MINI USA has confirmed that its biennial MINI owners road rally MINI TAKES THE STATES 2018 (MTTS) attracted more than 3,000 owners to event’s finale and that the rally raised more than one million meals for charity partner Feeding America. MINI USA also confirmed that fundraising efforts to support Feeding America will remain open until the end of the year at MINITAKESTHESTATES.com. The biennial trek attracted more than 3,600 MINI owners who took part in the Rally to the Rockies, with 1,000+ MINIs on the road each day. The group of loyal MINI owners travelled more than 5,000 miles through 15 cities and 14 states. At times the group swelled to more than 1,000 owners and 500 vehicles of all shapes, colors and sizes on each route.
Mini Meet East is going back to New York in 2018. This year’s location will be in New Paltz, NY amidst the Shawangunk Mountains. It will be filled with a variety of organized drives throughout the Shawangunk & Catskills Mountains. The host hotel is the Hampton Inn and Suites with a negotiated rate of $99.00 a night plus tax with the group rate code: MME Schedule of Events: Monday, 7/2/18 – Registration opens – Organized drive with a destination Tuesday, 7/3/18 – Registration – Rallye – Group Panoramic Photo – Picnic – Organized drive Wednesday, 7/4/18 – Car Show – Vendor & Swap Meet – Funkhana – Arts and Craft Contest voting – Organized drive Thursday, 7/5/18 – Autocross – Organized Drives – Awards Ceremony Banquet Friday, 7/6/18 – Departure
Mini Meet West is an annual gathering of fans of the classic Mini manufactured from 1959 to 2000 (including variants such as Mini-based Wolseley, Rileys, Innocenti, ADO16 and other variants that are derived from the classic Mini) and the modern BMW MINI that is currently in production. A group of West Coast clubs held the first U.S. Mini Meet in Reno, Nevada back in 1973. There were 43 paid registrations at the first meet. Eventually, the Meet became known as the 1st Mini Meet West after the startup of the Mini Meet East events in 1975.
The MINIs on the Dragon (MotD) started out as a get together to drive 11-mile stretch of road with 318 curves aka the Dragon. That in itself is more than enough reason to travel to the breathtaking mountains of North Carolina. But in the first weekend of May each year, it has evolved into much more than that. Just like our beloved MINI’s have evolved into more than just a car to us. So you take the 11-mile stretch of road, then you toss in the mountains, country roads, and waterfalls. Now add 600 to 1000 fellow MINIacs and it takes on a whole new meaning. Wake up each morning and see hundreds of Mini’s every day, attend dinners and events, go on group drives, or just gather and drool over each other’s mods. Get a chance to put a […]
MINI USA has announced the official route for MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2018. The legendary rally for MINI owners, which runs from July 14 – 22, will start from two separate locations on opposite sides of the country and meet in the middle for a weekend celebration of everything MINI. The starting cities will be Orlando, Fla., and Portland, Ore. The final destination is Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., approximately 75 miles west of downtown Denver. Once arriving at Keystone, MINI owners from both routes will have the weekend to trade stories, share their experiences, show off their MINI, explore the area on curated mountain drives, support our charity partner and enjoy fun activities planned by the MINI USA team. There have been six epic road trips starting with the inaugural rally in 2006. The seventh biennial MTTS rally […]
Our Video of the Week this go round is a fun one. It comes from the folks at MINI, but focusses more on the love of the classic Mini. Plant Oxford employee Mike Darley’s passion for MINI started as a child. Learn about his Classic Mini restoration project and how working at MINI is a lifestyle.
Mini Meet West 2017, June 26 – 29, held in Santa Rosa, CA, will celebrate a blend of the Classic Mini culture and all aspects of the new MINI Coopers. For those who fix, polish and drive their Minis and MINIs your pride and joy will be the star during our Car Show, Autocross and Rally. All aspects of Mini Meet West will foster an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie, Mini owners and enthusiasts will come together to celebrate the unique aspects of this iconic car. From the beautifully restored to the showroom perfect and from those rare stock Minis to the outlandish thematic and modified track cars, Minis & MINIs take center stage. Hosted at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa near Downtown Santa Rosa, the participants of Mini Meet West 2017 are sure to be charmed by this […]
The values of MK1 Minis continue to rocket, increasingly justifying the cost of the part or total restorations that will be required for most examples sooner or later. British Motor Heritage (BMH) has long since been at the forefront of supplying individual panels for all marks of classic Minis, and complete bodyshells for models from 1976 onwards. What’s been missing until now is the Holy Grail, a full replacement shell for the MK1, but the wait is now over! Mini enthusiasts were given a glimpse of what was to come on BMH’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show last November, and the response was universally positive. The first production batch of 15 bodies will therefore commence in April, with deliveries occurring through May and June. The launch price is £9,950 inc. VAT and the company is accepting orders accompanied […]
Note: This contest is now closed! So, our November contest? Well, think about this. We all have those stories, those used-to-haves or near misses. We all can tell tales of “the one that got away.” Sometimes they are cars that would now be worth wheel-barrows full of money. Sometimes they are cars that saw us through tough times or good times or were just near and dear to our hearts. There are cars that we had that we had to let go of due to growing families, or career changes, or simple changes in fortunes. There are other cars that we almost bought but that slipped through our fingers or were snatched from our grasp. I used to have a yellow Triumph TR250. Sure it needed work, but it was solid and fun. But this was 1987 when I was […]
This year we chose a new location, Kingsport/Blountville, Tennessee as the base for our 3 day driving adventure. It’s located near some amazing mountains and rivers setting the scene for some breathtaking drives through Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. As with all of our CMU events, we like to drive, and that’s what we’ll be doing. We will have drives each of the three days with plenty of stops and things to see. Add in the nighttime activities, and you have the most amazing classic Mini event in North America! But wait, there’s more! This event will have a Hawaiian theme entitled Kalaiwa Wikiwiki Mauka, meaning, driving quickly towards the mountains. While we won’t have the Hawaiian beaches, we will have mountains, water, and a lot of tacky tourist in full Hawaiian dress. If you were at the Hippie […]
Entrance costs – $25/vehicle (Route book cost & donation see below) & $15 per person for BBQ Saturday night Entrants receive – basic Route Book & event Decal Start/Finish – Mission Springs Restaurant & Pub, Mission, B.C. 2 days <950 kilometres on southern B.C. Roads Overnight – Lake Country Inn, $75 plus taxes – Entrants book & pay Entrants provide own meals, fuel & extras Lunch at Quilchena Hotel on Saturday – they will be ready at 1 p.m. BBQ with VMC Member Ron & Janet Lockwood, Saturday To Book a Room – contact Lake Country Inn, mention ‘VMC Drive’ Email: [email protected] or Phone: 1-250-766-4928 PLEASE confirm ENTRY by September 15th for numbers of Route Books and for Lunch & BBQ NOTE: Event will contribute to Cardiac Care program at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, B.C.
The reinvention of the MINI brand continues apace with the launch of the all-new MINI Convertible. With major refinements against its predecessor, the car features a striking new design and significant enhancements to make open-topped MINI motoring even more dynamic, stylish and practical. […]
OK, I will admit it, I love Minis. I love old ones and new ones and large ones and small ones and … well, you get the picture. Something about the A-series engine, the transverse drivetrain, and the squat looks just appeal to me. Yes I drive a Vanden Plas Princess 1100, but in truth, all forms of the ADO16 are just large Minis. Yes, I said it. And I mean it. Anyway, our video this week is titled “Owning A Classic Mini”. Just below the clip you will see the information about the young man who made the video and why. I think it is a wonderful effort and just goes to show the kind of devotion these cars inspire. Here is a short look into what it’s like to own a Classic Mini. Before I brought the […]
Another new chapter has opened in the regeneration of the MINI model family, with the launch of the new MINI Clubman. Following the success of the re-energised MINI 3-door Hatch and the successful launch of the MINI 5-door Hatch, the new model offers customers a premium vehicle featuring the highest level of ride refinement ever seen in a MINI. The car’s much-loved signature design feature – its split rear doors – are retained, while accessibility and everyday usability are further enhanced thanks to four full-sized side doors. The resulting car is a powerful fusion of sleek lines, innovative touches and first-rate materials with generous space for five occupants, excellent luggage capacity and classic MINI driving characteristics. With a more mature and sophisticated design, the new MINI Clubman’s dimensions are larger than those of the previous generation MINI Clubman. It’s also […]
MINI USA introduced Thursday the newest addition to its iconic product line, the new MINI Convertible. As the first open top MINI powered by BMW Group engines and architecture, the new MINI Convertible is a premium four-seater soft-top convertible that is both practical and customizable for unlimited open-air motoring fun. Like all other MINI models in the product portfolio, the new MINI Convertible is made for individualization, setting the new standard in the premium convertible market. It offers a choice of 11 exterior color options, including the new Caribbean Aqua, which harkens back to the classic MINI color palette, ideal for the fun-loving enthusiast, and Melting Silver, recently introduced on the new MINI Clubman, a cool and modern finish perfect for the open air thrill seeker.
