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1957 Mini Moke at the 2015 Boca Raton Concours

Mini Moke Front

Anybody want to go fishing? Well, I’m no fisherman, but I think that with this thing, it’s be difficult to justify parking it near a dock–the metal’s so thin it might just rust within a foot of the ocean. This is a 1957 Mini Moke, but it’s not just any Moke–this one’s a beach car. When it comes to beach cars, I’m used to seeing Fiat 600s with basket-weave seats and doily trim hanging off the cloth roof. This is only the second Moke I’ve seen made into a beach car (the other one was at an auction near the Quail in August of last year). Continue reading 1957 Mini Moke at the 2015 Boca Raton Concours

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Test Driven: 2009 Mini Cooper S R56 (8.5/10)

Mini Cooper S R56

“It’s not the size, mate, it’s how you use it!” The Mini Cooper has been the automotive embodiment of that pun since the original was released in the 1960s. The Mini is a car that, in the hands of a good driver, can outrun almost any type of pursuer, in the proper setting of course. Sure a baddie in a BMW M5 will be able to catch a Mini on an open runway, but if the chase goes into a crowded city, a shopping mall, or series of sewer drains, the mighty BMW stands no chance.

Sure, such notions of cunning escapes are purely Hollywood inspirations (The Italian Job anyone?), but they definitely suit the character of the Mini well, and have added to its hip, fun appeal. When BMW brought back the Mini brand in 2002, they did so just as the neo-retro trend was starting to take the car industry by storm. After the relative dark ages of the 1990s, where all cars had largely conformed to the same look and shape, the Mini was a brilliant streak of color, and helped onset a renaissance in car design. Although nostalgic enthusiasts criticized it for being too big, everything about the Mini screamed “Fun!”, and they sold like hotcakes.

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