GP touch-up paint

A GP owner recently tried to get touch-up paint and couldn’t – I checked with MINI of Peabody and the touch-up paint is back-ordered …

Today I visited my friend Julian at Sublime Restorations; he’s been wanting to see the GP since I got it, but when he saw it, the paint chips from driving MINI Takes The States bothered him!
Julian checked his paint match computers and found paint code A64 listed, so mixed a few ounces of paint – which was a perfect match for the GP of course! So he tidied up a few of the biggest stone chips while I was there …

I’ll probably send GPMINI over to Sublime Restorations for a few days, to have all the chips sorted, and a “clear bra” installed – I’m not keen on them, but I trust Julian to do a good install job!

Meanwhile, if anyone needs touch-up paint, see if your local bodyshop can mix it for you – or call Julian to see what he’ll charge to ship some to you …

Another gift from MINI USA!

A package arrived today, from MINI USA; inside was a note and another box!


Unwrapping the box reveals a collection of MINI cleaning stuff – car shampoo, wheel cleaner, sponge and chamois, as well as the MINI bucket!


All is revealed in the second card which says “… get out there and motor … everywhere except the car wash because unfortunately doing so may remove a spoiler from your MINI – hence the lovely bucket …”!


Bimmer magazine

(thanks to George GP#0154 for this link)

Bimmer Magazine reviews the GP:
… The JCW GP is more than just cosmetics, however, being distinguished from its more pedestrian cousins by weighing in a massive 110 lbs. lighter. That’s a lot to strip from a small car …
… The exterior receives aerodynamic elements that reduce the MINI Cooper S’s Cd from around 0.39—pretty dire when the average sedan’s is closer to 0.30—to 0.348 despite larger wheels and tires. Stability at speed should also be improved …
… “The new front bumper-spoiler deflects air around the wheel arches and minimizes air going under the car,” said Dipl. Ing. Marcus Krieg, product manager for MINI. “The silver painted inserts in the front spoiler are decorative, but they could easily be modified to provide cooling ducts for the brakes.
“It is more difficult to make a short car aerodynamic, and keeping airflow moving smoothly along the flanks of the car is a big advantage,” Krieg continued. “The new side skirts swell out considerably at the rear to deflect air past the wheels and reduce turbulence in this area.” …

[note that the reference to Recaro seats are Europe only – the quoted 218 hp is likely the European value too]

MINI USA survey

Just got a phone call “welcoming” me to the MINI family, for buying a GP – I replied “thanks, but do you know the GP is my fourth MINI” 😉

Lots of questions …
On a scale of 1 to 5 how would you rate the purchase / delivery experience – “at least 5”
Did [MTTS] meet your expectations – “no … it exceeded them”