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This is our issues highlights page where our editor talks about the details of each issue. We started it with issue #8.  After reading this overview, you would select your purchase from the back issues area by selecting the issue and using the shopping cart.

Issue 37 Featured on the cover of Issue 38 for April-May is the MINI WRC car. No matter how one examines the factory-sponsord efforts to win the WRC crown in the Prodrive-built MINI WRC cars based on the Countryman All4, it cannot be denied that this has been a difficult year for the team. Kris Meeke, the chosen driver who MINI had hoped would become as famous as Paddy Hopkirk, seems to be out of a job except as a...
Issue 36 Our February-March 2012 issue features NM Engineering's hot Chili Red R56 on the cover. NM Engineering uses this car as a company test sled, for product development, but they also use it as their daily driver. Company executives actually squabble over whose turn it is to drive this fun and fast little Cooper S. In Chil Red Hot Tamale, editor Peter D. DuPre gets up close and personal with this unique product development car
Issue 35 We put a classic Clubman Estate on the cover this issue...but it is a Clubman Estate with a difference. This 1976 hot rod features a 2.0 liter VTEC engine, Rotrex supercharger and cranks out 450 hp. Terry Shea visited the Car Doctor on Long Island to shoot this unique piece of Mini machinery and shots some very cool photos of the vehicle, also. Read A Lil' Red Wagon starting on page ...
Issue 34 Our Issue 34 cover shows off Max Caggiano's phenomenal nitrous-fueled 2006 Cooper S and it is a stunner in just about every way. Max and the boys at Claus Ettensberger in Miami took the next level and dubbed it the "Evil MINI." And it is easy to see why. This Chili Red/Black S model features body color wheel arcs and ground effects cladding...
Issue 33 The cover story for our August/September issue features the new MINI Sports Coupe, set to debut at dealerships in the US this late October or early November. Production of the new Coupe started at Oxford this past July and MINI fans the world around are lauding the introduction of this latest member of the MINI family. A sports car version of...
Issue 32 With the June-July issue MC2 Magazine celebrates the 5th anniversary of the GP, with a cover photo of Jan Brueggemann's special Revolution Mini Works race-ready GP. Publisher, Barry Brazier, disects GP# 0625 starting on page 25 with a story entitled Five years Later. RMW's test sled is unique, even among GPs in that it is one of the fastest MINIs on the track. It is race capable, street legal and one handful of fun to drive. As you'd expect from one of Jan's cars...
Issue #31 The cover of our April-May issue shows MINI's taking control of the track at Button Willow, California for the second annual Mini's At Thunder Hill event, staged this year by Shasta Minis. The Spice Orange 2011 MINI Cooper S shown center is being driven by...
Issue 30 The cover of Issue 30 (February/March 2011) shows the RSR Motorsports MINI tearing up the track last season and is our way of announcing that this issue is our annual Racing Highlights Issue. With the new MINI now established in the US for almost a decade, we are seeing more and more of them competing in autocross, rallies, Grand Am, and other racing venues across North America. No longer is a MINI at the race track an oddity, they are fast becoming commonplace because on road courses, their superior handling and gutsy torque band puts them out in front -- even if they do...
Issue 29 Our cover story for Issue 29 is MINI's all-new countryman SUV, which we have been writing about for some months now. This controversy among MINI owners and aficionados is whether or not the Countryman is truly a MINI. To some, this new vehicle has watered down the brand and made it into just another car company. Others don't quite see it that way. They like the fact that MINI is offering a 4-door of larger proportions and those that have driven one say that while the new Countryman is certainly larger, it still drives and feels like a MINI, but...
Issue #28 This summer was a great time to be a MINI owner as there were numerous big events held around the country to attract the automotive faithful. Two of the biggest and most popular events were MINI Takes The States (MTTS) and Minis In The Mountains (MITM). Not that this should be a surprise, Colorado, where both events were held concurrently this past August, has great mountain scenery, wonderful twisty roads and offers a horde of fun for the MINI enthusiast. Joining in this year's MTTS and MITM madness, publisher Barry Brazier hit the road in our Project Clubman. Along with a string of NW MINI owners, Barry travelled from Seattle to Denver, via Salt Lake City, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado to travel to Winter Park, Colorado for MITM and onto Denver for MTTS. Along the way, Barry met with a plethora of MINI owners and starting on page 20, in his MINI Takes The States 2010 article, he writes about the journey to Denver, the party and the people he met along the way...
Issue 27 We don't know about you but the Dog Days of Summer tend to bring out the crazy motor nut hiding in most of us and in our August 2010 issue, writer Marilyn Stemp waxes poetic on MINI USA's bit of summer craziness: The MINI vs Porsche Challenge. Yep, those wacky car aficionados at MINI were at it again this summer at Road Atlanta with an AutoX setup and a shoot out between the Porsche 911 and the MINI Cooper S. It is the stuff from which automotive legends are born, but...
Issue #26 Our cover story for the June-July 2010 issue is about Minis On The Dragon (, that annual gathering of the Mini Faithful at Deals Gap on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. The Dragon's Tail is the affectionate name for the part of Route 129 that snakes through the scenic mountains of these two wooded states and features 318 turns in 11 miles of roadway. It is the premier sports car and motorcycle road in the US, drawing drivers from all 50 states, Canada and as far away as Europe. MC2's correspondent, Marilyn Stemp, both a biker and a MINI owner, has driven On The Dragon's Tail and offers her insight on this annual get together of Mini enthusiasts starting on page 24...
Issue #25 Thunder Hill Raceway, in Willows, California, was the scene of the year's first big MINI track day. Sponsored by REME (Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts), the St. Valentines Day weekend track event attracted over 100 owners of new and classic Minis from throughout California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Nevada for a weekend of partying and instructor-guided on track driving. Publisher Barrry Brazier, along with photographers Dito Milian and Jim Williams captured all the excitement of the event and we've published the coverage of Minis at Thunder Hill
Issue #24

