GP bling

Inspired by George (who owns GP0154, GP1415 and GP1717), I wanted to install the JCW carbon fiber hood scoop on GPMINI – but I didn’t want to lose the “GP” letters.
So working with MINI Swag, I got perfect replacement letters, bought the scoop and installed it today!
First I tried the red “GP” letters that I’d bought:


But then I decided it would look better with the silver letters, closely matching the original design:

So here’s a close-up of the original and new carbon fiber hood scoops (ignore the foam, which is protecting the paintwork!):

While in a carbon fiber mood, I also got the JCW gear shift knob (again inspired by George!):

It looks fabulous, but it takes some getting used to because you hold the shift knob from the side instead of from the top … not sure if I” stick with it!

Finally, repeating the Chili Red mirror cap highlighting, I changed the white (MCS) door reflectors to red (MC):

12 thoughts on “GP bling

  1. Ian, let us know what you think of the shifter please. Also, please post a shot showing the complete car with the new hoodscoop and lettering. Love the red detail added by swopping out the reflectors.

  2. These tasteless modifications of a rare, limited-edition car are a clear sign that the End Times are drawing nigh. Go back to stock while you still can!

  3. Ian,
    I have the leather/carbon fiber JCW shift knob. Is that what you have; or did you install the Alcantra model?

    Easy to install?

  4. Charlie – I have the leather one too; it’s easy to install, just pull really hard to get the old one off (and don’t smack it in your face when it comes loose!) then push really hard to lock the new one down.

    GP4 – what about my winter tires? my stereo? the JCW strut bar?
    I think it’s OK so long as you can still revert to stock.

  5. First thing I did when I got my MINI home (after danceing around it) was to replace the shift knob. I don’t know about anyone else, but I always found it HUGE. It makes a nice paper weight on my desk at work.

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