Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Mini Marvels

Last Saturday was a designated grunt work day....chores to be done and errands to run. As it was forecasting rain later I trotted down the town early to try and avoid a soaking.

Over the past few years there's been an Italian festival held over the Easter break which features a market, Italian food, opera and displays of cars for all the family to enjoy. Good Friday was the turn of the Ferraris...sports cars simply do not appeal to me  [to my peasant eyes many have the look of having been run over by a steam roller about them but each to their own!] so didn't heave my carcase out to view them.

However, by a happy coincidence I was in the right place at the right place to see the parade of Minis. Quite what a Mini has to do with Italy beyond "The Italian Job" is a tad mystifying, but I have always loved them. These much loved little cars beetling past me brought a bright spot to what was otherwise a grey day- they never fail to cheer me up! Please excuse the poor photo quality- I wasn't expecting to need my camera so only had my phone with me.












Arilx

6 comments:

  1. Love minis. Not the new style 'bariatric' ones though! xx

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  2. I prefer the original but I am rather partial to the modern reincarnation- feel much the same about the VW Beetle.
    Arilx

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  3. My question is if there are mini cooper's, what is a Cooper? I had a VW bug for about 6 years-loved it, but eventually the need for more room hauling kids again took over.

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    1. Named after John Cooper a quick bit of info I've copied and pasted for you. The Mini Cooper was originally designed to be a nimble, economic, and inexpensive sports car. It was innovated by John Cooper in 1961 who altered the Classic Mini design to make a higher performance, racing version. He gave it a more powerful engine, and other enhancements, to stand out in the crowd, and the Mini Cooper was born. His son Michael is now involved. At one time a family member had a Mini Cooper- even the dipstick and gear stick had the name on!
      Arilx

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    2. When I was a student I had a summer job 'Furniture Removing'. One job was moving John Cooper from London down to Angmering or Ferring (I think). We moved all his memorabilia etc which was fascinating.

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  4. Ooh lucky you! We have a soft spot for the old mini too - in fact we rather like all classic cars - good photos :)

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