I've been lurking here on the boards since I saw the Knauz mini crew a couple of Sundays ago while riding on Hunt Club. I've decided, after a few test drives, to order a 2006 JCW
Cooper S with the Checkmate package. Space blue and silver, chrono, chrome, and a few other bits. Biggest concern, as a bike racer, was room for the bike(s), however it looks like the rear rack may work. This is really exciting since the time my wife and I left the showroom from our first test drive, she asked "so when are we getting our new Mini?"
Which brings me to my question - if JCW
production isn't scheduled to begin until Oct as well as Checkmate availability, do you think it will be available by late Nov (for Chicago)? I just need to make sure I time the selling of my 2003 VW GTI VR6 and the inevitable purchase of snow tires.