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.