models will be available with in-built 4G connectivity. The refreshed MINI Connected will allow drivers to access personalised services designed to make day-to-day mobility and planning even easier – and, in so doing, integrate their MINI seamlessly into their digital lives.

Judge Rinder joins the Italian Job Tour

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Rev your Mini engines for The Italian Job 2018 – registration now OPEN!

Only 100 classic cars and Minis can take part – so hurry if you want to secure your place in the essential fixture of the classic car enthusiasts’ calendar

Fans of the iconic ‘The Italian Job’ film, staring Michael Caine, can now relive the experience and help raise funds to support the 4m children in the UK living in poverty.
 

Star of BBC Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Judge Rinder, Rob Rinder, has pushed the button on registration for ‘The Italian Job Charity/Celebrity Touring Event’ - a Mini adventure taking place in Italy this Summer.

Did you know write-off categories have changed? 89% of buyers don't

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As we enter the peak period for secondhand car sales (following an influx of part exchanges against new 18 plate models), a survey of 100 consumers by vehicle history checker mycarcheck.com found that 89% were unaware of the recent write-off category changes.

In October 2017, the old A, B, C and D categories were replaced with new codes, which focus on safety rather than the cost of repair: A (scrap), B (break), S (structurally damaged repairable) and N (non-structurally damaged repairable).

Historics @ Brooklands Auction Preview - March 3

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Three Minis and variants up for sale this weekend at Historics @ Brooklands.

Lot 294 - 1960 Austin Mini Seven Super Deluxe
Lot Number     294
Registration     285 JYB
Chassis Number     AA25742246
Engine Number     8AM-U-H30416
Odometer reading     32,836 miles
Estimate     No Reserve

PRODUCTS: New Corgi Classic Mini - Durham Constabulary Austin Mini Cooper S

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Corgi have just released a new classic Mini model, priced £30.49.

The Cooper S modelled was a Durham Constabulary Traffic Car and was usually operated by a female crew of two. It was one of several Mini Cooper S vehicles on their fleet, as period photographs prove, but the car itself no longer exists. Mini Coopers were popular traffic cars in the North East as their size and spritely performance made them very agile in both the urban and countryside topography that makes up County Durham. Their front-wheel-drive configuration also provided good traction in harsh winter conditions on the North East's hills. They were rarely used for dual carriageway or motorway work though as Durham Traffic Police used more powerful Jaguar Mk2s in this role.

The Mini Cooper's potential as a police car was obvious immediately the 997cc model was introduced in 1961. However, it really came into its own in February 1964 when the 1275cc Cooper S version arrived. Its greater engine capacity meant extra torque so less performance was sacrificed when the vehicle was carrying the weight and aerodynamic penalties police traffic patrol cars incur when fully equipped. It became a popular vehicle in this role with police forces all over the UK, especially those in the North, and was used in a basically standard form except for the fitment of an alternator to handle the Police vehicles greater electrical load and often, but not in this car, motorsport derived twin fuel tanks to give greater range.

    Engine: 1275cc 4-IL OHV
    Power: 76bhp@5800rpm
    Torque: 79lb.ft@3000rpm
    Max speed: 97mph
    0-60mph: 10.9secs
    Weight: 1440lbs
 
Item Code: VA02540
https://www.corgi.co.uk/austin-mini-cooper-s-durham-constabulary.html


Brits Go Green

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Over a quarter (26%) of drivers consider low CO2 emissions as a top priority when choosing a new car, while 15% see low exhaust emissions as a key consideration

UK drivers' shifting priorities coincide with a jump in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, up by over a third (34%) in the last year[1]


Meanwhile younger drivers tend to be more interested in the style of the car - with a quarter (24%) of them looking for in-car gadgets and 22% a stylish interior



Climate-conscious Brits are increasingly going green, with a quarter (26%) of drivers choosing carbon footprint as a top priority when buying a new car, according to new research from AA Cars, the AA’s used car website. 

Comment on SMMT car sales data

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Alex Buttle, director, of car buying comparison website Motorway.co.uk comments on recent SMMT used car sales figures:

"Although used car sales dropped slightly in the last quarter of 2017, overall, the past 12 months has been a roaring success for the industry.

MINI Challenge returns for 2018

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MINI UK is proud to announce the return of MINI CHALLENGE for 2018, bringing packed grids and spectacular racing to fans across the country.

Would you drink water emitted from your car?

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Commuters could soon be taken to work in a driverless car which is so clean they could relax on the journey with a cup of tea - brewed using water from the tailpipe.

MINI France launches the Oakwood MINI Countryman Edition

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MINI France continues to draw inspiration from the unmistakable personality of London's neighborhoods and has created the Oakwood MINI Countryman Edition, a stylish and highly competitive special edition reserved for the French market. The Oakwood Edition offers the possibility to ride in a MINI Countryman with high-end equipment and specific decoration for a rent starting from 380 € / month *, without contribution and maintenance included.

How much does it cost to own a car?

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Owning a car will set the average motorist back more than £206,625 during their lifetime on the road, according to research.

Electric MINI production expanded to China

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The BMW Group is in advanced discussions to ramp up the global success of its MINI brand through a new joint venture in China. A key element of the brand’s continued strategic development will be local production of future battery-electric MINI vehicles in the world’s largest market for electromobility. To this end, the BMW Group has signed a “letter of intent” with the Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. In addition to production of the first battery electric MINI at the main plant in Oxford starting in 2019, this signals a further clear commitment to the electrified future of the MINI brand.
 
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