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.
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.
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!!
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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.
WRAPUP: Close to 50 MINIs attended this spectacular event!! The predicted rainy weather held off for the whole evening. We took a winding neighborhood drive along some twisty roads, and looped a couple area cul-de-sacs.. We filled up the back area at Superdawg for a fun hang out, listening to DJ tunes by Source 1 DJ Services . Huge thanks to Superdawg for hosting our club, and Arnie and Lena for the planning/coordination work!!