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My boyfriend is heavily into classic mini's - up until October he owned a 1974 Morris mini 1000 that he's spent alot of time modifiying, unfortunately just as he got it running perfectly someone stole it off our driveway. We now have a 1976 Leyland mini pick up that we bought with the insurance money. As a side line of the mini obsession, my boyfriend has a subscription to MiniWorld magazine.
There are 2 magazines in this country (that I know of) which are geared around the classic mini - this is one and the other is Mini Mag. In our circle of mini owners, MiniWorld seems to be the most popular and generally regarded as the better of the two - they are certainly much more effective at responding to communication (I say this from the point of view as a photographer/journalist who started contributing to MiniWorld in November, but has always had my emails to Mini Mag ignored).
As seems standard with magazines, this one is printed a month in advance with those who have a subscription generally getting the magazine a few days in advance of general release. The covers generally have eyecatching photographs which draw you in.
Each month the magazine covers news and events in the world of classic mini's, shopping, practical illustrated 'how to' type articles, feature cars, Q&A's, restoration updates and more. The variation keeps the magazine interesting, whilst the regular monthly sections provide a consistency that keeps you going back to it each month.
Some of the content is reader submitted (often in the news section and 'your minis', and the feature cars tend to belong to regular readers) - you'll be suprised by how many classic mini owners have it as their goal to get in this magazine. Other content is submitted by freelancers, such as myself, but is carefully checked by the editor Karen and only published if sufficient quality.
The magazine will have different uses to you depending on how much you know about mini's - if your anything like my boyfriend then you already know the technical side and won't learn anything new from those sections, however he does draw inspiration from the feature cars and joined our local club when we moved to the area and he saw a listing for them in it. The adverts can also be useful for finding specialised insurance companies and companies to supply specific parts. Most recently the ad's in the back have come in handy for us when trying to prove to the insurance company how much our stolen one was worth(!) in regular circumstances though it could be a good way to discover your first or next mini.
In my experience this magazine is a good read for all mini enthusiasts - whether they are new to the scene or experienced owners with advanced knowledge. My boyfriend certainly enjoys reading it each month (and aside from 1 book, it's the only thing he's read in 3 years!) and my experiences with recently starting to contribute my own work have all been positive - the editor is quick to respond to enquiries and very friendly.
I also like the fact that MiniWorld is exclusively for classics - many classic mini owners are against the new BMW versions (as you'll soon see if you go to a meet, with all the derogatory BMW stickers on the car windows). There is enough to write about the classic ones without diluting it so in my opinion they've certainly taken the right route here.
Price wise the magazine currently sells for £4.30 which I still think is fairly expensive for a magazine, but a price which seems to have become common place in the market and the quality of MiniWorld is as deserving of that cost as any other.
For those of you out there, mini mad like me, you've probably heard of Mini World. Its great! The mag has plenty of pictures for you to drule over but for those of you who aren't satisfied with having the reading comprehension of a two year old, there are masses of really well written and interesting articles. The mag is very imformative and will help you take your mini to the limit. Well...at least over 35mph. The mag has several columns and regular features by some such genius' as John Cooper and other old Gods of the mini scene. The mag has proved great value for money because it has helped me improve my mini.it now feels smoother, and more importantly, faster than ever before. If you want speed, buy Mini World!