Mini Cooper Transmission fluid

Question:

NAME: jamie
SUBJECT: MiniMania.com: MINI Cooper transmission fluid
NOTE: I have a 2008 mini cooper S with factory LSD. What fluid should I buy.

Answer:

Hi Jamie,
Thank you for your email.
There should be a sticker on the transmission indicating the type of compatible fluid for the transmission.
A Yellow sticker indicates BMW LT-4 – our NMG7301.
A Red sticker indicates MTF-94 – since the factory only sells 20 liter jugs, the Redline MTL is an alternative.  However we have heard of some MINI dealers decline warranty coverage when Redline is used – check with your local MINI service adviser.
Redline MTL from the Redline web site:  “Popular for BMW, Honda and Acura, Ford Focus, late-model Mini Cooper, Land Rover/Range Rover LT77S, Dodge & Jeep NV1500, NV3500 , NV3550 and NV5600 truck transmissions”.
Here is a chart that may help.
Hope this helps.

Best regards,
Ken

Mini Cooper Driving Lights

Question:

NAME: jamie
SUBJECT: MiniMania.com: Driving lights
NOTE: Hello,  I am interested in installing driving lights on my r56 Mini Cooper but I have been told that it is not that simple since I have xenon lights.  Before I buy the wiring harness/brackets and lamps, can you confirm what wire I should tap into for the high beams?  I know that without the xenon option it is simple: just tap into yellow wire with blue stripe…but not with xenons.
Thanks so much in advance

Answer:

Hi Jamie,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
You can take a look at the installation instructions here – it includes instructions for both Halogen Driving Lights and Xenon driving lights.
Let me know if you have any further questions.
PS- you might also look at our Mini Cooper factory Driving Lights Application Guide
Best regards,
Ken

Mini Countyman Mudflaps

Question:
SUBJECT: MiniMania.com: need mud flaps for mini countryman
NOTE: I’m interested in purchasing the left hand  mudguard/splashguard or mud flaps (I’m not sure of the correct name) for a mini countryman yr 2013
What is the price and do you have it in stock?.

Answer:
Hello Samuel,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
Here is the link to the Mini Countryman Mud Flaps for your 2013.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Best regards,
Ken

Emergency Spare Tire

Question:
SUBJECT: MiniMania.com: Emergency Spare Tire for R-60 Countryman with 18″ Wheels
NOTE: Hello:
Do you offer the above for the Countryman with 18″ Wheels?

Answer:
Hello Joe,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
The compact spare emergency tire G2NMW7610 is compatible with the Countryman whether it uses 16, 17, or 18″ tires.  The overall diameter for all these tires are very similar, so in this case, ‘one size fits all’…
The diameter of the spare is slightly smaller than the actual tire on the Countryman.  As an emergency spare, it is designed to get you to a service center so you an get your flat repaired – for this application, the slightly smaller diameter spare works fine.

I hope this helps.
Best regards,
Ken

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Mini Cooper Battery

Question:
I need to change my battery. I am wondering the exact type of the battery that i will need for a mini cooper supercharged 2005, hatchback.

Answer:
Hi Judith,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
It is best for you to find a local battery supplier and have them look up in their catalog for fitment to your MINI. Many different brands fit and they each have different part numbers.
Here are some batteries that have been reported to fit the 2005 Cooper S:
Duralast Gold battery model # H5-DLG
Batteries Plus Rayovac battery (SLI47H5)
Interstate MTP-H5
Battery designs may change over time so it is best to double check before choosing one of these.
Best regards,
Ken

Mini Cooper Ski Rack

Question:
would like to order ski holders for mini stock roof racks and front floor matts for 2007 cooper
Kevin

Answer:
Hi Kevin,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
Here is the link to the Mini Cooper ski holders. This is the module that attaches to the roof rack. If you don’t currently have the base roof rack module, you will need to order that as well.
Assuming you have a hatchback and not a convertible, here are the links to floor mats:
Mini Cooper Carpet mats
Mini Cooper Rubber mats
Let me know if you have any further questions.
Best regards,
Ken

