Sometimes you just have to look the other way – quite literally, in the case of the 2010 Mini Cooper S Convertible.
It’s been perfect weather for driving al fresco, in Detroit, these last few days. The cool, spring-like rains have finally yielded to the sort of steamy heat that marks a normally humid Midwest summer. So, I’ve looked for every opportunity, this last week, to clock time on the ’10 Mini’s quirky “Openmeter.”
For those not familiar with the latest incarnation of the Cooper S Convertible, it’s a clock that begins ticking each time you roll the canvas top down. Within just a couple days, I had already logged 6 hours and was approaching 60 minutes. What would happen when I maxed out, I wondered. Simple, it turned out, the useless, if appealing little toy simply reset and started over. No fireworks. But there are, apparently, prizes for those who log the most hours on a special Mini Open website.