Order your MOTD 15 patches now!


You can now order your MINIs on the Dragon 15 embroidered patches. This year Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay is sponsoring the patch sale and paying for the patches! So for every patch sold, $5 will go directly to the Graham County Food Bank charity. Woohoo!

Only 100 patches will be available and you can order now to have yours mailed to your home before the MOTD15 event, so you can sew them on your jackets before you arrive. Don’t miss out!

This year’s patch is in vibrant Caribbean Aqua to commemorate the launch of the new MINI Convertible.

Click here to go to the patch ordering page. Ready, set, go!

MightyBee-TakestheStates.com is online!

Team MightyBee is preparing to go all the way for MINI Takes the States, from Atlanta to Palm Springs and back. We will be recording our adventures on a special blog for the event. Check it out at mightybee-takesthetates.com!MightyBee Logo

MOTD 14 patches ready to ship!

It’s that time again, MINIacs! You can order your MINIs on the Dragon 14 embroidered patches now and you will have your patches before you arrive at Fontana Village. Only MOTD 14 and MOTD Veteran patches are available. To commemorate the launch of the new Clubman, this year’s patch is in elegant Pure Burgundy. As always, proceeds from the MOTD patch sale will go to the Graham County Food Bank.

Last year I offered two new large jacket patches that are 10-inches across and intended for the back of the jacket of your choice. They look good on denim jackets, leather jackets, racing-style jackets and others. One design is the MINI Peace design and the other is the MOTD Veteran Wings design. These are available in limited quantities until they’re gone. Last year these big patches were $29 each but I’m blowing them out at $15 each. Order all your patches now so you can have them mailed to you before MOTD and put them on your jackets!

All prices include $1 for postage and shipping materials.








2015 JCW Hardtop Details Leaked

MotoringFile is reporting that another auto industry site leaked details about the new 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop a week early, so they have now provided those details too. Head on over to their site for all the details on the next JCW, which will sport 228 HP and 236 ft lbs of torque at only 1250rpm. Ready, set, go!


JC is a pre-loved 2010 JCW Hardtop who needs to hit the road

JC is a beautiful 2010 John Cooper Works Hardtop in Pepper White with matching factory Pepper White wheel trim. He only has 11,700 miles so he’s barely warmed himself up! He has a manual transmission, like other JCWs of his age and he’s in beautiful health. He was owned by a nice man who just couldn’t take him out to play anymore. JC just arrived at the MINI Adoption Center so we don’t know what adoption costs will be yet, but we think he’s going to be very aforable for someone who wants a rare JCW. Email MINIBee if you want more information, or call him art 727-432-9145

Join Sunshine MINIs for the Tampa Santa Fest Parade!

Join members of Sunshine MINIs for another appearance in the Tampa Santa Fest Holiday Parade on December 6. All you need is a MINI, some decorations and a desire to have lots of fun! Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay is sponsoring a pre-parade breakfast. Click on the link for more info and to add your name to the list, or post a comment here if you want to participate and I’ll add you.
Here’s a video from our appearance last year:

Rudolph is a red-roofed MINI who will help you find your way

Named after a famous reindeer, Rudolph is a 2015 Blazing Red newborn MINI with a standard transmission, Sport Package and LED Headlights. Those lights are sure bright, so like his reindeer namesake Rudolph will help you find your way through the night when motoring. Email MINIBee if you want more information about Rudolph or click here to see more photos of him.

Basil is a British Racing Green Clubman with options fit for a King!

Basil is a newborn 2014 British Racing Green MINI Cooper Clubman who was at a foster home for about 10,000 miles before coming the MINI Adoption Center. He has a manual transmission, heated Lounge Leather seats, MINI Connected, integrated garage door opener and compass in his rear-view mirror, Harman Kardon stereo, backup sensors and more. Basil is ready to go to his new home so send an email to MINIBee or click here to learn more about Basil and how you can adopt him.

Congrats to Bob and Felicia on their Countryman adoption!

Congratulations to Bob and Felicia on the adoption of their beautiful 2015 Brilliant Copper MINI Cooper S Countryman! With them is Motoring Advisor Jack “MINIBee” Rowland who helped them take their new baby home.


MINI Hardtop 4-door makes it’s U.S. debut

Classic Mini, MINI Hardtop 4 Door and MINI Superleggera™ Vision on display to showcase the past, present and what’s next for iconic brand

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 19, 2014…The new MINI Hardtop 4 Door will make its North American premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, with an intent to redefine what is expected from the premium small car segment.  Originally showcased at the Paris Motor Show in September, the new four door model of the iconic MINI Hardtop was shown for the first time in the United States at MINI’s press conference at South Hall #503, November 19, 2014, 4:40 pm PT.














As if the presence of the MINI Hardtop 4 Door wasn’t enough to draw a crowd in the city of angels, the stunning MINI Superleggera Vision roadster concept will also be on display for the first time in the U.S., along with a classic Mini. The three-car feature display will serve as a visual of the past, present and future vision for one of the world’s most recognizable cars.

More MINI; More Possibilities.

Even with its four doors, seating for five and added cargo space, the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door maintains the dynamic character and go-kart handling of the 2 door model while adding functionality and interior space. The MINI Hardtop 4 door has more legroom in the rear, more shoulder space in the front and back and additional cargo space compared to the 2 door model making it more practical for a family or owners just looking for more MINI.

“The new MINI Hardtop 4 Door gives us an opportunity to offer a functional car with all the classic MINI proportions and legendary go-kart handling of the MINI Hardtop 2 Door,” said Patrick McKenna, Head of MINI Product Planning and Events, MINI USA. “It will appeal to people who want the added flexibility and convenience of four doors and five seats while enjoying the smaller footprint of a premium small car.”

The MINI Hardtop 4 Door is the first four door MINI to be built on the shared front wheel drive global architecture with BMW Group and will be powered by the same three- and four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology engines found in the MINI Hardtop 2 Door model.  The new MINI Hardtop 4 door goes on sale in January 2015 in the U.S. and is priced at $1,000 USD above the equivalent MINI Hardtop 2 door.

MINI Superleggera Vision.

Forward looking design has always been a part of the inspiration behind MINI.  The iconic classic Mini created by Alec issigonis in 1959 was inspired by a design challenge and the new MINI Hardtop 4 Door is no different. Today, the past and future come together with the MINI Superleggera™ Vision.  The stunning roadster concept combines the tradition of classic coachwork construction of Touring Superleggera™ with MINI’s authentic British styling to create timeless aesthetic appeal. First shown at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 in Milan, the MINI Superleggera™ Vision will serve as a visual centerpiece of the potential future of the brand.  It is also the first time the sporty roadster concept will be shown in the U.S.

Superleggera Vision













The MINI Superleggera Vision creates a unique emotional beauty in combining the past and future of the automotive industry – traditional coachwork craftsmanship and modern design styling,” said Anders Warming, Head of MINI Design. “It’s energetic, minimalistic design perpetuates what the classic Mini started 55 years ago – reduction to the essentials.”

More with your MINI.

Also at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, MINI management will be presented with two Residual Value Awards for the MINI Hardtop and the MINI Countryman models by ALG, the analytics division of TrueCar, Inc. and the industry benchmark for projecting future vehicle values and depreciation data. The annual ALG Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles and brands that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year period.

MINI will also use the event to showcase the brand’s newest integration with Spotify, one of the world’s most popular streaming music services.  Spotify will now be available in all MINI vehicles that feature the MINI Connected infotainment platform.

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