April Drive (04/05)


WRAPUP:  The predicted bad weather held off, and we were left with a pretty day for a drive (pretty cold and windy day that is)..

About 25 MINIs from the Chicago and Milwaukee areas participated in the scenic drive around Southern Wisconsin back roads.  Unfortunately the Drag strip was closed for the day due to the anticipated bad weather, but we made up a last minute plan B stop at the famous Brat Stop.   It was great that they were able to accommodate a large last minute crowd.  The driving quiz was hotly contested with 5 people getting the same highest score.  The winner was drawn at random from the five, and the  picnic set from Knauz MINI was awarded to Greg.

Huge thanks to Pat for all the planning of the fantastic drive and quiz, and to Knauz MINI for helping us out with the quiz prize!!!

As usual,  please send a link to your photos or video (but not the actual photos) to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will post them here.  Also feel free to join and share your photos to the Chicago MINI Motoring Club flickr group if you have a Flickr account.

Photos by: Kevin | Steve | Tom | Caren |

Video by: Tom Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 |

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Spring Drive March 15th

MINI Cooper Spring Drive 

WRAPUP: Incredible weather, great roads, great food and a whole bunch of MINI (and Mini) people.  This was the perfect start to the driving season!!

We wound up with a really nice sunny warm day for a drive..  Over 40 cars participated in a fun cruise on some quiet backroads.  We had a nice mix of new people and familiar faces.   The drive ended with a lunch with the Minis In Northern Illinois club.  A round of raffle prizes finished a great MINI day.

Huge thanks to Paul who did all the route planning,  organizing, and lead drive duty and the M.I.N.I club for letting us share their afternoon with us.

Photos by: AnthonyTom | Dan C. | Francis | Ellis

Video by: Tom Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Ellis |

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Auto Show Event February 14th

MINI Chicago Auto Show

WRAPUP: Depsite the chilly weather and a dusting of snow, about 16 MINIs participated in an early morning cruise down pothole covered Sheridan Road and Lake Shore Drive.  The Auto Show was nice, and it was a bit less crowded than usual.  Huge thanks to Knauz MINI for helping us out with tickets!! 

Video by: Chris

The Chicago MINI Motoring Club (CMMC) will be attending the Chicago Auto Show on Saturday February 14th.   This is a perfect way to celebrate a Valentines Day morning.

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Indoor Kart Racing 1/25

motoron photo

WRAPUP:  Thrills, chills and speed!!  Everyone had a fabulous time at this years event. The racing was close and mostly clean, and what wasn’t clean makes for fun bench racing stories.   The format was a little different, with two person teams and 45 minutes of time, but it actually allowed for a bit of additional racing time, and it is always fun racing on the full size combined track.

The overall Race winners Adam and Scott were awarded gift cards courtesy of Ridemakerz 

If you have any photos or video of the event, please send the link (not the actual pictures) to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will link them here.

2009 Race Results

Pictures by: Gabe |

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Holiday Party (12/14)


WRAPUP:   Great friends, great food, great time!!  We had a large turnout this year, and it was a fun time visiting and catching up with people.  Lots of snacks, deserts, munchies and drinks.

We had some incredible raffle presents and giveaways from Bill Jacobs MINI, Ridemakerz, Knauz MINI, as well as from members and friends of the Chicago MINI Motoring Club.

Huge thanks to Taylor for hosting this party again!!

Email links to photos to Steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will link them in here.

Photos by:  Steve | Paul |

Our Annual Holiday party will be held again at club member Taylor’s beautiful house in Deerfield:

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Ridemakerz – 20% Discount day

WRAPUP:  Over twenty people showed up for an early opening of the Ridemakerz store where we recieved a bit of VIP treatment and built a bunch of custom cars.  Huge thanks to Ridemakerz and Francis for putting this all together!!

Check out pictures by Francis

Mark your calendars!  Get a jump on your holiday shopping and spend some time with your MINI friends by joining us at the Ridemakerz store at Woodfield Mall!

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