Posts Tagged ‘mini’

Rolling In My Six-Four OR Rolling In My Oh-Point-Five: Either Lyric Works! – California Man Enjoys His Red Morris Mini-Minor

Friday, April 11th, 2014

YOLO, baby:

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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.

The 2011 San Francisco International Auto Show at Huge Success at Moscone Center – Mini Cooper Coupe, Scion IQ

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Our San Francisco International Auto Show runs through Sunday, November 27th, 2011 down at Moscone Center.

See hundreds of photos of this year’s show courtesy of Eric Broder Van Dyke.

That’s Fisker Automotive down there on the left. They make the Karma hybrid car. (Half a decade ago, Fisker competitor Tesla Automotive had this very space, but they’ve run into trouble since then and they were nowhere to be seen in 2011):  

This is the second thing you’ll see as you descend from Howard Street:

From the Academy of Art University (“the Art School of Art Schools”) collection:

Isn’t it cute?

It’s a 1959 Autobiancho Bianchina Transformabile, “the rich man’s Fiat 500.”

Lot’s of nostalgia on hand this year, as per usual:

Classic 1965 Ford Mustang pool table with working headlights:

Here’s your Best in Show #1, the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe:

All the deets:

A huge Nissan something or other:

The American Pride Camaro:

Here’s the Aftermarket Avenue. Why would you need even one flat panel TV in your trunk?

Oh look, Tesla Automotive makes gasoline-powered cars now! These Lotus cars are shorter and lighter than those failed Tesla Roadsters, so handling is probably much better. Oh, they’re a lot cheaper to boot:

Does your Rolls Royce convertible have suicide doors? If not, why not?

Toyota will slam your Prius hybrid these days. What’s next, a factory chop and channel job?

And here’s your other Best in Show, the Scion IQ 3+1. That 3+1 means that the seat behind the driver has zero legroom, basically, but the seat behind the front passenger is roomy owing to the front passenger seat being mounted closer to the windshield than the driver’s seat. Check it:

See you there!

Look at That S-Car Go! Forget About the SmartCar, You Need a Four-Seat 2012 Scion IQ – Coming October 2011

Friday, July 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, San Francisco Toyota / San Francisco Scion has a clip from Golden Gate Park.]

All I know about the new 2012 Scion IQ is that it’s a total chick-magnet, and that it’s so small it’s going to be perfect for San Francisco.

See?

But I want to talk about the IQ’s distinctive S-curves, so ladies…

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…please clear out:

That’s an improvement, but I want people to be able to see the C-pillar

Tres chic,* Euros but…

Oh, here we go. See the S-shape between the side and rear windows? Look at that S-Car go! Zoom zoom.

So that’s how you’ll know you’ve spotted the new Scion IQ and not the old Smart Car.

Now, did you see these little cuties when the international motoring media showed up in the 415 for a test-drive not too long ago? I did. It went a little something like this. (You know, Scion could have picked anywhere in the world, but they chose us. Hurray!)

They’re calling it a 3+1 because the seat behind the driver is the smallest? It’s for “a child or a pet?” All right.

Of course the competing Smart Car is a just a two-seater. And the Smart isn’t made by Toyota, which is, of course, far and away, the best car manufacturer in the world.

In closing, hurray Scion IQ!

All the deets, after the jump.

*You know, I’ve been to a lot of car shows but I’ve never seen car show babe IRL – I must have missed that era. You’ll need to go to the Old World to see an old school car show it would seem. 

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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.)