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.