Upcoming Club Events

We wanted to share some info on some upcoming Club events that we are working on:

CMMC Spring Drive Sunday March 26th. This is our kickoff event to the spring driving season, although sometimes the weather is not very spring-like. This year we are planning a Poker Run where you will navigate to various locations to pick up playing cards. The person with the best poker hand at the ending destination wins. Starting time and location details will be announced as we get closer to the event.

Micro Car National: Saturday August 12th. This is the largest gathering of small cars (under 1000cc engines) that you can see. We will be planning a meetup and short group drive, and then spend the afternoon enjoying some interesting and unique cars.

The Michigan MINI Motor Club has invited us to some Co-Club events:

The Mad Dogs and Englishman British Car show in Kalamazoo Michigan on July 8th and 9th. This is a good half way point between Detroit and Chicago areas.

Overnight(s) tour of the Upper Peninsula September 22nd and 23rd, taking the Ludington to Manitowic Ferry across the lake and then driving Wisconsin over the Upper Peninsula. Planning info is listed on the Michigan Club forum.

Please let us know is you are interested in these Cross Club extended drives.

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Chicago Auto Show Sneak Peak with MINIUSA

WRAPUP

Two groups of MINI's converged downtown for a quick Channel 7 photo shoot before heading on to the Auto Show. We were treated to breakfast snacks and drinks and had a chance to talk with Fireball Tim and his 500 horespower twin-turbo charged, supercharged, nitro drag car.

The rest of the Auto Show was a blast, and we had the huge advantage of being inside before the main doors opened.

HUGE thanks to Chris W. from MINIUSA for making this all happen for us!!! Thanks for Dustin for leading one of the drive legs, and getting a film crew out there!

Here is the Channel 7 news clip.. Thanks Taylor!

Here are the Auto Show Drive pictures from Greg and Dustin.

More pictures from Brian.

For those who cannot make the show, be sure to check us out on the Live webcam (North Hall East View)

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The CMMC (along with MINI USA and the Chicago Auto Show) are proud to bring you the show before the show.

MINIUSA has arranged for CMMC members to get in to the Chicago Auto show before it opens to the general public on Saturday February 11th.

Chris Weiler from MINI USA will be on hand to answer questions and show off what is on display for 2006 from MINI. You'll also be set loose to see the show before the usual madness descends on McCormick Place.

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MINI Road Trips

Here are a few MINI trips that Chicagoland Club members are planning on attending.

If you are looking for a bit of company on your trip, post here and hopefully we can get people hooked up.

If you are planning on going on a different MINI road trip, let me know and I will add the info to this post.

Spring Thing 11 February 24 – 26 Jacksonville Florida.

MINI's on the Dragon May 4-7 Fontana, North Carolina.

Mini's on the Dragon Frapper map

New London to New Brighton May 20 Minnesota.

MINI's on Top June 17th Mount Washington, New Hampshire. More information Here

Kart Racing January 29th.

WRAPUP: Here is a link to pictures from the Go-Karting event. Thanks Mark!!

It's Go Karting time again!!!

Satisfy your winter Need for Speed by joining us for Chicago Indoor Racing Go Kart Racing.

The format will be the same as in the past.. 30 people – 10 carts. Random teams of 3 will compete for 1 hour.

When: Sunday January 29th. Arrive by 1:45

Where: 301 Hastings Drive, Buffalo Grove, Il

Who: Club members plus 1 guest. Space is limited to the first 30 participants to register. You must be 18 or over and have a valid drivers license. There is room for spectators to watch and enjoy the action.

Details: To register, download This form and send a check to our PO box listed on the form. Prices have increased, but we are holding the cost to $40 per person.

You can post here to hold your spot for a week until the check arrives. If there are available spots in the last week, we will open up registration to additional guests.