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Mini 51

Postby elpez » Mon May 10, 2010 3:42 pm

It's almost here :-D :motoring:
Mini 51
Autumn in the
Appalachians
Erwin, Tennessee
October 13-16, 2010





We're headed for the mountains again!
Hosted by the CMU Florida Chapter and members from around the country.

The CMU Mini 50 "Party in the Smokies" was a HUGE success, so we're keeping the same formula for our Mini 51. At the Mini 50 we got to see the blooming beauty of Spring, now we'll get to see the changing of the leaves for Fall. The dates we chose are right in the middle of the leaves changing. Also, October is the driest month for this area. Add in the mountain roads, a beautiful campground, a really nice hotel nearby, and 100+ classic Minis and we'll have an event that could top our Mini 50!

This year we chose Erwin, Tennessee as the stage for our 3 day driving adventure. Located in the northeastern corner of Tennessee in the Appalachian Mountains you'll get to drive your Mini on some of the most beautiful roads in North America. As with all of our CMU events, we like to drive, and that's what we'll be doing. We will have drives each of the three days with plenty of stops and things to see. We will also have a scavenger hunt, swap meet, beer tasting and some fun things at night that will be announced when everything is confirmed.

Area CMU members are excited to show off their roads and are already (12/09) plotting the cruises. The Erwin Chamber of Commerce has made this an official Chamber event and is actively helping with planning, saving the club money, and working on a Police escort through town when we set the new North American record for the most Classic Minis in single file!

As with any event, space is limited! We try to plan a year ahead so our members can make the campground and hotel reservations before the tourists fill it up. This is a popular time of year with the leaves changing color. With that said, if you're coming or considering coming, you need to book your camp site or hotel room now. Both locations are beautiful and the managers are working with us to make this a great event. For example, since space is limited at the campground, the hotel secured the field next to the hotel for all of the trailers. Note that the campground offers covered platform tents that are already set up, you just bring a sleeping bag, LOOK!

If you haven't been to a CMU event before, we do it differently; we like to drive/cruise a lot and see all around the area we're visiting. With this being a CMU event, you must be a member to enter a Mini. Membership is free, go to the join page and become a member! As with all of our events, this is for everybody, but all of the drives/cruises/anything is only for classic Minis and its variants produced from 1959-2000, no exceptions. There's always room to ride in someone’s Mini if you come in something else.

MiniWorld Magazine comments on our Mini 50 event.
"Many people who went said it was the best Mini event they'd ever attended."
"The event set a new standard for USA Mini meetings..."

Mini Magazine also comments on our Mini 50 event.
"... it raised the bar of what should be expected of a show in North America."
"... can't wait for the next CMU event!!"

Club Forum
If you would like to join in with others and make your trip to/from the Mini 51 more enjoyable and safer (parts and service help) go to our club forum and connect with other members. Share your plans, where you're coming from, things you're bringing to the swap meet, local beers you're bringing, you favorite story from the Mini 50, suggestions for the Mini 51 (we listen!)...... Forum

Host Campground
Nolichucky Gorge Campground website
Space is limited. Look at the campground website and the site map then call (423) 743-8876 for availability and to make your reservation. Mention Classic Minis United to get the group rate. You'll pay in full when you make your reservation, but cancellations 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival receive a full refund. Make your reservation ASAP so the Minis stay together and get the best spots! Note: The event is over Saturday night, so, you'll probably want to check out on Sunday the 17th.


Co-host Hotel
Holiday Inn Express website
Call 800-304-7958 or 423-743-4100 ASAP and reserve a room, this is the best hotel in the area and they're giving us a good rate. Once they're full you're either camping or driving way down the road for something not nearly as nice... HERE are their rates for our event. Mention Classic Minis United to get the discounted rates. Note: The event is over Saturday night, so, you'll probably want to check out on Sunday the 17th.


Registration
Registration will be announced ASAP. Members will receive an email when the form is posted. To give you an idea of the cost, we're looking at $25 per adult, $10 per teen, kids free, and $15 per Mini. Yep, we're still and always will be the biggest bang for your Mini buck!

Schedule
We are currently planning the event, but we'll give you an idea of what's going to happen. This will slightly change and there will be some additions. Remember, we promote this early so we can fill the campground and hotel before pesky tourists take the spots! Then we do the final planning....
Wednesday: registration at night
Thursday: A morning cruise followed by an infamous scavenger hunt followed by a night drive. If you haven't done a CMU scavenger hunt, ask someone that has and you'll be looking forward to it!
Friday: A full day cruise that's a good mix of driving, stopping, sightseeing, and eating. Evening BBQ at the campground with some sort of entertainment!
Saturday: We'll start the morning cruise with a line-up and cruise to top 100 classics in a single file. Then lunch and the afternoon cruise. Back to the campground for some story telling, relaxing, and goodbyes.
Sunday: Head home and think about how much fun you had while dreaming about the Mini 52!

Supporters and Sponsors
If you would like to help make this event the biggest and best event ever, we could use your support. Simply put, the more money we raise, the more money we can spend on the event. We kept the entry costs down so everybody can afford it, we got a title sponsor (Mini Sport) to help make the event happen to our standards, now we would like embellish and add to it. If you would like to support the Mini 51 with either cash or merchandise (for an auction or giveaways) please click HERE for more information.

Thank you sponsors!
Their logos are links, visit them and see some great Mini stuff!.





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Re: Mini 51

Postby 2phun » Mon May 10, 2010 8:14 pm

I'm actually considering this. Any chance you could post up the links? They didn't come through on the cut-and-paste.
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Re: Mini 51

Postby elpez » Tue May 11, 2010 10:24 am

it is http://www.classicminis.org/mini51.htm

while at the site, look at the pics from last years Final 50 and Mini 50
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Re: Mini 51

Postby elpez » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:33 pm

Registration is OPEN!!!!!!

This is a great oportunity to drive your Mini with 100 other Minis on windy mountain roads, bbq's, camping, whitewater rafting. You get the idea. :motoring:

Time to get these classics out of the garage, don't worry if your stripes are on crooked or if the paint is not the correct shade of orange (or whatever). Minis actually enjoy being driven more than just written about.

Go to: www.classicminis.org/mini51.htm for more info
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Re: Mini 51

Postby elpez » Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:47 pm

Less than 1 month away, any other Mini owners going to this event? :motoring:
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Re: Mini 51

Postby 2phun » Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:52 pm

Unfortunately we're paying off a new AC unit, so no extra trips this year. :(
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Re: Mini 51

Postby elpez » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:34 am

You will miss a great event, with interesting drives, :motoring: and beer tasting. :guinness: We all have hard choices to make on the events we attend.
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Re: Mini 51

Postby elpez » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:19 pm

Leaving tomorrow afternoon, read the story on www.classicminis.org, next week.
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Re: Mini 51

Postby 2phun » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:56 pm

Should be good! Can't wait to read the writeup!
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Re: Mini 51

Postby elpez » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:07 am

It was better than great. You'll have to come to bring on winter in Miami, to hear the stories, or go to www.minimania.com to read about it and see photos. Doesn't seem to be much interest here in classic events.
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Re: Mini 51

Postby 2phun » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:10 pm

Yeah, our classic Mini crowd doesn't seem to be too active lately.
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