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Well it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here so I figure an update is due. I have been enjoying the mini with the VTEC installed and humming along. I drove it with a friend half way across the state and over a few mountain passes in September of 2014, other than that I’ve been just buzzing around locally. I have been getting 35-40 miles per gallon and those are some hard pushed miles too. I figure if I’m easy on the loud peddle it would be around 45 mpg.
Every year several hundred classic minis from all over the country will gather and have a week of fun at “Mini Meet West” . I’m looking forward to the autocross as you can imagine and this year the meet is up in Canada. Fortunately for me, I live near Seattle so the trip will be only a few hours. I’d rather be lucky than good! I wonder how many Honda Civic powered minis there will be this year.
I took the mini last summer to a 1/8 mile drag strip with some friends in their cars. We were quite the crew going down the road with an old Chevy Nova on drag slicks, a rat-rod pickup and my Italian Mini. We had a blast racing, learning the starting lights and watching some 1000 hp V8 powered cars thunder down the track. The amount of $$ some of these people have stuck under their hood is just staggering.
On a side note, I was able to enjoy a 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo for a day and of course I needed to get a few pictures of that in the garage next to my mini. The Lambo was crazy quick with a 0-60 mph time of just over 3 seconds. That is the only car I’ve driven that can out accelerate my VTEC mini. What a ride!