On September 1, 2012, we became a 2 MINI household! What I thought would NEVER happen, took 8 years to become a reality. You see, when I bought my first MINI Cooper in 2004 (it was an ‘05 Chili Red Cooper), I had no idea how much my life would change over the next 8 years and the wonderful people I would meet as a result of this little car.
I wasn’t even aware there was a local MINI enthusiast club until I found Sunshine MINIs online and went to my first event - The inaugural Mickey & MINI. From that very first event, my wife, Laura, was with me - probably thinking to herself, “these people are nuts!”.
If you go back to 2007, you will find a post on this site where I talked about this crazy idea MINI had about coming out with a 4-door SUV! I mentioned that it would take a vehicle like that for my wife to ever consider getting a MINI herself. I re-stated this in 2008 when AutoExpress ran an article on the mysterious MINI SUV.
Well, the time has come and this weekend, my wife will officially enter into MINI ownership when we pick up her new 2012 MINI Cooper S Countryman! The minivan is gone and the MINI is almost home. Here is a photo of MATH-U as it came off the truck at the dealer:
The car is equipped with Premium, Technology and Sport packages (minus the 18″ wheels to make the ride a bit more comfortable). I look forward to tinkering with MINI Connected and hopefully will post some cool finds once I test some theories out . HUGE thanks to Vista MINI for making the car buying process so easy so far! I will try to post some more photos when we go pick it up. Saturday can’t come soon enough!
Just in time for the 10th annual MINIs On The Dragon event, which I am leaving for tomorrow - here is a video I shot last year of my FIRST Dragon run!! What a blast! This year over 1100 MINIacs will be in attendance. Should be one crazy week of motoring and good times!!! I’ll try to be better about posting photos and videos a bit quicker this time around .
Better late than never eh? LOL I was just about to post some photos from this past weekend’s Mickey and MINI event when I realized I hadn’t posted my photos from MINIs On The Dragon 9 from earlier this year. Well I guess Mickey and MINI photos will have to wait . MINIs On The Dragon was an absolute blast. Definitely going back next year for the 10th anniversary of MOTD! Are you coming?
I know… I know… been a while since my last post. I am still alive and still loving my MINI and after SEVEN years of MINI ownership, I am FINALLY going to attend my first ever MINIs On The Dragon!!! Can’t wait!! A group of us are headed up to Helen, GA on Monday morning and then will arrive in Fontana on Tuesday for some pre-Dragon festivities . Should be a fun time and, who knows, I may actually post some photos when I get back .
The RSR MINIs have done it again! Awesome job by the whole team! Congrats Randy!!! Full press release below:
TROIS RIVIERES, Quebec—Randall Smalley and Owen Trinkler earned their second consecutive GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge win during Saturday’s race at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, putting the No. 198 RSR Motorsports MINI Cooper S at the front of the Street Tuner field.
A combination of great handling, superb driving, strategy, and quick pit stops allowed the MINI to win the two-hour Street Tuner race.
RSR Motorsports led much of the race at Trois-Rivieres in 2009, and the team knew that strategy and pit stops would be a key factor to leading the way once again. Last year’s race had few caution periods, so Smalley took advantage of an early-race caution to pit, handing over to Trinkler.
Trinkler held down a steady pace and pitted again with forty minutes remaining. He re-emerged in fifth place, with plenty of fuel and a fresh set of tires. It enabled him to work his way forward, eventually taking over first place. Trinkler held onto the spot until the checkered flag waved. Read the rest of this entry »