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Mini Cooper motors on water

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Posted: 6 am ET

Source: Mini USA

While the Mini advertising slogan may be, "Let's motor," it's likely referring to its cars. But the driving this Mini Cooper convertible "car" did last week was on the water. Boston-area spectators at the Head of the Charles Regatta saw a red Mini Cooper convertible boat fashioned like the car, motoring along the Charles River last weekend during the races.

The unique boat was built by ACI Composites Inc. The boat represented the car company's eastern region's interpretation of this year's theme. The Mini boat was the only vessel on the race course other than the rowing competitors and was used by race officials to monitor competitor safety during the races.

The Mini convertible boat was created using a fiberglass mold of a 2004 Mini, which was then mounted to a boat hull and embellished with original Mini parts including headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, wheels and tires. It will be used at other events in the eastern U.S. throughout the month.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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