Autobahn July 24th

UPDATE: 07/19/2005 We are leaving a bit earlier than previously planned. If you would like to meet up outside my place in Skokie at 6:00am, or meet us along the way down, send me an e-mail and let me know. (If you have already contacted me I will get info out to you soon).

Sugestions to bring for spectating: FRS radio tuned to channel 1 subchannel 1 for the drive down, drinks, healthy snacks to stay hydrated and alert, sunscreen, bugspray, hat, foldup chair, Chicago MINI Motoring Clothes and a smile!!


UPDATE: 07/13/2005 We only have a few people who are heading out to watch, so we will be heading out early to get to Autobahn at the same time as the drivers. We will most likely be leaving the north suburbs at around 6:30-ish.

Please post here, or e-mail if you are interested in joining us!!

The Chicago MINI Motoring Club will be out Spectating at the Phil Wicks Driving Academy in Joliet on Sunday July 24th.

There will be a $10 gate fee for spectators, and Phill has extended an invitation to MINI Club members to take a few touring laps of the South Track at controlled speeds (in a lead/follow situation) during the class lunch break.

Details are still in the works, but we are planning a small group drive down to Joliet. Post here if you are interested in hanging out at a cool new track and cheering on our fellow MINI (and other brand) drivers!!

Smart Cars Invade Chicago

I just received this email today and thought it may be of interest to those CMMC members who just can't get enough of small cars:

After viewing details, we wanted to get in touch with you & members directly regarding the unique opportunity to participate with the Target Smart Cars. We're excited to bring the exclusive branded ForTwo vehicles into Chicago this 4th of July! We'd love to extend members from Chicago MINI Club the chance to drive a Smart Car for in this single event date on America's Birthday. Ideal candidates possess an enthusiastic attitude to interact with the public and have small vehicle driving experience.

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Phil Wicks Driving Academy Joliet July 23-24

Here is some information from Phil Wicks about his upcoming driving school on Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th..

The Phil Wicks Driving Academy will be at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet IL on July 23 and 24. The full curriculum will be offered — Performance Basic (Novice), Performance Advanced (Intermediate), and Expert. We will be on the North course on Saturday and the longer South course on Sunday. The South course is rarely made
available to track day events.

Registration information is available at or

Sign up now to ensure a spot at a great course. For more information, please visit the website or feel free to call 615-354-5576 or

This has got to be the best performance mod to make your MINI drive faster and smoother!! I suspect this class will fill up fast, so get your registration in soon.

Don't forget, your Chicago MINI Motoring Club membership gets you a $25 a day discount at the Phil Wicks Driving Academy

Kings Island Wrap-up

Six cars from the Chicago area drove down together to Indianapolis where we met up with another six cars from the Minnesota Club. An additional 3 Chicago Club members caught us at lunch time and along the way. We ran an impressive 15 car high speed caravan down to the Cincinnati area.

There was a Friday night pre-event meetup at Skyline Chili, which by all reports was a big success

Over 100 MINIs converged on Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason Ohio on Saturday morning, June 16th. We were presented with VIP passes, and treated to a Continental breakfast in front of the Italian Job Roller coaster before the park oopened. We are able to line up to be the first ones on the ride when the park officially opened. A picnic style dinner was also provided as well as a chance to take one more exclusive ride on the Italian Job Coaster after the park closed at 11pm.

My family and I had a great time both at the park, and meeting and hanging out with so many other MINI owners. I was even able to have my car put on display in the entrance at the front of the park

All in all, a great weekend. I hope PKI puts together another event next year!!

Kings Island Meet-up

Here is the place to post for people interested in attending the Kings Island MINI event on Saturday June 18th.

There is a group leaving the Chicago area at about 9:30 on Friday morning. We intend to meet members of the MINIsota Motoring Society at Dryer & Reinbold MINI in Indianapolis at about 1 pm for a late lunch. After eating, we will head on down the rest of the way as a larger group to the Kirkwood Inn in Mason Ohio.

I am also aware of a few other people leaving the Chicago area later in the afternoon.