What an incredible experience to hang with 300+ MINIs and to be able to drive on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A dozen Chicago area motorists met up, and took a day trip down to Indy to join up with the MINI Takes the States cross country tour.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Motor like you’ve never motored before! It’s just you and 500 of your closet MINI friends and family, motoring around the famous Indianapolis Speedway. Join us for a parade lap and get your photo taken as you pass the famous yard
of bricks. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, all courtesy of Sports Illustrated. A $10.00 donation to a local Indianapolis charity will be collected in order to participate in the parade lap. Museum tours and access, as well as ground tours are available on a first come first
some basis for $3.00 per person. Plan to join us from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM for an afternoon of speed and excitement.
*The Speedway is located at 4790 West 16th Street on the west side of Indianapolis; just minutes from Indianapolis Airport. Take I-465; Exit 16A, Crawford Rd. head east approximately 1.5 miles; the Speedway is located on the north east corner of Crawford and Georgetown roads. Use Main Gate #2 to enter the speedway. Speedway staff will direct you to the RV parking lot to register for the track lap.
MINIUSA will be organizing a Cross Country Drive called MINI Takes the States (MTTS) to celebrate the arrival of the JCW Cooper S GP kit.
Patrick MINI, in conjunction with Chicago MINI Motoring Club – will be conducting a drive from South Holland Oasis near the Illinois-Indiana border and join the celebration in Indianapolis.
WHERE: We will meet at the South Holland Oasis
WHEN: Wednesday August 30th. We will hit the road at 9:30 am (Chicago time), and plan to get to Indy before 2pm (we will be going non-stop).
WHO: Anyone can join in, but you must already be registered to participate in the festivities.
Some suggested key points (from Patrick MINI):
Each participant will pack their own picnic basket to simplify the issue of food
Each participant who wants to participate in the Motoring Hearts pledge drive aspect for a badge should be able to download a pledge form (available Here)
I would suggest we leave open the departure time to each individuals discretion but post a “primary” time for reference (say ~ 7pm?)
a “ceremonial” distribution of Motoring Hearts grille badges will take place upon arrival at South Holland Oasis (grille badge holders not included!)
Participants should be encouraged to “bring a friend” (potential MINI buyer, of course) to help defray fuel expense
Patrick MINI will hold a random raffle of 10 twenty-dollar gas cards to Motoring Hearts participants
All donations to Duke’s Fund will benefit Dr. Cohn’s research for neuroblastoma. Checks should be written as follows:
Attn: Kristin Hughes
Children’s Memorial Foundation
2300 Children’s Plaza Box 4
Chicago, IL 60614
Make check’s payable to: Children’s Memorial Foundation – Duke’s Fund (or put somewhere on the check that it is to be applied to Duke’s Fund).
Check out This Post for additional information.
Here is the Chicago forum information for people driving the leg from St. Louis to Indy.
WRAPUP: 15 MINIs (and Mini), a Prowler and an MG took off on an 18 mile scenic drive to the MicroCar show. We were treated to VIP parking in the front row, and joined by a number of additional MINIs.
The show was amazing!! There was more of everything small than you could possibly imagine. Those that stuck around to the end of the show were treated to rides around the parking lot by a number of the vehicles including Messerschmitts, Isettas, Skoda, Smart Cars, 2CVs and an Amphibicar.
Thanks to Anders for planning the drive, and Arnie for the special parking!!
Photo Show from Lynn
Photos from Paul | Tom
Almost 60 MINIs (and Mini) and over 100 people showed up at Patrick MINI for breakfast and a presentation from BSSP and MINIUSA. They shared insight and information about MINIs marketing strategy and direction as well as some sneak peeks of upcomming advertising.
We hit the road for a 50 mile tour of some great area backroads. A few morning sprinkles kept the driving interesting.
After heading back, we enjoyed a cookout lunch and a chance to hang out and visit with friends.
Huge thanks to BSSP and MINIUSA for comming out to share information with us (and b-fast), Patrick MINI for opening up and hosting this event on a Sunday, Pat for planning the fantastic drive route, and CMMC for the lunch!!!!
If anyone has links to event photo’s, send me an e-mail to steve(at)chicagominiclub.com and I will link them here.
Pics from Francis | Gabe | Dustin | Bruce | Tom | Dan | Caren
Video by Taylor
Four MINIs took the scenic and twisty drive up the back roads to Kalamazoo Michigan to participate in the Mad Dogs and Englishman car show.
We had a Saturday evening meetup and meal with members of the Michigan MINI Club.
Sunday brought fantastic weather and almost every type of British cars that you could imagine (and more MGs and Triumphs than you could shake a stick at).
There were about 40 MINIs (and Minis) participating, ranging from bone stock to custom painted to 300HP turbo-charged creations, and every mod in-between.
Besides showing off the cars, and judging numerous categories, there was a chance to play a few field games including a casual autocross, a bucket racce (the driver is blindfolded, and the navigator needs to give directions to complete a slow speed slalom), Motor polo and others.
It was a blast to hang out with the Michigan club and enjoy tons of British cars!!
Check out some more photos here and here and here
WRAPUP: Thirteen MINIs (including several new members) came out for an early morning drive through some fun back roads.
Yellow MINIs dominated on the color count this time.
Many of us had our first ever trip to a tatoo parlor. We somehow managed to get through almost every traffic light as a bunch.
Huge thanks to Lori for all the planning, (and happy b-day!!)