About 20 MINIs braved the cold cold Saturday weather for the drive down to the Auto Show. After fueling up on Donuts and Cupcakes we headed down a salty Sheridan road and Lakeshore drive and eventually made it to McCormick Place.
First stop was the MINI exhibit where we had our first chance to be up close and personel with the new 2007 MINI’s. MINIUSA provided a special VIP area on the 2nd floor of the exhibit where we had a chance to have a continental breakfast and drinks.
After that, people split up and went to check out lots of cars.
Once again the CMMC will be partnering with MINI USA to bring you a unique way to see the Chicago Auto Show. And with the local debut of the next generation Cooper and Cooper S, this year promises to be one to remember.
For 2007 MINI’s Exhibit will feature an elevated second floor lounge and for the first two hours of the show on Saturday morning (02.10.07) it will be all ours. MINI USA will provide the usual excellent continental breakfast and a full line of refreshments for the club throughout the first two hours of the show.
Unfortunately since all of the MINI USA staff will be in Phoenix for the press debut of the 2007 MINI, we won’t have a MINI USA executive on hand. However we will have all the normal MINI auto-show staff available to answer questions.
You can buy tickets ($10) at the Drive Chicago website or at the door.
Since we won’t be getting into the show early this year (again due to all the MINI USA execs being out in Phoenix for the R56 launch) we do not have a cap on number of participants. However the MINI Lounge only holds 40 total people so we’re going to have to limit this event to only CMMC members and up to two guests. That will mean that not our entire group will be in the lounge at one time. So we’ll also have to ask for a CMMC member card before entering. If you’re a member and have misplaced your card, let us know and we’ll be sure to make a note on our final list. If you aren’t a member but would like to join, we’ll gladly accept a check and member application before and at the show.