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Considering a Mini?

The wife and kids and I went to MINI to the Max at Aloha Tower on Sunday morning, here in Honolulu. It was a mix of a Mini car show, toy drive, and sales event for the local Mini dealership. It was sponsored by the dealership, the local Mini club (Hawaii Mini Motoring Club), and a few others. One thing I did get a chance to do there was talk about my Mini, and Minis in general. Not hard to do — I love my car, and I love the Mini. And I love my Mini adventures — I

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Tess Turbo is home

We went and got her from the port today. She’s got two new and tine scratches on the passenger door — the shipping folks acknowledged that the scratches are new, so we’ll work out something to get her fixed. It’s why we have insurance. I was thinking earlier that the arrival of Tess Turbo marks the closure of a pretty good summer of motoring. Since late August, Tess Turbo and I made it through the Nordschleife at the N?rburgring, across the Alps, onto a boat to Baltimore, across America to Kansas City via Hermann, MO, and then on to


Car care

So, have you prepped your car for the winter? Check fluids?? Checked the tires? Put a wool blanket in the trunk, along with a few bottles of water? Have you checked the first aid kit that you keep in the trunk, to see if anything has expired? You should.? Winter will be here soon.

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The Dragon

I drive a 2006 Mini Cooper S. I am, in every sense, just your typical Mini owner, in that I am as fanatically obsessed with my Mini as the next guy or gal. I love my Mini. I love driving my Mini. And I love my Mini adventures. I’ve got a running list of adventures that I’ve had in my Mini. It looks something like this: * Going full throttle on the autobahn * Driving the Odenwald * Sunday drives the Black Forest / Schwarzwald * Driving the Black Forest from end to end * Driving Poppa Bear Point


Amtrak: I’m trying to be a good German

I’m putting together the plan for shipping my car to Hawaii. Very likely, I will end up dropping it off in Atlanta. So, I figured I would look at taking the train back to Augusta. Oh, wait. Amtrak doesn’t go from Atlanta to Augusta. It goes from Atlanta to Denmark, CS — about 50 miles away. WTF? Do not want to go to SC. Want to go to Augusta. I could fly — for $450. I’m scared to see what renting a car — one way — would cost me. I do have some friends in Atlanta — I

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Culture: Rims

Since getting back to America, I have been going through some culture shock. One serious issue? Rims. They’re on everything. Seriously, that’s a Rolls Royce sporting giant, out of control rims. I’m taking a lot of photos of a lot of cars with crazy rims. Feel free to follow along, here. As the summer grows longer, so too will the list of cars with rims that I photograph.



Driving home from the weekend, on the ring around Atlanta, I passed a BMW 740i. In 2001, the last year it was made, it cost $62,000 new. $62,000. And as I was passing this car, creeping by at 72 miles per hour, one single thought crossed my mind. This guy is never going to drive this car faster than 100 km/h. OK, maybe, but really, he bought this car knowing that the speed limit in America was going to keep him from really driving it. So, I have to wonder: In this land of speed limits, does it make


Oooh, oooh, Autobahn!

Had to go to Frankfurt today, to drop someone off at the airport. Light rain, some traffic going there, but little rain and open roads as I got back on Autobahn 5 to head home. Before I got the new Mini, I’d heard that Mini’s guidance was “Not above 4000 rpm” which, really, just meant shifting early and following the speed limits in the USA. Well, here in Deutschland, I was told, “Try to keep it under 170 KM/h, and when you go over that, try not to do it for too long.” Wow, I love Germany. So, on


Tess Turbo

She’s here! After coming back from the States, I had to wait a couple of days before taking delivery of this, my new Astro Black 2006 Mini Cooper S. She’s all black — black body, black roof, black interior, black dash. Supercharged 1.8 liter 4 banger with something like 160 or 180 horsepower. It’s got GPS, decent speakers, comfy seats, a CD full of classic rock MP3’s, and it is a zippy little drive. I’ve already swapped out the mats for nice rubber ones (with the Mini logo, no less) and added the required fuzzy dice. I’m lining up