The Green Machine  (aka) Lizzybordon 

                                                                                                                                  

Now I've never been one to really get into automobiles, but when my parents visited me in 2006, we went shopping in Ocala, and in a strip mall parking lot was a checkered MINI Cooper. Of course Dad's first words were "What the hell is that", and Mom had never seen one either, but I knew exactly what it was, and eventually I was going to own one. For those of you that may not know, the MINI Cooper is a subcompact car produced under the MINI marque by BMW Autogroup. The Mini brand originally belonged to British Motor Corporation, which in 1966 became part of British Motor Holdings. British Motor Holdings merged with Leyland Motors in 1968 to form British Leyland. In the 1980s British Leyland was broken-up and in 1988 Rover Group, including Mini, was acquired by British Aerospace. In 1994 Rover Group was acquired by BMW. In 2000 Rover Group was broken-up by BMW, with BMW retaining the Mini brand.

Fast forward a bit to 2010,  and my old Toyota Celica was almost 20 years old and had way too many miles on it, but I had saved, and saved, and on the 30th of June, I went to Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay (actually Palm Harbor), and with cash in hand, bought the Green Machine, a new 2010 MINI Cooper S in British Racing Green with a whopping 4 miles on the odometer. It was the biggest check I had ever written, but it was nice to have this vehicle, bought and paid for.

Since then I've made a few modifications, like adding a TomTom,  placing a Snap XM for those long trips, adding  my Ipod internally, and a few motoring badges. Its first long road trip was to Colonial Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown, Virginia for the first week in December 2010.

I've managed to also have a little fun with it as well. Every MINI needs a nickname, and who better to name this car after than the most famous accused female axe murderess {she didn't do it, it was probably Bridget the maid imo} of the 19th Century (not to mention, one of my favorite World of Warcraft characters....although she spells her name Lizzybordon as not to violate their EULA). I have that car placed on my 3rd generation Flip, and I also have a Panavise to record from within the car. (Although you will need the extension arm, as the windshield of the MINI is quite sloped and without the arm you really can't mount the Flip, the camera hits the glass and faces upwards.) It's a shame that Cisco decided to stop making these handy little pocket camcorders. Instead I now have a Go-Pro mounted on the front dash, just about the speedometer.

                                 

                                            

 

                                                 

                                                

                                                     After a little while I decided that Lizzy needed a little makeover so I installed a chrome intake bonnet scoop.

                                               

Well I really wasn't quite satisfied as every MINI probably should have racing stripes. If it doesn't have stripes, well then it's not a complete MINI. I ordered my stripes from CooperFlags.com, and they were really great. I took the car back to Tampa where Bill Whitehouse of Alley Cat Customs did the final installation. He did a fantastic job!

                                            

                                                                                                                                       

                                      

                      Actual video taken with the FLIP (generation 3)  mounted on a Panavise 809 going down I - 75 {Headed to the UNDIE 500} (that's the CD player you hear, the group is Air and the tune is La Femme D'Argent )

                                                       

MINI sponsors a lot of fun events, from fund raisers for charity to MINI gatherings, and every MINI owner gets the opportunity to participate. I seem to get many a different T shirt from every different event. Here are just a sampling of the various things I've accumulated.

                                

And here are a sampling of some events

                                             http://www.gbmini.net/wp/2011/03/undie_500_gathering/                                                              http://undie500.info/

                                                    

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

                                                                                              Lizzy's encounter with stupid student 

 

                                                                                                                       Lizzy's appointment with the car doctor

 

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