Monthly Archives: May 2010

collectible of the day: MINI [K]LEBT sticker set

MINI [K]LEBT sticker set  (stickers)MINI [K]LEBT sticker set (inside)MINI [K]LEBT sticker set (front)
MINI [K]LEBT has a double meaning: “MINI KLEBT” means “MINI STICKS” and “MINI LEBT” means “MINI LIVES”.

This German fold-up brochure from 2003 is made of thick and glossy card stock.  Inside are images of a Liquid Yellow MINI cooper from every angle.  As shown above, there is a sheet of cling stickers which one can use to customize the MINI with various wheels and accessories.

Catalog number VT-A-3. 01 20 0 304 447. Printed in Germany 06/2003.

collectible of the day: MINI United 2009 Festival Programme

MINI United 2009 Festival Programme
Exactly one year ago today, MINI United 2009 took place in Silverstone, England.  MINI celebrated its 50th birthday at the festival.

Previously we featured the MINI United 2009 mirror caps and we’ll feature more MINI United 2009 and MINI 50 items in the future.

Today we have the MINI United 2009 Festival Programme.  This 4″ by 4″ guide opens into a single-page map of the Silverstone Circuit on one side and a complete table of activities on the other.

MINI Takes the States 2010 events and times

MINI Takes the States 2010
MINI Takes the States 2010 registration is now open and MINI USA has given some more details about the events and times at each of the launch parties and the main festival in Denver.

From the West

San Francisco:

Friday, August 06, 2010
San Francisco MINIcross    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
San Francisco Launch Party    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 07, 2010
San Francisco Rise & Shine Rally    8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Los Angeles:

Saturday, August 07, 2010
Los Angeles MINIcross    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Los Angeles Launch Party    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, August 08, 2010
Los Angeles Rise & Shine Rally    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

From the East

New York:

Thursday, August 05, 2010
New York Launch Party    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, August 06, 2010
New York Rise & Shine Rally    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, August 07, 2010
Washington DC MINIcross    8:00 AM – 12:05 PM


Saturday, August 07, 2010
Atlanta MINIcross    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Atlanta Launch Party    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, August 08, 2010
Atlanta Rise & Shine Rally    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Sunday, August 08, 2010
Chicago MINIcross    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Chicago Launch Party    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Monday, August 09, 2010
Chicago Rise & Shine Rally    9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Main Festival in Denver:

What should participants expect to take place once in Denver?
Once in Denver, MTTS participants will be treated to an Owner Lounge & MINI Countryman Preview Party, Music concert and Festival, MINIcross, a Scenic Rally Drive, Fun and much more.

Friday, August 13, 2010
Denver MINI Owners Garage Party    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Denver Rise & Shine Rally    8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Denver Festival    1:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, August 15, 2010
Denver Farewell Continental Breakfast    7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

MINI Takes the States 2010 map and dates

collectible of the day: MINI wears BISAZZA postcards

MINI wears BISAZZA postcard (Zebra)MINI wears BISAZZA postcard (Fifth)

MINI wears BISAZZA (Summer Flowers)MINI wears BISAZZA (Tartan Plaid)MINI wears BISAZZA (Dama)

Bisazza is one of the top luxury brands in the design sector and the industry’s leading producer of glass mosaic for interior and outdoor decoration. Established in 1956 in Alte Vicenza, Northern Italy, the company has become a trailblazer, marked by a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, a mastery of modern technologies with an ability to read and anticipate the needs of the global market.

Bisazza worked with MINI/BMW to create the “MINI wears Bisazza”, project, which led to five personalised cars wearing custom made “dresses”. First showcased in 2005 at the Milan Design Week, the cars have been on tour ever since to the design and fashion hot spots of the world.

The quote above is from the Bisazza website.  Although BMW Press mentions only four Bisazza MINIs, Bisazza created five and there are five MINI wears BISAZZA postcards.  From the top, left to right:

  • Zebra
  • Pied de Poule [Houndstooth]
  • Summer Flowers
  • Tartan
  • Dama

Read more and see photos of the MINIs at Bisazza Blog, Cartype, Serious Wheels,

Auto Express: MINI Countryman driven

MINI Countryman driven

The professionals at Auto Express test-drove the forthcoming MINI Cooper S Countryman and have published their impressions.

