The original and best (!) MINI Takes The States 2006 was in mid-flow two years ago … this weekend I worked through the many more than 2,200 photos I’d taken, and put together an Animoto video/slideshow – a wonderful reminder of a wonderful event, beginning with GP delivery at Monterey and working city-by-city and state-by-state during a two week, 4,500+ mile drive across the USA.
Here is the video, nearly 300 pictures and over 8 minutes of entertainment – and at the beginning, a few never-before-shots of the first GP I ever saw (which MINI USA asked me not to post online back in August 2006!):
So MINI USA has officially announced the MTTS 2008 dates …
Of course, it won’t be as great as MTTS 2006 – apart from anything else, they won’t be delivering GPs!
There’s also no officially supported road trip this year, just four individual events (more like MINI United – but maybe without the track?) … of course, you could always organize your own drives!
UPDATE: lots more details online now, and registration is open – go to MINItakethestates.com for more
Somehow I missed linking to this Lime Rock video from Drew / NewYorkCityMINI when he announced it on NAM …
UPDATE: that video no longer works, but here’s one that George made:
Head over to Fireball Tim and follow the link to watch part 3 of their CarTV MTTS coverage (still with the annoying Kia yodel!er) … less MINIs and more Route 66 this time, although watch for MINI USA VP Jim Mcdowell getting “washed”!
(previous links to part 2 and part 1)
MTTSphotos (Newscast) was the official photographers of MINI Takes The States and they took some great pictures!
I ordered a pile of (mostly) GPMINI related pics – here’s some of them:
(copyright 2006 Newcast)
If you drove all or part of MTTS you might be included in some of the many pictures they took – head over to MTTSphotos and have a look!
(photos scanned / shown here with kind permission of Jim Sulley from Newscast)
Here’s a YouTube snippet of video from Alberquerque – but it’s really the sound not the video that’s excellent 🙂
Listen (and watch) Matt hauling his nearly new GP up Sandia Crest back in August (Matt says this video is courtesy of the Alberquerque MINI club – I’m sorry that I don’t have a link to them!)
Fireball Tim has posted part II of their MINI Takes The States video documentary; head over to CarTV to watch …
(see here for part I)
(also, and un-associated with Fireball Tim, check this post by Murray over on MurMINI, which links to a “sneak peak” of what will hopefully become the official-and-available-for-purchase-on-DVD MTTS video! UPDATE: The video has been removed now, but you can see it on Google Video here – thanks for the update, Murray!)