Axels Automotive 05/01

 Axels Automotive

WRAPUP:  15 or so MINIs headed out for a beautiful morning drive up Sheridan Road.  We reached our destination at Axels Automotive and were joined by another half dozen or so MINIs (and Mini).  After some visiting and food we went into the Shop area and were treated to demos of a rear brake rotor and pad change, alignment and road force tire balancing.  We were able to ask questions, and see all the details up close and in person.  Nick and Axel even checked out a few other problems on peoples cars.  They then fired up the grill and treated us to cheeseburgers, drinks and chips.

What a great chance to hang out and learn a bunch about our MINIs!  Huge thanks to Axel, Nick and their entire crew for opening up their place to us, and taking such good care of our club.

E-mail links to photos to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will add them here:

Photos by: Steve and Axel  | Gary D. | Matt |

We will be paying a visit to Axels Automotive on Saturday May 1st to visit his shop, see some MINI maintenance related demos and have any MINI maintenance and upgrade related questions answered.

See an oil change demo upclose and personal, find out why an accurate alignment is important, and what is involved, see how to change brake pads on a MINI.

Check out the details below..

WHAT: A chance to see some maintenance related demos for MINIs, check out the shop and have your questions answered. 

WHERE: Axels Automotive 29870 Skokie Highway (Route 41) Lake Bluff, Il 60044

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WHEN: Saturday May 1st 10am (check out information below if you are interested in a pre-event drive up Sheridan road)

WHY: Just for fun, and a chance to learn about your car.  They will even be grilling up some burgers afterwards!!

IMPORTANT RSVP:  We are limiting this event to 30 people to make it easier to see and hear the information.  You must let us know you are planning on attending by adding a comment to this post.

Optional Extra Pre-Event Drive:  Come join us for a morning drive up Sheridan Road, one of Chicagolands funnest and twistiest roads.  Starting  location will be in the Plaza Del Lago parking lot 1515 Sheridan Road in Wilmette.  We will leave at 9am.

Hope to see you there!!


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  • Dave Z

    I’ll be there.

  • Larry Wysocki

    I will be there with Elaine including pre-event drive

  • Matt C

    as i plan on driving my mini well past 100,000 miles, im in for a little education session. ill be there.

  • DanielM (& BASIL)

    I’m in for the drive and the demo — I wanna see how to do MC brakepads

  • Arnie

    yep, we’re in!

  • kes

    I am in!

  • Me too, plus the Sheridan Road Drive.. We haven’t done a MINI drive up there in a while.

  • Robert Pustay

    I plan to be at Axels at 10am Thanks

  • I’ll be there too!

  • Mr RCH

    Count me in.

  • Rose

    Going to try to make it

  • Jenny

    I’ll be there

  • Adam

    I’m in, the drive too.

  • We are about 1/2 full at this point..

    Still room for about 15 more.

  • Bert Hernandez

    Count me in too!

  • Peter

    I’m in and looking forward to this.

  • Almost forgot about this, yikes! I’m in for certain. Will be there for the pre-event drive.

  • Jerry

    New member Jerry will be there. Maybe on the drive

  • Glad you will be there Jerry!!

    I have sent out route sheets to everyone who has RSVP-ed so far.

  • Marco

    Ill be there as well, looks like it might be nice enough for the bike, but ill stick with the MINI.

  • Gary

    Looks like there still is room. If so I’m planning on going. Hopefully I can also make the pre drive too.

    -Gary

  • Nat

    If there’s still room I’ll be there as well (with Jennifer). I’ll make the drive too.

  • See everyone tomorrow morning around 10AM!

    We will try to keep the parking out front clear for everyone when they arrive. There is about 10-11 spots and we can also park up alongside the curb.

  • Arnie

    Hey Nat, There is room. See you there!

  • Jason Hartong

    I’ll be attending if there is still room. I will also be joining the club. I hope to make it to the plaza buy 9am. Thanks!

  • Looking like a great morning for a drive!!

  • Jerry Fikar

    Just returned from Axels Auto. What a nice day. Thanks to the planners. I don’t know if we paid for anything as a club but in either case I sure was impressed with the hospitality shown by Axel’s, also Good to see people that know their stuff. Big day for me, I didn’t get lost. I stayed right behind Steve most of the way.
    Thanks for putting me there Steve, otherwise, who knows.
    Jerry

  • Arnie

    Another big thanks to Axels. They put on a great show in every aspect!
    To answer your question Jerry. Axels paid for everything (Breakfast, Lunch) and gave away all the labor for the alignment, brake job and road force wheel balancing work. I thought it was really great that they had more than a half a dozen people working on Saturday… just for our club. THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE @ AXEL’S. MUCH APPRECIATED. Side note, the back shop was closed when we were there. It’s at least as big as the entire front. Next time you’re there, check it out.

  • jenny

    This was a great way to spend a Saturday. A huge thanks to Arnie for making this happen and to Axel’s for their hospitality and generosity!!!

  • I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by on Saturday and allowing us to lend a helping hand with the Club.
    I hope all of you gained a little insight from the Demonstrations and enjoyed your day off with us.
    Hope to see you all again, we had a great time.

    Axel Knauz
    Axels Automotive