Featured Ride: Nathan’s Mini


At one of my previous jobs I used to walk by a local Toronto Mini dealership on my way to work, as I passed I would look inside and wonder why there were not more modified Minis cruising the streets. It seemed that at the time, for whatever reason, the enthusiast crowd over looked this capable platform.

Lately though the Mini has been making a lot of waves in the online stance/flush community and one that’s been causing quite a bit of a stir is Nathan Gilbert’s o9 dark silver blacktop.

Having previously owned and modified a Volkswagen Corrado Nathan knew exactly which factory options and upgrades his Mini needed in order to work with the vision he had in mind, and almost immediately after he drove his Mini off lot it was it was under the knife to have a JCW Aero kit and set H&R coil overs installed along with a set of 18×7.5 Konig wheels.

Nathans mini sitting low on the time attack painted Konigs

Not about to build a car that was all show and no go Nathan added a turbo back exhaust system, and intake to give the mini a little more zip, and opted to make his time behind the wheel further enjoyable by adding a JCW Recaro seat imported from the United Kingdom.

The rake stance matches the flow of the JCW kit very well
The UK JCW seat in it's new home on this side of the pond

For those of us who do not know much about Mini’s Nathan explains that this seat is essentially a deluxe version of the Recaro Sportster seat;  equipped with side impact air bags, heating units,  and the John Cooper Works logo embroidered into the alcantara covering.

Detailed shot of the John Cooper Works Embrodary
This mini sports a mean looking front end thanks to the JCW kit and H&R Drop

After rocking the Konig wheels for awhile Nathan was fortunate enough to come across a set of staggered CCW Classics, CCWs are quickly becoming popular among the stance crowd and for good reason. These wheels instantly transform the look of whatever car they are on and always look good doing so.

The black lip and chrome faces of these wheels really pull this car together

Nathans CCW setup consists of 18×8 front wheels with an offset that has been adjusted from 32 to 27 via a set of 5mm spacers  and a set of 18×8.5 rear wheels with an offset of 28.

The staggered CCWS look perfect with the flares

With the new wheels Nathan set up his H&R coils with 2 threads left to go down up front and 5 in the rear, this setup allows Nathan to drive his Mini daily without having to worry too much about the conditions of the corners he is tearing up.

Rig shot with the CCWs hot out of the photo booth
Dirty Sanchez never looked so clean

I am very glad that Nathan contacted me and gave me the opportunity to not only show off the transformation of his car, but also showcase his great photography skills. If you want to see more of both his car and photos click over to his flickr account: flickr/gilboyto.

To end here are a few photos that I particularly enjoyed:

Another one of Nathans rig shots, great results for the inital test of the rig
Nathan having a little fun
Close up shot of the fitment
Kind of looks like an RC car here
These are one of those simple photos that are easy to love

Once again a huge thanks to Nathan for the opportunity to showcase his ride.


  1. JCW Mini FTW. 😛 After watching Minis autocross, I have nothing but respect for the little guys! And I mean, damn…. For such a tiny car it holds those 18’s well! Wouldn’t have guessed they’d look so nice.

    I hate to say it, but I don’t like pictures with chicks in the passenger seat…. :/ Come on, get out of the picture, lazy…. (If my husband insists on staying in the car, I make him duck down haha. Guess I must be mean? I like clean shots.) They always seem so bored to me, too. ._. (Gonna go hide now cos I feel like I was really mean saying that, ha….)

  2. Thanks for the comments guys! I would have taken her out of the car to get a better photo, but it was a quick snapshot on a winter night (maybe 25 degrees) haha. Thanks again I really appreciate Dave taking the time to show my love for cars!!

  3. I saw them shooting this car one night. Saw them setting up the rig. Took my breath away for a mini. Looked great in person. Didn’t expect to see something like that in this town.

  4. I was just thinking ergh what a turd looking mini! Glad I kept scrolling. Its amazing what different wheels and a couple of basic mods can do!

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