"Take a classic motoring journey with Jon Quirk, a vintage Mini owner, as he goes from selling yard rescue, to restoration, to weekend motoring nirvana in his Paul Smith special edition Mini. What I especially appreciate about John’s description is his acknowledgement of the car’s imperfections — those things he’s willing to “forgive” because the car is so brilliant in so many other ways." MotoringFile Archive Video: Buying a Paul Smith Rover Mini
"My name is Jon, I'm the editor of Auto Trader UK and this is my Mini Paul Smith.
As for my car? Well, I can see the argument that by driving something that originated fifty years ago, I'm not exactly on the cusp of the automotive edge. But I love cars with character and this little thing makes a big impact. When the opportunity to enjoy going fast is pretty tricky these days, I love the fact I can catch myself laughing behind the wheel even when the speedo is quivering above 40mph.
I also think I'm just one of those peeps who just prefer the first iterations, the original versions that reveal a purity of vision and always offer references for the future. And as the sage oracle Grandmaster Flash says, the first is forever. Enjoy the film."