Team McMillan pull out a Mini woodie

October 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini Woodie Team McMillan s

Team McMillan Mini of Auckland, has dressed up a demo model Mini Cooper S Clubman with graphics resembling the classic exterior wood framework of English and American station wagons.¨The vinyl graphic has been applied to the car’s body similar in a style similar to the old Mini Countryman and Clubman Estate models of the 60’s and 70’s. ¨Team McMillan Mini Sales Manager Jonathan Highton is a self-confessed Mini fanatic, and is keen to promote and increase the Mini brand in the NZ marketplace.

Historically, the term “Station wagon” was applied to vehicles used at Railway Stations whose steel car bodies were modified and replaced with wood paneling to enable the carrying of cargo and luggage. These vehicles became popular with car manufacturers who adopted the wooden paneling styling design into their model range. The Surfing fraternity of California adopted older vehicles in the early 1960’s as a means of transporting surfboards and makeshift accommodation on the beaches of the West Coast of USA.

The term “woodie” was popularised by the pop group “The Beach Boys” in their songs of surfing and lifestyle.¨The Woodie Mini Clubman captures the spirit of the outdoor and surfing lifestyle, and is fitted with roof-racks to carry surfboards to distant summer destinations.