This report comes from Philip Hubertus, a frequent contributor to MotoringFile and, as always, our connection to the happenings in Germany:
Last weekend was the weekend of a very big MINI event in Germany. Many enthusiastic MINI owners in Germany and some from other parts of Europe started their engines to join LET’S MINI. The event had been organized by MINI Germany. The meeting was at the Loreley festival arena with a great view over the Rhine river and lots of twisty roads around the site.
Classic and new MINIs were on display, as well as the XXL MINI, a couple of Challenge MINIs and the three new special editions: Seven, Park Lane and Check Mate. Mike Cooper and Rauno Aaltonen strolled around, held lectures and signed autographs on whatever you waved at them. (One owner even had his Pepper White MCS signed.)
The MINI range was available for test drives and many used the opporunity to take them for a tour. The tire manufacturer Dunlop had a stand where you could drive Coopers with one flat tire (runflat of course) around a small course. For only little money, MINI Driver Trainings where held and those who preferred a virtual drive could do so by sitting in a real MINI that was connected to a racing video game.
Later on Saturday two bands and DJs rocked the crowd on the main stage and a Beach Club with a terrific view over the Rhine valley had been set up for those who’d rather chill than party.
As the event lasted two days, many stayed over night in near by bed-and-breakfasts or simply set up their tent on the camp ground.
This might have been the biggest MINI meeting in Germany so far. An official confirmation on how many MINIs were parked on the parking area is promised for later this week. There are rumors that there had been more than 1,000 MINIs and Minis on the parking lot on Saturday.
But pictures speak louder than words, so here you are:
New MINI IG (German MINI Online Forum) User Album
[ forum.mini2ig.de/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=178 ]
Philip’s LET’S MINI pictures
[ http://www.hubertus.net/mymini/ltzmini/ ]
Thanks Philip! Lots of cool stuff here. First off this looks to be an absolutely incredible event and put on by MINI of Germany no less! I’d love to see MINIUSA attempt something like this. Then there are the MINIs! Some of the customization is just incredible and certainly one-ups most of what I’ve seen here in the US (especially those seen in Philips pics).
And then finally for those with keen eyes you may have noticed two new accessories in the photos. I won’t give them away but I’ll give you a hint… one will be mentioned on MF tomorrow.
Also look for Philips review of a track on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the weeks ahead on MotoringFile.