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fter a banner 2014 year in trucking, people were not prepared for the slowdown in 2015. 2016 is also off to yet another slow start. Trucking is one of the first indicators of a slowing economy. With a surplus of companies looking for work, weak demand, and economic factors such as a high US dollar and low oil prices, everyone in the trucking industry needs to buckle down to save some money until the industry and the economy gains momentum. I spoke to a truck and trailer mechanic who offered some suggestions to help avoid extra repair and maintenance costs. Putting off repairs is a big one. Doing regular maintenance may be difficult when driving all day, but it may save you money in the long term by catching a minor problem while it’s still minor, instead of it becoming a major expensive problem later. Driver’s can also do minor inspections such as check for air leaks, go under the truck and check the drive shaft, and check the fifth wheel play. Doing minor inspections can save money and time by finding problems on your own. Spending a bit more on better quality parts up front can save money as well in the long time. For example, buying rubber red and blue tractor to trailer airlines; Rubber airlines rarely break, but plastic freezes and breaks in the winter. An initial higher investment at the forefront can save multiple trips to the repair or parts shop later. When work is sluggish, taking an extended vacation of a few months is not a good strategy. I have had so many clients go off on vacation with no savings in their accounts and decide to live off credit. They request to miss payments for the sole reason of being on holiday. That’s not an excuse most banks and lenders will deem as acceptable. Not working for a few months in already tough times, and volunteer to go in to debt is not a wise decision at all. Hold on to any money - Pash Brar B.A. Pash is a mobile leasing representative with Auto One Leasing LP in Vancouver. She has a banking, collections and accounting background. She specializes in importing vehicles and trailers from the USA.


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March / April 2016


Pinching Pennies you have and wait to take that vacation later when more money is being made. I had a company owner phone me and tell me that one of my client’s, who is his driver, took a month long vacation, and now doesn’t have the money to do a repair to his truck. The driver demanded the money from his boss and felt entitled it. My recommendation to the boss was let me deal with it and he should not get involved. Making a bad decision will not be looked at very nicely by the lender who gave you money to buy a work truck. You have the truck, so work. If you want to go on vacation, then save the money for several months of expenses first, and then go and enjoy yourself. Some companies and driver’s are desperate for work. Desperation is leading to poorly made quick decisions, such as accepting a load at less than the cost to operate. Why do something at a loss? This drives rates down for everyone and sets a bad history for future rates. Only accept profitable loads and everyone in the industry can benefit. With a profit comes savings to help get you through the slowdown. Taking losses is what is currently driving small inexperienced companies into bankruptcy and forced sales. While times are slow, it is not wise to do any major purchases you cannot afford. Equipment prices are sky high and there is surplus inventory. There is surplus for a reason. It’s just not profitable to upgrade your equipment when not as much money is being made to cover your higher payment. Taking on a huge payment with low income can lead you to a bankruptcy. Many of my clients are holding on to existing equipment, doing repairs, and making the equipment they have last until the economy picks up. I tell my clients we can get them newer things later when we can be sure they can make the higher payments without stress and still earn a good living. Be very cautious when doing any business transaction when the economy is slow. I was looking to buy a truck for a long time client and the first warning sign was that the seller was not co-operating and providing me with the standard paperwork. Being suspicious I pulled a lien search and found multiple liens that the seller did not disclose or have the money to pay for. I abandoned the truck right away. Not doing a proper check on what you’re buying, can cost you by inheriting other’s debts at your loss. I also encountered a crooked dealership in Edmonton that was trying to sell a trailer without a current commercial vehicle inspection. An inspection is required to allow the vehicle on the road safely. When i asked how a trailer can be removed from the dealership lot because it cannot be plated for insurance without a current inspection, the dealer got extremely rude and angry and said to hook the trailer to the truck and just leave with no insurance. How can you hook a truck to a trailer and put it on the road without insurance and without an inspection? This crooked dealer was willing to risk the lives of every motorist on the road. He claimed he didn’t have money to inspect the trailer and he wasn’t making any money on the deal. When i showed the trailer to a 40+ year trailer sales person, he deemed the value of the trailer to be $216

