October 31, 2006
Broken and bruised MINI

As I alluded to last post, our 2003 MCS finally lost its original windscreen a couple weeks ago. Something very large and heavy hit the windscreen dead center while Deanne was driving to work. (Sidebar - Deanne has adopted the 2003 MINI as her daily driver and who can blame her. The xB goes up for sale next week.) Anyway, we got the windscreen replaced and last night we went out to dinner with some friends and came out of the restaurant to the following damage to the passenger door.

Some asshat must have literally tried to cause this much damage with their door. There is a nice amount of white paint transferred to the MINI so I can’t imagine whoever did this didn’t realize it. I just don’t get it. There were no other cars in the parking lot except for ours and our friend’s when we came out to find this. While I was pretty ticked off what are you gonna do. I’m glad it took three plus years before something like this happened and I guess I’m glad we didn’t drive the GP last night. I don’t think this will be a simple dent removal but will require some minimal body work and paint. I’ll be getting it looked at later this week.

Posted by todd at 10:54 AM
October 23, 2006
Rally wrap up

Here are a few pics of my GP all decaled up for my participation in the first Kansas City Buffalo Run last weekend. 177 exotic and European sports cars showed up for the rally. We covered a little more than 200 miles and showed a Mercedes SL500 owner, among others, just why driving is not all about how much horsepower is under your hood but how well your car can handle. Said SL500 owner tracked me down to ask all kinds of questions about the GP. Let’s just say he was impressed and literally wanted to shake my hand.

Next post will be how the 2003 MINI finally lost the original windshield last week.

Posted by todd at 04:30 PM
October 16, 2006
Flaming V-dubs

No, I didn’t forget how to blog. I’ve just been uber busy since returning from our adventures in August. Anyway, here’s a glimpse at one of six V-dubs I recently decorated for Baron VW to promote the latest V-dubs Rock campaign. The ad campaign is kind of cool but smacks of desperation on the surface as VW desperately tries to once again lower the demographic of the brand and appeal to younger buyers. Not that older people wouldn’t want to jam like Slash but you get what I mean.

I’ve got some MINI related stuff to post after I get some actual work done today. My next post will be about my participation in a rally of exotic cars that took place in KC over the weekend.

Posted by todd at 11:57 AM