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As the seventh MINI in the range is launched, Emily Cunningham meets the seven brains and beauties behind the Bowker MINI team. Photography: TVPAV.com


The MINI family is once again growing and the MINI Paceman will be the newest addition, joining the MINI Hatch, Convertible, Countryman, Clubman, Coupe and Roadster. 

Styled as a coupe interpretation of the MINI Countryman, the Paceman is sure to be a head turner, emphasised by the fact that this model is the only one identified by a rear nameplate.

Packed with all the attitude and MINI character you would expect, the sporty exterior and lowered suspension give a dynamic ride. The Paceman will be available in four versions, Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD, so there is a model to suit everyone. Personalise with seven different colours, bonnet strips, wing mirrors and the extensive MINI accessories range – and your MINI will be as individual and unique as you!


The MINI range now has seven models, and seven seems to be the magic number at Bowker Blackburn MINI. The five-star rated dealership for customer satisfaction, rated by MINI UK, is going from strength to strength offering excellent sales and aftersales service, and this is down to the team. Being premier partners of the MINI mobility car scheme means they can assist when choosing a car regardless of your driving needs.



Tony Dillon: MINI Sales Manager

Tony has worked in the motor trade for 18 years, and has spent the last four years at the helm of Bowker Preston MINI. The move over to Blackburn means Tony is back in his spiritual home and is ready for the new challenge. Tony loves to play golf and can fit two sets of clubs into a MINI Coupe!


Russell Kerr: Business Development Manager

Russell is the longest servicing member of the Bowker MINI team, joining back in 2005 and truly is MINI mad! He has always had a natural sales ability starting back in primary school selling conkers through to confectionary in secondary school and finally cars. Russell is always on hand for all your business and corporate needs and for dealing with VIP customers.


Danny Gibson: MINI Business Manager

When Danny isn’t spending time with his young family or catching up on his sleep, he enjoys swimming, football and watching Ant and Dec on television. He is also a secret Kate Bush fan - and the man for all your finance queries.


Louis Upton: Sales Executive

Louis is the newest and youngest member of the MINI sales team joining in December 2012 from Volkswagen. Louis has quickly settled into the team sharing his love for festivals, music, football and the cinema. His ‘try anything once attitude’ makes him an energetic addition to the group.


Gary Ball: Sales Executive

Gary seems to be best known at Bowker for his love of wearing vests at the grown up age of 24. Before Gary found his love for the motor trade, he played professional football for Morecambe and can even be found on FIFA 08. He also spent a year travelling Australia before joining the MINI team last year and he has never looked back.


Kelly Allred: Sales Executive

Being the only female in the team Kelly often feels like the manager of a boy band and is always on hand to offer a female perspective. Kelly has been with Bowker for a year and enjoys the family feel of the business. She is also a qualified life guard and spent six months holidaying in Corfu.


Barry Curnock – MINI Service Advisor

Barry has recently rediscovered his love for photography and, teamed with his love of collecting fish, he is always keeping himself busy in his spare time. When he isn’t feeding his fish, Barry is always on hand to offer his expertise on all things MINI service related.





15, 16 and 17 March 2013


Come along to the Magnificent Seven Approved Used MINI sale event at Bowker Blackburn, for a weekend of fancy dress, the arrival of the new MINI Paceman and a variety of special offers. If you buy an Approved Used MINI over this weekend, you can choose from one of the following seven offers


-          £100 iTunes voucher


-          Free 16GB iPod Touch


-          £250 off genuine MINI accessories


-          Free MINI TLC XL service pack


-          Free MOT for life of ownership


-          Free seal and protect


-          £500 MINI Select deposit contribution

The MINI Paceman will also be available to test drive all weekend, please call Bowker MINI on 01254 274446 to book your appointment.



Join the Saturday morning breakfast club between 9am and 12pm at Bowker Blackburn MINI to receive a complimentary car wash, while you sit back and enjoy a coffee, croissant and a chat – the perfect start to a Saturday. 


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