Your Cars: Never looked back
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

Never looked back

Bought from a huge MINI fanatic, Phil Hartley landed on his feet when he took the keys of this R53. It had been well looked after – and it showed – and in the two years that he’s now owned it, Phil’s added his own touch. He first went for a custom cat-back exhaust, manifold and sports cat. He then added a K&N induction kit and used Mad4MINI to install an Alta 15 per cent reduced supercharger pulley. He turned to the expertise of his uncle to paint the bonnet scoop, headlight rings and door mirrors black – and then Phil just continued with the black and blue theme. He says he’s always looking to what performance upgrades he can do next and we hear that coilovers are on the agenda too. If you’re impressed with what Phil’s done so far, get voting!

Your Cars: Coupé cool
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

Coupé cool

This is Tim Goodwin’s partner’s stunning looking Cooper SD Coupé, which they’d specced up with a factory JCW Aerokit and sports pack, Chili Pack and Grand Black lacquer inserts. The day they took delivery, the Coupé was sent off to Seat Surgeons and the interior was stripped out for a retrim! The seats were treated to a full quilted ivory Nappa, as used on Overfinch Range Rovers, with black stripes and black piping. While this was being done, the brake calipers were powdercoated red, JCW wheel centres were fitted and then Blackline exterior trims around the grille and headlights, as well as a few other subtle mods. After a week or two of use, they then fitted a diesel tuning box, taking the Coupé up to around 190bhp. Tim plans to continue upgrading it in the future. Great stuff!  


Your Cars: MINI in the family
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

MINI in the family

This Cooper D is Aaron Bareham’s second MINI - and he wouldn’t change her for the world. Happily his old R50 is now in the hands of his sister! Aaron has lots of plans for his Dooper; mainly cosmetic changes such as dechroming the exterior and lowering the ride height. Built to his spec and with orange being his favourite colour, along with black alloys, Aaron didn’t waste any time going for a black and orange combo. We love it, but do you?


Your Cars: Petrolhead
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00


Roger Gray watched the remake of The Italian Job and thought it’d be really cool to hack it around town in a modded MINI so he bought an R56 Cooper S JCW, which had carbon Recaro CS seats and a full JCW Aerokit. Although he loved it, Roger has always been into rare or special sports cars (he’s previously owned Porsches and Audis) and when a low-mileage JCW GP came up, he was won over – especially as it had no rear seats and he loved the styling. Roger knew he’d modify it and it just snowballed! His tech spec list is impressive and includes a Janspeed manifold and sports cat, lightened crank pulley and 17 per cent reduced supercharger pulley, lightened clutch and flywheel, Quaife diff and it’s been slammed on KW coilovers and OZ Racing wheels. Next up will be an Alta air intake and GRS Motorsport intercooler. He’s got some good taste!    

Your Cars: Stealth R56
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:00

Stealth R56

Sorting the stance was at the top of Nick Dixon’s priority list when he bought this low-mileage R56 Cooper S. Lowering springs weren’t enough to reduce the arch gap, so he went for a set of AP coilovers and then some Hardrace control arms to sort out the negative camber at the rear. He then became the proud owner of some genuine 17-inch BBS CS-4 alloys which fit the arches nicely. Nick then moved onto engine mods where he fitted a Pipercross panel filter, 2.5-inch Milltek cat-back system and a Milltek sports cat downpipe, which gave him all the noises he was after! Nick has also replaced the standard Cooper S side scuttles with black LCI versions and gone for a GP2 gear knob and gaiter, to match the standard black and red themed interior.   

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