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4,000 less than the sales price the dealership demanded. There was a substantial profit and this dealership had no regard to safety or federal and provincial regulations. Be careful of who you deal with, and if unsure, always contact a professional who can assist you in avoiding a bad sale that can end up costing you money. Partnership breakdowns and business closures are a constant factor in a trucking slowdown. A big problem in partnership breakdowns has been the lack of research on your partner before starting the business venture together. I’m always finding one partner has more money and better credit than the other partner. When the breakdown happens, usually the financially secure partner wants to be paid out or refuses to payout the non contributing partner. The non contributing partner had horrible credit from the start and qualifies for nothing and often promises to put money in later, and never does. When you’re stuck with a bad partner, the only way out is termination. You can sell at a loss in a bad economy and the crooked partner will still get half for putting in nothing from the start. To save this headache, research prospective partners before commencing business, and hold on to your hard earned dollars until you meet someone stable. An alternate solution is go in to business on your own from the start, instead of giving a crooked partner half of your hard earned dollars later. It’s time to hunker down and cut back on spending in these tougher economic times. You can still enjoy life, but make sure you have the proper funds to do so. If you’re unsure, you may want to see a financial planner to re-evaluate your current financial plan and make appropriate adjustments. It’s important to save some money because if trucking gets even slower, you have something to fall back on and can still pay your bills with ease. Make well thought out and planned decisions and be wary of any calls you get from people asking to do business with you. In slow times, there is a lot of fraud and desperation. A cold call from someone asking for business that you don’t know, could be an indication that they are in need of money and will do anything to get it without regard to you. So be careful with any financial decision you make and deal with who you know and trust, and try to save those pennies until we hit with the next trucking boom, which is hopefully soon.

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Wabash Introduces New Rear Impact Guard Design


abash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) today announced it will introduce a new rear impact guard design option for its 53-foot dry van trailers at the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The RIG-16 Rear Underride Guard System is engineered to prevent underride in multiple offset, or overlap, impact scenarios. “Safety is our number one value and priority, and we have a responsibility to our customers and the motoring public to continue to advance our trailer designs to new levels of performance,” said Dick Giromini, president and chief executive officer. “We have been building our rear impact guards to exceed U.S. and Canadian standards since 2007, but we haven’t stopped there. For the past three years, we have spent considerable time, money and facility resources in R&D specifically focused on enhancing rear impact guard performance. As part of these efforts, we also consulted and worked with some of the premiere testing facilities in the country, and engaged in numerous crash tests, before releasing the RIG-16 Rear Underride Guard System. ” The new rear impact guard is constructed of advanced high-strength steel. Its patentpending design features two additional vertical posts and a longer, reinforced bumper tube, all of which are engineered to work together to absorb energy better and deflect rear impact at any point along the bumper. In addition, the new guard is fully galvanized to resist corrosion. “Nothing is more important than safety, and I know our customers agree. After years of rigorous testing of various guard designs, we’re confident this new option will satisfy customers as just one of several ways we’re addressing road safety performance” states Brent Yeagy, Group President, Commercial Trailer Products. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, recently ordered 4,000 Wabash National DuraPlate® dry van trailers with the new rear impact guard. Production of the new J.B. Hunt units began in January. “At J.B. Hunt, we value safety above all else,” said John Roberts, president and chief executive officer, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. “We applaud Wabash National’s leadership and advancements in rear impact protection, and we’re proud to be the first fleet to specify the new rear impact guard design.” Wabash National’s new rear impact guard is in a limited production phase currently and will ramp up during the next 18 months. “Our work on the rear impact guard, and trailer performance in general, isn’t finished,” added Giromini. “Innovation is ongoing at Wabash National. We’re continually looking at March / April 2016

