Posts Tagged ‘cooper’

Aint That America: “USA, by Sloan Schang” – Old-School Mini Cooper vs. Big Old American Pickup

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Via the indispensable Twitter stream of San Francisco’s very own Telstar Logistics comes this, USA by Sloan Schang:

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I am a pickup truck, I am America
I am America, I am a pickup truck
I am American, I am America

The New Mini Coupes are Here! The New Mini Coupes are Here! Get Used to the New R58 “Coupers”

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Like this one:

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It weighs half as much as my old Land Cruiser but it can carry only a quarter as many people. Mmmmm….

This Video Shows How the SFPD Runs Its Broadway Tunnel Speed Trap – Beware Drivers of Audis, MINIs and Priuseseses

Monday, February 27th, 2012

In the space of about ten minutes one quiet morning, two or three SFPD motorcycle cops handed out citations to the drivers of three Audis, a MINI and a Toyota Prius hybrid in the area of the western terminus of the Broadway Tunnel.

Audis and MINIs generally go too fast, of course – I didn’t see exactly what the Prius driver did wrong.

Anyway, here’s one of the Audis, a TT, coming out of North Beach way too fast. My buddy Nelson thought this was real funny:

Audi drivers, you may have good reflexes ‘n stuff but you’re right down there with the Prius drivers.

Anyway, it’s unusual to see the SFPD care about speeding, IMO.

Cute Convertible vs. Ugly Convertible – MINI Cooper vs. Fiat 500

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

This beauty contest isn’t hard to judge, folks:

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Hey remember when that girl asked you to go with her to San Francisco MINI to kick some tires and they were asking $38.5k for a convertible that had been sitting on a lot unsold for almost a year(!) and how SF MINI had the stones to ask for $3500 in “added dealer markup” on the Monroney?

Good times.

That San Francisco MINI dealership reminds me of an Apple $tore and not in a good way.

Oh well.

Tiny MINI Cooper Gets Reverse Pwned By Parked Lincoln Continental at the Troubled Intersection of Fell and Masonic

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

See? A MINI Cooper car, the choice of zigzagging reckless drivers the world over, struck this southbound facing Lincoln Continental the other day.

So yes, the MINI did manage to push the Lincoln up onto the sidewalk, but it was rendered completely undrivable. Or at least that was the way it appeared based upon the number of halfshafts and whatnot you could see all swept up into a neat little pile near the crosswalk:

 

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OTOH, the Lincoln looked like it could be driven home. Hurray!

Hey, did the SFMTA know what it was doing when it allowed cars to park, I think it started last year, on southbound Masonic at Fell?

Nope.

OMG, FTJ FTJ, I’m Totally Blogging This! The New MINI Countrymans Arrive on Market Street, USA

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Or Countrymen. Or Countrypeople, Countrypersons, Countrymen and Countrywomen, or Countrywomyn, you get the idea. Whatever you call them, they’re finally here, and yesterday, anyway, there were being paraded up and down Market Street. This frisson will certainly FTJ, indeed.*

They sure look like regular MINI’s but they’re much bigger. These new Countrymans are the SUVs of the MINI world.

Can you see the taxi the white one is next to? There’s not a whole lot of difference in size:

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But in a moment, they were gone, stretching up Market and into infinity:

Oh, and here’s last month’s stunt:


Will MINI of San Francisco mark up the prices on these new models even more than usual? Signs point to YES. (Frankly, you’re a fool if you buy a vehicle from that outfit. Just saying. Bro. Oh, wait a second, That Other MINI Dealership is how far away from the 415? Oh, man, that’s far.)

Anyways, enjoy your new little-giant MINIs…

*(Masturbation reference noted.) That clip shows movie director Michael Bay’s view of blogging. Of course, Hollywood, more than most places, has issues. It can’t never tolerate criticism, seemingly.

Those Little Mini Cooper Cars are So Small, You Can Park Them Anywhere!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Thusly.

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(This image was taken at night in San Francisco, and yet everything’s not all yellow. Discuss.)

New MINI Cooper Countryman Gives a Lift to an Old MINI Cooper on Market Street

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Last I saw, the MINI dealer in San Francisco was asking $3500 over MSRP and tacking a bunch of crap onto the Monroney such that a one-year-old S-model convertible model was going for close to $40K. Oh well. The lesson is that you should never ever buy a MINI at poorly-rated MINI of San Francisco.

Anyway, enjoy this specter:

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Surprised the little white MINI doesn’t have a contrasting roof color like all the others:

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The Return of the Pick Up Artists of Golden Gate Park – A Classic MINI Cooper Can Make You Very Popular

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Like this.

See? The New MINI Cooper on the left got no attention at all, but the fellow in the little red car on the right got a conversation going with just a few honks of his tiny, tinny horn.

Beep beep!

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Anyway, sometimes drivers of these ancient MINIs gather together in out-of-the-way spots in Golden Gate Park for meetups involving beer and restoration tips. You don’t see drivers of new cars doing that, right?

Happy driving and picking upping!

If Your Mini Cooper Car is Too Big to Park in San Francisco, Consider a Fiat Cinquecento

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

This cream-colored 1968 Fiat Cinquecento (500) L is just the thing for squeezing into parking spaces that are just too small for your new-jack BMW Mini Cooper.

Get a 500 and models will come visit you at your country estate and you’ll get all kinds of attention. Plus, this type of car was the subject of 500 (Shake, Baby Shake) from Lush, back in the day, so there you go.

See? The crowded sidewalks of Harrsion Street:

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The “L” stands for lusso (loo-ssaw), which means luxury, of a sort. (If only it had suicide doors…)

The nickname is bambina, but some people call it topolino, little mouse.

Shake, baby shake.