MINI TAKES THE STATES MOTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH HIGH-FLYING SEND-OFF FROM TONY HAWK

P90158076-mini-takes-the-states-motors-across-the-country-with-high-flying-send-off-from-tony-hawk-07-2014-600pxMINI owners from around the world rally from San Francisco to Boston: 14 states, 18 cities in 15 days

July 27, 2014…Motorers, start your engines! MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now underway.

The rally kicked off early on July 27th with fellow MINI owner and partner, Tony Hawk, performing a MINI inspired skateboarding stunt to send off MINI owners itching to hit the road.

“Pairing Tony’s send-off with our community’s excitement at Golden Gate Fields was a true MINI moment,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “You could feel the energy from the MINI community in the air. This is going to be an epic rally like never before!”

The group – sometimes as large as 1,000 participants and more than 100 pets – will finish the Motoring adventure in Boston on Sunday, August 10. More than 350 participants will go “all the way”.

Videos and photos from today’s event are available for download on MINIUSANEWS.com or on the MTTS Flipboard page.

MINI owners looking to join up with the rally can still register at MINITAKESTHESTATES.com or on-site the day of the event in each city.

The registration fee for adults is $45. Pets and kids under 12 are free.

About MINI in the US
MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 120 MINI passenger car dealers in 38 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of seven unique vehicles.

[Source: BMW Group, Woodcliff Lake, NJ]

MTTS 2014: First Look! Norm, Jess, Christina And Friends Share Their Pix!

Here is a collection of pix from our friends along the way as part of Mini Takes The States 2014. Big party at Mini of San Francisco and motoring to Niello Mini in Sacramento, Ca. on the way to Reno, NV.

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Also, here is a video report filed by LilCooper:

Watch for many more goodies by our crack team over the next few days.

Ready! Set! Go!

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It starts tomorrow in SF! Christina Kroner and Norm and Jess Nelson will be there, from start to finish, covering Mini Takes The States, exclusively for Miniology! We will have reports all along the way!

Christina Kroner AKA LilCooper
Christina Kroner AKA LilCooper
Avast me hearties! Norm and Jess are on the beat!
Avast me hearties! Norm and Jess are on the beat!

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LET’S GET READY TO MOTOR! REGISTRATION FOR MINI TAKES THE STATES 2014 IS NOW OPEN!

Prepare to unleash your MINI during the dog days of summer.

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 27, 2014…Pack your bags and get ready to Motor!  Registration for MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now officially open for the legendary cross-country road rally. MINI owners looking to participate can now register at MINITAKESTHESTATES.com. The registration fee for adults is $45. Pets and kids under 12 are free.

MTTS, the biggest official MINI road rally for owners held every other year, will kick off on Saturday, July 26, in San Francisco and will make a cross-country journey through 18 states and 15 cities over 14 days, finishing the epic Motoring adventure in Boston on Sunday, August 10.

“We’ve seen so much excitement and anticipation from the MINI community online and on our social channels that we really hope this year’s MINI TAKES THE STATES sets a new record,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas.  “This will be my third MINI TAKES THE STATES and I’m calling on all owners to come out and Motor with us. You won’t be sorry!”

Along the way, MINI USA will provide its loyal owners and enthusiasts with genuine, once-in-a-lifetime motoring experiences including daily activities.  MINITAKESTHESTATES.com now also includes a sneak peak of some of the fun activities planned for owners at the stops along the way.

Earlier this year, MINI USA announced Best Friends Animal Society as the charitable partner for MTTS 2014, meaning that a portion of the proceeds from the event registration fees will be donated to Best Friends.  The partnership puts MINI owners and MTTS participants in the driver’s seat helping Best Friends in their endeavor to Save Them All®. Pets are welcome on this year’s tour as we mark our territory across the country.

There are many valuable partners who support us along the way. Sponsors to date include Intercontinental Hotels Group®, Liberty MutualInsurance, MINI Financial Services, MINI Card®, and NEW PEEPS® minis™.

Panting for more information?  Additional MTTS 2014 details including a route map with stops/dates and partner hotels can be found at MINITAKESTHESTATES.com.