Thursday, March 20, 2008

Giants champion pimps the MINI Wienermobile

This one is quickly making the rounds throughout the MINI community, but as a NY Giants fan, I couldn't *not* cover it too!

Michael Strahan at the wheel of the Mini Wienermobile.

[adapted from the NY Times article]:

"Mr. Strahan squeezed his 6’5” frame behind the wheel of the new Mini Wienermobile, a smaller, sportier version of Oscar Mayer’s somewhat famous Wienermobile... his knees wedged beneath the dashboard, [he] flashed his broad gap-toothed smile as he eased the car into gear, moving through the cordoned-off lane at about the same speed at which one might walk back to the huddle after an incomplete pass..."

Read the full story on the New York Times website:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mini Cooper Driver Identified After 80-Foot Plunge

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando police late Thursday morning released the identity of the 37-year-old man who plunged more than 80 feet into a pond when he lost control of his vehicle early Thursday morning. Eyewitnesses said they never even saw 37-year-old Scot A. Morrison's brake lights when he sped off the Universal exit along I-4...

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lowered MINI Clubman (Clubmans?)

The MINI Cooper Clubman is officially alive and roaming the streets of the US, and photos of Clubmans (Clubmans?) are finally beginning to surface. Here are a few of the first photos of lowered Clubbies floating around the internet. (click photos for larger versions):

This one- according to the (poster/owner) "xBoXlOvEr", is running H&R Springs and 215/35/18 G-Force BF Goodrich tyres. Which is how you spell tires in Madrid.

Credit/props go to Rally of for the best photoshop of a Clubman I've seen to date! Slammed and shaved, MINI designers and aftermarket tuners, take note!

The John Cooper Works JCW Clubman. Suspension courtesy of John Cooper Works:

AC Schnitzer's drop, as discussed here.

Got pics of lowered Clubman(s)? Send me a link and I'll post 'em here, so watch this thread for more photos of lowered Clubmen! (aaargh- Who chose that name anyway?!?!)

Sunday, March 02, 2008

What happens at AMVIV stays at AMVIV!

"What's an AMVIV?" you say? Why, only the largest gathering of Mini and MINI Cooper enthusiasts this side of the Mississippi! (I kinda made that up, but it's probably true!)

"AMVIV 5": March 27-30, 2008

Officially, AMVIV is "A MINI VACATION IN VEGAS!" Cool cars, cool people, exciting "runs" and related events, located in the heart of "America's Playground", who can resist?!?

As of this posting, there are about 350 cars and over 500 individuals registered for this 3-day event. If you have the time and a MINI you should seriously consider it! If you're in the area and curious what a parking garage full of MINIs looks like, you should pop in!

photo by: gbridger

Aah- don't believe me? Okay, that's cool. Perhaps a couple thousand photos will sway you?! ;)

NOTE: I am not a shill for AMVIV- I'm just ridiculously excited to go for a third year in a row!

My personal AMVIV 2007 Gallery