- I ordered my R56 in late 2008 through Richard Martinelli at Motor City Mini. While there are many people who hate that place, Richard was a great guy to work with and he made the experience so much fun! While I had to go through the endless wait for the Mini I had the mod bug itch at my foot and I started looking at lots of aftermarket stuff to make the Mini my own. I ordered my turboback exhaust and CAI before I even had the car in my garage Cheesy When I finally got the Mini, it was a remarkable feeling. I just fell in love with the car as I'm sure everyone else has done with their own Mini. I also had no idea the importance of naming your car. My fiancée and I tossed around names for days. The first one was Onyx. It clicked at first, but something didn't match with the name and the attitude my Mini has. About a month later, Sara and I were drinking out on our porch and we started talking about our favorite names and I declared "Heinrich" was my favorite. OH SNAP! There it was! Whenever I think of the name, I think of someone who is aggressive and doesn't take any crap... that is exactly what I want my Mini to be!
As I look back on the history of this car, it is truly a gateway drug to the world of sporty affordable cars. I would have never though I would have liked this car so much.
Heinrich was my daily driver for two years until I retired it for summer trouble making drives and track duty. I'm now driving a '99 Pontiac Sunfire with 90 horsepower at the wheel. Oh yea!
My goal is to move up through the NASA HPDE ranks and eventually compete in time trials.