Figured I should start a thread to document this a bit better than the teasers I've posted in my garage. When I bought Blimey 7.5 years ago, it met my criteria as (a) a fun car with (b) a convertible top and (c) a backseat that I could occasionally put two young kids into, when needed (7 and 10 at the time). He served me well as my daily driver for over 7 years and nearly 150k miles. In that time, my kids outgrew the back seat. I retired him earlier this year from daily duty, and he became my dedicated "fun" car. Also over the past 7.5 years, my love for driving, uh, SPIRITEDLY on twisty roads has intensified. To the point of insanity. I know that Blimey is (relatively) heavy and slow, with his awesome automatic convertible top, lots of extra steel to make that work, and auto tranny. But he's also an absolute blast to drive in the twisties. I decided that, in his retirement, he should be all he could be. And spend a lot more time on the track and on hill climb courses. Since the MINI Roadster was introduced, I've thought about what's right and wrong (to me) with those cars. It's a nice car, and I have friends who love theirs (and I want them to remain friends), but it's just not for me. I felt like the ultimate MINI roadster would be more like a cross between the 1st gen GP, and the 1st gen Cabrio. Two seater, high performance, cleaner lines than the cabrio with the top down (no go-kart back seat hoops), real roll-over protection, and have the shape of a MINI when the top is up. So I decided to turn Blimey into one. Hence, The Transmogrification of Blimey. Now, it's not like he was stock or anything when I started this. You can see all the stuff that's in there in my garage: http://www.motoringalliance.com/forums/member-garages/13212-blimey-2006-mini-cooper-s-convertible.html#axzz35b9bosHN Here are a few "before" photos: Step One - becoming a two seater. The rear seat delete on a cabrio is a bit of a pain... there are a lot of bolts in really awkward places. And getting rid of the rear seat also means getting rid of the headrests... and the roll hoops. Of course, that also means making it a deathtrap with no rollover protection... but that won't be a risk for long. Removing the massive aluminum OEM roll bar assembly also makes the rear of the car considerably less stiff. But I also have a plan for that. And that roll bar assembly is where the boot shelf hangs (that protects the rear window when the top is down). For now, it's hanging by a piece of strategically-placed paracord. But a long-term solution to that is in the plans, also. But getting rid of that stuff means a much cleaner shape to the bathtub... er, I mean car.