Monday, May 24, 2010

The MINI Got New Shoes Today...

I've been driving on Pirelli's for almost 4 years and never felt unsafe in my H-rated Pirelli P6s,  even at V-rated speeds (shhh!).  But when it came time to get a new set of tires, Yokohama's W-rated S-Drive's happened to be on sale.  Go figure.  (actually, they were out of stock on my first choice of Kumho Eksta ASTs, which is probably a good thing).  I look forward to putting "the Yoks" to the test, but that-  as well as actual photos of them on my car- may not be for awhile.   :(

The ("Sport drive") radial is Yokohama's Ultra High Performance Summer tire developed for the drivers of sports cars, sporty coupes and performance sedans. The radial is designed to use Yokohama's technological advancements to deliver extraordinary grip and handling on both wet and dry roads...

NOTE: If you've ever wondered how the "Speed Ratings" on tires translate into MPH, has a handy chart or you can geek out with's more than you ever wanted to know write-up on the history of tire ratings.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

My 2010 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman

This morning I was speculating an estimated payment for my next dream car. The best way to get a reasonable idea? Spec out my *other* dream car!

My 2010 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman

Base MSRP* $31,000
Destination & Handling $700

Black Roof/Mirrors $0

Black Rear C-Pillar Trim INC

Black Bonnet Stripes $100

White Turn Signals $100

Hot Chocolate Body Color $500

Cold Weather Package $500

        Heated Front Seats

        Heated Powerfold Mirrors & Washer Jets

Premium Package $1,750

        harman/kardon Sound System

        Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof

        Automatic AC

Convenience Package $1,500

        Rain Sensor and Auto Headlamps

        Comfort Access System

        Universal Garage Door Opener

        Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror

        Comfort Bluetooth w/USB/iPod Adapter

Dynamic Stability Control STD

Front Fog Lamps STD

6-Speed Getrag Manual STD

Rear Fog Lamp $100

Dynamic Traction Control STD

17" Challenge Spoke (Performance) STD

Sport Seats STD

On-Board Computer STD

Anthracite Headliner STD

Cloth: Checkered Carbon Black/Black STD

Interior Surface Piano Black STD

Computer Nav. System $2,000

Leather Sport Wheel w/Multifunction STD

Interior Color: Carbon Black STD

JCW Gear Shift Indicator (installation not incl.) $313

JCW Aero Kit Cooper S (installation not incl.) $1,895

JCW Sport Gauge (installation not incl.) $510

Illuminated Split Door Sill - Checkered Flag (installation not incl.) $379

Driving Lamps Black (installation not incl.) $534

Alarm System (installation not incl.) $228

Mud Flaps front and rear axle (installation not incl.) $114

Invisishield: Bonnet Kit (installation not incl.) $142

Invisishield: Bumper Kit (installation not incl.) $135

Black Rubber Floor Mat (front) (installation not incl.) $60

Black Rubber Floor Mat (back) (installation not incl.) $35
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That's only $615 a month, with a $10,000 down payment!  (As if!)

MINI Roadster/Coupé - Only $2,200 a month!*

Today's MotoringFile article implies that the Roadster and Coupe should be available sometime in 2011.  I anticipate one to teeter on the $41k mark the way I would want it equipped.  Since I definitely intend to purchase one,  if I wanted to pay cash in full, I'll have to sock away about $2,200 a month starting now!

For the sake of math, I spec'd out a topped out 2010 JCW Clubman at $42,595.  To get a payment in a reasonable amount of around $600, I'm looking at a $10,000 down payment!  That's only around $500 a month I'll need to shove under the mattress, post haste!   EEK!!

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Random MINI Babe [photo]

Monday, March 29, 2010

Random MINI Babe *NSFW!!* NSFW!!* [photo]

From time to time I like to push the envelope a little.  Today's RMB will either:
  a) get me lots of hits
  b) get my site banned
  c) lose subscribers
  d) gain subscribers
  e) all of the above

Note- this is the third time I'm mentioning that this image NSFW.  (in other words, a random naked MINI Babe. And Soap. And a MINI. Enjoy.)  (not your style? Try this.

You're welcome. :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Random MINI Babe [photo]

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shameless Plug:

When I got the email today from today's honored guest, little did he know that I am already keenly aware of the products and services they provide to the MINI community. Namely, custom graphics! If you didn't already know, MINI Motoring Graphics is the company of choice used by several U.S. MINI dealers including some of MINIUSA's previous special promotions.

You can upload your own images to their website, tweak them here and there, and they'll make vinyl graphics for you to put on your MINI- talk about the ultimate in you-i-fi-cation!

MINI Motoring Graphics have been providing custom graphics for every year and model of MINI since 2002. But don't listen to me- here's the email from Robert:

Good Morning,

I work at and I stumbled across your MINI blog and have just been out and about trying to touch base with MINI owners and lovers and enthusiasts and people in community regarding what we do and who we are. We are the only offical parter for MINI USA and run their Graphics program. I don't know if you've ever seen the website or heard of us. We've been around for about two years and we just relaunched the website a few weeks ago. It's amazing how far we've come but we still have a long way to go and I'm leading the charge with trying to spread the word, word of mouth, on the internet ect. All the dealerships can order from us and I am working hard to get the clubs and website owners to work with us as well so we can get the MINI ONLINE community some really sweet discounts.

I car pool to work every morning and when i see a MINI I see so much potential and want to help get people an amazing product to dress up their MINI. New technology that we have invented to allow people full personalization of their MINI. It's never been possible before to do what we are doing and MINI is the only car that currently has this kind of technology we have made.

Check out their website and see what options are available for your MINI at . If you tell 'em I sent you, I get a free hat!*

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*Totally made up the part about the hat. I get nothing for this.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Random MINI Babe [photo]