I ordered my first MC a month ago and was compulsively surfing the Configurator when I discovered side stripes as an option. I haven't seen any actual photos of owned MCs with these additional stripes. I think they add yet another distinctive element of style and could make one's MINI stand out a bit. How come you VO fans haven't jumped on this option? I'm thinkin' of calling my dealer to see if I can add them. Don't expect my car has gone into production yet.