Ask anyone that's driven a classic Mini, and they'll probably tell you that their first reaction to driving it was a lot like the start of this video – whooping, shouting, laughing and a whole lot of smiling. This video, from Jon Quirk, editor-in-chief at Auto Trader UK, highlights the connection between him and his Rover Mini Paul Smith. He really nails the man-machine interface that makes owning a great car so much fun. Besides that, Quirk does a good job of enumerating what is so enjoyable about driving a fun car on a twisting road.

For our British readers, this video is also meant to test the waters for a new format from Auto Trader UK, called "I Bought One." With Quirk's Mini, the car-buying site is looking at telling the story of people and their interesting cars. We think this video is a great start, with high production value and solid content. Head on over to the YouTube channel, and let them know what you think. But first, scroll on down for the entire video on this awesome Rover Mini.


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      Bad Karma
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nicely done. On par with Petrolicious, which is high praise indeed.
      onewayroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I was a kid in Ireland, the first car I ever drove was a 1972 Austin Mini with a whopping 998cc engine. I think i was 8 or 9 and my dad took me driving in a field behind our house. The car was in our family till we moved to Canada in 89. I was perfectly suited to the narrow, twisty roads of Ireland. What a great car it was, my Dad still talks about it with a big smile on his face.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      The mini & Citroen Traction Avant have to be the two coolest fwd cars-well throw in the Cord too. Great video! The owner reminds me of Obi Wan Kenobi: Ewan MacGregor
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really dig stuff like this. It's good to be reminded that car guys still exist, as opposed to "car fans" who say they're car guys/gals, but then judge people for what they're driving. Car guys/gals get there's a reason for the Toyota Camry and they don't begrudge someone for driving one. Hell, I know more than a few blokes whose daily drivers are Camries, Accords, beater Crown Vics or beater Corollas or beater 323s (or a beater Mirage like me). And when they get home, they leave the Camry parked on the curb/in the driveway, open their garage and either wrench on a project or take the Porsche for a spin...or both.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      my uncle manages a bmw dealership and test drives those cars all the time. mini coopers are fun cars to drive. i haven't driven one of the old ones though. and the m3 is a masterpiece too.
        benjamin_braddock
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        The original Mini was the best car I ever owned. It was much more fun than anything you can buy these days.
          tom.tommarello
          • 1 Year Ago
          @benjamin_braddock
          @ John My absolute favorite car chase scene of all time. Sometimes I sit down to just watch that scene. I usually just end up watching the whole movie. One day I will get to drive one myself, I hope. My aunt used to have a Fiat 124 Sport Spider and I drove it often for quick errands. Wonder if the experience is anything similar.
      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want one of these SO BAD.
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