I LOVE Mini. You love Mini. We all love Mini.
It’s a car that needs little introduction.
Small, cool, built for all — and as British as a red telephone box.
I’m telling you this because tomorrow marks 20 years of the modern Mini.
The first “BMW Mini” was built at Oxford on April 26, 2001.
During that time Mini has produced 5.1 million cars and will overtake the original Mini (5.4 million) within a year. Incredible.
Here are some more numbers for you:
A new Mini is built every 67 seconds, 1,000 a day. And how about this for efficiency? Mini 3dr, Mini 5dr, Clubman and pure electric Mini E are all built on one production line at Oxford.
I LOVE MY MINI: DANIEL TINSON
FOUR generations of my family have worked for Mini.
That’s something like 110 years all added together. We should have shares – that would be nice!
My great-grandad Jack Tinson started as a pipe fitter in 1934, then came back after the war. Three of his brothers worked here too. Those were the Morris days.
Grandad Ray started in 1950 and then my dad Martin followed in 1982 and has worked here for 39 years.
My brother Ben started in 2012 aged 16 as an apprentice and he’s doing really well. He’s now a maintenance process leader.
I’m a third-year apprentice building up knowledge of the business on 12-week rotations but I’m hoping to end up working in paint when my apprenticeship ends in September 2022.
That’s the great thing about Mini: Job security and there are lots of opportunities.
I’ve got a Clubman Cooper S on the company scheme and Dad and Ben drive Minis too. It’s great to see Minis dotted about wherever you go.
Let’s also give a shout-out to Mini Swindon, which supplies body panels, and the Hams Hall engine plant at Birmingham.
Together they make up the “UK Mini Production Triangle” and put food on the table for thousands of families.
But for many employees, Mini isn’t just a job, it is a massive part of their lives — as telecoms manager Jason Field and apprentice Daniel Tinson explain on the right.
I LOVE MY MINI: JASON FIELD
I MET my wife Tanya at Cowley (now Plant Oxford) over 32 years ago.
We were both apprentices and our first cars were classic Minis.
We now have 12 Minis in the family – Speedy, Trevor, Paddy, Pooh, Marty, Betty, Henry, Tommy, Jared, Mr Bump, Flash and Earl. Henry was my first new car, and he’s been with us for more than 30 years now. We even had a model of him on our wedding cake. Our three sons all have Minis too – even my tallest who’s 6ft 8in.
We’re known as the Mini family where we live and the house is full of memorabilia, plus trophies we’ve won from shows.
Minis are like no other car and bring so much happiness, but I think what really means the most is the amazing Mini community we have become a part of. We’ve made lifelong friends.