WRAPUP: What an incredible event!! We had a little bit of trouble with our original planned starting location, but after a couple moves we secured a hassle free meetup spot. We took a short scenic drive on some twisty roads and were then given the ful VIP treatment at the museum. We were treated to donuts and soft drinks, and a full and detailed tour of the workshop and museum areas, with a history of most of the cars in the collection. Words cannot do justice to describe the interesting cars, so take a look through the pictures below..
Huge thanks to Ken for being such a gracious host to our club, and to Arnie and Lena for helping with the arrangements.
WRAPUP: It was wet.. very wet, but the worst weather held off till the end. The good news is that the moisture kept the crowds away at Long Grove and the 23 MINIs that braved the weather had the place mostly to ourselves. Francis planned a well paced drive covering a bunch of fun suburban roads and a few twisties thrown in.. Only snag was the difficulties getting out of the mall and to the first road (all my fault). It was great to see so many new faces out for their first drive, plus lots of old friends!!
WRAPUP: Over 30 MINIs showed up to hang out and check out the new dealership. Lots of old friends, new and potential members, and a few friends from the Minis In Northern Illinois club. We were treated to a pair of Countryman Hotdog cars, plus the new MINI Coupe. MINI of Chicago pulled out the grill and cooked up a buch of brats, hot dogs, and burgers. Thanks to MINI of Chicago for hosting a fun hangout for our club!!
WRAPUP: What a fun event!! We had over 30 MINIs (and a Mini) of every size and style fill the back parking area at Superdawg. There were many new and potential club members, and lots and lots of old friemds. Several club members even showed up in brand new MINIs, and many cars came in from Wisconsin, as well as Aurora, DeKalb and other far away places. Kevin from MINI of Chicago brought in a suprise Hot Dog topped Countryman. Our friends Motoringfile even stopped by and showed off a couple cool new and old BMWs. Weather was warm, but fine for hanging out and visiting until the very late hours. Huge thanks to SuperDawg for being such great hosts to our club, including giving out some drinks and extras, to Kevin and Mark from MINI of Chicago for bringing in the Hot Dog Countryman, to Arnie for helping with all the arrangements, and to everyone who came out to make it such a wonderful event and evening!!
WRAPUP: Perfect weather for the half dozen MINIs that participated in this years parade. The crowd was large and enthusiastic with lots of children looking for candy. The MINIs were a crowd favorite getting lots of attention. A good time was had by all, except when the radio control MINI leading the field accidentally ran over the pile of horse poop..
WRAPUP: A beautiful day brought out about a dozen people or the Seminar. We learned that diferent types of scratches required different techniques, and to use the technique that causes the least amount of wear on the clear coat to get the job done. We are able to practice using claybar and hand polishes, and also use an orbital polisher to take deeper scratches out of a practice hood. Afterwards we were treated to burgers and brats and we were even given a goody bag with some sample products.
Huge thanks to Jim and his crew at Dr. Beasley’s for spending the session demonstrating techniques and answering all our questions, and to Greg and his Smartbox crew for hosting the event and providing and cooking up all the great food for us!!!