August 11, 2013:
Now just a couple of weeks from our move to Florida, Greasy’s Garage today was a perfect place for a last get together with MINI friends, including Pete, Theo, John, Thom, Reed, Ivan, …
A bit sad to be leaving my friends, but with luck I’ll meet them again, and meanwhile meet new MINI friends in Florida.
February 15, 2013:
First view of the Paceman
It was really hard to get a good idea of the cars color, see how different are the three views above!
It was easier to see, and appreciate, the overall shape; the lowering roofline makes the Paceman a lot better looking than the Countryman. I also really liked the rear lights design:
Getting in to the back of the Paceman was surprisingly easy (though no doubt not as easy as the Countryman) – but leg room seemed VERY limited, at least for anyone sitting behind me! Even then, in the back my head brushed the roof, so that roofline presumably is the cause of limited leg room. So get a Countryman if you want to use the rear seats, maybe?
The exterior design of the Paceman is the most interesting MINI I’ve seen for a while – but with a $38,000 price tag, it’s really not a weekend play thing!
October 28, 2012:
A Not Normal Roadster
Honestly, any MINI with more than $1000 off it’s MSRP is “not normal”, but that’s what the sign said on this Roadster that I looked at on Saturday at MINI of Peabody. I don’t have much interest in the car, but I’d never sat in one so did so (didn’t drive it though):
When I first sat inside, immediately noticeable was how quiet the interior WASN’T; just like the convertible I owned, a thin cloth roof provides little sound (or temperature) insulation. But once the roof was open, the car has a good looking interior, Piano Black and Polar Beige is what I’d choose – but it lacked most upgraded technology (which at least held the price below $30K):
But driving home in Margaret’s Z4, taking the Gloucester rotary at an easy 50+ and realizing that the Z4 handles so much better than any MINI I’ve ever owned; and then I think of the 2012 GP, and how it surely can’t compare with a Z4 that’s within $10K of that excessive $40K GP price … Makes me realize that I’ll probably not be driving a MINI again any time soon …
September 17, 2012:
MINI reading on iPad
This looks really quite good! MINI has released an online media experience which works on tablets as well as computers – time to read for a few hours …
August 26, 2012: