MINIs from various parts of Florida, including Melbourne and Daytona, met today in Winter Garden before a drive to Yalaha Bakery; we are too busy today to do the drive, but met everyone at the parking garage before they headed out.
We learned today of a MINI drive nearby, so I washed my car and we headed down to Championsgate to meet everyone – and there was a good turnout of 15+ MINIs there!
I took a photo of each MINI individually, just like the old days!
Once everyone had arrived, we set off on a maybe 20 minute drive, over to food trucks in Kissimmee – complete with reserved parking for our group!
Good fun to join some MINIs again! Thanks to Joey for organizing 🙂
I headed down to nearby Coronado Springs at Walt Disney World this afternoon, to join Mickey & MINI – the afternoon had a car show, and the evening offered buffet dinner, and raffle prizes! Lots of pictures:
Sadly, as in 2014, we were unable to join the huge 2016 MINI Takes The States event; we were able to follow along with the thousands of MINI owners – including Pedro with his MINI “Clark” via his MotoringFun website.
On his way back home in south Florida, he visited overnight, and we headed to a Disney restaurant this morning for breakfast – so I did get to drive a very small amount of MTTS 2016, with just two MINIs …
MINI Takes The States has made a commemorative coasters set for the events since 2006; I ordered them and they arrived today:
A bit sad that they arrived the same day that I removed the MTTS 2016 event from my calendar – finally admitting to myself that I won’t be able to attend again …
The MINI Takes The States 2016 event is now officially launched, with their website up and describing each days plans; hopefully this time Margaret and I will join them for at least some of the route (and in my new Clubman!)
Our very tentative plans for now are to join the launch day in Atlanta but then skip the North East corner (we’ve been there before!); we have an idea to plan our own “mid section” route, and re-join MTTS perhaps in Minneapolis, or later – but we’ve not gone through all of MINIs information yet, to see what they have planned …
If you’re not already aware, you need to register to attend MINI Takes The States ($75/person for more than one night, non-refundable), and you need to book your own hotels – and of course, bring your own MINI!
There’s also a very active, unofficial, FaceBook page, if you need that sort of thing …
And if you’re not sure what MINI Takes The States is, I’ve got many posts from previous events!