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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 events calendar 2013 (updated)

Mickey and MINI 8

photo by Janet Ford

Since we first posted the 2013 MINI Events Calendar, we learned of dates for more major events such as AMVIV 10 and Mickey & MINI 9.  Here is the updated calendar.

Major Mini and MINI Meets

Date(s) Event Location Description
2/17 MINI Thunder IV Willows, CA MINI and Mini track day at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
2/22 – 2/24 Helenblitz 2013 Helen, GA Annual gathering of MINIs in the small German town of Helen.
5/1 – 5/1 MINIs on the Dragon 11 Fontana, NC Large annual meet at the “Tail of the Dragon”, aka MOTD.
5/15 – 5/19 A MINI Vacation In Vegas 10 Las Vegas, NV Largest annual meet in the West, aka AMVIV.
6/18 – 6/20 Mini Meet West 2013 Bend, OR Large annual Mini and MINI meet in the Western US.
6/21 – 6/23 MINIs On Top Lincoln, NH Annual rally to the top of Mount Washington, aka MOT.
7/2 – 7/5 Mini Meet East 2013 Kingston, NY International East Coast Mini and MINI meet.
8/7 – 8/11 MINIs in the Mountains Avon, CO Annual meet in the Rocky Mountains, aka MITM.
9/27 – 9/29 Mickey and MINI 9 Orlando, FL Annual Sunshine MINIs meet near Walt Disney World.
10/11 – 10/13 MINIs Slay the Sleeping Dragon Fontana, NC Smaller annual meet at the “Tail of the Dragon”.
Fall 2013 MINIs in the Ozarks Eureka Springs, AR “The premiere gathering of MINIs in Middle America.”

MINI events calendar 2013

Mickey and MINI 8

photo by Janet Ford

Happy New Year! As we start a new year, we give you this 2013 MINI events calendar.  While there is no MINI United or MINI Takes the States this year, there are still lots of great regional events all over the United States.  As of this writing, dates for AMVIV 10 and Mickey & MINI 9 have not been announced.  We will update the schedule as soon as we have confirmed dates.

Major Mini and MINI Meets

Date(s) Event Location Description
2/22 – 2/24 Helenblitz 2013 Helen, GA Annual gathering of MINIs in the small German town of Helen.
2/17 MINI Thunder IV Willows, CA MINI and Mini track day at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
5/1 – 5/1 MINIs on the Dragon 11 Fontana, NC Large annual meet at the “Tail of the Dragon”, aka MOTD.
6/18 – 6/20 Mini Meet West 2013 Bend, OR Large annual Mini and MINI meet in the Western US.
Summer 2013 A MINI Vacation In Vegas 10 Las Vegas, NV Largest annual meet in the West, aka AMVIV.
6/21 – 6/23 MINIs On Top Lincoln, NH Annual rally to the top of Mount Washington, aka MOT.
7/2 – 7/5 Mini Meet East 2013 Kingston, NY International East Coast Mini and MINI meet.
8/7 – 8/11 MINIs in the Mountains Avon, CO Annual meet in the Rocky Mountains, aka MITM.
Fall 2013 Mickey and MINI 9 Orlando, FL Annual Sunshine MINIs meet near Walt Disney World.
Fall 2013 MINIs in the Ozarks Eureka Springs, AR “The premiere gathering of MINIs in Middle America.”

MINIs on the Dragon 2012 registration now open

MINIs on the Dragon 2012 badge
This year brings the 10th Annual MINIs on the Dragon event held in Fontana Village near the infamous section of US Route 129 known as the “Tail of the Dragon”.  Held each Spring during the first weekend in May, the dates for this year are May 2-6, 2012.  This year is expected to see the biggest attendance ever.

Registration opened today.  Go to the 2012 MOTD Registration page.

Visit the MINIs on the Dragon website and Facebook page.

You can meet up and discuss the event on Motoring Alliance and North American Motoring.


MINI events calendar 2012

MINI Takes the States 2010 (Indianapolis)

Happy New Year!  On this first day of 2012 we give you this 2012 MINI events calendar.

Major Mini and MINI Meets

Date(s) Event Location Description
2/17 – 2/19 Helenblitz 2012 Helen, GA Annual gathering of MINIs in the small German town of Helen.
2/19 MINI Thunder III Willows, CA MINI and Mini track day at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
2/24 – 2/26 Spring Thing 17 Wesley Chapel, FL Biggest meet of Minis and MINIs in the Southeast.
5/2 – 5/6 MINIs on the Dragon 10 Fontana, NC Large annual meet at the “Tail of the Dragon”, aka MOTD.
5/11 – 5/13 MINI United 2012 Le Castellet, France Worldwide MINI meet at the Circuit Paul Ricard racetrack.
6/14 – 6/17 A MINI Vacation In Vegas 9 Las Vegas, NV Largest annual meet in the West, aka AMVIV.
6/19 – 6/21 Mini Meet West 2012 Prescott Valley, AZ Large annual Mini and MINI meet in the Western US.
6/23 MINIs On Top Lincoln, NH Annual rally to the top of Mount Washington, aka MOT.
6/29 – 7/2 Mini Meet East 2012 Montreal, Canada International East Coast Mini and MINI meet.
8/2 – 8/5 MINIs in the Mountains Winter Park, CO Annual meet in the Rocky Mountains, aka MITM.
Summer 2012 MINI Takes the States 2010 Cross-Country, US Bi-annual national United States MINI rally and events, aka MTTS.
Fall 2012 Mickey and MINI 8 Orlando, FL Annual Sunshine MINIs meet near Walt Disney World.
10/25 – 10/28 MINIs in the Ozarks Eureka Springs, AR “The premiere gathering of MINIs in Middle America.”

 

GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge

Date Race Racetrack Location
1/27 GRAND-AM 200 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL
3/30 Barber Motorsports Park Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL
4/27 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, FL
5/11 New Jersey Motorsports Park New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ
6/8 Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, OH
6/22 Road America Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
6/29 Continental Tire 150 Watkins Glen International – Long Course Watkins Glen, NY
7/27 Super Weekend at The Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, IN
9/7 Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Salinas, CA
9/28 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT