Sunday, December 4, 2022

Mini magic through the decades: A brand with two distinct faces

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In the history of motoring there have been many mass-produced cars that have risen about the herd; iconic little vehicles (for most of them I have in mind were little) that exceeded designer’s expectations and soldiered on for decades. The Mini is acclaimed as the second most influential car of the 20th century, and it is stronger than ever in the third decade of the 21st century...

Come on young Tesla, it’s time for your homework

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Is it really true that thousands of American parents are naming their kids after cars? Even Austin? Let's pull the other one...

The day Sweden lurched to the right and never looked back

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Ever thought much about why some countries drive on the left, others on the road? And what happens if a country decides to suddenly change over to the other side? Sweden did it 54 years ago this week...

Caffeine & Machine: A spectacular gathering place for car and bike enthusiasts

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Blow off the cobwebs of lockdown by visiting one of the most spectacular displays of lust-worthy cars in England. Caffeine & Machine, near Stratford-on-Avon, is a must visit for any car enthusiast...

Three thousand therapeutic kilometres in Elf the Mini Cooper S

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John embarks on a 3,000-km road trip in his Mini Cooper, a car quite unsuited to some of the more remote parts of New South Wales. But it came through with flying colours...

Joys of well-engineered mechanical devices: From the slide rule to Sinn

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We live in a digital world, but the attractions of "analogue" mechanical devices is still strong. Keith explores his love affair with fine mechanical tools, from the slide-rule to the Porsche Boxster...

Occupational therapy on the farm gets John back on the road

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After a stressful and emotionally draining nine months, Macfilos author John Shingleton is back on the road to recovery in New South Wales...

Brooklands: Secrets of the Transport Museum

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A new ten-part series takes us behind the scenes at one of the world's most unusual transport museums, built on the site of Britain's first purpose-build road-racing circuit at Brooklands...

The wheel turns: My Mini story

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After 52 years, John's Mini wheel turned full circle. He bought a wonderful new Mini Cooper S which was made in the same factory in Oxford where he started his motor-industry career...

Murray Walker: An all-time great of broadcast commentating

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Murray Walker was the greatest motorsport commentator of the 20th century, according to Mike. But it was his firm roots in the world of motor cycling that promoted a sense of affinity...