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Bridgestone Introduces Latest Steer Tire


ridgestone Americas introduced its latest tire innovation, the Bridgestone R283A™ Ecopia™ steer tire. Engineered to deliver best-in-class performance for commercial trucking fleets, the R283A Ecopia tire offers premium performance for long- and regionalhaul service. The steer tire features advanced Bridgestone technologies to offer a superior combination of wear life and fuel efficiency – benefits Ecopia tires are known for across the industry. These benefits work together to deliver cost savings and positively impact the bottom line of fleets. “Bridgestone engineered the R283A Ecopia steer tire to deliver the best combination of wear performance and fuel savings,” said Matt Loos, Director of Truck


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Pure Power Technologies Changes Hands


ure Power Technologies (PPT) announced it has been acquired from Navistar by an investment team whose principals include the Smithfield Group and Kensington Capital Partners. As a result, PPT immediately becomes an aftermarket independent supplier of diesel fuel-injection systems and precision machining products and systems for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. “Pure Power Technologies’ independence provides us with a tremendous opportunity for product diversity and growth,” said Jerry Sweetland, president and CEO. “We are now well positioned to bring our world-class diesel technologies, precision manufacturing and testing capabilities to new market segments and customers that complement our core business with related products and solutions.” The company also announced that Navistar will continue to be a major customer, as PPT will be the truck company’s primary supplier of high-performance diesel fuel-injection systems through a 10-year supply agreement for exclusive supply of its existing product portfolio. “We view this agreement as a win-win for Navistar and Pure Power Technologies and its hard-working, dedicated workforce,” said Scott Mackie, Navistar vice president, business development.

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hite Rock, BC: January 2016 saw not only the beginning of the New Year, but also the beginning of a new venture by TransCore Link Logistics. On January 19th, TransCore held it first networking event in White Rock, BC. The sold out event was a hit with all attendees, who enjoyed great food at drinks at the ONYX Steak and Seafood Bar, while being able to network with others in the trucking industry. “This was the first time we held a networking event like this. The turnout was phenomenal. We had a great mix of carriers and brokers, and even last minute guests visiting from Alberta,” said Claudia Milicevic, General Manager of TransCore Link Logistics. While connecting via the digital world seems to be the norm in almost every aspect of life, there’s still something to be said about meeting face-to-face with current and

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prospective clients. Although it’s a rarity nowadays, the personal connection over food and wine cannot be undermined. “It’s our goal to leverage as many opportunities to connect with our customers and the industry at large to exchange ideas, provide insights and share ways to leverage technology and other available resources,” added Ms. Milicevic. “It was a great opportunity to get feedback from our customers and also for them to meet one another.” TransCore Link Logistics, whose head office is located in Mississauga, Ontario, is looking forward to hosting similar networking events in different cities across Canada. “This is just the beginning and there’s much more to come,” said Milicevic. Desi Trucking Magazine was the official Media Partner of this networking event and plans to be involved in future ventures as well. “Desi Trucking Magazine is committed to being a media partner with a great organization, like TransCore Link Logistics,” commented Ron Dhaliwal, Chief Editor of Desi Trucking Magazine. Loadlink is the only load board providing the largest volume of Canadian and cross-border loads and trucks in one network. TransCore Link Logistics is the preferred and trusted source for Canada’s trucking and freight brokerage industry. The company’s website is

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hYvI hweIvyA vhIkl XUz tYks What is the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT)? The Heavy highway Vehicle Use Tax is a fee assessed annually on heavy vehicles operating on public highways in the United States at registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 pounds. How do you file to pay for the HVUT? You must complete the Form 2290 with all the required information and submit it along with the payment to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the deadline. Do you have to file the Form 2290? You must file Form 2290 and Schedule 1 if you have a registered taxable highway motor vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. The tax has to be paid by the person in whose name the highway motor vehicle is registered under the law of the state or province. Do I need to register to complete the Form 2290? You must be registered with the IRS and have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to complete the Form 2290. When do you have to file the Form 2290? The Form 2290 must be filed for the month the taxable vehicle is first used on public highways during the current period. The current period began on July 1, 2013, and will end on June 30, 2014. The form has to be filed by the last day of the month following the month of the first use. Are there any vehicles that are exempt from the HVUT? Below is a list of the vehicles that are exempt from the HVUT: • Commercial vehicles that are travelling less than 5,000 miles in a year • Vehicles that are not considered highway motor vehicles such as mobile machinery for non-transportation functions, vehicles 38

