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MC2 Magazine MC2 magazine, the MINI Cooper magazine! MC2 is the US-based Mini & MINI Cooper magazine. Founded in 2005, we publish 6x yearly a all-colour, glossy paper magazine, and have a news/info/DIY, technical site www.gomotoring.com re-launching late 20110, and a e-zine system pubxp.com where you can view issues for free.

Operating as usual

This is likely the best parody many of us will hear on the Woohan Virus....
04/15/2020

This is likely the best parody many of us will hear on the Woohan Virus....

MINI USA Debuts "Inner Drive" short film, tries to redefine the brand's core values- "AND MAKES A TOUCHDOWN," says edito...
02/11/2020

MINI USA Debuts "Inner Drive" short film, tries to redefine the brand's core values- "AND MAKES A TOUCHDOWN," says editor of MC2 magazine and staff!

Yes, after years of missing the target, all the various commercials that left us all scratching our heads (Starsky & Hutch parody, for one), and stupid usage of million of $ for Super Bowl commercials, we would like to state for the record that MC2 magazine- and millions of MINI owners - we believe will be proud to say that we're behind MINI USA (and Munich's allowance of the story telling !)

With a core US audience that's not 20-40 years, as is the UK and EU for the most part, MC2 magazine salutes the very idea that this commercial tugs at the heart strings of our brand community, tells the simple story of how one person (Sir Alec Issigonis) and his idea made a huge impression on the auto industry with his idea of a small car and the placement of the engine. It's a subtle message told in a manner that invokes art that has disappeared from our society, yet the visual has a strong meaning. Bravo!

From MC2 HQ in Seattle, the home to so many leading innovations the last few decades, we salute MINI USA and its leadership for finally getting it right in their messaging!

In our issue #58 we had a globally-exclusive interview with Frank Stephenson who designed the new MINI in 1997, and in #59 we'll finish that interview as no one else has been granted that privilege. If you would like a sample PDF of issue #58: www.mc2magazine.com/freemc2.cfm

Meanwhile, take 4 minutes out of your day and see how well the talented Italian artist Virgilio Villoresi and illustrator Virginia Mori, plied their craft. The "Inner Drive” centers around a 70-second film that unfolds within a handmade storybook.

ENJOY MINIacs...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KqSQnWbrEs&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujkTC--KQJ8&feature=youtu.be

Barry Brazier, publisher/editor MC2 magazine HQ.

MINI Brand Sales December 2019 and Year Total 2019 Reported Today...For December, MINI USA reported 2,310 vehicles sold,...
01/04/2020

MINI Brand Sales December 2019 and Year Total 2019 Reported Today...

For December, MINI USA reported 2,310 vehicles sold, a decrease of 17.4 percent from the 2,797 in the same month a year ago. For the full year 2019 MINI sales decreased 17.4 percent on total sales of 36,092 compared to the 43,684 vehicles sold in 2018.

MINI Certified Pre-Owned sold 930 vehicles, a decrease of 5.9 percent from December 2018.
Total MINI Pre-Owned sold 2,341 vehicles, a decrease of 4.9 percent from December 2018.

A little memory and research shows us that MINI USA had far-greater sales numbers in the 50,000-60,000 units sold in their best years of 2011-2014.

The first year MINI was sold was close to 25,000, so 2018
is close to the units sold in 2003 & 2004.

Let us pray the electric MINI and the gas-powered MINIs total puts our brand back above 40,000 and growing in 2020 eh :)
Barry Brazier, publisher/editor, Seattle HQ

FLASH SALE ON BACK ISSUES AT MC2..I've a box of back issues on special at www.mc2magazine.com/specials.cfm that has 14 i...
12/27/2019
Specials

FLASH SALE ON BACK ISSUES AT MC2..

I've a box of back issues on special at www.mc2magazine.com/specials.cfm that has 14 issues in the box even though our website says only 11 issues. It's just this one box for $20 + cost $10 for the USPS anywhere USA.

Better get it now as it's only one available :) All the other boxes have just 11 copies in them...

MC2 Magazine - Mini Cooper S Clubman Coupe News Publication Information

12/26/2019

Frustrated with your MINI oil dipstick? Fear one day it'll get stuck? Have no fear, Wyvern Performance is here... 🤣

Our friend Alex at Wyvern Performance has an effective, and not-so-costly solution to your oily problem! The Wyvern DIPPER replaces that badly-designed factory dipstick with a stainless steel measuring stick that bends and has a handy pull handle, too. And it's easy to read without having bionic eyeballs! And, best part is it's just $29.95.

But hold that handle! A long-time member of our MINI community, Alex is about to debut to debut several new MINI parts in his Wyvern store https://wyvernperformance.com/advanced_search_result.php?osCsid=754c3cb08205872e56004905a31baa56&keywords=Dip&categories_id=&manufacturers_id=&pfrom=&pto=&dfrom=&dto= so he's offering a $5 discount treat for MC2 magazIne readers for a limited several days.

Just use the code "MC2DP" for your $5 discount off the Wyvern DIPPER that's already 50% less than the other guys.

But we're having some fun at MC2, so Alex has given us a DIPPER to offer up for our games, so if you have two MINIs in the drive, then enter here for a chance to bag a 2nd DIPPER for just giving us your contact info. Better motor over fast, this offer has an expiration on it...

The MC2 magazine team... https://www.mc2magazine.com/10_days_of_MINIac_Christmas_2019.cfm

So it's Christmas Eve once again... It's day 2 in the MC2 MINI magazine 10 Days of MINIac Christmas.  https://www.mc2mag...
12/25/2019
10 days of MINIac Christmas 2019

So it's Christmas Eve once again...

It's day 2 in the MC2 MINI magazine 10 Days of MINIac Christmas. https://www.mc2magazine.com/10_days_of_MINIac_Christmas_2019.cfm.

Motor over now and grab some swag while we still have some!

Before we post our first great offer from Wyvern Performance this evening, we offer you our own specials at www.mc2magazine.com/specials.cfm

Yes, both paper and digital offers for MINI owners globally. From back issues to digital specials, something for just about everyone. (Well, maybe not Reindeers, as we're not sure they can read!)

Better watch this page for a day or two. We have goodies & swag to send out soon!

Merry Christmas, Peace to the world..
The staff and our cats at MC2 magazine

Here's today's MC2 bargain for subscribers and friends of MC2 magazine... https://www.mc2magazine.com/10_days_of_MINIac_...
12/20/2019

Here's today's MC2 bargain for subscribers and friends of MC2 magazine... https://www.mc2magazine.com/10_days_of_MINIac_Christmas_2019.cfm

Our friends at Prima Car Care have a BOGO going on for several days. Yes, Buy 1 Get 1 :)

Buy-one-get-one on any of our detailing products or microfibers! 🎄🎁Give someone you love the gift of Prima shine ... or just get double shine for yourself!

PLUS get a free bottle of Prima Nourish leather conditioner with $50+ purchase!

Don't miss out, shop now at www.primacarcare.com . (Offer is automatically applied once you place multiples of 2 of an item in your cart. Offer valid 12/12/19 - 12/25/19) #primacarcare #detail #products #sale #bogo #holidays

Why Prima you ask? I've used Prima myself since 2010. I have $100-$150 in stock in my garage cabinets now. And the owner, Jesse and team are good people, not some corporate giant selling car care by the boat load! They have a very healthy biz in Denver area, so give 'em a try.

And remember to drop by the MC2 website today. Give us your contacts as we're going to have some swag (goodies) to give up to some lucky MINIacs after Christmas. Yes, working with a few off our advertisers we might just be sending you extra stuff for your MINI to arrive in a few weeks.

Try us, you'll like us! https://www.mc2magazine.com/10_days_of_MINIac_Christmas_2019.cfm

Merry Christmas
MC2 crew, Seattle 360/ 698-7926

12/20/2019

Here's today's offering from our 10 Days of MINIac Christmas fun & games...
https://www.mc2magazine.com/10_days_of_MINIac_Christmas_2019.cfm ......

