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Men of Metal: Eyewitness Accounts of Humanoid Robots

This 2004 ad insert was part of a viral ad campaign by MINI USA’s then advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky.  The cover states that this is “an excerpt from the book by Rowland Samuel”.  The stapled 37 page booklet contains four pages of black and white photos and an Author’s Note at the end.  The story involves an engineer in Oxford, England who builds a robot from a MINI Cooper.

The Men of Metal booklet can be found inserted in the following magazine issues:

  • Adventure. Vol. 6, No. 4. May 2004. (between pages 32 & 33)
  • Esquire. Vol. 141, No. 5. May 2004. (between pages 72 & 73)
  • Men’s Journal. June 2004. (between pages 88 & 89)
  • Motor Trend. Vol. 56, No 5. May 2004. (between pages 80 & 81)
  • Rolling Stone. Issue 947. April 29, 2004. (between pages 28 & 29)

Download the entire Men of Metal: Eyewitness Accounts of Humanoid Robots excerpt.

Note that the website address in the excerpt no longer works.