Wednesday, May 26, 2004
OUCH! Crash Testing: MINI Cooper vs Ford F150
Crash Testing: MINI Cooper vs Ford F150.

Compare these pictures of a MINI Cooper hitting the wall at 40MPH to these pictures of a Ford F-150 truck doing the same.

I knew there was a reason I have a MINI Cooper on order -- besides the fact they go zip zip zip and are the easiest things to find a parking space for in the lovely but parking-impaired City by the Bay.

Sometime mid-August, a spanking-new 2005 MINI Cooper will be mine. British racing green. White roof. Plain vanilla otherwise -- not the S, no spoiler, no moon-roof, no leather seats.

I ordered the MINI Cooper (after mulling it over for something like two years) because it zips but I'm sure glad to find out that if I hit a wall at 40mph, my kneecaps will survive.

update: This photo is the closest thing I could find with a quick Web search.

zoom! zoom!

: views from the Hill

Bertold Brecht:   
Everything changes. You can make
A fresh start with your final breath.
But what has happened has happened. And the water
You once poured into the wine cannot be
Drained off again.

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