A timeless piece of automotive history, MINI has touched many lives around the world in its six decades of manufacture. To commemorate the brand’s diamond jubilee this year, the British motoring icon has reached out to three drivers in Malaysia to share their personal stories on how this lovable marque has made their life journey extra meaningful.
Wan Muqarram Sidek
Wan Muqarram Sidek, aka Mooq, remembers how the process of restoring his custom-built classic Austin MINI pickup with his late father, helped the two bond. Mooq recalls his father’s wisdom and him often saying: “A man of class is a man who takes care of classic cars.” Which is why he insisted that Mooq’s first MINI must be sprayed in one colour and one colour only: Distinctive British Racing Green. With a 1.3 single-point injection engine, the car, which Mooq lovingly calls Papa Mooqs, runs on 13-inch wide rims and sports wooden grilles.
Lee Siew Hon
With a healthy dose of attitude and agility, the one-of-a-kind MINI GP is a fun ride designed for day-to-day driving. Which is what Lee Siew Hon believes too, as he puts his MINI through its paces, as much as he can by snaking mountain passes on weekends, and tackling the urban stop-start sprint from Monday to Friday. Besides the heritage and story of the MINI brand, Hon’s special relationship with his car stems from his immense love of its handling and performance too.
It was MINI’s catchy “Go with your gut” tagline that first seduced the Malaysian tattoo artist to the brand. According to the family-man, his first investment was a MINI Clubman. The car’s engine note as well as powerful roar proved too much to resist temptation, leading to his next acquisition: a fully-restored 1996 Kensington, which eventually inducted Kelvin into the MINI owners’ community in Malaysia.