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A classic MINI is the perfect road trip companion

Classic cars aren’t usually considered ideal for road trips. Vintage machines can often be finicky, most often relegated to weekend joyrides, not long-distance travel. The driver of this Rover Mini Cooper, however, doesn’t subscribe to the normal attitude of classic car ownership. Sergiu Topala lives in Moldova, an eastern European country between Romania and Ukraine.…

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The all-electric 1966 classic Mini

We’d like to introduce you to an absolutely immaculate first-generation original Mini, built by Dunedin man Michael Laba and powered purely by electricity..That’s right, it’s a pure electric vehicle. The 850cc four-cylinder petrol engine is long gone, replaced by a DC electric motor and some 100 amp-hour lithium-ion batteries. Laba first converted the Mini to…

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David Brown Automotive remasters the classic MINI

This £70,000 coachbuilt update of the original Mini is quite a different proposition from the £594,000 Speedback GT, inspired by the famed Aston Martin DB5, which was recently revised. On paper, at least, the Mini provides the perfect enterprise for a coachbuilder, given that the original was, as David Brown put it, “the ultimate in…

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100+ years of car making at MINI Plant Oxford

In an age when automakers are suddenly front and center in potential trade wars, it’s important to take a step back and realize that these companies—regardless of where they manufacture—employ human beings. The impacts of trade disputes will affect the bottom lines of companies, and those impacts will most hurt the people who’ve given their…

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The Italian Job is coming to TV

NBC is working on a TV version of iconic heist caper movie The Italian Job. That’s per Deadline, which says that the network has given a script commitment to a new crime drama based on the 1969 Michael Caine classic. The show is being written and produced by Ballers’ Rob Weiss, whose old Entourage co-producer…

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Event: Castle Combe 2016

The annual show at Castle Combe race circuit is the traditional end to the MINI show season. It’s often a slightly melancholy affair knowing that after this weekend the calendar of events winds down and show cars disappear into hibernation. However, the show remains a firm favourite with many fans as you’re always guaranteed a…