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

Even af­ter 57 years, the Mini scene doesn't stand still. Peo­ple keep com­ing up with new ways to keep the scene fresh, and our R1-pow­ered cover star il­lus­trates that point per­fectly.

It's hard to imag­ine an­other Mini that comes close to Dan's cre­ation for sheer at­ten­tion to de­tail. With 150bhp it's got all the power you'll need, but it's the in­di­vid­ual touches that re­ally im­press. He's even made his own head­lights for good­ness sake! If there's a bet­ter bike-en­gined Mini out there, we'd sure like to see it. Let's hope Dan gets his Mini to a few shows in 2017, so you can see just how im­pres­sive it is in the metal.

Don't go think­ing we're ne­glect­ing the Mini's tra­di­tional roots here though, far from it in fact. Sean Ash­ford's MkI is mas­ter­class of pe­riod tun­ing and styling, while Richard New­ton's Mk3 S has a fas­ci­nat­ing story be­hind it. We've also got an ace Club­man Es­tate, a 970 Cooper S project and a pair of cool mod­i­fied sa­loons from Hol­land. It's cer­tainly a busy is­sue for fea­ture cars, with seven crack­ers this month.

And while we're on the whole in­no­va­tion/ tra­di­tion theme, I can't leave the BMH's pro­to­type shell un­men­tioned. It's still early days of course, but the re­sponse has al­ready been huge. Whether you're a fan or not, it looks set to give mo­tor­sport com­peti­tors and re­stor­ers a whole new op­tion, so we look for­ward to what the fu­ture holds.

As we've now reached the fes­tive sea­son, all that re­mains is for me to wish all our read­ers a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year. If you're still look­ing for gift in­spi­ra­tion, you'll find plenty among our bumper prod­ucts se­lec­tion from page 88. It sure beats rush­ing to the 24-hour garage on Christ­mas Eve in a panic – not that I would know any­thing about that... En­joy the mag.

Dan's Mini is one im­pres­sive ma­chine.

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