Raceway Woods 5/24

Wrapup: Great weather, fun drive, good eats, and a cool destination!! We had a dozen MINIs and a bunch of dogs take a short trip out to Raceway Woods. There was one long pause for a slow moving freight train where we had a chance to pull over, take pictures and chat before the road opened up again. Burgers, brats, and side dishes were the food of the day, and people had a chance to explore the remnants of a very cool race track.

Send links of pictures to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will add them here.

Pictures from Francis | Steve | Arnie |

Take a drive on Saturday May 24th and visit Raceway woods in Carpentersville. This forest preserve used to be the home of Meadowdale Raceway in the 1950s and 60s. Parts of the track can still be seen and explored while hiking in the area.

This is a great time to enjoy an historic and scenic spot, hang out with MINI friends, have a casual cookout. Leashed dogs are welcome (as long as you clean up after them).

WHEN: Saturday May 24th, rain or shine. Meet at 10am

WHERE: Meet at Mieneke Recreational Center 220 E Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg. We will then have a group drive to Raceway Woods.

WHAT TO BRING: Camera, Optional FRS radio (tuned to Channel 1 subchannel 1), cookout food and drink, suitable clothing for hanging around outside or hiking (including bug spray, sunscreen, etc.), supplies for your pet. Alchohol is not permitted in the park.

We will have some brochures from http://www.langka.com/ LANGKA Paint Chip and Scratch Repair as well as a sample of their Blob Eliminator if anyone is interested in performing some chip repair in the near future.

Parking will be tight if we have more than 15-20 cars. Please add a comment below if you are interested in attending.

  • Dang, those Saturdays are rough for us retail guys. I hope everyone had fun without me.

  • Rose

    So far looks like a go, ready to have some fun. Will bring a big salad to share with everyone.

  • I will be there, probably solo.

  • Emma

    I will be there for sure – with my little dog. I love Raceway Woods…I used to go there all the time, but it’s been about 6 years since the last time I went!

  • john & tommy

    Might go, and even bring a real GTSHNZR (or two!)

  • I will be there with my riding partner, Maddie.

  • I’ll be there too. And I also have a BBQ to share.

  • Arnie

    Count me in, should be a great time!

  • Roof Roof, Bow Wow Wow, Roof Roof
    Scoobi and Red Dog are ready to go…

    MINI Madness

  • Im totally in!!!

    and shes all modded out!

  • And I also have a BBQ to share

    Thanks Paul.. I’d like to use some of that grill real estate.

    Sounds like my daughter will be joining us as well, and with a little luck, a batch of cupcakes will also make the trip.

  • john & tommy

    is there a way to reserve a “shelter”? Sometimes those have grills next to them.

  • is there a way to reserve a โ€œshelterโ€? Sometimes those have grills next to them

    Yea, we checked with the forest preserve district. I was told there are no built in grills, but there is a shelter and bathroom.

    No reservations for this area, just 1st come 1st served.

  • LTL M CPE

    Sounds like fun and I would love to check out the old race track, but will be in Indy for the 500 this weekend. Have fun everyone.

    Jim

  • I’ll bring Scoobi snacks for the four-legged types.

  • john & tommy

    Just how many dogs are coming? I’m still figuring out how to put an 80+ lb dog into the boot. She’s never ridden in the MINI before.

  • Iโ€™m still figuring out how to put an 80+ lb dog into the boot.

    If John is bringing his dog, I’ll need my protective clothing.. Dogs think I’m a chew toy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • john & tommy

    Sheridan doesn’t eat much

    Sheridan the Dog

  • Emma

    Oliver (my dog) doesn’t eat much either, but he will be more than happy to beg for scraps ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, should I bring a small grill? I could do that, but I hate the idea of putting a dirty grill in my lovely, clean car!

    Oliver and I can’t wait to meet everyone tomorrow.

  • The whole family is going now, so we will be packing a car-full!!

  • Thanks everyone for another fantastic event. The family and I had a great time. It was fun to visit with everyone, and the food everyone shared was really tasty!!

    I’m not really a dog person, but everyons pets were very well behaved, and I was comfortable hanging with them.

  • Francis (MiniMac2005)

    Hey everyone! Perfect weather and a nice drive made for a great outing. While the train slowed us down a bit, I think it was a really nice break in the drive. We should have more stops like that during our runs (exclude the train of course!). It’s nice to not feel so rushed at an outing…

    Good to see familiar faces, great to meet a few new ones as well. Hope to see everyone at another outing soon!

  • john & tommy

    Great event. Nice drive, park and trails. Thanks. Sheridan slept all afternoon (while I cleaned out the MINI!).

  • Rose

    Thanks CMMC for a fun MINI event, we made heads turn with our colorful MINI caravan.

  • And Rose’s colorful Mini Wheels Pasta Salad too ๐Ÿ™‚
    What a great day, great weather and a great time. Thanks for coming out.
    Pictures are up… BCNU all soon.