We all know about GoBadges and their leading MINI Badges, so MC2 has created with GoBadges a whopper of a 15% discount for you all at https://www.gobadges.com

The coupon code to use will be “MC2” or "mc2” either way in caps or not. That’s the coupon code you enter to get 15% off your GoBadges order.

That's right, 15% off, not the usual 10%! at https://www.gobadges.com

Morning everyone...Last few months I've been in touch w/ 2 MINI/BMW specialists on their upgrades for the GP3. We're hap...
12/16/2019
Specials

Morning everyone...
Last few months I've been in touch w/ 2 MINI/BMW specialists on their upgrades for the GP3. We're happy to report that one company in EU is considering a power offering that could reach over 340HP, the other's (England) been working towards the potential of 360hp w/ some internals to sustain safety/longevity. Neither are trying for max power making this upgrade expensive on top of the already US$51,000+ the GP3 will leave the dealer's door for!
I hope to have more info available in January. Maybe even a website and photos maybe :)...
Barry Brazier, Publisher/editor. MC2 magazine HQ, Seattle, USA www.mc2magazine.com/specials.cfm

MC2 Magazine - Mini Cooper S Clubman Coupe News Publication Information

Starting on Monday, December 16th MC2 is planning our 10 MINIac Days Before Christmas event. We are asking that you pass...
12/14/2019

Starting on Monday, December 16th MC2 is planning our 10 MINIac Days Before Christmas event.

We are asking that you pass this post around globally as we'll have gags, gifts, giveaways, goodies and glorious
MINIdom for 10 days.

Meanwhile, over this weekend, if you'd like to get crackin' we invite you to take advantage of our pre-gifting specials at www.mc2magazine.com/specials.cfm as we're trying to blow out the last few-dozen of our back issues and some T-shirts.

Yes, Like us here, then surf on over to www.mc2magazine.com/specials.cfm

Thank you all :)...

A clean MINI starts with great product..This week's Prima Car Care message has an offer we all can use. Buy a gallon of ...
11/07/2019

A clean MINI starts with great product..

This week's Prima Car Care message has an offer we all can use. Buy a gallon of a product and get a FREE 16oz bottle of the same product.

Sounds good to us. See their website www.primacarcare.com for the simple details of the offer. And then see why MC2 has several bottles of Prima in our garage cabinets!

MC2 Magazine DREAMS OF MINI MEET IN NORTHWEST USA... Way back in 2014 my wife read a tidbit in the local paper about a r...
10/19/2019

MC2 Magazine DREAMS OF MINI MEET IN NORTHWEST USA...

Way back in 2014 my wife read a tidbit in the local paper about a race track plan. I got around to it the next day as there had been a huge push for a NASCAR track just 11 minutes from my home near Bremerton, Wa. turn of the century, and it failed miserably due to the politics and factors I'll not go into publicly!

Fast forward to my meeting with Brian Nilsen at his family powersports store near me, as I have worked with the family over my 28 years of living here on the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle. Brian's a real motorsports nut, a good man!

Today, the Circuit of the Northwest (CNW) held a groundbreaking ceremony at the regional airport across the street from our racetrack. Designed by Tilke of Germany, CNW's a 2.5mile track of 14 turns and terrain drops as much as 80 feet at it weaves its way across the Kitsap Peninsula land on the eastern edge of the Hood Canal. It has the longest straightaway in N. America, just short of 1 mile! Just get a load of the curious track insertion at the right-hand edge in this rendering from a few years ago! (Yes, it's more than just an idea!)

Far more than a member club, I'm happy to say that CNW https://www.facebook.com/circuitofthenorthwest/ is partnered with the Port of Bremerton, Kitsap Public Facilities District, Seattle Sports Commission, regional emergency services, and regional school districts to bring technology into the Technology Park infrastructure on the Port land. CNW has a stated demand of itself to be of service to the community and region!