Mini Cooper Fender Arch Light

Question:
Hi Ken,
Happy New Year. The mini was hit in what appeared to be a parallel parking hit and run….it destroyed the rear drivers side red fender light. Do you carry this part? If yes, what is the cost (does it come with a light bulb…if not, please include the cost if you carry the part).
Best,
Cary

Answer:
HI Cary,
Sorry to hear of the accident!
Here is the link to the replacement Mini Cooper Fender Arch Light – it includes the bulb and holder. Item is in stock.
$35.50 plus shipping – $6.16 for USPS. $44.32 total.
We have your card on file if you would like us to enter an order for you.
Please let me know.
Best regards,
Ken

Second Question:
Thank you….I went onto the link and it indicates installation requires two lock nuts, which cost $1.55 each…are these included with the module? My card information has changed so I guess I need to open a new account?
Best,
Cary

Answer:
Hi Cary,
The nuts are not included, but you should be able to re-use the old ones, if you still have them… If not, I can add them to your order.
Yes, all we need is the new card details. You can call us, or maybe send the details over several emails, if you like.
Best regards,
Ken

Mini Cooper cigarette lighter

Question:
Mini Cooper cigarette lighter auxilliary socket (NMI8640)
I have sourced an assembled socket to fit into my R53 Mini but I think it needs to be inserted in its component parts (as per your picture) in order to fit.
Are you able to advise how you disassemble the socket into the 3 parts shown so I can then fit it into the car?
Thanks
Alistair

Answer:
Hello Alistair,
Thank you for your interest with Mini Mania and our products.
The luminous rings has plactic barbs at the 12 and 6 o’clock position (as oriented in the photo).
The bulb socket has barbs the hold the lips on the luminous rings.
I recommend you warm the parts in warm water before you attempt to dis-assemble. Otherwise the plastic luminous ring may be brittle and break.
Good luck,
Ken

Mini Mania’s MINI Cooper Turbo Upgrade Offer

Although the factory turbo does a splendid job of forced induction for the Cooper S, there is room for improvement. We are offering two excellent Turbo upgrades  have been developed with emphasis on ‘Quick Spool’ for faster response and are suitable for road or track applications.

Mini Mani is offering two Turbo upgrade options for your 2007 MINI Cooper S:

Option 1. K03 SUPER 42 Turbo Upgrade

These units will work with many of your existing  OEM components. and are designed to be a No Tuning Required turbo that will deliver ~ +30hp as a stand alone. Additional horsepower is available  when combined with other upgrades such as Hi-Flow Intakes, Upgraded Downpipes,  Exhausts, and ECU upgrades.

These units use an optimized selection of different turbochargers parts to deliver added durability as well as quick spooling speed.

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The Super 42 high pressure high-flow dual scrolling turbo upgrade uses a big 42mm compressor to give you boost that starts early and last much longer than even the JWC turbo. This turbocharger delivers outstanding response with torque and power gains across the entire power-band and the 42mm design gives you extra boost at the top end when you need it most. If you are looking for an extreme street upgrade that delivers full race performance this is the turbo for you. It will deliver great torque, spool early, and last long. For race applications we recommend one of the aftermarket exhaust systems which will allow this turbo to reach its full potential.

Option 2. K04 EXTREME 45R Turbo Upgrade

When we say High flow we mean it!  The K04 turbocharge has a larger exhaust turbine which is designed to increase the amount of air flowing though your engine. Since the exhaust turbine is larger it will spool up a little slower but wait until the top end! This means that instead of spooling up at 1800rpms like in the OEM K03 turbocharger the K04 will spool up at 2800rpms to 3000rpms.

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The K04 Extreme 45R upgrade high pressure high-flow dual scrolling turbo uses a large 45mm compressor to give you full boost at the top end. This turbocharger delivers the boost at the higher RPM which is perfect for the track, or any off-road application and extreme street applications. The 45mm design gives you extra boost at the top end when you need it most and prevents the torque loss you see with the stock Mini Cooper turbo.

