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!):
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