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New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:25 pm

At last I have a Mini! I got a 2009 R57 Convertible with only 27,000 miles on it. I'm loving it.

Friends told me about a Mini club here and I'm trying to find it. Is it still active? Are there any events in and around Melbourne?

Also, I read about being tagged and cards used to do that. Are they still available? How so I get some?

Sorry about the questions, but I'm a newbie to Mini ownership.

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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby FLA.MINI » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:06 am

Yes there are MINIs in Brevard county. Not real active..We follow and particpate with the Orlando MINI group.
Very welcoming..MOO group having a getogether THIS WEDNESDAy..Go to their page and sign up..Also the State of Florida is having their annual Picnic this month . Sign up for that on first page..Big crowd for that one..See you there. Don't forget to WAVE at other MINIs.
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby minimark84 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:00 pm

Welcome! For the south end of Brevard we tend to meet every Wednesday at the Broken Barrel around 7PM, and every first Sunday of the month around 4PM. We normally have between 3 and 10 cars. The address for the Broken Barrel is:

4700 S Babcock St, Palm Bay, FL 32905

We are there like clock work, as nobody wants to miss out on a cold beer and good conversation. I hope to see you there! :cheers:
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:50 pm

It's good to hear there is something going on closer than Orlando. I'm up in the Suntree area off N. Wickham. I'll try to get to one of your meets.
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby minimark84 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:45 pm

Awesome! I am planning on being a little early tomorrow (1/8) :guinness: . Hope to see you there! ;)b
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:47 pm

I have another commitment tomorrow night, but I'll see if I can clear my calendar for another time. Let me know how many minis show up!

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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby captbj » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:18 pm

1. Welcome new MINI owner [-X

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2. Cards: see this thread in the 'business' section and you can print your own.

viewtopic.php?f=63&t=6091

See the LAST msg in the thread for updates to printing based on much more recent versions of Adobe and/or Word (for windows)

Or PM me and I can give you a Word document - easy to modify. I print SSM stuff on one side and my info and some other useful links on the other. Good at car shows.

3. I'm very near you (Grand Haven) and owned from 2002 until very recently (still have my Mini). Did own own work often times, basic maintenance especially, and brakes and stuff; still do work for some folks around. In my garage ... free, you buy lunch while we turn wrenches. If you plan to do your own work I can give you an hour or so and warn you of some MINI peculiarities and pitfalls . . . just PM if interested. I'm retired can do this most anytime.

4. There's a few around that do car shows routinely. "BA" here and I do a new/old sort of display regularly . . . Mini/MINI

5. Last year a new group formed that welcomes ALL British makes and does drives. They had been monthly but are backing off a bit for the new year; more like quarterly. We had 20+ cars at times . . . https://sites.google.com/site/brevdrive/

Welcome .... see ya around town.

p.s. If you only participate in one event this year, this is the one to plan for.

http://allbritishcarclub.com/

Join us for our 30th anniversary All British Car Show!
At Mead Gardens Winter Park, FL

April 5, 2014
Registration will begin 1/15/2014
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:38 pm

Thanks!

I was able to print the cards and put my info on the backs. I'll keep them handy in my Mini.
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:46 am

I forgot to tell you I am in San Marino Estates off N Pinehurst Ave.
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby James » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:37 am

Welcome to Sunshine MINIs. We occasionally have meets up in Daytona Beach or New Smyrna Beach. :waving:
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby BA » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:44 am

Speaking of Daytona ..... are there any plans / thoughts about a bunch of us MINIs going to the race later this month?
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:39 am

I kinda hesitate to broach this subject, but what do the Brits think of our Mini's being made in Deutschland? Do we still claim British heritage? Or is this touchy point.......
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby JBKone » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:15 pm

user459 wrote:I kinda hesitate to broach this subject, but what do the Brits think of our Mini's being made in Deutschland? Do we still claim British heritage? Or is this touchy point.......


Well, you're new to the scene so I won't :pcpunch: You've got a lot to learn.

