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Drives, Mini — July 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Mini Takes The States 2012: Photos


I traveled to Charlotte to meet up with Mini Takes The States, the 3,900-mile cross-country rally that brings together thousands of Mini owners, drivers and enthusiasts. We partied in Charlotte, drove on Charlotte Motor Speedway, slayed The Dragon at Deal’s Gap and autocrossed in Nashville. Then the rally went west, I headed back home to Atlanta. Last weekend the group arrived in California after what I’m certain was one fantastic journey. Here are some of my photos from the trip in totally random order. Enjoy!

She can pass you because she drives a GP!

Tailgating Mini style.

My ride:’s long-term 2012 Mini John Cooper Works Coupe.

A nice looking Hardtop at the Charlotte party.

Dude rocking Mini fashion.

MTTS route shirt T-shirt.

Charlotte party people.

Hot John Cooper Works GP.

Stuck on Minis Clubman.

Signing a hood… in Korean?

Writing on cars is fun.

Blondes in Minis have more fun.

Father and son – it’s a family affair.

B-Spec Racer signs on.

Mini enthusiasts from Down Under in attendance.

Signatures from all over, all over this Mini.

Teach ’em young.

Built Mini Cooper.

Pink Mini Cooper.

Mini Merch for sale.

Mini JCW Coupe at a scenic overlook on The Dragon.

Inside Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Lined up and ready at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A great way to start the day.

No two looked quite alike.

Actual quote: “Is it sad that I wish I had a fake ID just so I could Autocross?”

Mini lovers everywhere.

Gotta have those pins on your lanyard.

Minis ROCK!

Homeward bound.

Minis at LP Field.

Autocross in Nashville.

Good morning, Nashville.

One of many proud survivors.

A great personalized plate that makes sense only two weeks per year.

High-banked Charlotte Motor Speedway throws a warning. A restart cleared it.

Many Minis.

Mission accomplished.