Sunday, August 30, 2009
Mini turns 50!
The mini was produced by the British Motor Corporation from 1959.
The original was considered an icon of the 1960's. This vehicle is in some ways equivalent to its German contemporary the Volkswagen Beetle.
In 1999, the mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Model T Ford.
I apologize for the very poor photograph but looking back through some old photo albums, this seemed to be one of the only ones I could find.
This was my very first car which I was so proud of and used to keep it clean and shinning. They were cars you either loved or hated. I loved mine.
It was a great round town car but taking off on the highway for long trips was a mission. You really felt every little bump in the road and in reaching your destination you were happy to have made it there. With been so small you really did feel vulnerable alongside big trucks that would be towering over you.
This car was economical and would run off the smell of an oily rag.
The only problem was though if anything needed doing to it the incredibly small bonnet would be so hard to work around and you needed small fingers to be able to work on her. Not that I did, sounds like I tinkered under the bonnet myself, oh no that is what I was told.
My dear Dad and brother often came to the rescue when something needed doing to it and I am forever grateful to them for this. Thank you.
I wonder if any of you out there, were lucky enough to have ever owned a Mini?
I hope that you are having a great weekend