Two years ago – Coast to Coast in a GP

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!):

 

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MTTS 2008

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

MTTSphotos

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:

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(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)

More MTTS video

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!)