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Female Speaker: It was designed to be a modern little car shortly after its debut, it became famous as a race car and soon took on the status of a cult car, the Mini now 50 years old and as popular as ever.

It all began as a mere sketch on a napkin during a dinner, 3 meters 5 in length, small wheels at each corner, loads of interior space and a trunk that held 196 liters. The car was a … of genius and was well accepted. Soon, the first special editions were out and John Cooper who has since died was really thrilled.

John Cooper: Well, Issigonis who was a great friend of mine was told to replace the Bubble car and the secret of the Mini really is the east-west engine, front wheel drive and only 10 feet long with a wheel at each corner. And he was the first man to make a car with the east-west engine front wheel drive of which 95 percent of the world car manufacturers have now copied, in bigger cars and it was Alex Moulton who designed the rubber suspension had a lot play with it. And Jack Daniels who is still alive today, he was his right hand man he helped as well, but he was one of the greatest car designers of all time, Issigonis.

Female Speaker: The Mini Cooper S with its 1.1 liters of displacement and 17 horsepower was to follow. This is a car that Fin Rauno Aaltonen drove to a class victory in 1963 at the Rally Monte Carlo.

Three overall victories for the Mini at the Legendary Rally in 1964, 1965 and 1967 followed. Cult status had been reached.

Rauno Aaltonen: It was different from the cars of today the car was smaller, it had 10 inch tiny little wheels, the car was very light, it means that it was extremely handy, we could throw the car really in any angle, it would fit in a narrow passages easily but you had to be careful because it was bouncy, it didn’t stick to the road as the cars of today will do.

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Female Speaker: In 2001, now under the direction of BMW, the second generation of the Mini came out on the market with a fresher appearance and technical improvements, the success story continues.

Rauno Aaltonen: The new Mini is just as direct and agile in handling as the old one used to be. It means that you really feel to be in a sporty motor car. I would like to say that the old Mini was like a princess, beautiful but a bit difficult at times.

The princess is now grown up; the new Mini is a real queen.

Female Speaker: Also the second generation Mini soon came out as the Cooper S version and sold like hot cakes. It was followed by the Cabrio and just recently even an eco-friendly, electric model was released one you simply plug in to your wall socket to recharge. Production takes place in Oxford and is ultramodern.

Next year, Mini plans an SUV, the study is already out. There are wild and exotic model creations from all around the world, you can get a closer look at them at regular meetings of Mini maniacs.

After 50 years, the Mini is by no means an old piece of junk, it still has loads of potential to get us around for decades to come. It may be Mini but it plays a big role. We’re looking forward to seeing more in the future.

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