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MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 Route Announced

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 mapMINI USA today announced the official route for MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016.  The updated MINI TAKES THE STATES event website also shows the MTTS 2016 logo for the first time, which incorporates MINI’s new branding.

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 logo7/09 – Atlanta, GA
7/09-7/10 – Charlotte, NC
7/10-7/11 – Richmond, VA
7/11-7/12 – Baltimore, MD
7/12-7/13 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/13-7/14 – Detroit, MI
7/14-7/15 – St. Ignace, MI
7/15-7/16 – Green Bay, WI
7/16-7/17 – Minneapolis, MN
7/17-7/18 – Sioux Falls, SD
7/18-7/19 – Sturgis, SD
7/19-7/20 – Cheyenne, WY
7/20-7/21 – Park City, UT
7/21-7/22 – Las Vegas, NV
7/22-7/23 – Palms Springs, CA

From the BMW Group PressClub USA press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 24 – After much anticipation, MINI USA today announced the official route for the 2016 running of MINI TAKES THE STATES . The legendary biennial cross-country owners rally will kick off at Road Atlanta in northeast Georgia on July 9, 2016 and finish at the Thermal Club in Palm Springs, CA, on July 23, 2016.

In true MINI TAKES THE STATES fashion, the route will not take a direct path from point A to point B. The more than 4,000-mile “track-to-track” adventure will travel up the east coast, across the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains before arriving in Southern California.  The legendary adventure, which attracts thousands of MINI owners and enthusiasts every other year, will pay tribute to the brand’s motorsports heritage by stopping at several professional race tracks to host driving experiences along the way.

“MINI TAKES THE STATES is one of the most anticipated experiences that the MINI community takes part in every other year,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “Owning a MINI is about being a part of a community and never is that more evident than during MINI TAKES THE STATES.  We can’t wait to hit the road this summer!”

MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 will leave Atlanta making stops in Charlotte, NC, Richmond, VA, and Baltimore, MD. The route then turns slightly west heading towards stops in Pittsburgh, PA, and Detroit, MI.  The group of owners and MINI employees will then head north and cross over the legendary Mackinac Bridge, considered to be a rite of passage for thousands of MINI owners who have participated in the biennial MINI on the Mack event before arriving in St. Ignace, MI.

After crossing over into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the route heads along the banks of Lake Michigan to Green Bay, WI, before heading west for stops in Minneapolis, MN, and Sioux Falls, SD. The rallying MINI owners will then motor across the Great Plains and through the Black Hills where they’ll make a pit stop in Sturgis, SD, home of the legendary motorcycle rally. The route then heads south for the final legs of the epic journey making stops in Cheyenne, WY, Park City, UT, and Las Vegas, NV, before finally crossing the finish line in Palm Springs, CA.

Stay tuned for more updates or visit MINITAKESTHESTATES.com to receive email updates. For blog posts and press images from MINI TAKES THE STATES 2014 please visit the MTTS 2014 page on MINIUSANEWS.com. Media interested in updates on MINI USA can also follow us on Twitter at @MINIUSANEWS.


MINI ON THE MACK facts and figures

MINI ON THE MACK

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – August 3, 2015… Another MINI ON THE MACK is in the history books! Although the world record attempt at the largest parade of MINIs fell short, the biennial MINI owners rally organized by MINI of Grand Rapids and MINI USA did manage to set the new record for the largest gathering of MINIs in the U.S. The event attracted 1,319 MINIs of all shapes, colors and sizes for the rally across the 26,372 feet long, 500 feet high span of Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge – missing the world record by only 132 MINIs.

This was the second attempt at the world record for the largest parade of MINIs. In 2013, the brand had 848.5 vehicles attend the event. The current Guinness Record was set in 2009 in the UK by the London & Surrey Mini Owners Club, which brought together 1,450 MINI cars to fill the historic 2-mile auto racing circuit around the famous Crystal Palace Park in London.

“While we didn’t break the world record at this year’s event we were thrilled to see a record number of MINI owners from all over the country motor to northern Michigan just to be a part of this celebration of the MINI community,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “We’d like to thank all the owners out there who motored from 38 states and parts of Canada just to be there, as well as the team at MINI of Grand Rapids and St. Ignace Events Committee.”

