Author Topic: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019  (Read 4201 times)

Offline tmsmini

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #50 on: June 15, 2019, 09:52:32 PM »
Warning: this topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days.

I am ignoring the warning for the old thread.
My wife and I are off on our adventure which includes MMEW.
I was going to create a blog for this, but Wordpress let me down and my site got corrupted with some terrible scripts even though I thought I had it locked down.

I created this facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/travellerlucy/

I am not sure how much it will get updated, but we will see. We are doing a combo of camping/hotel.

See some of you in Colorado...
Terry

Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #51 on: June 15, 2019, 10:47:05 PM »
See you there, have a great drive and be safe!  77.gif
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Offline Whee

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2019, 12:08:19 AM »
There are a couple of caravans getting setup. Some folks coming from the West meeting in Provo Utah to do the Colorado mountains together.

Some folks coming from the East meeting Monday morning in Golden Colorado to do the mountains together.

Most of the committee leaving Sunday morning from Golden Colorado.

There is also a rumor there will be free craft beer at the Westin for registration (starting at 4pm Monday)

Offline Lone Star Mini

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #53 on: June 16, 2019, 07:11:05 AM »
Hope you guys have a FANTASTIC time!!
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #54 on: June 16, 2019, 09:53:24 AM »
We're going to try and meet up with the Golden group at 10:30 Monday....
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Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #55 on: June 16, 2019, 04:18:37 PM »
Hitting the road from Virginia on Friday morning.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #56 on: June 16, 2019, 04:22:06 PM »
You going across on 64 to St. Louis?

If you come thru KC give a shout, you can caravan up to Denver with us if you like..... 77.gif

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Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #57 on: June 17, 2019, 06:01:53 PM »
Yes, more than likely I-64 out to StL and then I-70 from there.
Not sure of the timing of it all so if I don't see you on the road, it'll be on the mountain.

Safe travels all !

Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #58 on: June 17, 2019, 06:18:30 PM »
913-948-3652 if you need it......
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Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #59 on: June 17, 2019, 07:49:45 PM »
Got it, thanks Dave.

Offline tmsmini

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #60 on: June 27, 2019, 03:27:52 PM »
I saw Howard and Neil, but I seem to have missed Dave. I saw the two Minis hitched together in the lot. Hopefully tonight at the banquet.
And I must have talked to Whee, I guess I just need to seek out the black Moke.

PS: just said hello to Dave
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #61 on: June 27, 2019, 06:15:14 PM »
Whee is Peter Kyte, one of the hosts of the event, I'll make sure you see him tonight.
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Offline Whee

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #62 on: June 28, 2019, 01:12:38 AM »
My attention span was about 2 minutes all week before I got distracted by something. Just posted autocross results at the Overlook room, so all that is left (hopefully) is organizing transportation back to Colorado for everything we brought up.

Was a fun week, but exhausting.

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Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #63 on: June 28, 2019, 09:18:27 AM »
It was a stellar job in organizing and hosting a fabulous event in a fantastic location.  Hats off to the entire MOTR crew and especially to the hard working Whee (Peter Kyte). KUDOS !!
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Offline Whee

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #64 on: June 28, 2019, 11:30:20 PM »
It was a stellar job in organizing and hosting a fabulous event in a fantastic location.  Hats off to the entire MOTR crew and especially to the hard working Whee (Peter Kyte). KUDOS !!

Thanks for your kind words. It was a lot of fun and was very nice to meet you in person. Time to sleep for a week now :)

Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #65 on: June 29, 2019, 06:48:00 PM »
Just got home, other than my little adventure at the top of Loveland Pass my Racing Green performed perfectly. as did my 2009 Clubby - especially driving home in the 102* temps today.

Unfortunately Don's Pup didn't fare so well.....
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Offline Whee

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #66 on: June 29, 2019, 07:44:30 PM »
Just got home, other than my little adventure at the top of Loveland Pass my Racing Green performed perfectly. as did my 2009 Clubby - especially driving home in the 102* temps today.

