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Saturday, May 24, 2003

Minis in the city

Laura has been lusting after one of the new Minis for her next car. So it was interesting to read in The New York Times about how people react to them in the city. The owner of the inn where we had our wedding reception a few weeks ago has one of the original style Minis, and he lets his guests take it out for a spin through the town. We were joking before the wedding that Laura should arrive at the wedding in the Mini (as opposed to the limousine typical of many weddings). His Mini is one of the few with an automatic transmission. He was telling us that they only made about 500 of them, and there are only two or three in the US. His car has the steering wheel on the right side rather than the left, as in most American cars. I actually got to drive it; it was fun, although I can't imagine actually owning one and using it to get around. The new Mini seems like a more substantial car. Laura decided not to drive the old Mini. The steering wheel being on the right made her nervous.

One thing I was astonished to find in the article in the Times is that the old-style Minis actually were in production until 2000. I had no idea.

Posted at 10:07 AM

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