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Last week's photo showed the back of the 2009 Mini Cooper convertible, which just about everyone knew. The Mini, long a British icon of simple motoring, is now owned by BMW and carries on its quirky styling and features.

Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Bill Bendorf, of North Augusta. Mr. Bendorf wins a gift from the Marketing Department of The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle included:

AIKEN: Bob Hardt, who wrote: "You are getting too easy on us! This is a Mini, made by BMW, and is the convertible model. You can just barely make out the rear roll bar hoops that pop up if there is a rollover, for protection. Fun little car and pretty good mpg, available turbocharged in the S model and has a John (Cooper Works) model with even more power. One of the many retro cars out, this one based on the little Mini Cooper of old."

AUGUSTA: Gene Glowny, Carolyn Ogles and Cy Banick Jr., who said, "I have a cousin who owns one and also has a Porsche, and he drives the Mini more than anything else. He loves that car."

CUMMING, Ga.: Chris Rhodes, who wrote: "This is the standard Mini Cooper and not the higher-performance S variant which, among other features, includes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a more thrilling motoring experience. As for neat trivia items, try this one: The '09 Mini Cooper convertible is equipped with a standard feature Mini calls the 'Openometer.' This device keeps track of the amount of time the convertible top is in the down position so the occupants can tell just how long they have been sunning themselves. An item that I am sure dermatologists around the country will be glad to see!"

EVANS: Chris Sorrells; Boh Beauchamp; Larry Kean; P.J. Rodgers, who favors fewer wheels and the words Harley-Davidson; and Larry Heath, who wrote: "I remember the original version from the 1960s. It was one of the first with front-wheel drive, practical and economical. It always had a sporting flair and was used extensively in various racing events. The modern version by BMW retains the same original look and sporty characteristics."

HEPHZIBAH: Christopher Fuller and Jason Wright

MARTINEZ: Cheryl Cook and Toby MacKendree

NORTH AUGUSTA: Jack Strombeck

PUMPKIN CENTER, GA.: Gary Moore

WARRENTON, GA.: Joel Ramsey

WALDORF, MD.: Bruce W. Lewis

NO CITY GIVEN: Archie Black; Tanya Redic; and Ruth Husfelt, who wrote: "Small and compact, it is a 2009 Mini Cooper convertible. The ideal gas saver!"

This week's quiz is another easy one, but you've got fireworks and hot dogs on your mind anyway. Look at the front of this special car below. You don't really need a clue, but I will tell you that this is the first year this vehicle was made. Tell us the year, make and model. Call (706) 823-3419 or send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else's.

You have until noon Wednesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly. Thank you, and have a safe and patriotic Independence Day.


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