If you are looking for an extreme track, strip, off-road or extreme street upgrade that delivers full race performance this is the turbo for you. It will deliver great torque, and last longer than any other turbo on the market. For ALL applications you should consider installing a high flow / low backpressure aftermarket exhaust system which will allow this turbo to reach its full potential.

The K04 Extreme 45R turbocharger is engineered to be the most reliable and high-performance upgrade turbo for the 2007+ Mini JCW. This is the number 1 upgrade for your JCW and gives you extreme power for all applications above 400hp.

  • Huge 45mm compressor
  • Upgraded 360deg bearing
  • Designed for higher pressure
  • High temperature alloy turbine housing
  • Dual scrolling turbine housing
  • Water cooled bearing housing

Mini Mania can supply a  Turbo Install Kit, part number G2NMK2222 This kit includes all the most commonly replaced gaskets and seals, plus a new oil supply line. Additional gaskets, seals and other hardware may be required depending on the installation.

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Buy Sell Trade MINI’s at Mini Mania!

Used Cars Buy || Sell || Trade At Mini Mania, our goal is to be your source for all things Mini. One element of that is helping Mini fans connect and share. Our Used Cars section connects you to thousands of other Mini owners the largest inventory of used Classic & New Minis in the United States. We’re excited to announce our expansion of this section in the coming months to include listing used parts and accessories!

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Cowl Scoops Performance Upgrade R50/52/53 Cooper & S.$299.95
Sale: $270.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)


 



3d Badge Holder And Accessories Black Or Chrome Trim.$27.50
Sale: $24.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)



Antenna Compact Stubby 4 In R50/52/53/55/56/57/58/60 Cooper &s.$25.95
Sale: $22.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)


 



Hi Flow Turbo Outlet Pipe R55/56/57 Mini Cooper S.$299.95
Sale: $270.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)

 



Mini Cooper Ultimate Armrest Blk/blk R55/56/57 Cooper & S.$189.95
Sale: $160.00(Expires: 3|19|12)



Cup Holder Post Mount Clamp Type R50/52/53 Mini Cooper & S.
$59.95
Sale: $54.00(Expires: 3|19|12)



Actual Size Graphic Mini Cooper & S.
$4.95
Sale: $4.00(Expires: 3|19|12)



Sprint Booster For Mini New Sport Factory And Race Modes.$399.99
Sale: $329.95 (Expires: 3|19|12)





Nology Plug Wires & Coil Upgrade R50/52/53 Cooper And S.$299.95
Sale: $270.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)


 


Mini Cooper Antenna Compact Stubby Billet 2 5/8 Inch.$29.95
Sale: $27.00(Expires: 3|19|12)



Center Armrest With Storage Box Mini Cooper & S All Models.$375.00
Sale: $325.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)





Storage Tray Center Console R55/56/57 Mini Cooper And S.$21.95
Sale: $20.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)



Cold Air Intake K&n & Modified Cowling R52/53 Cooper S.$229.95
Sale: $207.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)





Commute Mate Cell Cup.$15.95
Sale: $13.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)

 



Mini Auxiliary Audio Input Kit R50/52/53 Mini Cooper And S.$63.95
Sale: $57.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)


 



Ignition Coil Upgrd W/ Bolts Msd R50/52/53 Cooper And S.$119.95
Sale: $109.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)


 



Mini Cooper Ipod G3 Interface Kit R50/52/53 Cooper & S.$299.95
Sale: $270.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)





Oem Aero Kit Top Front Bumper Grille Only Mini Cooper & S.$59.95
Sale: $54.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)


 



Oem Aero Kit Black Grille R50/52/53 Mini Cooper And S.$79.95
Sale: $72.00(Expires: 3|19|12)



Mini Cooper Ultimate Armrest Blk/blk R50/52/53 Cooper & S.$179.95
Sale: $160.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)





Plasma Booster Ignition Upgrade R50/52/53 Cooper And S.$269.95
Sale: $242.00 (Expires: 3|19|12)




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MINI Thunder III was AWESOME

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We arrived in Willows, CA early in the afternoon Saturday. The weather was a great, a nice change from the drizzle that was hitting the Mini Mania facility in the foothills a couple hours behind us. There were already MINIs in the parking lot of the hotel lined up like rockettes. After we checked in, we headed up to Thunderhill Raceway.

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When we passed the gates at Thunderhill there were already MINIs in the lot, and more slowly trickling in. Eager participants for tomorrows event, The Mini Thunder 3, were arriving to pre-register, have some dinner, and do a little pseudo gambling afterwards when the casino night started.

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MINIs were scattered across the parking lot. There were a  few hardcore MINI guys that looked like they had been there all day driving and wrenching on their own cars in lieu of a pit crew. They must have brought everything they needed with them packed tetris-style in the boot of their MINI’s. Our hats are off to these types of MINI enthusiasts. The RV with a trailer & MINI combo was a common sight. Some of the RV’s are outfitted like mobile command units with a trailer in tow packed full of go fast goodies.

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We setup our table and put out a few items as well as our donation to the gambling prize pool. As soon as people were done eating the dinner Thunderhill Grill prepared for us, the casino tables showed up, and the Thunderbucks came into play. The sound of hoots, hollers, chips being paid out, and jubilance signaled that dinner was over. We had lots of questions to answer, as MINI folk have inquiring minds when it comes to replacing parts or upgrading to performance parts on their pride & joy. The Sprintbooster that we brought with us was quickly purchased. (thanks Jerome w/ the green ALL4) Next time, we’ll bring more with us.

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We also took with us a very hard to find MINI JCW jacket that we held a drawing for during the festivities.  It was oogled and talked about for a while. A woman there said they had ordered the same jacket from MINI of SF and they were STILL waiting on it to show up. “Is that an XL?” she asked, “oh my god it is” she exclaimed, “I’m going to enter to WIN this”.

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We held the drawing later that evening. There was eager anticipation from everyone in the room curious to see who would win the JCW jacket that evening.  Linda J. from Bend, Oregon was picked to be the lucky winner.
A big congratulations to you from everyone at Mini Mania Linda!!

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We arrived early Sunday morning at Thunderhill Raceway, We didn’t want to miss anything. We walked the whole race lot before anyone got called to pre-grid and was able to take some great photos. We haven’t seen so MINIs side by side in a long time. They were EVERYWHERE! It was a veritable MINI takeover!.

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There were MINI snouts and MINI boots peeking around every corner as far as the eye could see. We saw a limited number of non-MINIs present.. and we’re sure the owners took a second glance around wondering if they were in the right place. When the MINIs did get called to pre-grid they swarmed and lined up at the track entrance like happy angry hornets.

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There were some real talented drivers at the MINI Thunder 3. We got to watch some great driving skills being exercised. We only wish we had more Mini’s on the track. =)

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We would like to thank Norm for inviting us out again this year.
We had a blast.. again!
We cant wait until next year!
– Mini Mania

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See more great photos on my MINI Thunder III Photo Album on G+

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Mini Thunder III – 2/19/2012
On Saturday night (the day before the event), February 19th, 2012 (Presidents Day Weekend) Mini Thunder will be holding a Casino Night at the Track Clubhouse. Buffet dinner and beverage service will be provided by Thunderhill Grill at extra charge. Pre-Registration will be available for eager participants also. If you plan on travelling a long distance, this will give Saturday as a travel day to get there and Monday as a travel day to get back home.

There will be three run groups (Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced). The schedule should be very close to what was done last year with 5ea 20 minutes track sessions (perhaps 6), followed by Mini Thunder classroom sessions. These will alternate throughout the day. There will be instructors, and all the SCCA safety workers and equipment. The track opens at 7:00AM and Mini Thunder will start with registration, check in, breakfast, “All Hands” Meeting, car tech, empty cars, check wheels and tires, etc. First cars will go out on track at 8:30AM.

