I don’t know if I ever told you, but one of my first real nicknames was Mini. One of my friends created it when I was about 14, because I was basically tiny. The guys were big in comparison, so Mini stuck for a while. And when I was 18, my parents gave me a traditional 18-birthday gift – a drivers licence lessons, plus a fictional car – my favourite. Red MINI Cooper with two white stripes on the hood. Obviously.
Last November, just after my birthday, I was supposed to travel to Prievidza with my lovely crew from Kavickari.sk, but my car broke down suddenly. You can imagine how happy I was when BMW Slovakia came to the rescue and gave me this beautiful tangerine bumblebee for the trip! I wanted to ride the MINI Cooper S for such a long time that I was as happy as if they put an Aston Martin in my hands. The thing is, I feel very connected to MINI – it is small, fast, cute, stylish, practical (unless you need to move furniture or go skiing)… All the things I am, too. Let’s be honest, we were a perfect pair!
There were a few things I liked even more than the colour, though. Besides the fact that is was scarily fast and agile, like a little lighting bolt, it was incredibly cool, too. Instead of classic black fabric or leather seats, these were grey, brown and cream and covered in the most classy plaid pattern – could you believe it? And while I was driving (with a 2-litre TwinTurbo diesel engine) I couldn’t stop looking at the red stop watch at the series of round clocks in front of me. From the moment I got in the car, I was in a racing mode. Too bad it was -3 degrees and snowing outside.
Despite the only 3 doors, three adults + Jimmy fit in the MINI and the small-ish trunk was absolutely fine for our photo equipment, bags and coats. Our photographer Ondro even sat on the back seats the whole way and was enjoying himself immensely. He likes little cars, too. Especially the sunny and fast ones, like this.
Text: Miroslava Germanová
Source: THE BLOND ZEBRAS
Photo: Ondrej Bobek