Yes, I've cast a few ideas across owner Brian Nilsen's desk the last few years for a MINI Meet at CNW in 2022, after its 2021 opening. If this sounds like an offer to start a MTTS-like event from Circuit of the Northwest you win today's big prize :)

Do me a favor please everyone, "like" the CNW page, watch the video about CNW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5Fo0-9ooz4&feature=share and spread the word that there's a world-class facility coming to the Northwest USA and it's going to be Mini & MINI friendly :)

Barry Brazier, publisher/editor MC2 magazine www.mc2magazine.com

MC2 MINI MAGAZINE GOES GLOBAL! For years I've been scouring the magazine distribution networks for a UK, EU-based compan...
10/08/2019

MC2 MINI MAGAZINE GOES GLOBAL!

For years I've been scouring the magazine distribution networks for a UK, EU-based company to shelf our MC2. It was always far to expensive and too large a company for us to dream of working with. Then I found what we needed..

So, all of our friends in UK, EU and far-away lands, be on the lookout for MC2 to be on a newsstand near you- maybe by year's end!

To "re-launch" MC2 I've spent countless hours scoring the globe for the best editorial package, some photos of which are shown here. We've exclusive features from Italy, Switzerland, Sweden & Germany.

We've part 2 of our our very exclusive interview with MINI Designer Frank Stephenson via Skype, with artwork from Frank's hands not seen since MINI debuted back in 2001!

We have tech, information like the MINIKey Hospital in Seattle, the basics on race seats, the Turbosmart BOV info you need, the custom grille install you've never heard of and a larger Reader's rides section, too.

We've had to increase our page count by 8 pages to fit all this into our issue #59, too.

Sadly, with prices moving up for the US Mail and everything in our lives, after 15 years at 6 issues for $24.95, we'll have to increase 6 issues to $29.95. BUY YOUR 6-ISSUE SUBSCRIPTION NOW at
https://www.mc2magazine.com/Subscribe.cfm as the price increase will take place by mid-October!

If you need me, try [email protected], or 360/ 698-7936 (Seattle). I'm in the office 8-10 hours daily, 5 days weekly, and may even surprise you in the evenings or weekends with a reply :)

For those of you nearing your subscription expirations, you'll find a reminder in your inbox today. We start reminding you with 3 issues to mail, then 2, and by 1 issue we remind you every week or two of the coming loneliness of your mailbox not getting MC2 any more.

Pass us around, tell your friends, MC2 is about to print, then mail issue #59 with content worthy of their MINI. Surf on over to https://www.mc2magazine.com/Subscribe.cfm

For those that buy a new subscription, I'll e-mail you past issue #58 as our gift for that kindness. It has part 1 of our Frank Stephenson interview and other great reporting in it. We have a few-dozen paper copies for those that are interested: https://www.mc2magazine.com/Back_Issues.cfm?pn=MC2%20%2358&pID=446

Sincerest thanks for your support over 15 years of MC2!

Barry Brazier, publisher/editor and head window washer, Seattle, USA 360/ 698-7926

MC2 Magazine
10/08/2019

MC2 Magazine

MC2 magazine received a SEMA bulletin yesterday...Effective yesterday, California is back to being issued a "fix-it tick...
10/01/2019
MC2 Magazine for the MINI Cooper Owner

MC2 magazine received a SEMA bulletin yesterday...

Effective yesterday, California is back to being issued a "fix-it ticket" for your noise infractions. SB 112 is effective immediately. (Your wallet is safe from being convicted of illegal exhaust noise on the side of the road by an officer without due process of law)

SB 112 was championed in the legislature by Assembly Members Grayson, Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Oceanside), Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Phil Chen (R-Diamond Bar), and Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Once again, we are very thankful to SEMA and their work on the behalf of the auto enthusiasts to make a sensible law..

Barry Brazier, publisher MC2 magazine, www.mc2magazine.com

Mini Cooper Magazine, North America, Canada and Europe

GLOBAL ALERT... PROJECT SUPERCOOPER  widebody fenders in Kevin's hands...We've dropped a few hints over the last year, b...
09/16/2019

GLOBAL ALERT... PROJECT SUPERCOOPER widebody fenders in Kevin's hands...

We've dropped a few hints over the last year, but our Kevin opened the boxes and found his first widebody Clubman fenders today. A global first for the Clubman courtesy of our friends at Leap Works, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Yes, the same team that make various MINI scoops and spoilers that you may have seen for sale by US and UK online resellers: https://leap.works/product-category/mini/

Yes, the 3rd door has been created to allow for opening the 3rd door. The fenders are wide enough for the 9x18" Braid wheels and Nitto NT05 rubber, too. The fenders cover the Airlift airbags we installed months ago, too.

