petrolhead in the big city finds mini cooper s small but speedy
Last Updated : GMT 06:41:18
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Petrolhead in the big city finds Mini Cooper S small but speedy

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Petrolhead in the big city finds Mini Cooper S small but speedy

Dubai - Arabstoday

Motorsport fan Anastasia Bachvarova, from Sofia in Bulgaria, owns a 2009 Mini Cooper S, which she says has enough acceleration to satiate her thirst for speed. The Dubai-based sales manager for discount book The Entertainer has a passion for driving instilled by her father, who focused on teaching her how to drive from an early age, as her brothers had no interest. \"My father first unleashed the petrolhead in me at 11 years old, and I drove him to pick my mother up from work for the first time at the age of 12,\" the married 28-year-old reminisces. \"The car at the time was a 1970s Russian Moskvitch and I had two pillows under my bum to see over the dashboard with the seat pushed fully forward so I could reach the pedals. It must have been ridiculous to see a 12-year-old girl driving her parents, but you can blame the time and place, so don\'t think my parents are irresponsible,\" she laughs. The Mini\'s 1.6L, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine produces 172hp, with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifting. It accelerates from zero to 100kph in 7.2 seconds and is fairly light at just over a tonne. Anastasia calls her Mini Cooper S the \"street kart\" and feels it suits her job, being small, fast, easy to park and with good fuel consumption, considering her busy schedule and regular travel around the Emirates. \"This car was a great choice for me and suited my budget,\" she says. \"I never looked at Minis as an option before, but I think it\'s funky; initially, felt I was looking at more of a toy rather than a practical car. Yet, when I first test drove it, I was impressed by the amazing acceleration - especially when I pressed the naughty Sport button. It has a small body yet it\'s very stable and is a car you can rely on for smooth cornering.\" Diminutive Anastasia is dedicated to motorsport, volunteering to be a marshal at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. \"Almost anyone willing to apply themselves can do it - as long they\'re not colour blind. I sent my application to Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management and they invited my husband and I to the study course. We had to attend Yas Marina Circuit every Friday from 8am to 5pm, listening to lectures on the FIA and ADMM rules and regulations. This went on for around three months prior to the race. There was a test at the end of the first lecture day and some passed, some didn\'t. We passed the exam and the next step was to choose whether we wanted to be flag marshals - waving the flags, which we thought sounded boring - or intervention marshals - taking care of car accidents, burning cars, injured drivers and clearing the track of debris, which we chose as we thought it sounded exciting. \"The whole marshal process was an exciting experience, from watching the unseen footage of terrible F1 accidents, to being so close to the stunning cars right on the track and making friends with the Bahraini and Hungarian marshals flown over from their own countries\' circuits. Being a marshal is fun but also carries the responsibility for peoples\' lives on and off the track and everything happens faster than a blink of an eye. It was one thing to tick off the bucket list and in 2011 we watched it from the grandstand instead,\" she says. And to this day Anastasia is still beating the boys on the track. \"The last time I raced at the Dubai Kartdrome I finished first out of 10 - and it was a race involving me and nine men,\" she explains proudly. \"I\'ve raced a number of times at the kartdrome and have five trophies, which I\'m proud of despite the fact they\'re amateur. Guys don\'t like being beaten by a girl - I honestly think they\'d rather have their nose broken. The second I overtake them the foul play begins - hitting the kart from behind, trying to block me from both sides. Of course, once the race is finished they would never speak about it, ever again,\" she smiles. So boys, if you see Anastasia in her Mini, be sure not to underestimate her.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

petrolhead in the big city finds mini cooper s small but speedy petrolhead in the big city finds mini cooper s small but speedy

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

petrolhead in the big city finds mini cooper s small but speedy petrolhead in the big city finds mini cooper s small but speedy

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 10:35 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Arab Today, arab today New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

GMT 02:36 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way
Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today France sanctions businesses linked

GMT 01:58 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

France sanctions businesses linked
Arab Today, arab today Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 02:09 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Turkey detains dozens more
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 07:22 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Zimbabwe's next leader heads home after Mugabe exit

GMT 07:23 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Zimbabwe's next leader heads home after Mugabe exit

GMT 22:38 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Bahrain Press headlines

GMT 20:34 2018 Saturday ,20 January

Bahrain press headlines

GMT 16:25 2016 Thursday ,22 December

Italian bank Monte Paschi edges closer to state bailout

GMT 06:03 2014 Wednesday ,09 April

Please .. Let Gaza breathe!

GMT 09:12 2017 Friday ,17 November

Gleam Futures represents Grace Beverley

GMT 04:18 2017 Sunday ,26 November

Bella magazine appoints celebrity writer

GMT 06:00 2017 Sunday ,29 October

Childrenswear brand Once appoints Dyelog

GMT 16:33 2014 Thursday ,13 November

Al-Ehtimam Bil Aakhareen

GMT 03:34 2017 Sunday ,05 November

Needle & Thread relocates press office

GMT 14:56 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Ryanair says formally recognises pilots' union

GMT 16:03 2017 Thursday ,21 December

US hits Myanmar general in new global rights sanctions
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday