/ Mini, News, Other / Mini close to making it cost-to-coast in the US

Mini close to making it cost-to-coast in the US

Linked In Share
Mini close to making it cost-to-coast in the US

The Mini brand, which evolved from Alec Issigonis’ stroke of genius that created the original British Mini, is a well-known automaker today. Still, the days of doing things different are not yet over.

Since 2006, Mini USA has started a winding, 4,800-mile fan drive that would take a procession of Mini models from San Francisco to New York. It’s the fifth semi-annual Mini Takes the States tour in full swing these days, as the 15-day trip is scheduled to complete this weekend. The gathering has grown from just 85 cars for the first edition to at least 300 this year, with stops along the way, like Cleveland or Chicago taking the number to more than 1,000. Among them, we could find 100 dogs, 4 cats, one lizard and, according to a Mini representative, “at least one stuffed animal.”

“To understand this, you have to understand the passion people have about the brand,” says David Duncan, head of marketing and sales for Mini’s US operations.

“I wouldn’t miss this vacation for my life,” says one of the participants. “This is the greatest community there is. You build friends. You build relationships.”

The entrance fee is a mere $45 – for that they got a special appearance from legend skater Tony Hawk at the start of the drive and Mini treats the owners with entrances at many landmarks along the route – including a ticket to a Chicago White Sox game, for example.

by Aurel Niculescu (my Google+) - Friday, August 8th, 2014 - filed under Mini, News, Other. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles
owners Photo Albums San Francisco to New York tour us


Discuss: Mini close to making it cost-to-coast in the US

Leave a Reply















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

Reports – Opel has electric ideas for its new Karl model
Reports – Opel has electric ideas for its new Karl modelAccording to a recent report coming from a German auto magazine, the European division of General Motors, Opel, mulls the ...
Weekly GM ignition fund update: death toll rises to 50
Weekly GM ignition fund update: death toll rises to 50As of Friday last week, the confirmed number of deaths stemming from the General Motors 2.6 million cars ignition switch recall ...
Japan: Toyota plans worker pay changes to dismiss age gap
Japan: Toyota plans worker pay changes to dismiss age gapToyota Motor Corp., Japan’s largest carmaker and employer and also the world’s biggest automaker, has plans the update its ...
Europe: Honda bids the Accord fair well
Europe: Honda bids the Accord fair wellThe third largest Japanese automaker – Honda Motor – has apparently decided to desert the European midsize segment, giving ...
Germany: driverless project to start on the Autobahn
Germany: driverless project to start on the AutobahnDrivers might soon become optional if a project that is set to commence on the famous limitless German Autobahn becomes ...
Battery supplier: cheap gas won’t change long-term outlook for electric cars
Battery supplier: cheap gas won’t change long-term outlook for electric carsSouth Korea’s Samsung SDI Co Ltd, a company that has specialized in supplying automakers with batteries for electric cars, ...
Alonso ‘an alternative, not a priority’ – Wolff
Alonso ‘an alternative, not a priority’ – WolffJan.27 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Talks to renew world champion Lewis Hamilton's contract are finally looming, Mercedes team boss Toto ...
2015 revival could see Dinnington return for Manor
2015 revival could see Dinnington return for ManorJan.27 (GMM/Inautonews.com) If the former Marussia team survives the winter, it will have to house itself elsewhere. That is ...
Only Mercedes, Williams to test 2015 engine at Jerez
Only Mercedes, Williams to test 2015 engine at JerezJan.27 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Nine weeks after the 2014 finale, formula one is now counting down the mere days before the ...
Porsche 918 Spyder gold chrome finish
Porsche 918 Spyder gold chrome finishA weird gold chrome finish has been added to an impressive supercar, the Porsche 918 Spyder, a good recipe for attracting a lot ...
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Aventador Roadster vs. AMS McLaren MP4-12C
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Aventador Roadster vs. AMS McLaren MP4-12CThe Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and the McLaren MP4-12C have been recently put together in an impressive drag race. Earlier ...
[VIDEO] Ferrari LaFerrari vs. Porsche 918 Spyder vs. McLaren P1 by Top Gear
[VIDEO] Ferrari LaFerrari vs. Porsche 918 Spyder vs. McLaren P1 by Top GearTop Gear Magazine has recently placed the hottest supercars money can buy these days against each other. The Ferrari LaFerrari, ...
Jeep Renegade’s pricing leaked
Jeep Renegade’s pricing leakedThe U.S. pricing of the Jeep Renegade has recently leaked out and it seems that the crossover will start from 17,995 USD, on its ...
Audi RS3 Sportback – new images released
Audi RS3 Sportback – new images releasedA new set of images with the recently unveiled Audi RS3 Sportback has just hit the web. One of the most interesting hot hatches ...
Tips for fuel-efficiency driving during winter conditions
Tips for fuel-efficiency driving during winter conditionsEven though the gas bills are nowhere near the level they were last winter, especially in the US – where a gallon of gas can be ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

porsche 918 spyder gold chrome 1
Fahraufnahme    Farbe: Sepangblau
Spy-Photo
Spy-Photo
Liberty-Walk-Lamborghini-Huracan tuning 1
audi q6 render 1
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Tour de France 64 1
Peugeot RCZ R Bimota 1
2015 honda cr-v 1
2015 Brussels Motor Show Dream Cars 96
Spy-Photo
02-Bike-Sense-cyclist-in-window

More automotive from inautonews
According to a recent report coming from a German auto magazine, the European division of General Motors, Opel, mulls the upcoming introduction of an electric variant for its Karl minicar. The Karl electric vehicle could reach the European market as early as the end of 2018 – which puts it in ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Tips for fuel-efficiency driving during winter conditions
Tips for fuel-efficiency driving during winter conditionsEven though the gas bills are nowhere near the level they were last winter, especially in the US – where a gallon of gas can be purchased even ...
Is the auto industry ready for the aluminum revolution?
Is the auto industry ready for the aluminum revolution?While the fact that a vehicle can have aluminum body has come to widespread attention ever since Ford announced that its best-selling F-150 truck has ...
NAIAS 2015: the best and worst
NAIAS 2015: the best and worstThe 2015 North American International Auto Show is the perfect sign that USA’s auto industry has recovered fully from the brink of collapse that ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Weekly GM ignition fund update: death toll rises to 50As of Friday last week, the confirmed number of deaths stemming from the General Motors 2.6 million ... Euro NCAP: New Skoda Fabia, best in classThe new generation of the Skoda Fabia has been named the safest car in its segment by Euro NCAP, ...
Safety Section