Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.


November 14, 2010

My new role at

About six weeks ago, I got an amazing offer from someone I really admire. Gabe Bridger — Creative Director, podcaster and blogger — invited me to come onboard as the editor of his well known MINI news blog, I now handle the day-to-day curation and creation of content for the site, and I’m beginning – Read More –

May 20, 2010

MotoringFile gets seat time in the MINI Countryman S

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’m a big fan of MINIs. In the next few years MINI is introducing several new models, but I’m especially looking forward to the forthcoming Countryman crossover. Though it certainly won’t be the car for everyone, it just might be perfect for my and The Mrs’ adventures – Read More –

January 20, 2010

MINI reveals the Countryman crossover

Yesterday I was thrilled to see that three photos of the MINI Countryman crossover had leaked a couple weeks weeks ahead of MINI’s planned reveal schedule. With the press embargo broken, MINI decided today to go ahead and let Motoringfile and others reveal the full set of R60 photos and accompanying press release. Motoringfile’s founder, – Read More –

January 13, 2010

NS Review: 2009 MINI Cooper S Clubman

Last week I accidentally slid my ’06 Cooper S into a curb in the falling snow. It managed to mangle the rim, but thankfully there was no damage beyond the rim and hub. What it did mean was an insurance claim, some time in the shop and another spin on the loaner car merry-go-round. You – Read More –

January 12, 2010

Project Streetliner mentioned on the WRR

The fine gentlemen at the White Roof Radio podcast made kind mention of my Streetliner project on the podcast this week. You can download the episode here. Skip to about 19:30. If you’re even remotely interested in the MINI, WRR is the best way to plug into the MINI community. Thanks again, fellas!

November 10, 2009

Quick thought: Brake Job

Last night I did half of a rear brake job on my MINI. I wanted to do both sides, but decided I’d rather sleep. This was my first time doing rear brakes at all and I don’t yet own a factory service manual for my Cooper S. What makes it worth mentioning is that it – Read More –

October 14, 2009

NS long-term review: 2006 MINI Cooper S

My car turned 50,000 miles this week. With one thing or another needing modest attention, my MINI Cooper S is starting to show its age. Nothing bad, just little things like brake pads and a handful of scratches in the paint. It’s still a snarling, eager little tank of a thing and I’m still absolutely – Read More –

July 12, 2009

The kid stays in the picture

I’ve decided to keep my 2006 MINI Cooper S, and I’m really happy about it. It’s really easy to get caught up in the allure of something new. The familiar, no matter how awesome, can easily become ordinary.

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