Tata Steva's BROWNSUGAR - Cooper Flags MINI of the Month - September 2010

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  1. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

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    [imgr]http://www.motoringalliance.com/gallery/data/617/medium/IMG_8533-1.jpg[/imgr]1. Please tell us about your MINI when it was delivered. Option Packages along with the Year, Model and Color.

    I got this MINI as a “lease takeover†through internet site, last February. It is my 4th car and 2nd MINI acquired this way. It is 2008 Mini Cooper Clubman S. I am not 100% sure on ALL the options it came with, but I know it had “chrome packageâ€, cold package, sun roof, among others. The options were obviously the choice of previous owner, but I liked them anyhow.


    2. Why did you choose a MINI?

    This is my 4th MINI. The one before was 2006 R50, 2 before that one were 20 years ago back in Europe. Those were Austin Minis. Once I drove one, that was it…


    3. Please tell us about the various phases your MINI has taken as your mods progressed.

    Initial idea was to keep it as much stock as possible. With exception of checker “themeâ€. I know that a lot of MINIacs don’t like checkers. I get it. For me it’s all about nostalgia. I guess am a checker guy, not stripes guy…

    After I settled on checkers, I had an idea on dressing up the engine with a few things. After that came the wheels in body color with non run flats. And so on…


    4. What has been your modification philosophy?

    Keep it modest, yet noticeable. Keep it on the budget, heavy restriction on a budget! You would be surprised about a deals I got on some stuff! Early morning/late night surfing the forums pays off!


    [imgl]http://www.motoringalliance.com/gallery/data/617/medium/DSCN01491.jpg[/imgl]5. What has been the most difficult mod completed to date? Why?

    Getting the wheels painted and mounted with no damage…


    6. Where do you research and source your modifications; materials, parts, etc?

    Internet MINI forums, talking to parts department at my local MINI dealership.

    7. Have other Motoring Alliance members assisted you? If so, give them a shout out.

    All did by my self and/or local MINI (auto) shops.

    8. How did Motoring Alliance help you as a resource in your modifications?

    Great write ups about almost all mods that I did. Experience of others on the same topic is priceless! Pictures tell a thousand words as well


    9. What are you planning next? What remains to be done? What are your goals?

    JCW temp gauge, black matte vinyl roof (maybe?), and than drive it to the ground for a long time…

    10. Please list all current mods.

    [imgr]http://www.motoringalliance.com/gallery/data/617/medium/DSCN0095.jpg[/imgr]-Hot Chocolade painted Flame Spoke 17" with Yokohama All Seasons FOR SUMMER.

    -Rotta RB 16" Matte Black with Yokohama IceGuard FOR WINTER.

    -JCW Intake.

    -OEM Armrest.

    -JCW Aero front bumper , Grill and body color trim with badges.

    -NM-Eng. 22mm rear sway bar and end links, Turbo Heat Shield.

    -m7 RAM-2 body color hood scoop, SRP plates and J-brace.

    -Justa Cooper Black Side scuttles.

    -MAGNAFLOW ehxaust.

    -OEM CHECKER A panel vinyl, mirror caps.

    -Custom Booty badges.

    -Body color rear pillars/upper rear bumper.

    -Rear windows OEM shades.

    -Extra Cup Holder.

    -WHALEN SHIFT MACHINE Aluminum shift knob

    -Yellow Race Tow Hook.

    -Blacked out chrome belt line, gas cap and headlight rings.

    -Some COOL stickers to make it go FASTER.....
     
  2. Mr. Jim

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    Hey Steve,

    Congrats!! Great looking Clubbie! :cornut:

    Cheers
    Mr. Jim
     
  3. Metalman

    Metalman Well-Known Member
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    Hey Steve....
    Brownsugar:Thumbsup:
     
  4. johnnylaw

    johnnylaw New Member

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    Nice mill. Congratulations.
     
  5. T8rChick

    T8rChick Active Member

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    Congrats on a great looking car! Looks fun and fast!!!
     
  6. Rixter

    Rixter Well-Known Member

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    Sweet ride! Where's that checkered rear view mirror cover? :lol:
     
  7. bebee23

    bebee23 New Member

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    My kind of Brown Sugar! Looks like a fantastic ride.


    Bebee23





    :cool:
     
  8. Tata Steva

    Tata Steva MINI of the Month - September 2010

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    #8 Tata Steva, Sep 1, 2010
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    Thank you all for the cheerz...

    It was stiff race, I had to campaign hard to stay away from Mr. Jim (nice black R53, BTW)...

    Gracious thanks to ALL OF YOU who woted for me BROWNSUGAR...


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    I have a tear in me eye....:blush2:

    What a gift for me B-day this month?!?:D
     
  9. BlueToy

    BlueToy New Member

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    Well deserved...outstanding :Thumbsup:
     
  10. Mr. Jim

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    Cheers Steve :Thumbsup:

    and Happy Birthday!
     
  11. lotsie

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    Congrats:Thumbsup:

    Mark
     
  12. ariane@methownet.com

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    Tata,

    She's a beauty !! You have really put some special touches into her.

    Red Rocket
     
  13. panaphobic

    panaphobic Club Coordinator

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    Nice Clubman! I'm really digging the "Eat. Sleep. MINI." sticker!!!
     
  14. JCC

    JCC New Member

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    Very nice! Do you miss your R50?

    Oh and congrats!
     
  15. Tata Steva

    Tata Steva MINI of the Month - September 2010

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    Thanks!

    Two things I miss about my R50:

    1) Pure Silver was soooo much easier to maintain than Hot Chocolate...

    2) Auto shifter (this only when I drive with my wife)... I can not hold my hand in her lap all the time because now I have to shift:devil:

    That's it!
    :Thumbsup:
     
  16. MellyLow

    MellyLow New Member

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    Congratulations on your win!!! Nice clubman!!!
     
  17. Big Go-Cart

    Big Go-Cart New Member

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    Congratulations on the win,you worked/campaigned hard on Brown Sugar :Thumbsup:
     
  18. Tata Steva

    Tata Steva MINI of the Month - September 2010

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    TaDaaaaaaaa......

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    :cornut:
     
  19. Octaneguy

    Octaneguy New Member

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    Congrats and great job!!! Clubbies rule!!! :cornut:
     
  20. MiniRican

    MiniRican New Member

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    wow!!!! beautiful mini!!! nice win, very well deserved!!!
     

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