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MINI Takes the States 2012 begins

MINI Takes the States 2012

MINI Takes the States 2012 has begun!  After a pre-party at Prestige MINI last night, the official event began this morning at MINI USA headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.  From the press release:

The MINI TAKES THE STATES organisers are expecting several thousand registered participants. Some will be driving individual stages only in their MINI, others undertaking the full 3,903-mile (6,281-kilometre) distance. In store for them is not only an automotive adventure over an extremely attractive route, but also an extraordinary shared experience both on the road and when the day’s driving is done. After New York and Washington, the convoy will pass through Charlotte and Nashville, Chicago, Des Moines, Boulder, Albuquerque and Phoenix, among other places, before crossing California on their way to Los Angeles, the Pacific coast and, most importantly, the venue for the end-of-rally party. A richly varied programme looking at every aspect of MINI will be spread over the stop-off points along the route. Activities include sporting competitions and slalom tests held on closed roads, free from the shackles of the otherwise strictly observed speed limits.

MINI TAKES THE STATES has been held every other year since 2006. As in all previous editions of the rally, a portion of the proceeds from each 30 US dollars participant registration fee will be donated to charity. To this end, a minimum of 10,000 US dollars will be presented to an organisation supported by MINI USA – regardless of the number of participants in the rally.

If you can’t attend the event, the next best thing is to follow along online.  Several social media sites will help:

Facebook | MINI TAKES THE STATES 2012 – Official MTTS 2012 Facebook event page.

Google+ – Hashtag for all MTTS 2012 posts.

Twitter #MTTS2012 – Hashtag for all MTTS 2012 tweets.

And follow the Library of Motoring as we will be attending some events and reporting on others.


MINI social networking sites (updated)

Facebook logoMINI has always stood for fun, community, and technology, so it’s not surprising that MINI embraced the Internet and social networking. Not just for marketing, but to connect a community of MINI owners. From the start, MINI USA created an Owners’ Lounge on its website to give owners a place to discuss and show off their MINIs. They have created official blogs and event websites. MINI has also taken advantage of popular social networking sites to reach out to MINI owners, potential owners, and fans.

official websites

MINI Owners’ Lounge – Official MINI USA website. Must own a MINI and set up an account (by VIN).

MINI Space – Site with creative projects, competitions, events, thoughts, and ideas, by MINI.

social networking sites

Facebook | MINI – Official MINI Facebook page.

Facebook | MINI Canada – Official Facebook page for MINI Canada.

Facebook | MINI Countryman – Official Facebook fan page for the launch of the MINI Countryman.

Facebook | MINI Motorsport – Meet fans and motorsport enthusiasts, get the latest news, and share your best pics.

Facebook | MINI Space – Official Facebook page for the MINI Space website.

Facebook | MINI TROPHY – Official Facebook page for the German MINI racing series.

Facebook | MINI United – Official Facebook page for MINI United.

Facebook | MINI UK – Official Facebook page for MINI USA.

Facebook | MINI USA – Official Facebook page for MINI USA.

Instagram – MINI – Official Instagram user profile for MINI.

Instagram – MINI Space – Official Instagram user profile for MINI Space.

MySpace – Hammer & Coop – MySpace site for the Hammer & Coop online episodes.

Pinterest – MINI – Official Pinterest page for MINI.

Pinterest – MINI Motorsport – Official Pinterest page for MINI Motorsport.

Twitter @MINI – Official MINI Twitter page.

Twitter @MINI Space – Official Twitter page for the “Creative use of Space. An urban initiative by MINI.”

Twitter @MINI United – Official Twitter page for MINI United.

YouTube – MINI’s Channel – Official site for MINI video ads, announcements, premiers, and events.

YouTube – MINI Motorsport’s Channel – Official site for MINI Motorsports videos and events.

YouTube – MINI USA’s Channel – Official site for MINI USA video ads, announcements, premiers, and events.

social networking apps

Facebook | MINI Mate – Find fellow motorers by MINI model, location, gender, age, and relationship.

Facebook | MINI Moments – Share photos from MINI events.

smartphone apps

MINI LINK App – Official MINI USA social networking app for the Apple iPhone.

MINI United 2012 photo gallery index

MINI United 2012

MINI United 2012 has begun!  Most of us here in the US are not attending but are interested in following the action and announcements in Le Castellet, France.  So to make it easier to find all of the photos, we created this MINI United 2012 photo gallery index.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


Get MINI United 2012 updates and photos at Twitter #MINIUnited.

MINI Moments App for MINI United 2012

MINI Moments

Just a day before MINI United begins in France, MINI has released an iPhone app which connects with Facebook.  The purpose is simple, share photos of MINI United:

Share and explore your favorite moments from MINI United 2012 in Le Castellet, France right as they happen.

How it works:

  • Capture your favorite moments at MINI United 2012.
  • Share them in the MINI Moments Facebook or iPhone app.
  • Watch your photo go to the top of the live feed and grow in likes!