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Borla Performance Catback Exhaust R52/53 Mini Cooper S.
$1094.99
Sale: $884.20 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Borla Performance Cat Back Exhaust System R60 Cooper S Countryman.
$779.99
Sale: $629.84 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Borla Cat Back Perf Exhaust R56/57 Cooper S Hdtp & Cnvrtbl.
$892.99
Sale: $721.09 (Expires: 2|21|12)

Rear View Interior Mirror Cover Various R55/56/57 Cooper & S.
$75.00
Sale: $73.50 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Performance Lowering Springs R60 Cooper & S Countryman.
$275.00
Sale: $249.95 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Door Handle Cover Exterior Overlay Various R55/56/57/58/59 Cooper & S.
$165.00
Sale: $145.00 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Fuel Door Trim Ring Chrome R56/55 Cooper S.
$43.50
Sale: $39.95 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Antenna Base Cover Chrome R55/56 Cooper & S.
$49.50
Sale: $45.00 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Side Scuttle Cover Kit Various R55/56/57/58/59.
$135.00
Sale: $129.50 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Rear Hatch Handle Chrome Cover R56/57/58/59 Cooper & S.
$75.00
Sale: $69.50 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Mirror Cover Exterior Overlay Various R55/56/57/58/59/60 Cooper & S.
$225.00
Sale: $195.50 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Hood Scoop Led Insert R55/56/57/58/59 Cooper S.
$87.50
Sale: $83.00 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Body Side Molding Chrome R56 Cooper & S.
$195.00
Sale: $189.00 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Side Scuttle Kit Led Shark Fin R55/56/57/58/59 Cooper & S.
$185.00
Sale: $179.50 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Unichip Flux2 Obd Monitoring Module R52/53 Cooper S.
$285.00
Sale: $255.00 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Stage 3 Performance Upgrade Kit Quicksilver R60 Cooper S Countryman.
$3275.00
Stage 3 Performance Upgrade Kit Borla R60 Cooper S Countryman.
$2075.00
Stage 1 Performance Upgrade Kit R60 Cooper S Countryman.
$750.00
Front Mount Intercooler Upgrade R60 Cooper S Countryman.
$995.00
Sale: $900.00 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Stage 2 Performance Upgrade Kit R60 Cooper S Countryman.
$965.00
Driving Light Brackets Pair R55/56/57 Cooper S 2011+.
$99.95
Driving Light Brackets Quad R55/56/57 Mini Cooper S 2011+.
$179.95
Radiator Hose Coupler With Bleed Valve R52/53 Cooper S.
$17.50
Borla Performance Cat Back Exhaust System R60 Cooper S Countryman.
$779.99
Sale: $629.84 (Expires: 2|21|12)
Power Brake Servo & Vacuum Lines R50/52/53 Cooper & S.
$397.50
Cylinder Head Factory Replacement R50/52/53 Cooper & S & Jcw.
$1695.00
Hood / Bonnet Insulation Factory Replacement R50/52/53 Cooper & S.
$105.00
Bsh Competition Catch Can R55/56/57/58/60 Cooper S 2011+.
$285.00
Ipod Interface Cable Usb Y Adapter R55/56/57/59/60.
$83.50
Car Cover Various Materials R55 Mini Cooper & S Clubman.
$282.99
Side Panel Factory Replacement R50/52/53 Cooper & S.
$215.00
Rear Barn Door Gas Pressurized Shock Each R55 Cooper & S Clubman.
$49.50
Rear Barn Door Latching Parts Oem R55 Cooper & S Clubman.
$59.50


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MINI USA Water Pump Recall

  In perhaps the largest recall ever announced, MINI USA is recalling every Cooper S and JCW model sold from 2007 to 2011. The recall effects almost all 2007 – 2011 R55, R56, R57 and R60 models with the turbocharged Cooper S engine. For a full list of the cars affected and the specifics behind the problem…MINI & BMW Clean up with 4 engines - Mini Mania

The Issue

The issue involves the electric auxiliary water pump on models that are equipped with the N14 turbo engine. The auxiliary pump is controlled electronically by an engine control unit. After switching off the engine, the electric auxiliary water pump conducts heat away from the turbocharger.

Under certain conditions, the pump’s electronic circuit board can malfunction. The malfunction can occur as a result of certain design features in combination with high operating temperatures.

If the water pump can fails, there’s a slight chance that the circuit board can overheat. And in an extreme case, overheating of the circuit board can lead to smoldering of the water pump. If smoldering occurs, this may also lead to an engine compartment or vehicle fire.

