Smaller but seems not

Earlier this week my Clubman showed up a very strange warning when I applied the parking brake while waiting (a long time) at roadworks:

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The warning suggested that the parking brake was still released (the indicator light was off too) but in fact it was locked on and I could not release it – stuck in the middle of the road!

Luckily, after the computer tradition off/on sequence, while the parking brake was still initially locked and would not release, it seemed to clear the fault and release after a too long wait …

So today, I dropped my car off at Orlando MINI, and got a “small” two door MINI loaner – and I really didn’t notice any size difference, at least for the driver position!

 

Hopefully, whatever is wrong with my Clubman is easy to identify and solve.

UPDATE: Orlando MINI were unable to find any problem or fault code with the parking brake, even with the error message captured above – I have to hope this problem doesn’t recur …

 

Another Clubman recall

There was a recall last year¬†on my Clubman, that didn’t sound particularly serious, but was resolved during my service visit a few months ago. Today, I received notification of another recall – and this one seems a bit more serious and also very surprising that it’s taken such a long time for a software light control issue to be noticed!

Clubman Recall, Brake Lights
Clubman Recall, Brake Lights

I guess I’ll be needing to call Orlando MINI some time …

Cruz N Car Show April 2017

Winter Garden’s quarterly car show returned today (previously September 2016) and we headed in to enjoy the views and take loads of photos!

 

In addition to the amazing cars above (including Hudson Commodore, Budget Funeral, many Corvettes, a VW rust bucket, and the amazing purple car) there’s a couple that I’ll feature separately …

First, a mystery vehicle with two engines! No idea why, though it has tiny rear stabilizer wheels that suggest it wants to be a dragster:

 

And finally, a 1916 Model T (over 100 years old now and proudly claiming original body, engine and wheels!):