John and Robert’s MINIs

As a MINI owner myself, I am constantly browsing the MINI forums, looking for ideas and giving insight to what I think would work and what wouldn’t. I follow several builds, two of which I’ve had the opportunity to showcase for you here: Robert Jaeger’s MINI Cooper S and John “Jomo” Monk’s MINI Cooper Coupe JCW.

 

For those who don’t know, JCW stands for John Cooper Works, the performance division of MINI.  A division which keeps the MINI racing heritage alive, named after John Cooper. Yes, the same John Cooper who pioneered the rear-mounted engine and founded the Cooper Car Company. He also had three Monte Carlo Rally titles and 16 Grand Prix wins to his name. That’s some heritage to live up to!

 

Both Robert and Jomo chose MINIs because of the racing heritage behind the car. Robert, to build a “trackable street car” and Jomo, well because he’s modded MINIs before! Both like the fact that MINIs are fairly uncommon in the modding world, even with an excellent aftermarket support. However, MINIs are not for the budget-minded modder, as they are expensive to purchase, maintain, and modify, thus making MINIs a rare sight at the typical car meet.

 

Don’t think that there’s nothing special about them though, as MINI USA even encourages owners to be unique, claiming (at least when I bought mine) that there are no two MINIs alike. As you can see here, these two are quite different. In fact, they’re almost completely opposite. Besides the obvious color difference, one is supercharged and one is turbocharged. One is a hatchback, and one is a coupe (technically also a hatchback).

However, similarities abound between them as well. Both have JCW aero, Megan Racing coilovers, and both have aftermarket intakes. They also have upgraded brakes, Brembo as a factory option for the white coupe, and Wilwood as an aftermarket addition on the black hatchback. Both also have several custom interior pieces.

 

John’s MINI, the white coupe, has custom leather seats, custom alcantara interior accents, and the upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo package that accommodates Bluetooth and iPod functionality. When asked about future plans for the car, John told me that they’re top secret and he can’t disclose them, but I have a feeling it’ll be sick once it’s how he wants it.

Robert’s MINI, the black hatchback, has a Sparco Chrono seat with planted bracket (added after pictures were taken), adorned by Schroth Rallye 4 Harnesses. It also has a JCW All-Leather Steering Wheel, several different aftermarket and custom gauges for boost, air fuel, oil, and battery temp. Robert recently made a custom iPad Mount w/ DashCommand. He also has the Euro Parcel Shelf and a Rear Seat Delete, helping him utilize the large boot area of the car. Robert has plans to install a short shift kit on the car.

 

If you’re out and about in Nashville and see one of these MINIs cruising the street, I’d think twice about challenging them at a stoplight. You may be surprised at how good the rear end looks on each car!

 Mod list for Robert’s MINI Cooper S:Engine:15% WMW PulleyAlta CAIGRS Intercooler

GTT Snoot Boots

Invidia Exhaust

Detroit Tuned Bypass Valve

Suspension/Chassis:

Megan Coilovers

Hotchkis Rear Lower Control Arms

Hotchkis Comp Rear Sway Bar

M7 Front Strut Bar

Poly Bushings

Exterior:

JCW Front Bumper

JCW Upper Grill

JCW Lower Grill

Custom Front Splitter

JSart prototype wing tip

M7 Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Ram Scoop

Lamin-x Gunsmoke Headlight Vinyl

18% Tint

Smoked Turns/Fogs/Sidemarkers

De-badged

Wheels & Brakes:

17×8 ESM-004’s

Wilwood Billet Narrow Superlite Calipers

Wilwood 12″ 36-Curved Vane Slotted GT Rotors

Wilwood Aluminum Hats

Wilwood BP-10 Pads

Wilwood 580 Fluid

TSW Wheel Studs

Stainless Brake Lines

WMW 5mm Front Spacers

Interior:

Sparco Chrono seat with Planted bracket

JCW All-Leather Steering Wheel

Schroth Rallye 4 Harnesses

Innovate Wideband MTX-L Air Fuel Gauge

Innovate MTX-D Oil Pressure/Temp Gauge

Auto Meter Boost Gauge

VDO Oil Temp & Battery Votlage Gauges

Custom A-Pillar Triple Gauge Pod

Custom iPad Mount w/ DashCommand

Euro Parcel Shelf and Rear Seat Delete

 

Mod list for John’s MINI Cooper Coupe JCW:

Engine:

DDM Race Intake

Megan Racing coilovers

Exterior:

Painted roof/mirrors

Painted JCW aero kit

Painted headlight/tail light rings (dechromed)

Interior:

Custom leather seats

Custom alcantara interior accents

Upgraded Harmon Kardon sound system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity

 

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