Merry Christmas From

Just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Here’s wishing you a great day of motoring to and from homes of friends and family, eating till you drop and just taking a moment to reflect on what is important in your life. When it’s all over, stop by the chat room this week and share how you spent your day!! See you soon :).

R56 to Make North American Debut at 2007 NAIAS in Detroit

Looks like we will get to see the R56 in January at the North American International Auto Show. According to this article from Auto Spectator, the second generation MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S will make their debut at the show alongside the new MINI Convertible Sidewalk edition. You can check out the entire article at the link below:

[ R56 MINI Cooper / Cooper S Debut in Detroit @ Auto Spectator ]

R56 Production Frozen?

Has anyone heard of a short freeze on production on the R56? I was told today from a reliable source that there is an issue with the R56’s front hood and how it meets the front wheel arches. Apparently there is a gap that is just too large for the likes of quality assurance techs. I am told that the freeze should just be for a day or so in order to make the needed adjustments on the production line. Anyone else have any information on this?

Fireball Tim Chat Tonight 9pm EST / 6pm PST

Come on over and chat with Fireball Tim tonight in the Motoring Fun MINI Club chat room! We are going to try something a little different tonight and have Tim answer questions using Skype. Special thanks to DB from for helping to set this up for us. If you don’t have Skype yet – download it at

Also, click on this following link to log into the Skype portion of this event so you can hear the audio:

[ Skypecast Page ]

Of course don’t forget to also be logged into the chat room too so you can type your questions:

[ Chat Room ]