The supersized Countryman has well and truly busted the confines of its name – breaking with 50-years of tradition by adding four proper doors and a useful boot to a small concept that dates back to the 1960s…

Stretching past four-metres in length and offering four-wheel-drive, the big question is this…

Can it keep that essential MINI quality: driving fun?

The answer appears to be Yes.  They liked the lack of corner roll, acceleration, fuel efficiency, and improved interior.

Read the article MINI Countryman driven.

collectible of the day: THE OPEN LETTER ad

At the time of the launch of the MINI Convertible in the US in 2005, MINI USA created this ad.  THE OPEN LETTER ad was an open letter to people considering buying a Convertible to determine whether they are open people.

THE OPEN LETTER ad was found these magazine issues:

  • Men’s Journal. May 2005. (page 77)

The text of the ad reads:


To Whom It May Concern,

Have you ever seen someone driving an open car with the top up? You kind of get the feeling they have something to hide. Like someone wearing a trench coat and sunglasses. Somehow, that thin piece of fabric is more of a barrier than the strongest steel.

If they were driving a car with a regular roof, you probably wouldn’t notice. But since they intentionally closed an open car, you can’t help but think they’re a closed person. After all, they’ve made a conscious decision to be closed when the opportunity to be open was right there. Open people would never do this.

Open people don’t care what their hair looks like. Open people don’t mind picking a few bugs out of their teeth. If they drive past an oil refinery, open people welcome the smell. If panhandlers approach them at a red light, open people never panic. Most motorcycle people are open people. They’ve just opted for two wheels instead of four. All kids are open people. This is why they try so hard to stuff their heads and arms out of the window. But most of them soon outgrow it.

In the old days, it was easy to tell open people from regular people. Open people drove around in goggles and leather caps. They took a lot of back roads. Whenever possible, they kept the accelerator mashed to the floor. When they stopped to gas up, the grimy outline of their eyewear made them look like racoons. Today it’s harder to spot an open person. But they’re still the exception and not the rule. Even here at MINI, most of us are regular roofers.

If you are considering a new car, the best thing you can do is be honest with yourself. Are you an open person? Please take some time to think about it. The fact is we didn’t make very many of these things. And with MSRP starting at $22,000,* they could easily end up in the wrong hands.

Always Open,

collectible of the day: MINI pins

MINI pinsThese small metal pins were part of MINI USA’s MotoringGear collection in 2004 through 2005.  From left to right:

  • MINI Skyline Pin – Available 2004-2005 for $3.95.  Part number 80 56 0 301 445.
  • MINI Moving Pin – Available 2004-2005 for $3.95.  Part number 80 56 0 301 446.
  • MINI Convertible Pin – Available 2005 for $3.00.  Part number 80 54 0 309 214.

collectible of the day: RELEASE THE BEAST JCW Accessories brochure

RELEASE THE BEAST JCW Accessories brochure (open)RELEASE THE BEAST JCW Accessories brochure
We are big fans of John Cooper Works at the Library of Motoring and plan to expand our information on JCW models and accessories. Today we have a JCW accessories fold-out brochure from Germany from 2009. It covers all MINI models from 11/2006, and all MINI Clubman and MINI Convertible models from 3/2009.

Although the front says “RELEASE THE BEAST”, the brochure is written in German.  The JOHN COOPER WORKS ZUBEHÖR (ACCESSORIES) shown include a tuned ECU, exhaust, and intake.  For the exterior are carbon fiber side mirror covers, a carbon fiber bonnet scoop, and side scuttles.  Interior accessories are the gear shift indicator, leather or Alcantara sport steering wheel, and JCW door sills.

The back features JCW wheels and suspension.

MINI E Race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

MINI has once again put the MINI E Race, a race-modified version of the all-electric MINI E, on the track at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.  This is the second time for the MINI E Race; it became the first all-electric car to run the Nürburgring on April 12, 2010.  BMW PressClub on the first run:

Taking on the infamous Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit at race speed with an electrically powered car is an ambitious project, but the BMW Group has just become the first car manufacturer to make it happen. Today the MINI E Race, a modified race-spec version of the standard MINI E, completed a lap of the legendary 20.8 km “Green Hell” in a time of 09:51.45 minutes. The MINI E Race hit a top speed of 187 km/h.

MINI recently released the video from the first run:

Today MINI released a video of the second run with Prince Leopold of Bavaria at the wheel: