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Here is the car, freshly “pimped” with the bonnet stripes… I decided to go with the burgundy stripes, instead of the black as I was originally thinking. My key goal was to try and tie in the burgundy that I had on the interior (the shifter bag), and full burgundy just popped better than having different thick stripes and pin/accent striping…

And there is a story behind the color planning for the car… Stay tuned, and I will post it…

Eventually.

But first, I have some motoring to do. That’s Mary Catherine behind the wheel, waiting for me to get in the car so we can roll off to Busch Gardens…

Time to motor… 🙂

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Where there is room in the back seat…

So… The idea is that a Mini is not supposed to have a lot of room, which Is true – the trunk space is rather limited. When there’s just one person though, there is actually plenty of room for a few errands around town. My plan was to go to PetSmart to get a 40# bag of dog food, but I got caught by a train and ended up detouring to another store. This is just one side of the back seat (the other is completely empty).

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Hello, world… Let’s motor!

Here’s the Mini… There will be bonnet stripes added, but it drives very well… I’m still needing some practice in starting on slight inclines, but I’m getting the hang of it pretty well…

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Driving…

Well… I am slowly getting used to the Mini… The whole “stop-to-go” thing is still taking some time to get used to… Hills are iffy, too.

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It’s Official…

The new car has been built, and is currently awaiting shipment. Honestly, it has been a fun experience… and the Mini site is hilarious – if you know how to read it (in that dry British wit, at times). I have slowly been telling people about the car. My sister, having gone up with me, obviously knew, and Mary Catherine was also aware of the purchase (she was a bit surprised when I said “Yes, I got one”, but she also knew that was a distinct possibility when I told her about the trip.)

Other individuals that I have told, I have found it a bit more of a challenge to really explain or describe, and really all I can easily tell them is the color and basic features – but it’s more fun to “show” than “tell” anyway… and before long, it’ll be time for some fun.

I’m thinking a road trip may be in order….

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Where I Talk About the Ride…

With cycling, often times the pleasure comes from just getting out and riding – cruising past the scenery and just having the chance to explore, and have fun at whatever pace the rider chooses. Well, driving can often be the same way… at least, it should be much the same. I plan on bridging that gap very soon. I plan on motoring!

Let’s back up a bit… Jenn and I had been looking for cars. Both of us drive (drove :o( ) SUVs, mine a 2WD Explorer Sport, and hers was a 4WD Blazer. Neither vehicle is great on gas mileage, with mine being the better of the two since it’s lighter. During the course of our hunting, one of the cars we looked at was a Mini Cooper (simply because there was one on the lot at the time). We talked about it a bit, and finally decided that “once we got some things paid off” and we were seriously looking at replacing a vehicle, we would look at a Mini.

Well, I’ve periodically been looking at the main site (www.miniusa.com) over the last few months, and emailing a dealer about some of the questions that have popped up. Finally, this past weekend, My sister and I popped to Virginia Beach (the closest Mini dealer to me) for a test drive and make the decision. (Actually, I had already made the decision, but it was more to the point of committing to ordering one.)

Now, I have very limited “manual” driving (having driven almost exclusively an automatic, outside of some scattered moments with some other family cars that were manuals), but my opinion is that to really enjoy the Mini experience (to “keep it real” if you will) it would have to be a manual. So, it has been ordered… all I have to do now is log some miles in a “manual transmission” car before I go to get it sometime near the end of August…

That’s when I’ll really start motoring…

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