Now that MINI on the Mack is complete, MINI owners from across the country (and the world!) can start preparing for next summer’s MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) rally. MINI USA recently announced that the biennial cross-country owners rally will kick off on Saturday, July 9, 2016, and finish on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The route will be announced at a later date.


MINI events calendar 2014

MINI Takes the States 2014

As we start a new year, we give you this 2014 MINI events calendar.  Of course the big event this year is MINI Takes the States 2014, but there are lots of great regional events all over the United States and Canada.  AMVIV is not taking place this year but MINIs on the Dragon and Mickey & MINI 10 will happen.

Major Mini and MINI Meets

Date(s) Event Location Description
2/16 MINI Thunder V Willows, CA MINI and Mini track day at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
2/20 – 2/23 Helenblitz 2014 Helen, GA Annual gathering of MINIs in the small German town of Helen.
3/28 – 3/30 Southwest MINI Fest Tempe, AZ New event for the Southwest United States.
4/30 – 5/4 MINIs on the Dragon 12 Fontana, NC Large annual meet at the “Tail of the Dragon”, aka MOTD.
6/13 – 6/15 Mini Meet North Bowmanville, ON, Canada Largest meet in Canada at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
6/20 – 6/21 MINIs On Top Bartlett, NH Annual rally to the top of Mount Washington, aka MOT.
6/26 – 6/29 Can-Am Mini Challenge 2014 Lexington, OH Mini-only racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
7/2 – 7/6 Mini Meet 2014: East Meets West Milwaukee, WI Combined Mini Meet East and Mini Meet West for 2014.
7/26 – 8/10 MINI Takes the States San Francisco, CA – Boston, MA MINI USA’s cross-country rally, aka MTTS 2014.
Summer 2014 MINIs in the Mountains Avon, CO Annual meet in the Rocky Mountains, aka MITM.
Fall 2014 Mickey & MINI 10 Orlando, FL Annual meet near Walt Disney World by Sunshine MINIs.
10/2 – 10/5 MINIs in Foliage 2014 Stratton, VT Annual meet in New England for the fall foliage season.
10/18 Yalla Yalla CO An annual event in the Rocky Mountain Region.
10/23 – 10/26 MINIs in the Ozarks Eureka Springs, AR “The premiere gathering of MINIs in Middle America.”

MINI Space revamped

MINI Space

In a recent email, MINI Space announced a “revamping” of its website:

MINI Space has been revamped to enhance and expand your MINI experience. With a new look, exciting new content series, more motorsport, and you – the MINI community – placed firmly in the driver’s seat, you won’t want to be late on the scene of the new MINI Space.

Here are just some of the things you can look forward to after the jump!

Made for Readers on the Go
Turbocharged Navigation
More MINI Stories
Clubs & Events Under One Roof
Community and Competitions
MINI Motorsport

Read MINI Space Is Changing! Your Guide to What’s New.


MINI Facebook Groups and Google+ Communities

FacebookIf you are a Facebook user and are an owner or fan of the MINI Countryman, MINI Coupe, or John Cooper Works models, there is an unofficial Facebook Group for you.  You may need to join the group in order to post, but all are public groups to read the discussions:

Google+If you use Google+ you are probably already aware of the new Communities function.  A few MINI enthusiasts were quick to utilize this new functionality to create social groups.  Already these Communities have formed:

We have a full list of official and unofficial MINI sites on all the major social networks.


The Source: Facebook app to share the MINI GP

The Source Facebook app

MINI has released yet another new Facebook app; this one is a contest. The Source is an app to promote the new MINI John Cooper Works GP. During the next month, MINI will release more MINI GP media such as videos in the app. Participants must share the information to get points.

Below are the two videos from Stage 2.

Visit the MINI The Source Facebook page.

Engineered for Speed

Go to the source page for Engineered for Speed.

Radical Aerodynamics

Go to the source page for Radical Aerodynamics.


MINI Takes the States 2012 galleries

MINI Takes the States 2012 gallaries

Now that MINI Takes the States 2012 has begun, photos are appearing all over the Internet.  So we’ve collected links to some galleries where you can view photos as they are posted.

The Tail of the Dragon (7/6/2012)

We will keep adding to the list as we find new galleries.