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London 2012 Edition

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Of course you know already that MINI is the official partner of Team GB and Paralympics GB and so what better way to celebrate this monumentous link-up than by the manufacturer producing an Olympic-themed special edition MINI?

There will be just 2,012 of these models built during this year; they are available in Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD trims and come in the Union Jack-themed colours of Chili Red, White Silver or Lightning Blue. All models boast white mirror caps and a white roof featuring the iconic London 2012 Olympic graphic.

The exterior carries a distinctive Union Jack single sport stripe which runs over the bonnet, roof and rear tailgate of the car. To finish, the MINI London 2012 edition features unique grey 17-inch conical spoke alloys that are unavailable on any other model.

Inside, the most striking feature is the London skyline (Tower Bridge, Battersea Power Station and the London Eye) which has been printed across the width of the piano black dash along with the model’s limited edition number.

The black Lounge Leather seats are stitched in intertwined red and blue piping, whereas the head rests have Union Jack piping and a London 2012 logo stitched on the inner edge of both front seats.

If you pop down to your local MINI dealer, it’s likely there will be one of these London 2012 Editions on display and on sale. Prices range from £17,800 for the Cooper, up to £20,860 for the Cooper SD.

 

BMW 2012 ATHLETICS COLLECTION

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BMW’s 2012 Athletics Collection range includes sports shoes, performance shirts, hoodies, jackets and trousers, all created in partnership with big sports name PUMA.

They’re bright, vibrant and are said to make you feel confident – the perfect mentality before you go out and work up a sweat – and every item in the collection features silver reflectors as a safety precaution once the sun’s gone down.

The newest item to the collection is the triathlon bag which has an adjustable shoulder strap to let you convert it into a rucksack. With 80-litres of volume, it has lots of space plus lots of extra pockets and even a vented shoe compartment!

You can find the full BMW 2012 Athletics Collection online at: www.bmw-shop.com

 

 

 

 

 

MY BEAUTIFUL MINI

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Fancy personalising your MINI ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games quickly, easily and without completely emptying your wallet? If so, accessory maestro My Beautiful MINI has a range of side vent scuttles that are perfect for the momentous occasion.

There’s a huge choice of designs available: you can show your national pride by having the English, Scottish or Welsh flag adorn your MINI. The Union Jack is also available (of course) in both colour and black and white, as is a checkered flag. There’s also a striking bullet-style set and a more subtle black mesh version too. They’re all priced at £75.00.

Sets are sold in pairs with black and chrome mounting carriers. Bulbs and lens are not included as you can reuse your original set.

Interested? Check out the website www.mybeautifulmini.com or call: 0113 815 6363.

 

Two-wheeled adventure

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Whether you actually plan on going to the event itself and are looking for a way of making your way to the Olympic venue after you’ve parked up in London, or you’re just trying to keep trim by not completely relying on your car, this ‘two-wheeled MINI’ is perfect.

No, the MINI team isn’t making motorbikes now, but it has released an official folding bike that will fit into your car’s boot (well, all except the convertible where you’ll need to place this bike on the back seat instead!)

MINI reckons that for commuters it’s the perfect ‘park and ride’ solution, enabling you to park out of town and then simply continue your journey with pedal power.

The bike is folded along the crossbar and handlebars. In addition, the saddle can be retracted and the pedals folded up – this makes it extremely easy to handle while also saving space.

Interested? The MINI folding bike is available from all MINI dealerships priced £499.00. You can also order online by visiting: www.mini.com/shop

 

MINI LIFESTYLE

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MINI is an unashamedly British brand (after all, which other manufacturer offers you the option to have a Union Jack flag on the roof of your car), so it isn’t really very surprising that the British flag features heavily in the design of the merchandise that’s available to the MINI owner. And the sky really is the limit when it comes to MINI’s Union Jack-inspired products.

The range includes everything from scarves (priced £17.00) to cabin trolley/suitcases (£144.00) and mouse pads (£7.00). Or how about these funky unisex trainers made from water-repellent navy canvas fabric and leatherette? Surely an eye-catcher whether you’re at a festival or out on the town – these are yours for £67.00. Finally there’s one other patriotic gift that caught our eye; this MINI Britcar t-shirt with cool motif, available in men’s and women’s styles for just £23.00.

To find out more about what’s available through the MINI store visit: www.mini.com/shop or see your MINI dealer.

 

Olympic alloys

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Just when you thought it was impossible for Olympic fever to infiltrate anything other than merchandise and clothing, Wolfrace has launched a new Olympic alloy wheel!

The Olympic, part of the Wolfrace Eurosport wheel range, is a dished five-spoke design with a polished lip and mock rivet detail. Two colour options are available: gloss black or gun metal and these come in either four or five stud 6.5x15in (£107.95) or 7.0x17in (from £123.95).

These new alloys also have a 12-month warranty activated by registering the purchase at the Wolfrace website: www.wolfrace.com.

The simple dished style, wide range of fitments and colour options will make the Olympic a popular choice amongst motoring and modified car enthusiasts.

All Wolfrace wheels can be purchased from any of the 500+ Wolfrace dealers throughout the UK. Use the dealer locator on the website or call Wolfrace on 0845 330 9896.

 

Patriotic MINI

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Toy giants Hornby – makers of the infamous Scalextric no less – also sell Corgi die-cast and highly-collectable Team GB MINIs.

Inspired by the red, white and blue Team GB design and Paralympics GB logo, this die-cast model MINI offers a unique opportunity to get behind the home nation as well as a perfect lasting memento of the London 2012 Games.

Snap one up now for £4.99; you can order online at www.scalextric.com/shop/london-2012-games or search by product code: TY62401.