Models Affected

Here’s the full list of Cooper S models affected:

2007-11 / Cooper S (Dec 2006 – Oct 2010)

2008-11 / Cooper S Clubman (Dec 2007 – Oct 2010)

2009-11 / Cooper S Convertible (Dec 2008 – Oct 2010)

2009-11 / John Cooper Works (JCW) (Jun 2008 – Oct 2010)

2009-11 / John Cooper Works (JCW) Clubman (Jun 2008 – Oct 2010)

2009-11 / John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible (Apr 2009 – Oct 2010)

2011 / Cooper S Countryman (Nov 2010 – Jan 2011)

How can you tell if this is happening to your MINI? The first tip-off will be a plastic burning smell, or burning and/or smoke from the front of the vehicle may be noticed.

What Should I Do While I Wait for MINI to Notify me of a Fix?

First you can continue to drive your car. However MINI recommends parking your vehicle outdoors until repairs have been performed. Those who own affected cars will receive a letter asking them to have this service performed by their authorized MINI dealer, do so as soon as possible.

What’s Next?

At this point MINI is fixing all cars in its inventory and will be announcing a formal recall shortly. Any new or pre-owned MINI in dealers inventory will be held until the recall can be completed, but customer cars are not yet being held and the recall repair will not be happening until the service bulletin is released.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the cars after 12 engine fires had been reported including five that destroyed the cars entirely. In eight of the 12 cases, the fires occurred when the cars were parked and turned off.

Nevada City Adventure 2011!

Story and photography by: John Burnett

NEVADA CITY, California – In 1850 pioneers travelled thousands of miles in covered wagons to discover gold in this small mountain town. On June 11th, 2011 people travelled in their MINI Coopers and Classic Minis from all over the west coast, not to find their fortune, but to attend Mini Mania’s 11th annual Nevada City Adventure. This year’s participants found no gold, but there was no shortage of chrome in these foothills!

The scene was set on the six acre Mini Mania compound in the foothills surrounded by majestic pines, blue skies and spring-like weather throughout the day. The first to roll in was Rick Williamson, driving a green classic VTEC converted Mini with a surfboard on top. By 10:00am the parking lot was nearly full, with MINI Coopers on the right, and classic Minis filling up the left, close to one hundred  cars total!. The Bob Woods Trio treated everyone to live music on the lawn. Mini owners mingled, enjoying ice cream from Lazy Dog and savory hotdogs from the folks at Top Dog, while others tested their Bocce skills out on the new Bocce Ball court. The more relaxed folks set up their folding chairs in the shade of the pines and just took in all the sights.

Vendors for this year included Show Car Detailing (www.showcardetailing.com/) with Richard Lin showing folks how to properly detail their car. Measuring Mini power by way of their twin Dynapack Chassis Dynamometers was Driving Ambition (http://www.drivingambition.us). The sound of Minis maxing rpm’s was part of the background music accompanying the event throughout the day.

By far the most unusual Classic Mini of the event was a bright yellow beast powered by a Ford Cosworth engine and owned by Bill Brooks!

The day was peppered with raffle prizes and giveaways, the highlight was the People’s Choice Awards, where participants voted for their favorite Minis in various categories.

People’s Choice Award Winners are as follows:

  • Classic – Best Overall – Rick Williamson
  • Classic – Cleanest – Carl Hoard
  • Classic – Most Stuff –  Brian Howe
  • Classic – Paint Graphics  – Josh Trundle
  • MINI – Best Overall – Randy Stevens
  • MINI – Best Graphics – Helen Boss
  • MINI – Cleanest – Terri and Gary Morgan
  • MINI – Most Stuff – Tony Obando

The day’s activities concluded with a tour of Nevada County that lead participants up scenic Highway 20 and down a windy side road through towering pine trees to the little charming town of Washington, where everyone took a moment to stretch their legs and enjoy the scenery along the beautiful Yuba river. On the way back, the tour stopped at a scenic overlook on Highway 20 and lined up for a panoramic photography shoot. Everyone had a great time!