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Hello everyone, Now that the database upgrade is nearing completion, and I finally have the ability to do "hot backups" without taking the website offline for maintenance, I'd like to give everyone a little bonus. Effective immediately, all Private Message (PM) storage limits are now doubled Free Members: 500 -> 1,000 Silver Members: 750 -> 1,500 Gold Members: 1,000 -> 2,000 Platinum Members: 1,500 -> 3,000 Hope this makes everyone's life a little easier, especially for you vendors out there that use PMs a lot! Thanks for your support, Skye Nott Webmaster



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The new database servers are performing well under load, so I'll be continuing the database conversion process to the new layout for all websites, which will pave the way for better replication and backup systems. Please expect to see the "Scheduled maintenance" message on Friday night, February 17, 2017 starting at 9:00 PM Pacific time. I expect the work to take 4-6 hours as I want to take a full backup of the system for safety before making any changes. Once the websites are back up, there should be no visible difference in the operation or performance of the website. Schedule: Jan...



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Hello everyone, You've probably noticed that this website has had some unplanned downtime lately. I'm not sure about the exact cause, it's probably an intermittent hardware failure as the techs keep finding the main server powered off at the console. I've been rebooting and repairing the database as needed to keep things running, while making plans to transition to brand new servers with updated database, webserver, and firewall software. The good news is I've already run the migration plan on some of my smaller websites, and it's working brilliantly. The bad news is that the frequenc...



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IMG 1036 2
I bought ROO in 2010 to be our means of travelling around Australia in 2011 the 50th Anniversary Year for Mini in Oz. The Van was a lightly used and unabused 1973 model with 1098cc 'A Series' engine - modified head for unleaded fuel and with the later non-OZ Metro 8.4" disc brakes up front...thus running on 12" wheels. It was thoroughly prepared - new rad/hoses/belt/water pump, new clutch/slave and idler gear bearings, new engine and tranny seals, new QH universal joints, new muffler & tailpipe, relays for lights/horn, serviced starter & alternator, new HiLo cones up front & Koni Sport a...




 



Little Red
I didn't mention it until now but I've traded in my beloved Jeep Wrangler for a new Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL 4! What a sweet ride and I am enjoying the benefits that come with a brand new vehicle. Lots of fun on the twisties, great acceleration and great on gas too! So now I have been having to decide which car to take the MG or Mini?




 



Unipower GT at Donington Kit Car show 2012
The Mini-engined Unipower GT was launched at the 1966 Racing Car Show by Universal Power Drives Ltd of Perivale, Middlesex. One of the most successful Mini derivatives, it was even entered for the 1969 Le Mans race. Around 75 cars are believed to have been built, and surviviors have become very valuable. The example seen here looks very smart wearing JAP Magna wheels.




 



Radford De Ville Mk 3 Mini Cooper 1275S 1970
London coachbuilder Harold Radford – already having created estate versions of Aston Martin’s DB5 & DB6 – made the original Mini a high-fashion icon with his hand-crafted Radford Mini de Ville offering a rare, opulent, distinctly up-market version of the diminutive machine with unique celebrity status. The original Radford coachbuilt Mini was the ultimate motoring designer label of the Swinging Sixties. To read more, go to the History section of our website, or follow this link: http://japearceengineering.com/history/




 



It's been a long road since I started back in '96. I've managed to collect 3 more Minis in the passage of time.I've managed to put over 400,000 miles on the 1st car we call Kenny.He earned that name from a co-worker of mine I used to carpool with,it seemed Kenny broke down every other week,the cartoon South Park was just starting out.I joined the Vancouver Mini club soon after.I found a mechanic that has a great knowledge of Minis who managed to correct Kenny's problems.Martin Webber has been my "go to guy" for my Minis.I drive my Minis often and parts breakage happens,to the point that one o...




 



The Mini Shrine
Relaunch! For Classic Mini (Austin, Rover, Morris) and New MINI (BMW) Owners: http://www.minishrine.com/ Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: http://www.twitter.com/MiniShrine "Like" us Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mini-Shrine/151769508169112 Stop by and say hello in the Forums, add to the Registry, or start a restoration & repair Journal.




 



The Austin Healey Experience
For all 3000, 100, 100-Six and Sprite Owners: http://www.healeyexperience.com/ Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: http://twitter.com/healeyexp "Like" us Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Austin-Healey-Experience/158219524238296 Stop by and say hello in the Forums, add to the Registry, or start a restoration & repair Journal.




 



re painted wheel
I decided my wheels needed a little T.L.C., so I cleaned, sanded,put 2 coats of paint and a clear coat on them, and I feel like I have new wheels!




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