The Chicago MINI Motoring Club will be heading out to the Sugar River Raceway in Brodhead Wisconsin to enjoy a bit of outdoor kart racing! Come along to participate or or to hang out and cheer on your MINI friends.
The weather was hot, and the racing was hotter!!We had 13 club members and friends participating and a few more friends watching. The karts were fast, the course was bumpy and the racing was a blast. After 1 practice round, 2 qualifying heats and a final shootout, the young guns beat out the oldtimers this time.. Congratulations to Kevin R. for first place, Eric E. for second and Steve R. for third, and to all who came out and had a fun time!!Huge thanks to Phyllis E. for organizing this event!!
Long-time club members Craig and Beth have been off traveling the country for the past few years, and are back in the Chicagoland area for a short visit.Come on out to hang out for a bit with MINI friends and have some eats at Shirl’s Drive-in on a Tuesday evening
WRAPUP: A fun casual evening hanging out and visiting with MINI friends
WRAPUP: It was a cold wet day, so there were only a handful of MINIs that braved the weather. Still a fun morning hanging out with MINI friends, watching the on-track action and we were even allowed a few lunchtime touring laps of the wet/slippery track.
The Chicago MINI Motoring Club will finally be able to formally stop at the Launching Pad, home of the Gemini Giant to sample their eats!!
WRAPUP: We had close to 30 MINIs participating from as far away as Rockford and Milwaukee area. The drive was a bit challenging due to construction on one of the bridges forces a re-route of directions. The Launching Pad was not yet officially open but they did open their doors and parking lot to the Chicago MINI Motoring Club for a “soft” pre-open test run day. There was a large selection of menu items and the food was very tasty. We had a great time hanging around both inside and in the parking area checking out all the cool MINIs and getting the photo-ops under the Gemini Giant as well as other local area murals. Huge thanks to Holly and Tully from the Launching Pad and to Austin Coop from 2laneamerica.com for joining in and donating some Route 66 swag to our group!!
March 20th is the first official day of spring, so we will celebrate by taking a drive in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. This is a re-creation of a drive from almost 10 years ago, where club members Jim and Carrie first met. Ending destination will be the iconic Bristol 45 Diner for a late lunch. WRAPUP: Perfect weather for a first day of spring drive!! We had about 40 MINIs participating from both Wisconsin and Illinois. Nice twisty roads and a tailgating parking lot lunch at the Bristol 45 Diner. Huge thanks to Mark for setting up the Rallista app, and to Jim + Carrie for pre-driving the route (and for being together for 10 years, inspiring the idea to re-do the event in the first place) Photos by: Steve |
UPDATE: 03/17/2021 We will additionally have the route available on the iPhone app called Rallista if you are interested in using that
Kart Racing Wrapup: Thrills, Chills, and Spills.. We had all that action and more.. We had 17 racers and a few spectators out to our first event of the season. A fun time was had by all! Overall winner (and fast time of the day) went to Evgeny K. , Sylvia H. was seconds, and Jim M. was third.Missed this event, or want more karting? We are looking into the possibility of an outdoor event later this year. Send links to photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include them here
Kart Racing season for the Chicago MINI Motoring Club is back!! To satisfy our winter time need for speed, we will again be racing at K1 Speed in Buffalo Grove with their electric karts in a 3 race Grand Prix series. Read carefully below for important details for this year’s event