MINI Takes The States 2014

We did it again! Another MINI Takes The States road trip has concluded! This is our fourth year attending the epic MINI sponsored event (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) and it just gets bigger and better every year. The event started in 2006 and runs every two years, with the routes and events changing each time.

This year’s adventure began in San Francisco and headed out east, eventually ending up in Boston. We did not do the entire route this year due to time constraints, but we still turned it into an awesome adventure! After the New Mexico checkpoint, we turned back west to head for the Grand Canyon and then back home.

As always, this event remains one of the best events put on by any company in any industry. This is just another reason that MINI customers are life long customers. Thanks to MINI USA, and everyone who attended this year, and we can’t wait to see you all again in two years! Start the countdown!! 🙂

Overall the trip took us the following route.

Trip Stats7 Days6 States2876 Miles1 Speeding Ticket8 Stops for Gas0 Cracked Windshields1374 Photos Taken178 Minutes of Video

Photos and Video from the tripMINI Takes The States Photos

MINI Takes The States Video

Grand Canyon Photos

Bearizona Photos

Bearizona GoPro Car Video

Bonus PhotosMINI LEGO Creation Set

Collection of all MTTS event Photos

Our New 2011 MINI Cooper Clubman S!

It finally happened! The new 2011 MINI Configurator is online and ready to do your bidding! Valerie and I decided a while ago that we wanted to get a Clubman S, and knew it would be best to wait until the 2011 model refresh hit. Well it is here, and so we spent a couple hours last night building one and comparing what we liked and didn’t like. Here is what we came up with! First the photos from the configurator:

Pretty sexy ehh? Well here a few additional items. Valerie won a free A-Pillar graphic ( from our favorite dealer, East Bay MINI, when we were at MTTS2010. So we are going to get the black jack graphic to match the rest of the blackjack additions. We are also going to get the Blackjack dash graphics as well.

Other than the MINI Connect that will be added as well (not available until November) I believe that about sums up the new MINI!

There will of course be additions over time. A couple that will be sooner rather than later are:- Magnaflow ExhaustALTA Intake– Different Wheels / Tires


Spec sheets

Collateral Damage List!

Below you will find a list of items that did not make it. They will be remembered. RIP.

(1) Palm Pre Plus. (Cracked screen)

(1) UNIchip Performance Computer Module w/ custom mapping for 2006 MINI Cooper S. (Destroyed by salt water) 

(1) 2006 MINI Cooper S bonnet scoop – chili red. (Broken Mount)