The big news in the MINI World this issue are the debut of the Beachcomber Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the early release of photos of the new crossover, to be named Countryman or Traveler. Originally scheduled to debut at the Geneva Auto Show (Switzerland) held in March, MINI was "forced" into releasing early information when an online webzine published photos that were leaked from factory's public relations department. And while that may have caused a few jitters at MINI, the good news for you is that we are able to bring you full photos and comprehensive commentary on both of these trendsetting vehicles. Crossover coverage begins on page 26 and the new Beachcomber Concept in Detroit starts on page 30.

Issue #23

On the cover: We close out 2009 and start the new year with a photo of Aric Streeter's 1960 Austin Mini MKI. Although it runs in the guise of a classic, there's nothing old fashioned about this car. This street legal race car features carbon fiber hood, trunk and interior door panels and is powered by a Pro-motive Yamaha YZF-R1 engine. It will do zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and according to it's owner, shutting down Porsche's and Corvettes is loads of fun. Our midwest correspondent, Mark Scheuern, snapped some great shots of this little barn storm, and the words were written by yours truly. Read all about one of the coolest Mini Hot Rods we've seen yet...

Issue #22

On The Cover: Our cover story this issue is the new Roadster and Coupe Concepts introduced by MINI at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The main image shows the Coupe Concept in action and the inset highlights the new Roadster Concept. Although we did not attend the show in person as we usually do, we did get a chance to study the voluminous press release and photos of the two new cars and yours truly, the editor, covers them fully in The Sporting MINIs, beginning on page 26. While the two new models each present their own distinct personality, the running gear and basic platform are based on the current generation MINI...

Issue #21

On The Cover: Our cover story for this issue is Fifty Years of Mini. The MINI 50 logo was captured by publisher Barry Brazier at this year's MINI United festival in Silverstone, UK. And if you think it looks a little soft, you are right. This particular logo was painted on a wall at the famed racetrack by two spray can artists during the height of the festivities during the three day event celebrating MINI's 50th Anniversary year.

Issue #20

On The Cover: Our cover story this issue is a test of the R56 JCW Coupe. Although we previously drove the JCW at press intros in the UK and the States, until now we hadn't been able to spend a few days behind the wheel under real-world driving situations. If you have to spend your days behind the wheel of the factory hot road, then doing it on the beautiful highways and byways of Western Washington is the ony way to do it. (The things we do for our readers!)

Issue #19

On The Cover: In keeping with MINI's new marketing theme of "Open Motoring," the long awaited R57 Cabriolet made it's first press ride-and-drive debut this past January in Austria. Freezing, 17-Degree weather and snow didn't dampen the spirits of either MINI's hardy personnel or the stalwart working press. It was top down motoring all the way, with the new "Openometer" clocking top down hours as journalists hit the Austrian country roads and a snowbound slalom course during the middle of a cold European winter. Luckily, the R57 has a great heater and the well known European car writer, Iain Robertson, was tough enough to endure the wind chill to bring MC2 readers the first ride report on this new MINI in More Open Than Ever. Iain's findings and some great photography...

