• Jul 25th 2006 at 10:59AM
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Simon Baker of the UK comes from a family of MINI fans. Since '02, they have owned four of the little Anglo-Teutonic bundles of fun. Last week during the British Motor Show's press days, Mr. Baker himself took delivery of his family's fifth, the first MINI GP built for a customer. On hand to present the keys was John Cooper's son Mike, owner of the soon-to-be shuttered John Cooper Works Garage.
Mr Baker's car is actually the second GP. The first one is on display at the motor show and will head to the MINI museum afterwards. As such, the car he received is emblazoned with "GP 0002" on the roof over the driver's door. He reserved the car in 2005 based on rumor alone, and when the car was formally announced nine months later, he was #1 on the list. It pays to be proactive.

For his part, Mr. Baker says that he's looking forward to showing off the car to his friends and that we shouldn't expect to see it listed on eBay. As far as he's concerned, this one's a keeper.

(Press release after the jump)

[Source: MINI]


First UK MINI GP owner at Motor Show

Paul Baker, the first UK MINI GP customer, collected the keys to his dream car from Mike Cooper. Mr Baker had registered his interest with local dealer, North Oxford Garage, when the first rumours of the fastest production MINI started to appear in January 2005; nine months before the car was officially announced.

Mr Baker was the first person in the UK to place an order for the MINI Cooper S with John Cooper Works GP Kit and was rewarded with the second car: 0002. MINI GP 0001 is currently displayed at the British International Motor Show and will be returned to the MINI museum where all first production models are displayed.

The remaining 458 MINI GPs in the UK will begin arriving at their new homes next week. 2000 have been built in total and the car is now sold out worldwide. Priced at £22,000 in the UK, the MINI GP reaches 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 146mph and a power output of 218hp.

Mr Baker and his family have been MINI fans for years and the MINI GP is the fifth model to be owned by the family since 2002.

Mr Baker, said: "It looks even better in the metal than the photos. When I heard the rumour, I couldn't resist ordering the fastest, most powerful production MINI. I'm looking forward to driving it to my local pub, sitting in the front garden, and showing it off to my mates. I'll be keeping this car a long time, and no I'm not going to sell it on Ebay!"

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Ya know what, I like cars, but I could never be this weird about a new car. Lighten up pal.

      Probably camped out for a week in advance of Star Wars premieres.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a really interesting thread. Anyone like to advise me on the most advantageous pension arrangements and mortgage schemes available?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I see, I misread bert's statement.

      However, according to:

      "With 2007 Ford Mustangs and Shelby GT500 coupes rolling off the assembly line in the background, Gary Roe, president, AutoAlliance Inc., Ford performance legend Carroll Shelby, and Barrett-Jackson executives Steve Davis and Gary Bennett handed over the keys to the first Shelby GT500 sold to the public to Ron Pratte, the winning bidder in a charity auction last January, on June 23, 2006. Pratte purchased the rights to the car during the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 21, 2006. Proceeds from the sale benefited the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation."

      According to the IRC (and I'm paraphrasing), you may take a charitable deduction only for the excess of FMV you paid. He bought a car at the FMV determined at auction, he is not going to get a charitable deduction. Ford on the other had, will since they donated the money to the foundation.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bert - if you don't mind, what tax break?
      • 9 Years Ago

      He won the rights to the car at the barrett jackson car auction and the money went to charity...

      tax deduction
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