Easily the biggest gimmick on the new MINI convertible models is the Openometer. The what? Well, the Openometer is a gauge just like all the other gauges you might find on a car's dash, but on the MINI convertible models it measures how long the owner has driven with the top down.
To help promote the car and make the experience all the more enjoyable for owners, MINI launched the Open One Challenge where 400 drivers competed to record the most top-down miles. MINI has just announced the winner as David Loveall from Kansas City, Missouri. Over fifth months last year Loveall drove 555.55 hours top-down, visiting 48 states and driving such roads as Route 66.
As a reward for his adventures Loveall wins a trip to the MINI factory in Oxford, England.
"Owners like David are what make the MINI brand great," said Jim McDowell, Vice President, MINI USA. "The fact that he won this contest with 128 hours more than the runner up is a testament to his enthusiasm for his MINI, and is a great representation of the community that surrounds the brand."
And proving that it's not the destination, but the journey, Loveall commented that, "I took on the challenge for the story I'd get to tell. My MINI Cooper Convertible is the first car I have ever bought, and the experiences I have had within the first year of owning it have been amazing."
Photos of all the MINI Open One Challenge and rankings can be found at MINI Open One Challenge
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