Ferman MINI of Tampa Bay and The Tampa Bay Austin Healey Club are sponsoring the 26th Annual All British Car Show and Autojumble. This event is being held on Saturday October 25 on Main Street in downtown Safety Harbor, FL, rain or shine. The All British Car Show is the biggest car show on the west coast of Florida dedicated to British cars and motorbikes. The event opens at 8:00 AM with all cars in position by 10:00. Awards will be presented at 2:30. The Beatles Tribute “Nowhere Band” will be in the bandstand, there is a silent auction, car accessory vendors, event regalia, and plenty of food and shopping in downtown Safety Harbor to make this a fun day for the family. This event is a fund raiser for Special Olympics Pinellas County, a very worthwhile cause for children […]
Contrary to what some people may think or say – the British car manufacturing industry is in pretty good shape. Every 20 seconds, a brand new vehicle rolls off the production line somewhere in Britain. Last year, Britain built more cars than France, and one single plant, Nissan Sunderland, made more cars than the whole of the Italian car industry put together. Meanwhile, seven out of 10 Formula 1 teams are based in Britain, including Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, Lotus, Williams, Force India and Manor (Marussia). And the UK doesn’t just make cars, they also build engines – one in three Fords sold globally in 2014 had their engine built in either Bridgend or Dagenham. Building Cars Live is a new two-part documentary that takes viewers into the fascinating world of the car manufacturing industry, with presenters James May, Kate […]
Voting is hotting up in a new global poll by Classic & Sports Car magazine to find the best British car of all time, with the much-loved Jaguar E-type taking a narrow lead with just a few weeks to go until the poll closes. Once referred to as the most beautiful car ever by Enzo Ferrari, the E-type is just edging out its nearest rival, the Mini Cooper S, but with polls at www.classicandsportscarshow.com open until 1st August, there’s every chance that lead could change hands.
Mini Meet West 2015 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Abbotsford ‘The City in the Country’ is located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, adjacent to Greater Vancouver and in the heart of the Fraser Valley. Mini Meet West is an annual gathering of Mini enthusiasts and owners of both the Classic and New MINI. Participants come from all over Canada, the USA, Mexico and as far away as Europe. Last year’s event included approximately 180 registrants & participants. With MMW2015 being held in the city of Abbotsford, June 29 through July 2, 2015, the hosts are expecting to attract over 200 registrants this year. This event is open to all Minis, classic and modern. Check out the webpage at www.minimeetwest.com
Classic Minis United is going back to Cherokee, NC for the base of their 3 day driving adventure. This 56th of their gatherings will be held April 15 through 18, 2015. Cherokee is located at the south entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and at the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. As with all of CMU’s events, they like to drive, and that’s what they’ll be doing. The club will have drives each of the three days with plenty of stops and things to see. In addition to all the usual Mini and automotive stuff, “The Mini Hippie Film Festival” will be shown during the Hippie party Friday night! Even if you can’t make it to the event, you have a chance to show off your short film and win some cash. The film festival is sponsored […]