Firstly, I have observed that I’ve had more comments following my Shine Jesus Shine post than any other, as far as I can recall! So many thanks to all of you who have downloaded the mp3 and left your opinions, especially those of you who said nice things about it!

I did make another Mini-related purchase today, which was quite fun. I found a nice set of crystal halogen headlights on the Minispeed web site, and figured it was about time I bought some. I noticed whilst driving along in the dark the other night that my headlights just don’t seem to light up the road enough. Sure, I can see enough of the road to not drive into anything, but it’s not exactly encouraging to be driving along checking every few minutes to make sure the lights are switched on! The crystal lenses are like what you’d find on any modern car, where the beam pattern is determined by the reflector at the back rather than the glass on the front. As such, the headlights look more sparkly, because you can see right to the back of the light bowl. Also, being a halogen bulb, it’s going to be significantly brighter, bringing Neddy’s lighting department into the 21st century!

Purchasing the lights was an interesting experience. According to the Colchester Mini Club web site, I can get a discount from Minispeed by saying I’m a member. Obviously there wasn’t anything on Minispeed’s web site where I could tell them that, so I decided to phone them up instead. The guy I spoke to didn’t really seem to know what was going on, but took my word for it that there was an agreement to offer discount! It did strike me afterwards that I could have claimed I was from an imaginary club and I would have got away with it… Still, I got it all sorted over the phone, so hopefully they’ll be arriving either on Saturday or Monday, depending on when they get in the post.

I’ve also found myself frequently on eBay just of late, scouring the listings for anything Mini-related that might be useful. So far I haven’t won anything, though I’ve got my eye on a few things. Of course, I really didn’t ought to spend too much money, I’m supposed to be saving up for a new set of wheels…

P.S. Berkeley complained last night that he was only mentioned in my blog twice. So here is another mention of him. Hello Berkeley.

Categories: Minis


Berkeley · 10 March 2006 at 5:16 pm

Glad to see my name in print. Not so happy about the new lights for your Mini – they sound like the sort that blind oncoming drivers! ūüôĀ

Matthew · 10 March 2006 at 5:23 pm

No fear, Minis aren’t tall enough for that! They do use halogen bulbs, but then most headlights do these days. The only reason any headlights should blind oncoming drivers is if a) the muppet behind the wheel has got them on full beam, or b) the headlights are set up incorrectly so that they’re pointing up rather than onto the road.

luke · 10 March 2006 at 8:24 pm

i haven’t had any mention!

new wheels, new lights? madness!

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