We have more to share with you this week once Kevin has some time to play... Join us on our page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/projectsupercooper/

We'll have details on the bodykit, our power sponsors and all that great info this week.. Until then, thanks for your support!

www.mc2magazine.com will exclusively feature Project SuperCooper in our next issue #59, out soon!

MC2 Magazine's cover photo
09/13/2019

MC2 Magazine's cover photo

So what have New Zealand Wool and Your MINI In Common?Jan Fowler and husband Pat, answered that with their heirloom-qual...
09/13/2019

So what have New Zealand Wool and Your MINI In Common?

Jan Fowler and husband Pat, answered that with their heirloom-quality creation of a one-off rug a month or so ago for us at MC2 magazine.

From their Wisconsin studio they produce rugs and wall hangings of fine wool and art silk with the collaboration of artisans in India that have been doing this craft for several-hundred years says Pat.

Having created rugs for various clients hanging in fine homes and corporate settings, Pat had this lightbulb moment of a MINI, which we show here. The tufting is about the height of the US 25cent piece as shown. The colors are very vibrant, as he's sent us some Porsche and other EU brands that have sold into exotic car shops of late.

Says, Pat, "The process is, you send me a photo of what you would like and, we put that on a CAD (Computer Aided Design) and get your OK, then in six short weeks your one- of-a-kind woven art creation will arrive." No, they're not cheap, as a 4x8 rug/ hanging will set you back $800 from what I have seen. But WOW!, the impact is worth more!

Give them a look. This is something that you'll have well past the life of your MINI!
Jan's Custom Rug Company
https://janscustomrugcompany.us/
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Discussions with some MINI enthusiasts and/or MC2 Magazine USA subscribers have come to the conclusion that: (1) the MC2 Magazine cover depicted on Facebook is simply a computer generated rendering of what MC2 Magazine issue #59 would look like, if actually printed, and/or (2) all copies of issue #59 were shipped to the UK/EU market, leaving nothing to mail to loyal USA subscribers. Contact with MC2 Magazine continues to remain unanswered. Continuous checking of the MC2 Magazine website does not even show issue #59 availability as a back issue. Very, very frustrating!!!
Discussions with some MINI enthusiasts and/or MC2 Magazine USA subscribers have come to the conclusion that: (1) the MC2 Magazine cover depicted on Facebook and the MC2 Magazine website is simply a computer generated rendering of what MC2 Magazine issue #59 would look like, if actually printed, and/or (2) all copies of issue #59 were shipped to the UK/EU market, leaving nothing to mail to loyal USA subscribers. Contact with MC2 Magazine continues to remain unanswered. Continuous checking of the MC2 Magazine website does not even show issue #59 availability as a back issue. Very, very frustrating!!!
Great magazine when it comes but do not believe we get 6 issues per year that we subscribe for
When can lecture issue 59 (we have a subscription)
Hey Barry... do you think you might put out another MC2 MINI/Mini calendar like you did in 2015 for the USA subscribers?
Issue #58 came out in 2018 and nothing in 2019... I wonder if getting MC2 Magazine to the UK and EU news stands has taken a priority over the USA subscribers!?!
Has the print edition of the magazine been discontinued?
Happy holidays, Barry! The size small shirts I purchased fit my sons beautifully. Thank you so much. 🥰
When does MC2 Magazine intend to honour it's paying customers and send out previously paid subscriptions? Paid for a one year subscription in June 2016, received one edition and then a complete silence! MC2 does not or will not respond to enquiries.
G’day, I just met the Publisher, and what a great conversationalist, very interesting. I’m the new kid on the block, I’m driving a 2005 R52 w/ CVT convertible , my first love was a 1974 Mini Innocenti coupe with an upgraded 1275 cc Cooper S power plant. I’m looking to make a few new friends and have a lot fun getting from point “A” to point “B”.
When am I going to get a new issue? Seems like forever I got No. 58.