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The Mini: Celebrating 50 Years of a Modern Motoring Icon [Hardcover]

Jeremy Clarkson , Brian Laban
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Book Description

3 Aug 2009
The most innovative, fun-filled and spectacularly successful British car ever built, the Mini has come to be regarded as far more than just an automobile. This book is a celebration of the Mini and all that it stands for. It tells the story of the car's development, from Issigonis' original right up to BMW's MINI of today, explaining the car's enduring appeal. Using original and contemporary photographs and with tales from the famous, the good and the infamous who have known and loved Minis, this is the only book on the Mini that every motoring enthusiast and Mini lover could ever want. To many thousands of people around the world the Mini is a way of life. Since it first rolled off the production line in August 1959, the car remained essentially the same for 40 years while revolutionising the motor industry, inspiring artists, starring in films and winning numerous racing trophies. When change did eventually come with BMW's new MINI, the style of the original car mixed with the up-to-date technology proved a winning combination that has continued to thrill Mini fans everywhere. Broken into sections dealing with Size - why no other 'small' car comes close; Class - how it was eagerly adopted by Lords and call-girls; Sex - the Swinging Sixties would have merely swayed without it; Speed - how it ate Jags for tea; Money - it never made any; Love - why it won the hearts of millions; Faith - how BMW came to the rescue; and, Rebirth - how it came back to life.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; Updated Edition edition (3 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847323731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847323736
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Clarkson began his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun, the Sunday Times, the Rochdale Observer, the Wolverhampton Express & Star, all of the Associated Kent Newspapers and Lincolnshire Life. Today he is the tallest person working in British television.

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About the Author

Brian Laban has been a motoring writer for 25 years and a fan of the Mini for even longer than that. He passed his driving test in one, and in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s lived with several cars, exotic and plain. He has written on cars for virtually every major British motoring magazine, several foreign ones, and many newspapers. In 1991 he won the Guild of Motoring Writers' Pierre Dreyfus Award for the most outstanding journalistic effort of the year. He writes regularly for Performance Car magazine and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, Auto Express and Sunday Business, among others. He has written around two dozen motoring books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all mini enthusiasts 5 Jan 2010
excellent photos and informative dialogue, this is a must for mini enthusiasts...

(a small note to the author: the psychedelic mini said to be owned by John Lennon was actually George Harrison's. Lennon owned a black mini cooper with black windows (and more famously a psychedelic rolls royce)... George's mini can be seen in action in the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour movie..)
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It's misleading to put only Jeremy Clarkson's name to it. It should also be made aware to purchasers that it is a previously published book, with only a few updates & a few new photos. Was disappointed, and would not have purchased it, if this had been in the review of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for every MINI enthusiast 15 July 2011
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Many insightful stories, many photos, and a great review of the 50 years, including the modern-day concepts, and vehicles such as the Clubman.

Note; the "jeremy clarkson" contribution is really just one page and a half.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read if you are a MINI fan. 1 Mar 2014
By Thomas Lhamon - Published on
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As a MINI owner, I wanted to know a bit more on the history of the car. It's always amazing to find something so popular that is almost non-existent in the US. It was also another example of how Britain's long depression post WWII led to innovation. Sir Alec really hit a sweet spot with his design and those that have taken it forward have continued to create fun little cars. There is a lot of information in the book on the original, pre-BMW Mini and only a tiny bit on the new generation. That was a bit of a let down especially since we rarely see them in the US. It also would have been nice to have some pictures to reference as the book went on. Having to stop reading and check Bing was a bit of a pain and I wasn't always sure I was seeing the correct car.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 19 Feb 2014
By Steve Zagar - Published on
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A fact filled comprehensive walk through the mini's 50 years...after reading all history of the mini it makes you want to own one....I do :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for MINI Owners and Top Gear Fans 3 Oct 2013
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There are several great books on the market for MINI owners, but the thing that set this one apart from the others for me was that the forward is written by Jeremy Clarkson. He is one of the three primary stars of BBC's "Top Gear" and a favorite of my wife. It is a good book and a great addition to a coffee table.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mini: Celebrating 50 Years of a Modern Motoring Icon 6 Sep 2012
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I purchased this book for my husband. He is loving it. He is continually reading out passages to me saying " did you know that ...... " I keep telling him I don't care but he keeps telling me all about it anyway! That proves to me that he is really enjoying the book and the information in it - and of course he LOVES Minis and has one... Personally I feel a few pictures would be good.
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