I vividly remember the first time I last drove one of these, because the last time I went behind the wheel of Mini’s John Cooper Works hatchback, I knew in an instant I’d fallen in love. I loved how it looked, I loved how it drove and (unlike other journos) I even loved that it […]Read more "A Milder-mannered firecracker: Driving the Mini F56 John Cooper Works 3-Door LCI"
Through plenty of personal observation, I have formed a hypothesis. One which postulates that a significant percentage of Mini owners sit within a unique demographic of drivers. The ones when faced with a sea of mundane automobiles have chosen to walk by a different set of rules. The ones who value aesthetics over practicalities, joy […]Read more "A little ray of light: Driving the Mini Cooper S Convertible LCI"
Like all lovingly crafted dishes, the secret to putting a smile on your customers’ faces lies not just in what’s added into the mix but also in the ability to select how much exactly to put in. The same can be said of cars. Big power, a finely tuned and well set up suspension, a […]Read more "The Right Ingredients: Driving the Mini One 5dr LCI"
Usually, it takes an entire article’s worth of reading before reviewers such as yours truly would give you a verdict on whichever car we were testing. But, I’m going to say it here first. The Mini Electric is so compelling to me that hand on heart if I had the finances to buy one (and […]Read more "Electric Company: Driving the new Mini Electric"
I don’t know about you dear reader but for me, 2020 flew by in the strangest way possible. It was not uneventful though I’m pretty sure most of you would have preferred it to be so, but at the same time, the days, weeks and months repeated themselves into such a blur it wouldn’t even […]Read more "Refreshed vibes: Driving the Mini Cooper S Countryman LCI"
This is the all-electric Mini Cooper SE. Mini’s first foray into the ever-expanding world of Electric vehicles. With the marque’s reputation for delivering plenty of cheerful smiles per mile on the line, it has plenty to prove. Up front, is a single electric power-plant discharging a healthy 181 horses and 270Nm of instant torque. Those […]Read more "A Full charge of Fun: Driving the all-electric Mini Cooper SE"
This, is the Mini One Clubman, the entry-level Mini for those who want the looks and agility of the regular Mini but now, due to one reason or another, require that extra bit of space and comfort. It is the “base-spec” variant of the Mini catered towards a more “mature” Mini-fan (do we call them […]Read more "One more thing: Driving the Mini One Clubman"
The ability to act with restraint, judgement and reasoning while giving way to feeling and emotion. An idea that revolves around the necessity of finding a workable middle ground between passion and reason. An idea that after driving the new Mini Cooper Clubman S around for a weekend, felt like it could have come straight […]Read more "Sense & Sensibility: Driving the F54 Mini Cooper Clubman S"
It finally happened. After more than 10 years with a blemish-free driving record, a letter arrived in the mail to relieve me of a good amount of money and an equally good amount of points. Yes, ladies and gents, I’ve been caught speeding. But, at least it wasn’t the worst car to get caught in […]Read more "Maxi Mini: Driving the F60 Mini JCW Countryman ALL4"
With such a lovely assortment of cars on show at the Nostalgic 2 Days show, there is no way we’d overlook some beautiful Euros on display. This may be Japan but the appreciation for import autos run deep, very deep. So let’s start with the heaviest hitter of all. The Ford GT40 Mark II. It […]Read more "Nostalgic 2 Days 2020 – Import 浪漫"