Axels Automotive 05/01

 Axels Automotive

WRAPUP:  15 or so MINIs headed out for a beautiful morning drive up Sheridan Road.  We reached our destination at Axels Automotive and were joined by another half dozen or so MINIs (and Mini).  After some visiting and food we went into the Shop area and were treated to demos of a rear brake rotor and pad change, alignment and road force tire balancing.  We were able to ask questions, and see all the details up close and in person.  Nick and Axel even checked out a few other problems on peoples cars.  They then fired up the grill and treated us to cheeseburgers, drinks and chips.

What a great chance to hang out and learn a bunch about our MINIs!  Huge thanks to Axel, Nick and their entire crew for opening up their place to us, and taking such good care of our club.

E-mail links to photos to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will add them here:

Photos by: Steve and Axel  | Gary D. | Matt |

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Spring Drive April 17th

WRAPUP:  Almost 70 MINIs from The Chicago MINI Motoring Club, Milwaukee MINIs, M.I.N.I. and Northwest Indiana MINIacs participated on an epic drive to the to the Jelly Belly factory and then on to Lake Geneva.  The weather was cool but sunny.  We explored many twisty curvy roads, and everybody got lost at least once on the drive (and a few people, more than once) but a great time was had by all.  Lots of old MINI friends and new MINI friends made for a fun lunch hangout after we invaded most of the remaining empty parking spaces around Lake Geneva.Huge thanks to the many people who put in a great effort to make such a fun event..  Paul for the route (except for the wrong turn listed on the beginning directions, which was my contribution),  Jenny for working on lunch arrangements,  and Rose for bringing coffee and donuts for everyone in the morning.  Tom reported a large success collecting items for the two hospitals!!Send links of your photos to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will post them here..

Photos by: Steve | Kes | Tom G. | Arnie and Lena | Francis | Anthony | Morwen | Gary and Therese

Video by: Tom G. Part1 | Tom G. Part2 |

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Chicago Auto Show 2/14

Auto Show 

Wrapup: Twenty some MINIs braved the early morning and cold weather to caravan down Sheridan Road and Lake Shore  drive to the Auto Show.  40 club members were able to gain early admission to the show to get an up close and personal time to check out the MINI exhibit before the crowds.  Huge thanks again to MINIUSA for all the work to secure this special deal for our club, and to Knauz MINI for helping us out with the tickets!!!

E-mail links of photos to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will add them here.

Photos by: FrancisSteve | Kes | Arnie & Lena |

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Cubs Brewers game Sept 11

Cubs Brewers MINI event 

The  Milwaukee MINIS and Chicago MINI Motoring Club are planning a Brewers vs. Cubs game outing.  It will be a night game on Saturday, September 11th.  There are only 75 tickets, between the two clubs and they will sell out fast!!  To get your tickets, send in your Order Form [Click Here] and payment ASAP.   Theresa from the Milwaukee MINIs purchased the tickets on her personal credit card, and had to pay upfront.   If you don’t buy your tickets by April 1st, and if there are any tickets ramaining, the price will go up. So buy your tickets, and buy them now!

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Chicago Auto Show

We are still working on plans for the Chicago Auto Show.

The tentative plans are for either Saturday or Sunday morning February 13th or 14th. 

We will again be doing a morning group drive down Sheridan road and Lake Shore Drive for anyone who is interested.

Stay tuned to this website for special information as soon as it comes through…

Kart Racing January 31

Indoor Kart Racing

Our Annual indoor kart racing event returns in 2010 with a new venue, new racing format, and new prices!!

WRAPUP:  36 people showed up ready to do battle at Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix.  After an orientation we headed out to the track, and broke into 3 groups doing 4 races each on the large track.  Many people hung out afterwards for pizza, conversation and bench racing. 

Club Fast Guy awards go to Adam for turning in a blistering 32.67 lap, and Matt was a close second at 32.78

Huge thanks to Brett at Melrose Park Indoor Grand Prix for coming out on his day off to get us going, and for making this such a fun event. 

Please send links to photos or video to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will add them here.

Photos and video by: Steve

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