Your Cars: Racing spirit
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:16

Racing spirit

Dale Albutt used to race Porsches with his dad a few years back, but unfortunately a bad smash cost them dearly. Dale was desperate to get back on track and his friends from Track MINI have helped him to achieve his dream. He found a written-off MINI with front end damage which he rebuilt and used his contacts to help refit. Dale even went as far as redesigning some GAZ coilovers to give a lower drop and a setup similar to KW MINI Challenge level, but for a fraction of the price. To the engine he added a 15 per cent reduced pulley, GRS intercooler and a Dave F induction kit. Dale says: “On my trackday I was all over the back of a brand new M3 and also a Mk2 996 GT3 – both drivers were very unhappy that a lil’ old MINI was causing them grief!” Even so, Dale tells us there’s a lot more still to do with this car. Sounds like fun!    

Your Cars: MINI in disguise
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:15

MINI in disguise

“The MINI is such a fun little car to drive, especially when the back end twitches around a corner,” says R53 owner Craig Harvey. He decided to modify his MINI and make it his own to turn heads, which it certainly does with that purple camouflaged roof graphic! He may be only 19 and on his fourth car but he tells us it’s the best by far. Craig’s gone for a few engine mods, 17-inch alloys wrapped in Toyo T1Rs, OMP bucket seats and Sparco harnesses and plans on getting a custom front mount intercooler too, along with some other tuning mods. Keep on Mini’in Craig!

Your Cars: Racy number
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:14

Racy number

Belgian reader Geert Meulemeester has owned his R53 Cooper S for almost 12 years now and he’s still as crazy about it as he was in the beginning. Geert handed over his R53 to Minispeed for modifications and the Netherlands-based tuner completely transformed it from standard. As well as a remap, there’s a Cat Cams camshaft, GP intercooler, JCW 380cc injectors, 17 per cent reduced supercharger pulley and a JCW cat-back exhaust with a Milltek 4-2-1 manifold. The braking and suspension system have been completely overhauled too, with among other things JCW Brembo four-pots and Bilstein B16 shocks. Inside there is a Wiechers rear rollcage and a GP rear seat delete kit, giving this R53 a proper road/race feel. Geert hasn’t stopped there – in his last email he said he was going to add a Quaife diff, Mocal oil cooler and AE shortshifter! If his MINI is your favourite, you know what to do.

Your Cars: Stamp of approval
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:13

Stamp of approval

If you’re having a sense of déjà vu, then you’d be right; we featured Mike Cook’s MINI here last year and he now tells us he’s finished modding it! We like the individual vinyl graphics and his spate of dechroming. Aside from this, he’s also colour-coded the arches and added a JCW carbonfibre spoiler and exhaust, carbonfibre A-panels, plus a red roof and mirror caps. Inside, Mike’s also gone big on carbon with the interior door and dash trim and finished off with an engine induction kit and dump valve. We think this is one mean-looking MINI, but does it get your votes?


Your Cars: Red or dead
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:10

Red or dead

Scottish beauty student Natalie Booth has been busy restyling her 2002 Cooper somewhat! She learnt to drive in a MINI and that’s when she fell in love with everything about the marque and just had to have one as her first car. As well as a full custom respray, she’s transformed the exterior with smoothed bumpers and dropped it on FK coilovers. Inside, there are diamond-stitched bucket seats and a fake floor boot build in high-gloss vinyl!    

Natalie has truly personalised her MINI to her own tastes – which she realises won’t please everyone – but is proud to be different. If you’re in Scotland you’ll see this MINI on the show circuit and if you appreciate her uniqueness, get voting now!

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