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30-09-2019, 09:33
I was out supporting my local car meet raising money for a hospice. Conversation turned to how cars have got bigger over the years.
So for comparison purposes we parked an original mini with the new Rolls Royce Cullinan, both designed for 4 passengers and luggage, thoughts and comments?

30-09-2019, 09:47
I have been told that the wheelbase of the current BMW mini is the same as the original Range Rover.

30-09-2019, 10:13
All new cars are massive compared to what they were when I was a kid. Saw a new shape Micra yesterday, it was the size of an original Focus I reckon.

Garages in new builds and car parking spaces haven't got any bigger though!


Apologies for the daily Mail related website link but it's a relevant article to this subject.

30-09-2019, 10:21
The RR is a poster star for conspicuous consumption...a tad over the top in terms of simply transporting 4 people. On the other hand, you may well be able to get 4 in a Mini, but I wouldn't want to be one of them! (Actually, I'm probably 2 of them...so maybe I would want to be just the one!) So I guess the optimum car for modern peeps is something Focus-sized, where you could get out at the other end without needing the attentions of a chiropractor.

I wonder how much longer BMW can go before they have to rename the MINI brand, cos none of the current ones are even close to being small...

30-09-2019, 11:38
Yes, I was alluding to the fact that Mini and Rolls Royce are BMW brands these days

Gordon Caro
30-09-2019, 12:33
With advent of electric cars the government will be looking for a new way to raise tax, how about a volume tax the bigger it is the more you pay. You make your choice and pay your money.

30-09-2019, 14:49
Volume tax? Excellent idea! So the louder people have their in-car music, the more they have to pay!

...talking of which...why is it that the people who have their systems turned up loud (usually with the windows down too), are always playing crap music???

30-09-2019, 14:52
"the bigger it is the more you pay"....mmmm....not so sure about that one though.... ;)

30-09-2019, 15:33
On the subject, here's a couple of Porsche Spyders.

2 cute bums but they've got bigger over the years!!


30-09-2019, 20:04
Both factory rally cars, both Minis!! yep I'm with you Norm, might be a bit of trade description required
For clarity, they are both the same scale (1/32)

30-09-2019, 21:31
Bloody L, that original Mini looks like it might fit inside the modern one, which might still seat 4...

Of the 2 Porsches though, I'll take the modern one, even though it does have a number plate that seems to reflect what people might call ya....ahem.

30-09-2019, 21:51
.... even though it does have a number plate that seems to reflect what people might call ya....ahem.

Ouch!! ;)

01-10-2019, 00:09
As cars get bigger so do the keys! A pic taken by my brother at the SMMT test day recently. BMW X3M.... BIC biro n for scale.


01-10-2019, 08:58
'kin 'ell, that's enormous!!

On a separate note I used to go to the SMMT test day (originally a day and a half) , at Donnington Park, and latterly at the Millbrook test facility, but over just the day.

Used to be held in May, is that still the case?

01-10-2019, 09:32
Looks like it was on the 26 Sept, not sure if they more than one these days?

01-10-2019, 13:42
Ouch!! ;)

Oops! Sorry Jim, is that your car? Good job you don't give a toss, eh. ;)

01-10-2019, 13:49
Ach, don't worry about it. I've been called worse. :cool:

Perhaps not from a bloke from Yorkshire tho!!!
(well, maybe once eh Craig) ;)

01-10-2019, 19:10
No, I've heard him say it a few times... :)

Those Yorkshire people can have cruel tongues (and other bits). Not like us salt-of-the-earth Merseyside folk....

06-10-2019, 15:52
I swear that I only put it in the tumble dryer for a few minutes!!

06-10-2019, 18:45
It's not just cars. I washed my German Shepherd and he shrunk back into puppy size!!



06-10-2019, 19:19
Doggone! Jim, looks like you've been sold a pup...

Dead cute tho :)