Just wanted to give everyone an updated on what took place at the meeting lastnight. I talked briefly about the MINI world and then fielded questions about everthing from the Chicago MINI Club to the car itself. Quite a few of the BMW folks there also had MINI's and a handful of others were considering getting them. It's really amazing to see how popular this car is with the BMW faithful.
It was also nice to meet such great people who are into their cars as much if not more than we are. I think that the Windy City BMWCCA will be a great asset to the Chicago MINI Motoring Club in the future especially as we discuss co-hosting events.
Thanks to everyone who came out lastnight!
The MINI Car Club of Indiana has some info about the upcoming F1 event:
Info About Late Ticket Purchasing
If anyone wants to purchase tickets?plenty are still available.?Simply call the ticket office at 317.492.6700.?If you are a MINI Car Club Member and want to participate in the Car Corral, then tell them on the phone that you are a member of the club, and that you still want to be part of the Car Corral.
Info About the Car Corral
If any members still want to be a part of the car corral, they will need to call the ticket officeat317.492.6700?at this point and identify themselves as being a member of the Mini Car Club and then order tickets straight from them (yes?you must have a ticket to be in the car corral).? The cheapest seats anyone can get are the $45 1st Turn Terrace Seats.? Then, they can sit in their seats, sit in the infield if they want, or enjoy the festivities in the car corral.? But make sure anyone calling about tickets identifies themselves with the club so they can get the car corral hang-tag.? Any MINI Club members that would like to be escorted into the car corral with other MINI club members should read the section on the ?Police Escort to the Car Corral.??Otherwise, check your car corral confirmation materials on how to enter the infield and park in the car corral.
Info About the Police Escort to the Car Corral
The MINI Car Club has 20 spots reserved for an 8:00 AM police escort.?Any MINI Car Club Member who has car corral access (the hang-tag) can participate in the police escort.?The escort will depart the Indianapolis Zoo (downtown) at 8:00 AM, and then drive into the car corral together.?If you will be participating in the police escort, please arrive at the Indianapolis Zoo (West Washington Street, Downtown) at 7:45 AM.?
David H. McKee
Treasurer, MINI Car Club of Indiana
This news is from the organizers of this South Bend event:
IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! The South Bend Mini Event will be held without the autocross. We were not able to arrange for a better insurance package, and fell short of the 50 pre-registrations required. All who registered for the autocross event will get their checks back. WE ARE STILL HAVING AN OCTOBER 4th EVENT!!!
Our new, (loose) agenda:
9-10:30 AM — Meet at The Tire Rack, meet Mini owners, meet Alex, tour (parts) of this amazing performance facility.
10:30-Noon — Road Rally Course, includes Notre Dame campus
Noon-2:00PM — Lunch at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant at the historic Kamms mansion. www.haciendafiesta.com Order off the regular menu, all your food will be FREE! For your margaritas, Coronas, whatever-you-want-to-drink, you are on your own.
Come share a wonderful autumn day with Mini enthusiasts!
While this news is certainly disappointing for many of us I'm still planning on going and having a great time. In fact I'm probably going to come home with some tires from the TireRack. Who can still make it?
I just recieved an email from Phil announcing his next Trackday event:
The next track day has been announced and will be held on Saturday, November 15, at Gateway International Raceway.? The rate listed on the web is $175 if booked before November 1.? The discount rate of $140 is good for MINI club members only.
What a deal! This will be a great opportunity for those of us who couldn't make the first event as well as those who can't wait to go again. Here's Phil's contact info if you're interested in going:
Phil Wicks/Midwest Driver:
The Windy City BMW has asked me to pass along some information to all the MINI owners in the Chicago area that there will be a general meeting next Wednesday for all current Windy City club members and non members who own MINIs and might be interested in the club. I thought that there may be some interest among some of you who are looking for more track time etc. Here's the info:
Bill Jacobs BMW/MINI
1564 W. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Light Refreshments Provided
Join us for a big meeting about the MINI! Windy City member (and BMW owner) Gabe Bridger of the newly formed Chicago MINI Motoring Club (www.chicagominiclub.com) will give us the lowdown on the state of the MINI world and tell us about the MINI community that's cropping up all over the US. Of course this also includes Windy City events! We're also hoping to have information about upgrades and aftermarket mods you can do to your MINI. This is shaping up to be a great meeting for anyone who owns a MINI, rides in a MINI, or just daydreams of a MINI!
Bill Jacobs BMW/MINI is located at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Jefferson Street in Naperville. The easiest way to get there is to take I-88 west to Rt. 59, go south on Rt. 59 and make a left at the light on Jefferson Street (Portillo's on corner), and go straight a couple of miles to Ogden.
PARKING WILL BE IN THE LOT ACROSS FROM BILL JACOBS, BEHIND THE GEMATO'S GRILL RESTAURANT.
Motor on over!
For those of you in the Chicago MINI Motoring Club and might be interested in more track time and further benefits (the monthly magazine the Roundel for one) I recommend also checking out the BMWCCA. They're happy to welcome MINIs into the club and we at the CMMC are looking forward to working with them on the future on joint events.