Avery Happy New Year to you! I hope you've enjoyed a great festive period and are ready to go for a Mini-centric 2017. The end of 2016 brings down the curtain on our 20th anniversary year, and though it’s certainly been a particularly ‘interesting’ year in the wider world, we’ve had a ball. Many thanks to all our readers and fans for their brilliant support.
To get 2017 off to a flying start, there’s a bit of a super car theme to this issue. While that might seem a little at odds with the humble Mini, a petrol head is a petrol head whatever their background, and even hypercar builders can love their Minis. For evidence, look no further than our exclusive interview with Horacio Pagani and his son Christopher from page 46 – they might have some of the fastest and most exclusive cars in the world to drive, but there’s still room for a classic Mini Cooper amongst the exotica.
Continuing the fast theme is our superb cover car. With its 140bhp turbo engine it’s pretty remarkable in its own right, but thanks to some superb Porsche GT3 RS-inspired styling and some clever touches, it really stands out from the crowd. We’ve also got a 200bhp VTEC Clubman cloaked in a subtle Q-car exterior, a concours 1380 Pick-up and a cracking Works-themed MkII Cooper with 1275 S power. Add a rare Portuguese IMA Mini estate project to the mix, and you’ve got something to suit all tastes.
As ever, you'll find plenty of tech content too – ideal if you're working away on a winter project ahead of the new season. We're really looking forward to the coming year, and will continue to bring you the very best in Mini content along the way. We couldn't do it without our readers of course, so make sure keep us informed of you latest projects, events and general Mini exploits.
Here’s to our 21st year and beyond!
Dave Carter's cover star is a real cracker. With Marco from Just Minis outside the Pagani factory.