WEL­COME

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

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.

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