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One of the many classic Minis that can be seen each year the Vancouver ABFM in VanDusen Garden. Photo: courtesy Cam Hutchins.

Mini celebrates its 55th birthday

Said to be the smallest car ever designed around four chairs, British Motor Corporation’s iconic Mini was a marvel of modern engineering and design. Almost all contemporary automobiles owe something to the Mini: unibody construction, front-wheel drive, transverse engine orientation and four-wheel independent suspension, among other features. Sir Alec Issigonis didn’t invent all this stuff,Read Full Story

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Do you know the whereabouts of ‘Spot’?

Way back in 1970, my wife and her best friend, as newly qualified nurses from Northern Ireland, spent about 18 months travelling around Canada working in hospitals to pay their way. When they reached Vancouver, they bought the green Mini 850 (Registration FCH 150) that they called Spot shown in these photographs.  They used itRead Full Story

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MINI Announces Countryman Pricing

MINI Canada announces pricing for the new 2011 MINI Countryman MINI Cooper Countryman With an MSRP of $27,850, the MINI Cooper Countryman features the recently upgraded 1.6 litre DOHC 4 cylinder engine with fully-variable valve management, producing 121 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 114 ft/lb @ 4,250 rpm. Equipped with the standardRead Full Story

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