March 25, 2004 – This pic sent by David Dye of Colorado-based club “Minis of the Rockies” (MOTR) is from the club’s March outing last Sunday, a 150-mile, (three-hours-of-driving) romp through the mountains above the Denver/Boulder area. In the photo are just part of the dozen Minis – including 8 classics – that ran the route laid out by MOTR president Kenn Lively, a great guy and longtime Mini owner who drives his very nice dark blue Innocenti Mini all over the country to various Mini events, (ie: rather than trailering it). Kudos to Kenn, we say!
Two of the Minis shown, David’s British Racing Green & white ’64 Mk1 998cc Cooper , and the yellow ’71 Mk3 850 owned by Armando M., were adopted “sight unseen” from the MiniGuy herd, and both owners report they were very pleased with what arrived!
Armando wrote us when his Mini arrived in January 2003: “I finally got the Mini. I love it. I’ve been driving it now for two days and it’s a ton of fun. Thanks again for the cool Mini.”
David emailed us in September 2003 when his Mini arrived: “She arrived this morning all in one piece. The delivery was only $400, so that was a nice surprise. Please thank Tony for checking over the Mini for me, it was just as he described. [Editor’s note: Tony’s Foreign Car Service is the shop David retained to perform the independent, pre-purchase evaluation.] So I guess the only thing left is to get it registered here. That and you can put a SOLD icon on your web page! I’ve already been told that I would make a good burrito delivery guy. I don’t even know what that means, but it’s the first of many interesting conversations I’ll be having. This is going to be fun! Thanks for everything.”
In November, David emailed to say: “We took it to a wedding on Saturday and had a great time. On the bad side, winter is coming. Oh well.”
And in December, David wrote again: “In other news, I was able to drive the Mini in Boulder’s Parade of Lights. We got much more attention than the troop of Girl Scouts I was ‘assisting'”.
Here at MiniGuy, we really appreciate receiving the updates and pictures about the adventures our customers nationwide are having with their Minis. In recent years, we’ve sent another half-dozen-or-so Minis to satisfied owners in the Denver region, and we enjoy hearing from them too!
Anyway, back to the club run this past Sunday, MOTR member Michael P. reports there were no mechanical problems, and no mishaps on the spirited drive, which included spectacular vistas and “fun, twisty bits to run through.” The run began at the Krispy Kreme donut shop in Thornton, before heading west to Highway 36 and “Left Hand Canyon,” as it’s known by the locals, then through the mining town of Ward and up the “Peak-to-Peak Highway” to Nederland for lunch. Then, it was on to Highway 119 to Golden Gate Canyon Park and down to the town of Golden.
We hear there’s even a Kansas-based family that are MOTR members, and they trailered their Mini all the way out so they could participate in the Sunday drive in the mountains!
The first Mini meet I attended was hosted by MOTR in 1999, a great, well-run event where Mini clubs from across the country met on the classic Mini’s 40th anniversary for the (once-every-five-years) National Mini Meet. On other years, Mini clubs on each side of the country band together for their “Mini Meet West” and “Mini Meet East” events.
This year, 2004, will be the “East Meets West” national meet in Rockford, Illinois from June 30 to July 2. Rockford is about 90 miles northwest of Chicago. All classic Minis, “new” (BMW) MINIs, and Mini variants (such as the Moke, Riley Elf, Wolseley Hornet, Mini-based kit cars, Austin America, etc.) are invited to attend. There are also more Mini activities planned for June 28-29 at nearby Blackhawk Farms Raceway.