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If you managed to visit before during and after the olympics then you were treated to a very MINI experience,. All the goodies are off to Oxford so see them there on your next factory tour 🙂

 

 

(1) The MINI Store Westfield.

via The MINI Store Westfield is Closing after 10 Fun Filled Months.

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MINi Olympics

Why is it that this shot seems like it was taken so long ago? We know it wasn’t too many months ago when we watched the opening ceremonies and the radio controlled cars fetching the shot put. Has so much happened? Was it a great year for MINI Cooper? Help us with your thoughts

Motor down to Grand Central Channelside the third Thursday of each month and you might find yourself having way more fun than you expected. You can find out more about the series by visiting Ferman BMW of Tampa Bay or clicking on this link ; https://www.facebook.com/events/499439976766216/

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There are times when your jaw drops and lust rises from you inner DNA and this particular photo can do that if you are wired the right way. If your strands are clued up to the  JCW Martix of Madness this shot will do it for you!

To see the basic version of this Pinup in the Flesh start your Superbowl Sunday with a Dog and a U2 lead singer at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay aka http://www.MOTB.co —–11am-3pm

If you have to call to find out more leave a message at 727 772 5218 – xoxo

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MINI JCW Paceman WRC 2013! | RallyLife.cz.

via OMG – JCW Paceman WRC 2013! | RallyLife.cz.

Is your MINI missing some vital Lumbar support – here is the REtrofit

Lumbar support 101

MINI Cooper REtrofit Lumbar Support.

via Scoliosis? MINI Cooper REtrofit Lumbar Support.

Warning

This Video was filmed exclusively on a closed road with a professional driver in ideal safety conditions.

Under no circumstances should you attempt to drive this way on test drive even one at Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay   (maybe a virtual one on http://www.MOTB.co)

MINI Attempts First Ever Unassisted Backflip – YouTube.

via MINI Attempts First Ever Unassisted Backflip – YouTube.

A MINI SEDAN

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an enclosed automobile body having two or four doors and seating four or more persons on two full-width seats. Now this just doesn’t make sense any more but interesting definition and MINI of Tampa Bay likes redefining the ordinary.

In our recent comprehensive piece about the upcoming F56, we spent quite a bit of time talking about the 5-door variant, the F55. Basically to the hardtop MINI hatch what the four door Golf is to VW. The F55 will take the standard MINI platform and inject it with a healthy dose of practicality without growing its sporting footprint. Is the “sedan” Inside Line is talking about actually the F55, or are we talking about something more fast-backed like a traditional sedan? What comes to mind is the image of a four door MINI with a back end more akin to the Coupe or Roadster — with a traditional boot lid. But like the idea of a stretched Countryman, that’s purely conjecture on my part. Most likely of all is what we reported on back in January:

Code-named “Spacebox” and known as the Traveller (or even the MINI Activity Tourer) the car will be based on the front wheel drive BMW Compactive Sport Tourer or ‘FAST’. The idea (for both but especially the Traveller) is all about increasing practicality and flexibility for a customer who would have had to to move to another brand because they’ve simply run out of space. Both but especially the Traveller will be the most utility oriented of all of BMW or MINI’s upcoming products based off of the UKL1 platform.

What’s unclear is just where each of these rumors and internal MINI concepts overlap. Is this three cars or just one? Either way, we know MINI is working on four and/or five door variants of the traditional MINI Hatch — the flagship platform for MINI.

Expansion means profitability

We’re as tired of repeating it as many of you are of reading it, but the reality is that in order for MINI to be sustainably profitable, the brand and the lineup has to grow. The hardtop hatch will always be the center of that, as will the MINI’s British heritage. In fact, Inside Line is reporting that BMW is yet again considering the presence of a MINI design center in the UK — a facility to anchor the brand’s character right in the heart of its cultural heritage. A London BMW design center was shelved earlier this year, but perhaps that was just a postponement. Regardless, the changes we’re seeing in both platform (the F56) and continued model variations are essential to MINI’s long term growth and financial health.

While not every MINI fan is going to love every new model (where my R60 haters at?), we still think the correct perspective on a ten car MINI lineup is one that ultimately favors driving enthusiasts. For a company as small as MINI, the catch 22 of profitability comes hand-in-hand with market compromise. But in the end, the enthusiasts actually have the most to gain. The criticisms of bloat and un-sporting character that one might level against the Countryman certainly don’t apply to MINI’s most rarified models like the Coupe or the JCW GP. Truth is, though, we wouldn’t have one without the other. MINI wouldn’t be able to offer low volume, performance oriented cars like the Coupe without the highly profitable, albeit less aspirational Countryman. It works the other way ’round as well. Without the sporting character and performance cheek of the Hatch, the Coupe and the Roadster (not to forget the JCW GP), there’d be little MINI family appeal for a car like the Paceman — a car that aspires to even more performance than it will likely deliver.

In that sense, MINI is expanding into a more complicated organism. Those interdependencies and new models are ultimately going to strengthen the MINI bottom line, and I believe, strengthen the MINI brand.

via MotoringFile » Archive » More Talk of MINI Model Expansion.

via MotoringFile » Archive » More Talk of MINI Model Expansion.

MINI has such awesome accessories. But I have to admit I’m really excited about their collaboration with PUMA. Now, there’s some styling MINI gear!

In the past MINI has leaned more towards “in your face” styling from black and white checkers to a bright mishmash of colors. The new MINI/PUMA accessories have a more refined urban quality. Still very MINI but a modern refined design with a funky twist. And I say yay!

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The Surreal September Sunday in Saint Petersburg

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Fresh from recording all 205 National Anthems to be played at this summer’s games, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has teamed up with MINI for one more performance. All stand please for conductor Gareth Newman and the London 2012 Limited Edition MINI’s unique tribute to Team GB.