Chakik is my 2005 Matte Blue MINI Cooper S.

What’s the story behind the car? I bought Chakik on ebay, from his second owner in Las Vegas. Since it was delivered to me on January 11, 2008. The car was 100% stock when it arrived here in Detroit. You can see I’ve been busy. [Skip down to mod list]

What’s the story behind the name? I’ve always had an affinity for animals. When I was a kid it was pandas, now its squirrels. While at Michigan State University, I got a tattoo of a squirrel, because they were everywhere, and just seeing them run makes me smile. I’ve believe I’ve had a guardian angel(s) for a long time; when I was 2 I broke through a glass top table, and didn’t get hurt; I’ve jumped off cliffs (long story), when I should have shattered both legs and only got an ankle sprain; I’ve flipped a car and walked away. The squirrel tattoo originally had nothing to do with the guardian angel, but shortly after I got it, I had a dream, where I spoke to a squirrel that told me he was watching out for me, and his name was “Chakik” (chuh – Kick).

Thats it in a nutshell Smiley pun intended.He has been my guardian ever since, and it seemed appropriate to name the MINI after him…

Chakik had help saving me from below, but you’ll get the idea. (my first blue car)
Crashed Pontiac SunfireCrashed Pontiac Sunfire
I walked away from that accident unhurt. Look at it again. UNHURT. WALKED AWAY.

Some shots from Detroit Tuned after getting the Hamann bumper and Aero Kit Intalled.

2005 Hyper Blue MINI Cooper S Cabrio - Chakik

2005 Hyper Blue MINI Cooper S Cabrio - Chakik rear

Detailed Type Stats:

2005 MINI Cooper S Convertible
Blue Dragon / Black Roof
Panther Black Gravity Leather Interior
Premium Package, Sport Package, Cold Weather Package, Convenience Package
Front/Rear Fog Lamps
Cockpit Chrono Pack

Mods so far:
Under the Bonnet

Alta 15% v1 Super Charger Pulley
Alta 2% Lightened Crank Pulley
Alta 5% ALTAnator alternator pulley
Alta Cold Air Intake w/ top
JCW 380cc Fuel Injectors
M7 Air Plate Diverter
M7 Oil Catch Can
M7 Anniversary Strut Tower Brace
Milltek Catback Exhaust
Alta Air Diverter Classic
Forge Aluminum Power Steering Tank
Forge Aluminum Radiator Tank
Magnecor Red 8.5mm Plug Wires
MSD Coil Pack
NGK Iridium IX Spark Plugs
Custom Red Silicone Hoses
Custom gun metal powder coat on all metal items


Custom Front Aero Bumper
Aero Kit side skirts and rear bumper
M7 Ultimate Upper Grill
M7 Ram Hood Scoop
Milltek Cat Back Exhaust with blacked out tips
Moss Motors Cowl Scoops
H-Sport Springs
H-Sport Rear Swar Bar w/Control Arms
Custom powder coated black 5 spoke 17×7.5 Wheels
Detroit Tuned BBK Stage 3
Ireland Engineering Rear Big Brake Kit
Blacked out belt line
Blacked out door handles
Blacked out side repeaters
Blaked out windows
Stubby Antenna
Mini-Fini Sport Link system also blacked out


John Cooper Works Wheel
Helix Short Shifter
Custom Engraved Whalen Shift Knob
Craven Speed Shiftwell Cover
Redline Leather down tube, door bar covers, ebrake boot
Hamann Pedal Set
Hamann eBrake Handle
Steering wheel inserts, trim rings and speaker surrounds blacked out
Euro Parcel Shelf

Current Under Bonnet, lots of chrome and M7 goodness