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Mini Magazine - - Mini Spares - Jeff Rug­gles Ed­i­tor, Mini Mag­a­zine

Hands up – who's had sleep­less night think­ing about their Mini? It might be the cause of that oil leak, how to squeeze more horse­power from the en­gine, or, un­for­tu­nately, how you're go­ing to pay for it all. In many cases though, it will be about cos­met­ics – work­ing through in­fi­nite com­bi­na­tions in your head to get the right ' look'. Good­ness knows how many hours of peace­ful rest I've lost this way!

Styling a Mini can be fraught with po­ten­tial dis­as­ters, but some just have a knack of mak­ing them look ' right' – as this month's is­sue proves. Our Mini Mi­nus cover car is a true a case in point. Its mix of low stance and Ja­panese- in­spired Force Rac­ing splitrims with a sim­ple mon­tone colour scheme looks so good it hurts.

But that's not all. Iain Kirk has cherry- picked from his past ex­pe­ri­ences to pick the per­fect look for his re­stored sa­loon, and Andy Bar­rass' choice of dark green paint and rare Ital­ian Com­pag­nolo rims means his Innocenti Mini- Mi­nor looks ab­so­lutely su­perb. Josh Evans' R1 Check­mate car­ries off its bold car­bon­fi­bre and orange paint combo bril­liantly, while Tom Parn­well's Mini­van is a great ex­am­ple of how pretty a near- stan­dard ex­am­ple can look. Even the car used in our road­trip fea­ture, Thomas Cun­ning­ham's Innocenti- in­spired sa­loon, is a fan­tas­tic look­ing ma­chine. All in all, it's a top line- up.

Else­where, it's been a bit of mixed bag in terms of shows this month. MiniFest at Ut­tox­eter had all the usual ap­peal you'd ex­pect of a BMC event, but to call Mini in the Park a bit wet would be an un­der­state­ment of the high­est or­der. You can read our full event re­ports from page 26.

In ad­di­tion we've got plenty more to keep you oc­cu­pied, with our usual great ar­ray of tech fea­tures, news and mo­tor­sport, plus an in­ter­view with glam­ourous 1960s lady racer Anita Tay­lor. As for me, I'll be dream­ing up just how I want my Side­walk project to look when it's fin­ished. That's pro­vid­ing I ever get to cos­metic part, of course...

En­joy the is­sue.

Slammed Mini Mi­nus stars on our cover this month.

Singing in the rain... in a Moke.

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