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Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) specifically designed for off highway transportation • Agriculture vehicles that are travelling less than 7,500 miles in a year What is the tax amount for each truck? The tax is based on the taxable gross weight in pounds. The tax ranges from $100 per year for a vehicle that has a weight of 55,000 pounds plus $22 for each 1,000 pounds in excess of 55,000 pounds up to a maximum of $550 for a vehicle that weighs over 75,000 pounds. Can you request an extension of time to file and pay? An extension of time to file can be requested before the due date of the return. A written request has to be sent to the IRS explaining in detail the cause of the delay. An extension of time to pay the tax would have to be requested

separately if the payment is not made before the deadline. Are there any penalties for being non-compliant? Yes, there are penalties for not complying with the HVUT requirements. The penalty for not filing the Form 2290 by the deadline is equal to 4.5 percent of the total tax due assessed on a monthly basis up to five months. If you do not make the HVUT payment on time, there is an additional penalty of 0.5 percent of total tax due. Additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month are also accrued. In addition to these federal monetary penalties, your local state will suspend the registration of your vehicles if you do not provide proof of HVUT payment. Is there a situation when you can you claim a credit? Yes, you can claim a credit for tax paid on a vehicle if it was sold, destroyed, transferred or stolen and you have no intent to use the vehicle during the left over tax period. Supporting documents will be required when you file a claim with the name to whom and when you sold the vehicle. You can also claim a credit if the vehicle was used 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles). Where can I get more information and assistance with filing the Form 2290? You can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839 if you haven’t filed the Form 2290 and want more information or if you need assistance in filing the form. 40

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professional driver will sign thousands of bills of lading in their career…yet few know what it is all about. I remember the first time I saw I box of blank bill of lading forms I though some idiot spelled ‘loading wrong”. Little did I know that the care the care and history of the making of that document. With the bill of lading the driver protects and obligates himself and the carrier to safely transport the number and time of goods and deliver then to the appointed destination in good order. In Canada and in US interstate transportation the bill of lading must contain these items: 1. The carriers name 2. Names of consignor and consignee. 3. Origin and destination points. 4. Number of packages. 5. Description of freight. Every shipment must have one. The carrier must issue or cause to be issued the bill of lading so if your shipper gives you a scale ticket or some other document, you have to make a bill of lading out and have it signed. I have seen drivers fined at scales for not having a bill of lading, for not having the carrier name on the bill match the name on the truck, for not having an adequate description ( in this case, a load of cedar shakes was described as “1 wood “). Even if you are using another carrier’s form, write “via Name” where Name is the name of your company, near the top. The number of packages is the next biggest problem for drivers. The rule here is that if you did not count it, don’t sign for it. If you are picking up a loaded trailer always sign “shippers load and count” next to your name. If the shipper is loading 20 pallets and the bill said 2000 pcs you can either let then have you count the pieces or sign “20 pallets said to contain 2000 pcs’ next to your name. The bill of lading is a special contract that carries specific rights and obligation codified in law, that have been developed in the way goods are traditionally transported. It is signed by the shipper and the driver but the consignee and the owner of the goods are also parties to the 42

