Here's a link to the mini cooper thread:
Tamiya mini cooper
As of now, there are 7,163 posts so it'll take you a couple of weeks to get caught up.
On the bright side, every pearl of wisdom required to become a mini expert is in there somewhere
The mini crew is generally nice so if you just search the thread for a while then ask some questions you'll get help.
That combo would be great if it were 1985. You'll definitely want a nimh battery (3000 mah stick packs are fine at first) and a basic peak charger.