Oh yea, did I mention this?
It’s been pretty busy around these parts lately. Follow along at FB or Twitter to find out the hows and whys. Which is why I haven’t been able to get to my MINI United wrap up.
Met lots of cool people, saw lots of cool MINIs and Minis, got to hang out with some friends. You know, normal international MINI event type stuff. Except 1 thing.
Much like MINI United ’07, MINI USA again came through for the US owners in attendance and scored us a bit of track time.
On the big circuit at Silverstone.
Yes, that Silverstone.
It was epic.
Should you ever get the chance to take a MINI on a world-famous F1 circuit, I highly recommend it.
Today was the day I picked to finish getting Roxy legal. To do that, I had to do 2 things. First was get an oil change, then to get a smog check.
Oil change happened without a hitch*. A bit spendy, but about 1/2 the price of the dealer, so I’m not going to complain.
Then on to the smog check. A local shop that I was able to drive right into and get it started. First on the rollers, then enter all the info into the computer, the sniffer in the tailpipe and the cable into the computer port under the dash. Up to 10MPH, then 25MPH where the tech held it for about a minute. After all that was done, he powered down my car and proceeded to check the gas cap using a very complicated looking apparatus hooked into the test rig. Mine [open air quote] passed [close air quote] this test too after…well, let’s just say it passed and leave it at that. However, if you are getting a check engine light and you’re MINI is up in miles, this would be a good place to start checking.
Only thing left is to wait for the DMV to pull their heads out of their collective asses and acknowledge the fact that I am, again, an insured motorist. When I called late this afternoon, they still did not show my paper work being faxed over, so I have to check back in the morning.
All this just to get tags. Ugh.
*Next time I’m going to save another 50% and do it myself. It looks easy enough after I procure a 36mm socket
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AMVIV 6 Wrap-Up
Holy crap! What a great event! For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, A MINI Vacation in Vegas is the largest annual gathering of MINI Coopers held in the US. At the end of March, you can always expect Sin City to be swarming with MINIs, and this year was no exception.
More than 500 were in attendance, a remarkable number considering the state of the economy. And these MINIs came to motor! Over 100 MINIs made the drive over Hoover Dam to Temple Bar Marina on Lake Mead. Almost that many did the cruise to Nelson’s Landing and almost 250 showed up to cruise The Las Vegas Strip!