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ADAC PROCAR 2014 series begins

MINI Trophy 2013 MINI #44

Photo by mini-racing-team.de

When the MINI Trophy series—which had replaced the MINI CHALLENGE series—ended last year, it looked as if MINI racing teams would have nowhere to race.  But soon after that announcement, the ADAC PROCAR series announced it was creating a new Division 3 (also known as Division M) just for MINI.  From the ADAC PROCAR press release:

The popular Mini John Cooper Works Challenge vehicles will find a new “home” next season in the DTC/ADAC PROCAR. A basis has been found in cooperation with drivers and former organizers to let the Minis start in the Division M(ini) which is exclusively reserved for them.


The technical foundation for the future joint races is the existing regulation of the Mini Trophy. Without bigger adjustments or modifications the vehicles can take part in the newly created Division M. „The preparations have been running in the background for a longer time already. In the meantime we have reached the point where we have talked through the technical regulations except from some small details so that our scrutineer may now determine“, series organizer Rainer Bastuck explains. It is indeed a challenging task to integrate a formerly independent series into an existing one, but with the common vision for season 2014 in sight, important decisions have already been made.


The Division M(ini) will further extend the starter field of the DTC/ADAC PROCAR as third division.

MINIs can also compete in the new Division 1T which is exclusively for cars with 1.6 L turbocharged engines.

The new series begins this weekend with two races in Oschersleben, Germany.


IMC Motorsport

Photo by ADAC ProCar

Series Calendar 2014

04/25 – 04/27 ADAC GT Masters Oschersleben
05/09 – 05/11 ADAC GT Masters Zandvoort
05/23 – 05/25 ADAC GT Masters Lausitzring
06/06 – 06/08 ADAC GT Masters Red Bull Ring
06/19 – 06/21 ADAC Zurich 24H Nürburgring
07/25 – 07/26 Hockenheimring
08/29 – 08/31 ADAC GT Masters Nürburgring
09/19 – 09/21 ADAC GT Masters Sachsenring


MINI Teams

You can follow the racing series and the teams from the links below:

ADAC PROCAR – Racing series with news, teams, results, photos, videos, live timing, and more, also a Facebook page.

Frensch Power Motorsport – Follow the driver Steve Kirsch.

H&R Team Dombek – Driver Kai Jordan, visit his Facebook page.

Heide Motorsport – Read their PROCAR article and visit their Facebook page.

IMC Motorsport – Visit their  their Facebook page, drivers Victoria Froß and Lisa Brunner (PROCAR interview and Facebook page).

MINI Racing Team – Known as mini-racing-team.de, visit their Facebook page, with driver Dirk Lauth (#44).

Racing 4 Friends – Will also race in Division 1T, visit their Facebook page.

Besaplast Team Dombeck – Reigning MINI Trophy champion Thomas Tekaat, read his PROCAR interview. Also visit their Facebook page.

MINI TROPHY 2012 update

MINI TROPHY 2012 Feel the Race.

As you probably already know, MINI killed the MINI CHALLENGE series in Germany.  Race teams and fans in Europe were surprised and upset; the race teams had invested considerable time and euros in buying and building MINI CHALLENGE cars.  In response to this feedback, the independent MINI TROPHY series was started to replace the MINI CHALLENGE series.

The MINI TROPHY website is now live with information (in German only) on the series, vehicle specifications, tickets, and the race calendar.  [View with English translation.]

MINI TROPHY 2012 MINIMINI Trophy 2012 Schedule

Dates Racetrack Event
3/31 – 4/1 Oschersleben ADAC Masters Weekend
5/12 – 5/13 Circuit Paul Ricard MINI UNITED 2012
6/9 – 6/10 Sachsenring ADAC Masters Weekend
8/11 – 8/12 Red Bull Ring ADAC Masters Weekend
8/25 – 8/26 EuroSpeedway ADAC Masters Weekend
9/15 – 9/16 Nürburgring ADAC Masters Weekend
9/29 – 9/30 Hockenheimring ADAC Masters Weekend

Keep up-to-date with the MINI Trophy Facebook page.

German MINI and JCW accessories catalogs

German MINI accessories catalog German JCW accessories catalog

We have featured recent brochures from MINI USA, but they have not released online versions (yet?).  In the meantime, we have these four current (2011) MINI Accessories catalogs from Germany to show what is currently being offered in Europe.  You can download these four catalogs in PDF format:

German MINI Countryman JCW accessories catalog German MINI Countryman accessories catalog

collectible of the day: recipe booklet

Today we feature another unusual MINI promotional item from Germany.  Shown is the “ABGEFAHRENE GERICHTE.” (translates to “COOL DISHES”) recipe booklet.  The small booklet measures about 4.75″ wide by 1.5″ high and is bound by a metal stud at the corner, on which the 24 double-sided pages pivot.

The translated introduction page says:

Four types. Four characters. Four menus. Each its own. Your way. But always to the last step. Delicious!

The four MINI models promoted are:

  • The New MINI One. (silver section)
  • The New MINI Cooper. (red section)
  • The New MINI Cooper D. (white section)
  • The New MINI Cooper S. (blue section)

For each MINI model section, pages include a menu and recipes for an apéritif, appetizer, main dish, dessert, and digestif.

collectible of the day: IMMER OFFEN. pin

For the launch of the MINI Cabrio (Convertible) in the summer of 2004, MINI used the slogan “ALWAYS OPEN” which in German is “IMMER OFFEN”.

MINI Germany produced this button pin with “IMMER OFFEN.” in red with the MINI logo below.

See other MINI Cabrio/Convertible launch collectibles:

MINI Cabrio sunglasses
MINI Convertible Dot Pens
MINI Convertible launch pen

collectible of the day: MINI COLLECTION. 2007/2008. brochure (Austria)

MINI COLLECTION. 2007/2008 brochure (Austria)

This glossy, square-back catalog brochure from Austria has 52 pages full of MINI gear including clothing, towels, chill boxes, watches, interior design products, sunglasses, shoes, toys, models, keychains, and other items.

Visit www.MINI.at/shop and www.MINI.com/urbanstyletour.

Download the MINI COLLECTION. 2007/2008. brochure (Germany version) which is only slightly different from the Austrian brochure.

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.

“BAD MINI” billboard in Hamburg, Germany

BAD MINI billboardOn the Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s famous red-light district, MINI has installed a large billboard.  It features a Chili Red MINI Cooper S and a large whip with the title “BÖSER MINI.” (meaning “BAD MINI.”).  The billboard instructs you to send a text message with the keyword “SM” to 53335 to whip the MINI.

See a video of the BÖSER MINI billboard in action.