Wisconsin Overnighter info

Here are some more new details for our Wisconsin overnight drive to New Glaris.Check out this post and this post for earlier information..

WRAPUP:  19 MINIs  met up at the Beloit rest stop on a cold and drizzly morning.  The weather alternated from sunny to cloudy to rainy, but the roads were 100% fantastic the whole time.  Lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and very little traffic.  We pulled into Monroe and filled up the top level of the parking garage, and then proceeded to enjoy the Chili festival and other area attractions.   After lunch and picking up a few more MINIs, we headed off to more twisty back roads.  A fun attraction on this portion was a herd of cows galloping around the field, excited to see a herd of MINIs zipping past.  Our end of the day stop was a tour of New Glarus Brewery.  The following morning we said goodbye to a few people spending the day in the area, and welcomed a few new MINIs along for the drive.  After a fun and twisty drive to Mount Horeb, we enjoyed another town festival for a while, and off for the final leg to Monroe and a stop at a cheese factory.

Huge thanks to Paul and Barbara for the tremendous amount of planning and organizing that he put in to make this such a fantastic event!!  It was great to have so may people involved from all the area MINI (and Mini) clubs.  Thanks for coming out for a really fun weekend!!

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

Photos by: Steve,Kathy & Pat, Paul&Kim | Kes | Dan | Arnie & Lena | Kevin & Carolyn | Sarah, Jerry and Laurel

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SuperDawg 05/08

Over 30 cars showed up on a beautiful spring evening to take a short cruise and hang out.  The cars drew quite a bit of attention both along the route and at SuperDawg.  We had club members attending from as far away as Springfield, Milwaukee and Elgin/St. Charles area.  Our friends from Knauz MINI stopped by and dropped off some MINI SMints!  It was very cool to have almost the entire SuperDawg parking lot filled with MINIs, Classic Minis, plus even a Morris Minor.

Huge thanks to SuperDawg for letting us take over their place for the evening, and for being so accommodating to us in terms of parking and hanging out!!

Please e-mail links of pictures to steve@chicagominiclub.com and I will post them here.

Photos by: Matt | Francis | Eric |

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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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MTTS Chicago Photos

The Chicagoland stop of MINI Takes the States is now over, but I know there was a whole lot of pictures taken. Here is an aggregate of many pictures taken by our club members and friends..

E-mail steve@chicagominiclub.com a link to your pictures (but please don’t send photos because I don’t have enough space) and I will post them up here:

MTTS Chicago Flickr Pool

Photos by: Anthony Day 1 | Anthony Day 2 | Anthony Day 3 | Francis | Caren | Kevin | Steve |

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