Issue #18

Hybrids and electrics are popular topics of discussions these days and MC2's first issue of the new year focuses on The Electric Coopers, with our main story being about the all-new MINI E, and complimentary pieces on two other electric MINIs -- the Liv Flash MINI and the MINI QED.

Issue #17

This month's main cover stories are full reports on the Magical Mystery Mini Tour in San Francisco and MINI Takes The States: Chicago/Los Angeles. MC2 had a display booth and staff at all three of the biggest MINI events of year and a recap of the fun starts on page 32, when our Publisher, Barry Brazier, takes a trip back in time to the days of flowers in your hair, hippies, and the Beatles. Hosted by the Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts, the Magical Mystery Mini Tour - held this past Labor Day Weekend - had a theme of the 1960s with cars from the new millenium. It added up to so great driving, lots of fun, and will go down in the annuals as one of the great Mini meets of 2008.

Issue #16

Four MINI Takes The States venues, debut of the JCW Cooper S and Clubman Cooper S, plus attending Mini Meet West, Le Mans Classic in France, it has been a hectic summer for the staff of MC2. We do it to keep you up to date with all things Mini, and because it is fun!

Issue #15

Our Cover story this month is about Peter Horvath and his company, M7 Tuning. The article, entitled Screaming Yellow Zonker (page 34) is authored by Publisher, Barry Brazier, provides the back story on M7's philosophy of designing and manufacturing thoughtful, interesting and unique aftermarket performance products that enhance the MINI ownership experience.

Issue #14

They say that whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas but in the case of this year's AMVIV, that just isn't true. A MINI Vacation In Vegas 5, held this past March 28-31, was such a huge success that people are still taking about and those that didn't go are planning to be on hand for next year's bash. Yes, it was Party Time in Vegas (page 26) for over 1,500 people and 600 Minis on the top floor of the Palace Station Hotel and Casino parking garage where the event took place. Editor, Peter D. DuPre, along with publisher, Barry Brazier, was on hand to participate in the activites and report on all the goings on at the MC2 booth and the event in general.

Issue #13

Spring has sprung and with it a Mini owner's fancy turns to performance and racing. Yes, it is time for our Annual Racing Issue jam packed with all the latest racing/performance info that we could gather together, including tips on prepping your car for the track, performance lighting, a big performance parts buyer's guide and the latest race reports.

Issue #12

Happy New Year! Yes, a new year has dawned and with comes all the hope for a prosperous 2008 and the promise of a great year for Mini owners. The long awaited North American debut of the Clubman finally happened with appearances at the Los Angeles International Auto Show and the North American International Auto Show (Detroit). So far, the buzz on public acceptance of the all-new MINI has been great, with dealers reporting a waiting list for the newest model in the MINI lineup. Expect to see it on sale at dealerships around the country mid February.

Issue #11

This past year was an incredible one for MINI. Apart from all the great national club events here in the U.S., this past summer's MNI United in Holland was a blast and when you add in the introduction of the MINI Challenge package racer PLUS the World Debut of the long-awaited Clubman, it all adds up to one of the best years yet for MINI enthusiasts. Furthermore, MC2 was at all the major world events. We had a pavilion at MINI United, attended the Frankfurt Auto Show for the introduction of the MINI Challenge car and were on location in Spain to see and drive the all-new Clubman model -- both of which are main features in the November-December 2007 (#11) issue now on newsstands and in the mail. However our Holiday issue is chock full of other MINI news, too. Here's a brief outline of this issue's highlights:

Issue #10

Well, it was a great summer for MINI enthusiasts with some Big Time events happening around the world. Now that fall is definitely on the march and MINI meets promise to thin out a bit during the off season, we thought we would use this issue to highlight some of the incredible MINI events of the past summer. Here's a synopsis of this issue's highlights:

Issue #09

The summer of 2007 promises to be one of the best yet for MINI aficionados, with scads of MINI events scheduled and the promise of great weather for motoring. To help kick of this season of MINI motoring we've put together our biggest editorial package ever. Here's a synopsis of this issue's highlights:

Issue #08

Spring has sprung and our eighth issue is jam packed with just the kind of stories that active MINI owners want to see. Heading up our editorial package with a Vacation In Vegas - Mini Style (pg. 28), Gary Anderson has some fun in by taking A Mini Vacation (AMVIV) in Vegas, baby. What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas as far as AMVIV and Gary makes sure you are in on all the excitement that 500 MINIs have while darting around the city and through some of the most scenic country in the west. Lots of great photos by Gary, Norm Dettlaff and Jim Williams.