Spring Drive 4/14


WRAPUP: The weather was cold, but the roads were hot!!  After a drizzly start, 50+ MINIs took off for some backroad adventure in the Kettle Moraine area.  The sun came out and the roads cleared up for the second half of the drive as we sampled some of lower Wisconsin’s finest twisty roads.  We had people attend from as far away as Madison amd Michigan.  Lots of first-timers and a great mix of Milwaukee and Chicago club members.  Huge thanks to Beth and Craig for planning this event!! 

Send links to photos or video to steve@chicagomininiclub.com and we will add them in here.


Photos by: Steve | Peter and Jean |

Join us on April 14th to welcome in the Spring driving season with a fun ride up into the Wisconsin Kettle Moraine area.

We will be joining forces with the Milwaukee MINIs, and this drive typically brings out a large crowd

details below…

WHAT: A large multi club drive to explore some fun twisty roads.

WHERE: Chicagoland Start will be in north parking lot of Gurnee Mills Mall in the Burlington Coat Factory Parking Lot   End will be a late lunch in Muckwnago, Wi area


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WHEN: Sunday April 14th.. Start time is 9am

WHY: Just for fun!!

WHAT TO BRING: A full tank of gas, appropriate clothes for the weather, optional FRS Radio to stay informed along the way tuend to Channel1 sub-channel 1, and a smile!!   Note: this will be a longer drive of about 150 miles or so.

RSVP: Please add a comment to this post so we can plan for the correct amount of people at our lunch stop and the right number of route sheets.

76 thoughts on “Spring Drive 4/14

  1. Phyl, Lee, Eric and Allie will be there. Looking forward to seeing our Milwaukee MINIs friends again.

  2. I am new to the forums and would like to go but noticed the event times are 9 am to 3 am. Is this an over nighter? or was that just a typo,

    • not sure what site you saw the end time from.. That would be a typo.. End will be mid-afternoon

  3. Great I will be there to meet and join the club. It will be nice to learn more about this fun go-cart of a car I bought.
    I picked up a 05 blue highly modded cooper s. a cpl days ago.
    I used to do road trips like this with my neon club to Indy all the time.
    now its just trips to the dragstrip with it.

  4. Don’t know if my first message went through. New member of both Chicago and Milwaukee clubs will be there.

  5. A lot of new peeps. PLEASE introduce yourselves at the meet. We’re often overly casual and could miss you. C YA THERE

  6. planning on being there with my R53 and hopefully 3 other R50/R53 minis will be tagging along with me

  7. Jason and Shannon Witt will be in attendance for our first drive with the club. Can’t wait!

  8. Damn….I need a new windshield and new summer tires swapped on. I should be ready by then. Plan for me too

  9. Myself and wife (recent transplants from Nashville) plan on attending – the outlaws run with the Milwaukee group

  10. Kathy and Ben will be there along with Sir Paul.
    Looking forward to our first drive.

    • Hi Terrance.. Nothing special to do first (besides having your MINI ready to go for the trip).. Before we leave we’ll have you sign a pre-drive waiver, get you a copy of the route sheet, and we’ll have a short drivers meeting. This is looking like a pretty big group (over 50 cars so far), so pack a camera to get a few shots of your favorite cars.

    • “Will this be a dog friendly event?”

      We do sometimes have pets travel on our events.. Just remember there will be a lot of people and it is a longer drive, so please use appropriate discretion for your dog’s temperament.

  11. Can’t wait for Sunday! Going to be my first group drive with my MINI and I’m absolutely thrilled! Excited for these two groups to form one big group! My boyfriend and I will be driving down from Milwaukee! See you all there!

  12. Jim and I are hoping to make it, will be coming from MI so if we can hit the road REALLY early, we’ll be there.

  13. Well. After $1500 worth of airbags and cutting and welding the frame rail back straight, Franken-MiNi will be alive and ready to run!! See you all at 9am!

  14. I’m planning on coming down from Madison, should fun. Let me know if anyone wants to cara-van.

  15. I’m pretty sure I’ll make it, just not sure if I will make it through the whole thing. So see everyone there, also Matt is coming, although I know he will fight with me and want to drive the TR-250…. Lol 🙂

  16. Just became a member. Family’s not up for it but I’ll be there. Will see if a friend feels like coming along.

  17. Cecilia Williams & her dad Rey Navarro will be joining the parade! See you all in Gurnee Mills

  18. Great Event! We are looking forward and very excited for the next drive!!!
    Hopefully our navigation skills will be better next time =P

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