MINI has stood alongside some of history’s most iconic moments for six decades, some of which have touched the lives of individuals across the nation. In conjunction with the MINI 60th Anniversary, MINI Malaysia celebrates three MINIacs who tell the tale of their first MINI love. Here’s how the iconic brand of premium compact vehicles has played a meaningful role in their lives.
Malaysian tattoo artist and family man, Kelvin recounts the first time he was introduced to a MINI after hearing the then MINI tagline: Go with Your Gut. The very next day, he did exactly so! Three years on, the Kok family are proud owners of the MINI Clubman and a fully restored 1996 MINI Kensington. Claiming his love for the engine’s powerful roar and the family he has found in the MINI owners’ community; Kelvin lastly relates MINI’s long-revelled heritage with the classic Mandarin saying: Never forget your roots.
Wan Muqarram Sidek (Mooq)
Standing in front of a classic Austin MINI pickup, Mooq recounts the great bonding moments spent with his late father restoring the custom-built car. Mooq’s father wanted his son’s first car to wear the iconic British Racing Green coat with a 1.3 single-point injection engine sitting in its core, running on 13-inch wide wheels and most importantly, sporting wooden grilles. Living by his old man’s wise words, “a man of class is a man who takes care of classic cars”. Mooq named his pickup Papa Mooqs and thinks of him on every drive.
Lee Siew Hon
What is better than a fun, agile MINI at its best? A MINI with a dose of attitude. This is what Hon’s MINI GP represents to him. Instead of keeping his MINI parked at home, he believes that the car was built to be driven and he takes his MINI out as much as he can – up mountain roads on weekends and to work on weekdays. Hon is not just in love with the performance in his one-of-a-kind MINI GP, he also loves the heritage of the MINI brand and the story behind it, making his relationship with his MINI, extra special – like all MINI love stories should be.
MINI has always been a conversation-starter, the life of the party, and a timeless piece of the automotive history. 60 years have proven that the MINI spirit has gone from strength to strength, having been a part of so many lives across the globe.