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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, Yokoham Kreutzer Series Xi wheels shod with BE Goodrich g-Force T/A tires, Brembo brakes, rear diffuser and wing, and was color-sanded to a shiny perfection. Under the hood is a monster turbo and a twin tank nitrous system provides the oomph... and plenty of grins. Editor Peter D. DuPre describes all the fun in Evil MINI on page 22.

     The editorial package starts on page 20, with a wrapup of RSR's pursuit of the Grand-AM driver's championship. Writer Beth Dolgner and photog Wes Duenkel have been following Randy Smalley's team all season and when we last heard from this dynamic due, Randy's RSR team was in third place for the championshp honors. In Close, But No Cigar!, Beth details the team's final attempt to win the trophy and predicts that next year, things may be different.

     Then Peter D. DuPre takes us on a trip to Milan, Italy to see Romeo Ferraris' 150th Anniversary Countryman.  Italy is celebrating 150 years of unity this year and Romeo Ferraris thought a special Countryman, in Italy's National Team colors with with some special performance features, such as 9x19 Oz Racing Superleggera III wheels shod with Yokohama Advan Sport 225s, custom exhaust, big brake kit and other goodies would be just the ticket. And that's what you'll get if you try driving this speedy MINI on the street. It is just too quick and is better suited to on track performance. Read all the details in Special Edition, on page 26.

     Do It Yourself projects on modern cars are becoming more and more difficult for the home mechanic, but MC2's regular Easy DIY features always have some easy project in mind so that DIYers can get that sense of satisfaction that comes from doing it your self. In this month's installment, author Neil Chirico, shows us the right way to install new mirror caps. Sure, you can just pry the old ones off and snap the new ones in place, but odds are they'll blow off on the freeway on get brushed off at the car wash. Neil, says that will a little bit of time, the job properly done looks great and the caps stay put. Get all the details starting on page 29, in Install New Mirror Caps.

     With the holiday season fast approaching, shopping for Mini/MINI parts for yourself or favorite enthusiast arrives at the top of the to do list. As is our tradition, MC2 has assembled the latest and greatest parts and accessories for both new and classic Minis.  The 2011 Parts Buyer's Guide starts on page 31 and goes through page 36. It features parts for both fun and performance and covers just about every price range. Happy Shopping!

     Early R53 models, like newer R56 MINIs, used extra boost to deliver more power to the tiny MINI engine. Back in the early days of the resurrected brand, supercharging was the preferred factory method for getting more power. Today, it is turbocharging. In Supercharging, editor Peter D. DuPre, discusses what supercharging is and how it works. If you are contemplating the replacement of the factory blower for more power or just to replace a failed unit, this technical article on page 37 is a must read.

     One of the largest gatherings of Mini owners happens every year at the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in Gaydon, England. This past summer over 3,000 enthusiasts and over 500 classic Minis arrived on the scene for a three day festival celebrating our favorite automobile. Our UK Editor, Rob Marshall, was on hand for the party and reports that there were also a variety of new MINIs in attendance, along with a plethora of vendors selling Mini wares. According to Rob, even the plant manager from MINI's Plant Oxford was on hand. In Gathering At Gaydon, on page 40 and in our Mini Heritage Section, Rob details the highlights of one of the world's largest Mini meets.

     Back in the mid-1960s, Britain and the Mini were at the height of hip. If it was avant guarde, new, trendy and moden, it was coming out of the UK. Yes, in the swinging 60s, the cars were small and the dresses were short. Designer Mary Quant brought out here mini skirt, naming it after her favorite car. Then, 20 years later, Quant and Mini worked together on a comemorative project and she came up with the Designer Edition, a rare and unique tribute to both her studio and the happening 1960s. Not many of these cars survive today, but Peter D. DuPre tracked one down in the Seattle metro area, finding out that it was also a cabrio conversion, making it truly rare. In fact, as far as we can tell, it is the only Mary Quant Cabrio in exsistence. Take a look at this unique piece of Mini motoring history and read about the details starting on page 43.

     If you've been following along with MINI's re-entry into the World Rally Championship, then you know that the team has been fairing fairly well in their first and abreviated season of competion. In our Rally News section starting, on page 48, you can read all about the factory's WRC entry into the Rally France-Alsace. Then, on page 49, learn about Team Octane's entry into the Targa Newfoundland. And on page 50, read about Team X-Raid's MINI All4 rally  adventures. The X-Raid team, managed by Sven Quandt uses completely different race builds than the factory WRC effort, and they've been winning or finishing on the podium just about every time they race. Most recently, they took first and second in the Baja Poland Rally. Get all the racing news about this hot MINI racing team on page 50.

     Rounding out the editorial package this issue is the Clubs and Events section on page 52-55 highlighing Minis in the Mountains and Mini Meet East. Additionally, the Mini Calendar lists all the upcoming events you'll need to attend and we've got technical advice from Dr. Obnxs, with vintage advice from Chuck Heleker. Plus, Mini Cindy always has something interesting to say. Publisher, Barry Brazier and the Editor also sound off. You won't want to miss a single article, so if you aren't already a subscriber, click here and get with the program! ~ Peter D. DuPre, Editor-In-Chief