Warbucks – the second MINI

My first MINI was a CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission. This was the only automatic transmission option at launch. Unfortunately, the first generation of CVTs were pretty terrible, and I did not escape this experience. My car would do this random revving when I was stopped with the car running (like at a stoplight). Then…

MINI COOPER ADVENTURE IN PROGRESS

So you invited a stranger to come visit? Now what’s the plan? Well, the plan is to schedule every moment of every day and to do ALL THE THINGS. All the things in Florida anyway. We started with a MINI Rally to Key West. I planned it, got group rates at a hotel, scheduled various…

Stick ’em up

When I was waiting for my first MINI to arrive (I ordered it the first weekend they were available, and waited patiently for it to be built and shipped here, a process that took about 3 months), I became obsessed with what my coworker Dania used to call M.M.P.E.M. Sidebar. Dania was the receptionist in…

The beginning – Annie & new friends

Annie is what I called my first Cooper in 2002. The xenon headlights reminded me of the weird white eyes that the cartoon Little Orphan Annie had, and the fact that Annie always wore red and white with black shoes made it seem a fitting name. Though they still are to a point, at the…