My new Mini TRACK TOP
Posted on June 14th, 2007 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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Here it is, my shiny new Mini. Well, it’s not exactly new - it’s a June 2004 model, but it’s done just 15,000 miles (and just 5,000 of those with the Works kit) and is absolutely immaculate and drives like a brand new car :D

It’s just pre-facelift, so it’s got (in my view) the best combination of the pre- and post-facelift specification - it’s still got a roof clock, but has the updated onboard computer, etc.


  • Mini Cooper S with John Cooper Works Tuning Kit, 210 bhp :mrgreen:
  • Liquid Yellow, black roof and mirrors
  • Chili Pack - usual Cooper S goodies of air con, half leather, three spoke steering wheel, Xenon headlights, etc
  • 17″ S-spoke alloys - to be replaced by my R99s, probably refurbished in black or anthracite
  • Works front brakes
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • BOOST Mini Disc player - to be replaced by 2005 BOOST CD Player
  • 6 CD Changer - to be replaced by ice>Link Plus iPod kit
  • Harman Kardon upgraded stereo system
  • Clear rear light clusters - to be replaced by original red/orange clusters


Apart from the bits I’ve said will be replaced in the list above, I’ll probably also fit a facelift smooth chrome grille surround, and the under-dash storage tray. Longer term I might look at painting the dash in piano black (perhaps with yellow uprights) and acquiring a set of facelift xenon headlights.

But for now, I’m happy to drive it and enjoy the wailing supercharger 8)

Mini Cooper For Sale TRACK TOP
Posted on May 17th, 2007 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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My beloved Mini is for sale SOLD

Specification as follows:

2003/03 Mini Cooper 33,500 miles Liquid Yellow White Roof and Mirrors Chili Pack Manual air conditioning Panoramic Sunroof Sports Suspension Plus Half leather black sports seats Silver 16″ 5-star alloy wheels with Goodyear runflats and plenty of tread remaining BOOST Single CD Player Remote Control Alarm Alloy Patina Trim On Board Computer White Bonnet Stripes Clear Side Repeaters Inclusive TLC servicing to June 2008 Tax/MoT to end of June 2007 2200 miles to next service Full MINI service history Brand new Bosch battery fitted in January 2007 My pride and joy and is well looked after and in great condition - washed and waxed regularly and securely garaged overnight :)


Click photos for larger versions :)

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R53 Cooper S Works TRACK TOP
Posted on May 10th, 2007 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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Well, I finally drove a Cooper S Works today :D To be precise this one, a 2003 model with the 200bhp kit:

R53 Works

What can I say? I’m hooked - I must have one, ideally a 210 in Chili Red, Indi Blue, Pepper White or Liquid Yellow - the hunt continues :) online pharmacy cialis viagra levitra

Trackday Videos TRACK TOP
Posted on April 2nd, 2007 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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First posting in quite a while, but it’s a good one ;)

Three videos of me driving around a wet Donington Park in my Cooper back in September:

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New Page - MINI Colour Codes TRACK TOP
Posted on September 14th, 2006 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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Side Skirt Info Updated TRACK TOP
Posted on August 18th, 2006 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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Now I’ve fitted the Cooper S skirts onto Phil’s ONE, I’ve updated the MINI Side Skirt Information with some hints and tips for installation: Click here for the info.

iPod Tag Display using ice>Link:Plus Kit TRACK TOP
Posted on August 16th, 2006 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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I’ve today upgraded the CD player in my Cooper to the later January 2005-on specification CD player which supports the display of artist/title information from the ice>Link:Plus iPod integration kit (which I’d already fitted with the old CD player last year).

The biggest problem I had was finding the updated firmware for the module, it was hiding deep inside Dension’s USA website. So I’m providing a copy of it here: ice>Link:Plus Firmware V2.B2 for text support on BMW/MINI OEM Stereos.

MINI Side Repeater Change TRACK TOP
Posted on August 9th, 2006 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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MINI Side Repeater swap how-to

University over, R99s fitted TRACK TOP
Posted on August 3rd, 2006 by Martin. Filed in Martin, MINI.
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Well, university finished for me just over a month ago, I finally graduated on Friday June 30th 2006 after 4 years at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. So I am now officially:

Martin Lewis B.A. (Hons), M.Eng. (Cantab) :D

As a graduation present to myself I finally got the new wheels on my MINI Cooper. I decided to go with non-runflat 17″ tyres in the end, largely because of cost and also to try and prevent the ride becoming too harsh after the upgrade from 16″ to 17″ wheels. The tyres I chose were Falken Ziex ZE512 205/45R17 which are the same size as the OEM runflat fitment, but nearly one third of the price!

Anyway, see the results for yourself - I’m really pleased as they’re a bit different to the normal large wheels fitted to MINIs, so mine now looks a bit special ;)

Leaving Cambridge for the last time R99s fitted with Falken ZE512 tyres R99s fitted with Falken ZE512 tyres

MINI Side Skirt Fitting TRACK TOP
Posted on June 3rd, 2006 by Martin. Filed in MINI.
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Part number information for MINI side skirts