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A Big Mini

Just added a new addition to the fleet. It is a big Mini. Well, not that big. It is a Mini Cooper Clubman with a third door on the passenger’s side of the car to aid in entry and exit for rear seat passengers.

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The car is a blast to drive but the electronics are ridiculously cumbersome. It is a 2008 model second generation of the car. The German engineers who put this system together must hate Americans. It has no sense of intuition in the design. Nothing is natural. After several weeks I still can’t find a display for oil pressure or volt meter or even a temperature gauge!

I have looked at newer models and these problems seemed to have been rectified. I am sure a barrage

This is not a Mini but it is about the same size but a whole lot faster! This number 61 Richie Evans modified Pinto was restored by NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham. Richie was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.

of complaints helped bring some common sense to the German BMW designers who were assigned to this vehicles third generation.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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