AND WE’RE OFF.
With great fanfare (literally) MINI TAKES THE STATES 2012 had a monumental kick-off from MINI USA’s Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. The rain passed, the clouds parted and the crowds came motoring in for what would become “the best MTTS kick-off ever!”
Maybe it was the unbelievable and jaw-dropping talents of a certain recently famous Guinness World Record holder - Han Yue, or that rather tall Uncle Sam and his Pipe & Flute Band or Jim’s ever-welcoming grin. Whatever it was, the horns began to beep and the engines began to rev and by the time we made it to MINIcross hosted by the Philly Club (big thanks) our numbers swelled to over 700 MINIacs joining us in our MTTS MINI Community.
Passing parades and motorcades along the way, we motored to DC smiling high fiving, thumb’s upping and smiling ear to ear.
Yes, our first MTTS2012 Day started with a bang and ended with one as we watched with pride a monumental fireworks celebration just a few blocks from another famous Pennsylvania Ave resident.
Somewhere between MINI’s 10 year Anniversary and the 4th MTTS, it was quite a (MINI) holiday.
America may be 236 years old, but MTTS2012 is only two days old and we are just getting started! With last night’s monumental fireworks show still flashing in our eyes we have many miles to motor, many people to meet, and entire country to see. Charlotte here we come.
There is nothing like southern hospitality and we are sure to have a warm welcome from something other than the heat. Speaking of the heat, be sure to keep you and your MINI hydrated by drinking plenty of water and making sure you keep an eye (or two) on your temperature gauge.
MUSIC MAKES IT.
Be sure to download today’s playlist to rock, jazz, sway and boogie and generally groove your way down to Charlotte.
MINI MOG PLAYLIST OF THE DAY – CHARLOTTE
MINI USA and Hendrick MINI present an evening of great east, drinks and funky sounds of The Fabulous Swingin’ Richards.
MTTS UNLEASHED at NC Music Factory
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28206
GO FORTH. GO WEST. GO MINI
National Inventors Month
There’s no better time than National Inventors Month to honor our inventor: Sir Alec Issigonis.
Check out a very abridged history, below:
The year was 1957. Gas prices were soaring. And the big behemoth gas-guzzlers of the day were making less and less sense to the general public. So, Sir Leonard Lord of the Morris Company issued his top engineer, Alec Issigonis, a challenge: design and build a small, fuel-efficient, affordable car that can carry four adults.
Alec Issigonis not only delivered, he changed automotive history with two groundbreaking innovations. He pushed the wheels all the way out to the corners of the car and turned the engine sideways. When they unveiled the MINI in 1959, the world had never seen anything like it. They were awestruck. This unique combination of low cost and small size came to symbolize independence and spontaneity. In other words, it came to define the youthful spirit of the early 1960s.
Issigonis’s numerous layout innovations not only created more passenger room. They also happened to make MINI incredibly fun to drive. Wheels at the corners meant a wide, go-kart stance and nimble handling. And the transverse engine kept weight over the front tires, helping provide balance and grip.
But how did MINI get the Cooper name? Well, it was 1961 when the humble little people-mover fell into the hands of British racing legend John Cooper. A more powerful engine, bigger brakes and a few turning tweaks later and the MINI 997 was introduced. And a rally demon was born. Before long, the nimble little MINI was outracing and outlasting the larger, more powerful, but clumsier sedans of the day. Visits to the winner’s circle became a regular event and MINI chalked up numerous international race wins—including three at the prestigious Monte Carlo rally from 1964 to 1967.
So here’s to the man who started it all: Sir Alec Issigonis. Let’s take this month to motor in his memory.