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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 United 2012 program announced

MINI United 2012

MINI has slowly been releasing details of the races, events, and bands to perform, but today released the full program.

Two MINI race series converge on MINI United 2012.  MINI RUSHOUR, the 2012 Italian racing series, will run on Saturday.  Also, the new German MINI TROPHY series will hold races at Circuit Paul Ricard as well.

Musical artists and bands to perform include Gossip, Iggy and the Stooges, The Ting Tings, Martin Solveig, Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine, Naive New Beaters, The Rifles, Ben Mazué, SOMA, Charlie Winston, and Birdy Nam Nam.

Visit the MINI United Facebook page and see the program at MINI Space.

MINI RUSHOUR racing series for Italy


In a somewhat vague article on MINI Motorsports, MINI announced a new racing series in Italy called MINI RUSHOUR.  Rather than use MINI JCW CHALLENGE vehicles, the MINI RUSHOUR will use a modified MINI Cooper S.

Here are the ingredients: the MINI Cooper S, the famous go-kart feeling, performance and a specially developed racing kit plus low costs to make the races more accessible than ever. The riders will compete in two races on MINI darting for 60 minutes of pure competition.

This means that MINI United 2012 will include a race, as MINI RUSHOUR begins its six-race season at Circuit Paul Ricard during the festival.

2012 MINI RUSHOUR Schedule

Date Racetrack Location
May 13 Circuit Paul Ricard Castellet, France (MINI United)
June 10 Autodromo del Mugello Mugello, Italy
July 8 Misano World Circuit Misano, Italy
July 22 Autodromo dell’Umbria – Magione Magione (Perugia), Italy
September 2 Autodromo di Imola Imola, Italy
September 16 Autodromo di Vallelunga Rome, Italy

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 www.MINIspace.com/MINIunited. 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 bit.ly/MINIunited2012.

MINI United also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MINIunited.

collectible of the day: MINI United 2007 mirror caps

MINI United 2007 mirror caps
For each MINI United festival (2005, 2007, and 2009), MINI has created special souvenir side mirror caps.  In March we featured the MINI United 2009 mirror caps.

MINI United 2007 took place exactly three years ago today.  The international festival ran from June 22-24, 2007.

Shown here are the mirror caps from MINI United 2007.  The simple design features a black and orange checker pattern and “MINI UNITED” with “ZANDVOORT”, the Dutch city near Amsterdam which was the location for MINI United 2007.  They were available for purchase at the event.

collectible of the day: MINI United 2005 bag

MINI United 2005 bagMINI United 2005 bag
Items from major MINI events are always interesting collectibles.

Today we feature the MINI United 2005 bag.  This denim shoulder bag has an adjustable strap and a metal zipper.  One side of the bag has “MINI UNITED” printed up the side in red with a smaller “2005” in white near the bottom.  The other side has a large graphic MINI in green, white, and red like the Italian flag because MINI United 2005 took place in Misano, Italy.

collectible of the day: MINI United 2009 Festival Programme

MINI United 2009 Festival Programme
Exactly one year ago today, MINI United 2009 took place in Silverstone, England.  MINI celebrated its 50th birthday at the festival.

Previously we featured the MINI United 2009 mirror caps and we’ll feature more MINI United 2009 and MINI 50 items in the future.

Today we have the MINI United 2009 Festival Programme.  This 4″ by 4″ guide opens into a single-page map of the Silverstone Circuit on one side and a complete table of activities on the other.