Raceway Woods October 13th

Raceway Woods

Raceway Woods used to be the home of Meadowdale Raceway in the 1950s and 60s.  It was later converted to a Forest preserves.  Parts of the old racetrack track can still be seen and explored while hiking in the area.

This is a great time to enjoy a short MINI drive, an historic and scenic spot, hang out with MINI friends, and have a casual cookout.

WRAPUP:   Great weather, fun drive, good eats, and hanging out with MINI friends.. what could be better?  We had a group of 8 MINIs take the backroads to get to Raceway Woods where we were joined by another couple MINIs.  We took over the cooking area and had a fun afternoon eating,  visiting and checking out the trails.  Huge thanks to Rus and Tawana for the drive route planing, and Craig and Beth bringing the grill and attending to the cooking duties!!


Photos by Steve |

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WeatherTech 10/12


The Windy City BMW club has invited the Chicago MINI Motoring Club to attend their event touring the WeatherTech factory on Saturday October 12th

WRAPUP: Lots of cool cars, a tour of the factory and a delicious lunch..  We were treated to VIP parking, and a chance to view a lineup of WeatherTech race and street cars.  We were taken on an extensive tour of the state of the art facility and then a fantastic lunch in the very modern employee parking lot.  Huge thanks to Windy City BMW and WeatherTech for inviting our club to this event!!

Photos by: Steve |

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Vintagefest 09/15

WRAPUP: A cold and rainy day brought a smaller than expected crowd.  There were only a few MINIs on display and a couple CMMC spectators, but a good assortment of BMWs braved the bad weather.  We got a cool tour of the ZF transmission facility, and CMMC members won some great raffle prizes..  Congrats to David L for winning the MINI division, and to Jim M for taking 2 BMW classes!


The Windy City BMW club has invited the Chicago MINI Motoring Club to attend and participate in their annual Vintagefest event.

Come check out cool BMWs and MINIs, both old and new.

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Mini Mania Crosses America

Mini Mania Crosses America – We want to see YOU!

We are excited to announce that Don Racine, owner and founder of Mini Mania, will be traveling across the US towing his infamous 1960 Mini to take part in three exciting races: Glenora Wine Cellars US Vintage Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, NY, the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT and the Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan XXVII in Grattan, MI. The Mini is the featured marque at the 2013 Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival and Mini Mania is pleased to represent the marque in a single piece of Mini history. Don acquired the Mini in 2009 from racing champion John Unsbee.

Here is more information about each race:

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MINIs on the Mack 08/03



WRAPUP: What a fabulous event!!  MINI of Grand Rapids was a great host, and Chicago area people filled close to half the 30+ cars that convoyed out to St. Ignace.  Friday night was fun to just hang out and watch MINIs cruising the area in all directions.  Early Saturday, we gathered in a field and took off for a 15 mile drive thru some scenic back roads culminating with a drive over the Mackinac bridge.  A party was held afterwards with plenty of time to check out hundreds of cool MINIs.  We were a little short of the world record, but with 846 1/2 cars (the half was a trailer) it was the largest single gathering of MINIs in North America.    We did get a record of the most cars playing a song on car horns, and the prize for the best dressed MINI was won by CMMC member Sean!!

Send links to photos to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I’ll add them ehre..

Photos by:  Steve | David |


UPDATE 07/15/2013: A small group will be departing from MINI of Grand Rapids on Friday at 1pm.  Must be there by 12:30 (remember they are a time zone ahead of Chicago).  you MUST RSVP by adding a comment to this post so we can have the correct count for plans.


UPDATE 06/21/2013

Registration is now open!!  visit http://www.minionthemack.com/ for details

We are starting to get a bit more  information from MINIUSA about this World Record attempt.

Also check out details from the previous post for a CMMC block of hotel rooms at a discount price

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