They're still made in Oxford, England. THEY ARE BRITISH!! Especially the 1st generation, like yours, as it was being designed by the English as the Germans took over. The 2nd gen is pretty close, while the 3rd gen may as well be german, but will still be built in England.

The Countryman and Paceman are built in Austria.

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I was in London in summer of 1998 for a few days and my friend and I were hanging out with 3 locals and I don't konw how, but the conversation turned to England selling out. One guy went on and on about British companies that were sold to foreigners. He kept referring to the Germans as Krauts :lol: At one point, he said "they even bought ROLO. ROLO! The staple of British Confectionery!" I'll never forget that line. We had a good time.
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby BA » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:38 pm

further ...

user459 / Terry:

I'll second what captbj posted
~ PLUS, take it from me, he is / and has been for many years a TREMENDOUS resource for all sorts of maintenance help and many mod installs with my 04 S.
We've become good friends ~ and he is a very reasonably priced lunch date!

the Mead Garden ALL British Car show is an excellent day in the Park - there will be more posted about that on SSM soon

Welcome to the world of MINIs!

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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:34 pm

Thanks guys, I feel better now...
Just got back from having some work done on the Mini. Robert at British Performance on Rt 1 in Melbourne did the work. I was getting a lot of road noise from the rear of the car and it proved to be coming from worn tires and bad camber. British Performance put in new adjustable rear link arms and new tires. It's a lot quieter now!
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I stopped at Car Cabana on the way back and they have three more Mini's there now! A red JCW that sold yesterday and is being prepped:


An '02 S in silver with 76k miles

And an '08 S in red with 53K miles
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby user459 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:41 pm

I didn't get the pictures of the '02 and '08 in before I hit the button to submit the message:

The Car Cabana 6490 US Hwy 1S
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Postby captbj » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:41 pm

Next time you think of going to Brit' Performance (which I HAVE used)

I recommend you call or visit Pierre's Place, 5101 Industry Drive, 321 610 3921 (in the vicinity of Home Depot on Wickham)

I found him right after I'd had my thermostat replaced on my 07 by Brit' Perf' (didn't want to do it myself .. bleeding the system can be a PITA). I asked him for a price ... told him I needed it done - not that I'd just had it done. His price was $50 less . . . less markup on the part and less for labor.

His place is set back from Wic' so few know it is hidden back there - well, the BMW folks know he's back there .... his garage is always full when I stop by . . . he does BMW and MINI primarily.

A little competition never hurts . . . :motoring:
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby msamy » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:40 pm

South Brevard has a small group that get together the 1st Sunday of each month at 4:00 P.M. at the Broken Barrel in Palm Bay. We also informally do "Pint Night" on Wednesday night at 6:30 P.M. You are more than welcome to join us. The only event being discussed is a trip to Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach in the near future. We would love for you to join us.
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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby Longstrngtrip » Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:36 pm

Hi all! I'm a new MINI owner here in Brevard (actually in Melbourne). I was really pleased to find this web site and discover that there was a MINI group here on the Space Coast.

My wife and I went to Broken Barrel last night expecting (hoping?) to find some MINIs in the parking lot, but alas, no one was around. Is the group still meeting there on Wednesday's? We didn't try last Sunday, figuring that with it being the Super Bowl there likely wouldn't be many folks around. Needless to say, we were disappointed, but are still very interested in meeting up with other MINI lovers in the Brevard county area.

Please advise if these get togethers will continue? Hopefully last night was just a fluke.

Thanks!

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Re: New Mini Owner in Melbourne

Postby minimark84 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:31 pm

Oh no!!! ](*,) We were there! The rain had all of the cars scattered. I'm guessing you may have been driving the red Clubman that was parked by the BK. I saw it, but wasn't expecting anyone. We will be looking for you next time! We should be fairly easy to find on Wednesdays. When you go in the restaurant tables are to the left. We sit along the left wall under a wood surfboard. Feel free to drop by and say hi! :guinness:
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