MINI Takes the States 2010

Every two years MINIUSA puts on a giant party to celebrate MINI.  This year there will be multiple starting points around the country and everyone will converge on Denver Colorado.

Chicago will be one of the starting cities!!  The festivities will be starting all day Sunday August 8th and Monday morning August 9th will be the departure for the first leg of the trip to Indianapolis.

Photos by: Steve, Pat + Kathy | MINIUSA |

Details are just starting to come out.

The event is flexible.. You can choose which parts to attend, leave with a group or on your own, or you can meet the caravan in the middle of the route.

Add a comment below letting everyone know your plans and hopefully we can coordinate plans!! 

Main MINI Takes the States Site

Day by day route map

Chicago Sunday and Monday event times and locations

Registration page

MTTS 2010 Flickr group

UPDATE 08/01/2010:  PDF of Route details and more

UPDATE 08/02/2010: Anyone interested in participating in the BBQ in Indianapolis after the lap of the track, please RSVP to Shannon Grimm at: MINIGREETERS@DREYERREINBOLD.COM

Also keep an eye on Motoringfile for news and updates as they happen.

  • Not sure on my plans yet..

    I’ll be there Sunday for sure, and may be able to take off Monday and head to Indy.

  • Bennett

    We’ll be at the Chicago event and probably the drive to Indy, maybe as far as KC.

    I noticed there are no clubs registered yet on the official club page: http://www.eventjack.com/registration/minitakesthestates2010/organizations.html

    Do you think MINI will ask for local advice? Remember the fiasco of a drive from Lincoln Park to RA?

  • Do you think MINI will ask for local advice? Remember the fiasco of a drive from Lincoln Park to RA?

    Our club info has already been submitted, and we have been in contact with MINIUSA.

    The Chicago leg of the route will be led by Gabe Bridger from Motoringfile and former CMMC club president, so we should be in good hands.

  • The Milwaukee MINIS are thinking about departing on August 10th or 11th and driving to Kansas City. We can stop in Chicago to pick up anyone else that wants to skip the Indy & St. Louis legs. Thoughts?

  • Nat

    I might be interested in the drive to Kansas City. Not sure about Indy/St. Louis.

  • I’m now looking to do a day trip to Indy and planning on heading home Monday evening.

  • Mr RCH

    I am interested in a day trip to Indy returning home on Monday.

  • The Seeker

    I’m in for Sunday night. Plus one.

  • Can’t wait to see everyone. I’m doing the entire thing.

  • Kes

    I registered for 10am. Let’s organize a meet at least in the Chicago location? I am tempted to take a longer drive too..

  • I’m signed up for the 9am MINIcross time slot.. They will be doing about 50 people an hour. I’ll hang around for a while afterwards (and definitely see you go through it), but I don’t think I will be there all Sunday..

    Don’t know how things will be organized, but since I know you will be there I’ll keep my eyes open for you.

  • Nat

    I’m signed up for the 11am MINICross.

    We decided to to Minis in the Mountains, since it includes MTTS registration, so we’ll be skipping the MTTS rally and leaving Wednesday for Denver. From there we’ll take the long way home, via Mt. Rushmore (thanks for the idea, Steve).

  • Kevin & Carolyn

    I registered for the 11:00 MiniCross. Carolyn and I plan to stay to check out the Countryman that night.

    I doubt I drive to Indy on Monday. I’ve driven I-65 a ton ‘o times and it’s not so exciting. Not like a Rally on back roads. Or am I missing something?….

  • I’ve driven I-65 a ton ‘o times and it’s not so exciting. Not like a Rally on back roads. Or am I missing something?….

    I believe the plan is to take I-65, but there may be an alternate route as well..

    I think a bunch MINIs running down I-65 may add to the fun of a not-so-interesting road.. I’m doing it for the parade lap of Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    indy_mini

  • LTL M CPE

    I am now registered for the MINIcross at 3 pm and the launch party at 7. I wanted them close together as I am not going to drive all the way home between. 🙂
    I also plan on the drive to Indy to do the lap at the track I have attended 21 straight years, but have never done a lap on. May drive home Monday night, may stay.

    By the way, is there any reason/need to register for MTTS if you are not going to Denver?

    Jim

  • By the way, is there any reason/need to register for MTTS if you are not going to Denver?

    Yes, they do want you to register.. You will get some sort of goodie bag with swag,

  • LTL M CPE

    Once you register for MINIcross it wouldn’t let me register for MTTS using the same email. But I used my other email!

  • Bennett

    The Monday day trip sounds interesting. I will be in Chicago on Sunday too.

    If there are any detials about the Monday meet up would they be posted here or by MTTS?

  • If there are any details about the Monday meet up would they be posted here or by MTTS?

    The official details are in the PDF that is linked above on this post. The route is included in there. I am debating skipping the Skyway portion of the beginning of the route, but I haven’t made up my mind yet (bring an I-Pass just in case). I’ll be packing an FRS radio tuned to Channel#1, subchannel#1. Guessing Jim will also have his.

  • Dan Peters

    Steve i’am register for the minicross at 1 pm. But i did not resgister for the MTTS.I see you told LTLMCPE that they want us to.I’am takeing my son with me,do I have to register him to.Also is the tickets to see the new countryman Friday night or is it Sunday night.

  • do I have to register him to.Also is the tickets to see the new countryman Friday night or is it Sunday night.

    The MINICross is free, everything else they would like you to register. The Countryman will be at the Sunday night event. I see you’ve got 2 of the free tickets from the MINIUSA special deal on the other post so you should be good!!