If you don’t have the iPhone app, you can still share photos through the Facebook app itself.

Visit the MINI Moments Facebook page.


MINI Mate: a social network within Facebook




While it hasn’t officially launched, MINI announced a new social network app on Facebook called MINI Mate.  Just in time for MINI United 2012, this network within a social network allows you to find others like yourself:

The network of MINI drivers and fans is vast, but MINI Mate picks out the gems for you.
We’ll find you the MINIacs you share the most interests with – you just worry about kickstarting that beautiful friendship.

The app lets you set up a profile including multiples MINIs as well as importing your favorites from your Facebook profile.  You can choose the languages you speak and the MINI events you have attended.  MINI Mate will then suggest friends or let you search for them.

Once MINI Mate reaches 500 MINI mates, they will give away a prize of a MINI United 2012 merchandise package.

Sign in to Facebook and add the MINI Mate app.

new MINI social network: MOTORING CONNECTION


Less than a week old is a new social network for MINI owners called MOTORING CONNECTION.  The website was started by Mark Vogler and can be found at

The website lets your create a profile (with only one MINI, unfortunately), post photos and videos, create and join groups, add and respond to events, and view items for sale in the classifieds.  There is a mobile version of the site, as well.

Edit: Library of Motoring has a profile there now.  Friend us at

MINI United 2012 confirmed for May 2012

MINI United 2012
The MINI calendar is filling up for 2012.  Yesterday MINI USA confirmed MINI Takes the States 2012 for “next Summer”.  Today MINI confirmed that MINI United will take place from May 11-13, 2012 in France.  From the BMW PressClub website:

MINI United 2012: French connection for fourth edition of MINI festival.


Munich/Le Castellet. MINI United time is here again! The international community growing up around the British small car brand is set to come together for the fourth running of a very special open-air festival; MINI has announced the date and venue for what is sure to be a spectacular event. MINI aficionados and music fans alike should set aside the weekend of 11 – 13 May 2012 in their diaries and programme the destination Le Castellet – or, more precisely, the Circuit Paul Ricard – in France into their sat-navs. Lying in wait for the MINI United 2012 crowd at the circuit, which played host to Formula One races over several decades, will be a top-class line-up featuring live music acts, motor sport, lifestyle action and MINI Community activities.

Some 25,000 fans from more than 40 nations flocked to Silverstone in England for the MINI United festival in 2009 to celebrate not only the third Community catch-up but also the 50th anniversary of the brand’s founding. However, the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet offers enough space for even the Silverstone masses to be exceeded in number. Indeed, the event programme is richer in depth and variety than ever before. Live appearances by leading lights of the international music and DJ scene, fun sporting activities, stunt shows and driving experiences on the track, exhibitions of accessories, current MINI and Classic Mini cars on display, and the exclusive presentation of a new MINI model ensure an attractive blend of al fresco party, shared experience and MINI action in every shape and form.

An extensive entertainment programme for younger MINI fans is guaranteed, as are a broad spread of culinary treats laid on by various restaurants, bars and catering stations. Other essential features of a MINI United festival are the MINI Club Area and Beauty Parking, which serves as both a car park and stage for the more strikingly styled members of the MINI fleet. Indeed, for the majority of the fans at the fourth MINI United festival, driving to the venue in their own MINI will be the perfect way of getting into the mood for a weekend among the MINI Community.

Further information on MINI United 2012 is now available at Regular updates on the event programme, motor sport line-up and MINI Community will also be posted on the site, as well as tips and links on the event location, registration, ticket bookings and accommodation reservations in the area around the venue.

You can purchase your tickets now at

MINI United also has a Facebook page at

MINI Coupe and Roadster discussions

MINI John Cooper Works Coupe
With the forthcoming MINI Coupe going into production very soon, and the MINI Roadster to follow next Spring, there is a lot of buzz on the Internet about these models. So we have tracked down these discussions on forums and blogs around the Web.

MINI Coupe and MINI Roadster discussions

German Car Forum – The MINI Coupé. | Officially Official: The MINI Coupé

MINI² – Coupe | Roadster

MINIforum – MINI Coupe and Roadster Talk

Motoring Alliance – Coupé and Roadster

MotoringFile – MINI USA Coupe Options & Package Pricing

North American Motoring – R58 :: Coupé Talk (2012+)

totalMINI – MINI Coupe


MINI Club Finder now at MINI Space

MINI Club Finder
The MINI Club search function that used to be found on the MINI United website has made its way to MINI Space.  Yesterday MINI Space introduced its MINI Club Finder webpage.

The MINI Club Finder webpage displays a map of your location showing the nearby clubs.  In the search box (shown right), you can search for a club by country or town or by club name.

If you are the organizer or representative of a club that isn’t listed in the MINI Club Finder, you can add it.  Your club logo and a short description can be added to your club entry.