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The Document called Bill of Lading contract even though they did not have any thing to do with the making of it and may not of even had any choice in who the carrier would be. When you sign the bill of lading, you have now made your carrier, or you, if you’re an owner operator responsible for the value of the goods and for transporting then with “due” dispatch. You should make your dispatcher aware of any of the following as soon as you find out notice them: High value goods. In Canada domestically, there is a $2.00 per lb. maximum value on goods unless otherwise declared so report any declared value. In the US or on international shipments there is no limit on liability and therefore my advice differs. I’d let dispatch know about any shipment over $5.00 per lb. Definite delivery dates. A carrier gas no obligation to move goods with

other than due dispatch unless a delivery date is on the bill of lading. We used to move goods for ocean transport al the time and so the bill would always contain the words must deliver by “date” for vessel sailing. If the carrier was late with a delivery date definite load the carrier becomes liable for damages. Goods of extraordinary value. There is a big difference between a load of used furniture or a load of antiques. Same as a big difference between a load of posters and a load lithographed art prints. Let dispatch know if what your picking up is not exactly what they said it would be. Used goods. Sometimes you are picking up a shipment of warranty return goods or a used piece of equipment. Make sure the bill description reflect the facts the goods are used. Nonsense Cargo. I created this category all by myself. One blustery day in January we dispatched a driver to pick up a load of Tea. The contract did not call for heat and we assumed it was a load of loose or bagged tea, the same as the Coffee loads we transported that were bags of coffee beans. Unfortunately the cargo was bottles of ice tea. The shipper loaded it on an unheated trailer, the driver allowed the load to be loaded on an unheated trailer and set off to cross the great white north with 2600 miles of below zero temperature. Surprise the tea froze. The bottles broke. The load was a mess. We fought the claim based on our belief that the shipper should have specified heat, and not loaded an unheated trailer. The courts determined that the trucker is the “expert” in the driver shipper relationship and we bought a load of ice tea. Remember that the next time a 12 year old forklift driver wants to tell you how to load your truck. Keep your eyes open for things that don’t make sense to you. 44

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WIT Sets Goals for 2016


he Women in Trucking Association (WIT) board of directors met recently to set goals for 2016 and decided that MindShare Strategies was to be WIT’s new association management firm. According to WIT, the group will support the staff in the day-to-day operations in addition to managing the second annual Accelerate! Conference & Expo to be held in Dallas, Texas this coming November.

The Women In Trucking Foundation board of directors held their first inperson meeting in conjunction with the association’s session. Both organizations focused on their missions and forward momentum during the planning sessions. “As we continue to grow and increase our impact on the industry, we look at ways to anticipate how we can be a resource and a leader in attracting women into the trucking industry,” said WIT president,

CEO and founder. “Whether they are drivers, technicians, managers, or CEOs, our mission is to increase their numbers and create a more diverse environment.” So far, WIT’s accomplishments include the implementation of an Image Team comprised of professional drivers, a recruiting guide, ridealongs with a CRASH safety advocate and with FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson, a successful conference held in last September, and a WIT Index to track the number of women on boards of publicly traded companies. Future initiatives include more media ridealongs, a truck stop rating program, more recognition programs, and other initiatives to attract women into the trucking industry.

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TSE Brakes Introduces New Visual Brake Stroke Indicator


SE Brakes is introducing the TSE Visi-Chek visual brake stroke indicator. “Now it is easy to see if your vehicle brake stroke is in compliance,” the company said. “A simple green is good, red means further inspection is required!” “This amazing new product allows anyone, from drivers to maintenance

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Bridgestone Recalling Thousands of Firestone Trailer Tires


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here are not very cars that make an adult feel like a kid again; remember those childhood days when racing around a go-kart track was the highlight of the year? Heart thumping, pretending to be a full Formula 1 race car driver, burning around the track to win the championship trophy – aahh, great memories. Well, not too long ago, I had the chance to have that same silly childish grin on my face when I test drove the 2016 Mini Cooper JCW. This car may not be for everyone, but let me tell you, the improvements made to the engine, suspension, and interior are very welcomed and, really, make last year’s model blush. The Mini, first made in 1959 by the British Motor Company, was an economy car that was not only practical, but spacious, despite its puny size. The original, and its

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predecessors, are considered British icons. Who can forget Mr. Bean driving around in his Mini? Or how about Austin Powers in his Union Jack schemed Mini? Even though the new Mini, with the brand being owned by BMW since 1994, is nothing like the original, it still carries some very familiar trademark characteristics. One of the most notable are the wheels, which continue to be pushed to the extreme corners of the vehicle. Another one, if examined closely, is the front grill; yes, it’s changed, but the heritage lines are still clearly visible. For 2016, the Mini Cooper is still a fun-looking pocket-sized car. As I alluded to before, the wheels are pushed to the four corners and it’s still quite low to the ground. At the front, the headlights aren’t as pronounced as before, yet have that “deer caught in a headlight” look. Our tester, the JCW adds more to the package. First, there’s the distinct badging that points out this isn’t the “S” – nope, it’s got much more oomph! Next is a styling and design package Jag Dhatt that doesn’t just look good, but adds function. For example, at the front, Mini now has the most

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2016 Mini Cooper JCW aerodynamic nose design yet. On the sides, just above each wheel well is a small lip that gives better air flow, reducing drag. And the rear apron, according to Mini Canada, complete with a new diffuser and flaps, now reduce rear lift by about 30%. What all these exterior features add up to is a Mini that does everything it’s supposed to, but with a masculine look, especially when you see the bigger roof-mounted spoiler. Step inside the vehicle and digest again the name Mini. Here, however, what the designers of the car have done oh-so-beautifully is give the car its character, no matter what the size. Compared to the plastic-looking toggle switches and cheap feel from even a couple of years ago, the 2016 model has been pleasantly refreshed with much better materials. Even a friend, who adores his 2013 Countryman JCW, noticed the differences in interior quality, fit, and finish. The front seats are comfortable and yes, they’re power – arm power, that is. So as you guessed, no seat memory either. Window controls continue to be on the door panels, where they ought to be – I never liked when they were toggle-switch controlled on the center console. The speedo and tach are now better placed right behind the steering wheel, leaving the valuable real estate to the HD colour touch screen that houses the MINI Connected infotainment system. Speaking of real estate, the back seats are incredibly small – Mini says that two small adults or children can sit in the rear seats but I disagree. With me sitting in a somewhat comfortable seating position in the driver’s seat, my 8-year old daughter barely had enough room in the rear seat. A more viable Mini option, for a family like mine, would be the Clubman or the Countryman. If you’re not stuck to the Mini brand, then try the Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST as well. Now that we’ve talked about the upgrades to the interior fit and finish, let’s get to the real meat of it. There’s nothing Mini about the engine, which pumps out 231 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque – 25% more power than the outgoing model and when you’re talking numbers like that for a small car, you can really feel the difference. I was really hoping for the 6-speed manual but alas, our tester was fitted with the $1,650 automatic, which does the job, but takes away from some of the excitement. Mini did a good job of making the automatic quite good, especially when you put the Dynamic Damper Control system to sport and use the paddle shifters. The cherry on top is that beautiful sound, thanks to a low backpressure exhaust system. So many times, I would downshift just to hear the exhaust – take that Mini S, sans JCW package. This puppy really does fly but with the Brembo brake package, the Mini JCW stops on a dime. The Mini JCW is an excellent urban car because let’s face it, you don’t need or want much space when parking. Fuel consumption is also very good and if you want to maximize this element, then drive the car in Eco mode – but really, WHY? I mean, you’ve got the JCW package and in my opinion, the Eco mode doesn’t even need to be there. In the city, this car was fun to drive in a straight line, off a red light; but let’s face it, it shines on twisty, windy roads. I mean, would you drive a go-kart in a straight line? For those of you who know Vancouver streets, you’ll be happy to know that the new suspension on this car makes the ride much more comfortable. In previous years, if you drove a Mini on our rough streets, you better have had a good dental plan. Now, however, the ride is much much better. The tires on our tester were run-flats, and if I owned this car, I’d swap them out for non-runflats in a jiffy. The Mini JCW does have some shortcomings, the biggest being the sticker price. You can get into a Ford Focus ST or a Volkswagen GTI (or R) for less money and these are great cars as well. But if you need to get your heart racing in one of the most iconic British sports car, this may be your cup of tea. March / April 2016





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