Unfortunately Don's Pup didn't fare so well.....

Uh-oh. What happened to the Pup?

Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #67 on: June 29, 2019, 09:00:38 PM »
I think it has a blown head gasket...at least I'm hopeful that's all it is.

On the trip out he was adding about a pint every 100 miles, the day before we were going to leave he took a test drive to Glenwood springs and it took a quart in 30 miles, I told him I didn't think we'd make it back to my sister's in Denver let alone the 800 miles to KC. So we made a deal with a guy from Knoxville to take it on his trailer and Don would follow along in the guy's cars (name escapes me - Mike with the purple equinox)

They got to KC about midnight with no issues save a broken tie down strap.
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Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #68 on: June 30, 2019, 01:03:31 AM »
Sounds like it was Mike McMillan who came to Don's rescue.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #69 on: June 30, 2019, 10:08:48 AM »
Right, that's the guy!

I'm hoping that this time we'll get it cured once and for all and he can just drive it - he's probably going to tackle it in his own garage rather than bring it to my shop, but we'll see. The key will be if we can get the head off with the engine in the car or if we have to drop the motor again. If we don't find a blown head gasket ( I think  Joakwin has had to replace a couple on his too)
his next choice might be to see if he can find another engine or send this one to the machine shop and rebuild it.
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #70 on: July 01, 2019, 10:17:37 AM »
I also would like to compliment the entire MMEMW team on a job well done, it went off very well, with hardly a glitch, and even those were handled with humor and aplomb. The funkhana was unexpected and crazy fun! Well done MOTR!

Having been to three of these (MMEMW) and several MME and MMW now, I can't help but notice they and all the Mini Meets seem to follow the exact same formula - car show, gymkhana, funkhana, local tour/ride and rallye followed by the wrap up banquet.

Is this format set somewhere and must be followed (or expected)?

Also, I've noticed the only cars that win at the shows are those perfectly restored or in the case of the new MINIs those with lots of stickers and graphics all over them. Not much point of entering a car that doesn't hit those criteria.....

One thing they did at this meet that I really liked was the picture at the end of the car show - Eric did a fantastic job, and while it seemed to take forever to get the cars lined up just so, the results were SO worth the investment in time! However, I didn't find out they were selling them till after the show (can I buy one now, and if so how - and how much?)

Lastly - location, location, location! Snowmass was an inspired choice, both for the scenic-ness and local beauty but also proximity to such a variety of roads and access to other places that were fun to see (like Aspen, Independence pass etc.)

I think next time I'll take a page from Rick Higg's book and add a day or two to the end of the event to go spend a little more time sightseeing in the locale.....even tho I lived in Colorado for a number of years and have already travelled all over the state I would have gladly spent a few more days there.

For those on Facebook, here's a quick vid of the car show pic set up - I'm standing right next to the light pole, FWIW. You may have to watch several times to see it, but there's a surprise in the pic.....

https://www.facebook.com/oregonminisociety/videos/451334079001910/
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Offline Whee

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #71 on: July 01, 2019, 11:11:39 AM »
Thanks for the kind words MiniDave!

To answer your question:

1) Formula - yes, they all pretty much follow the same formula. We discussed changing it, but it's worked at previous meets so we saw no reason to change
2) Car show winners. It's people's choice, so yes, those cars you describe are the ones that typically win. The only way around that would be to go to a fully judged contest - but then still, the concours restorations are typically going to win for the classic minis. We did do a judged contest for best of show...the Schomp people did it on "The car I'd like to most take home", the classic folks did by their own criteria. The only guidance I gave them is that the committee was looking for used cars to have a fair chance as well as the 100% correct trailer cars. I had no concept my wife's car would hit those criteria (It's got many, many miles on it since being restored last century!) - if I had known I'd have pulled it out of the pool since it was a little embarrassing. I'm still proud of the award though.

Photo - we may have one left. I will check. If not, we're doing a waitlist to see if it's economic to do another run. The $40 was our cost price for a run of 35.

Offline drmini

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #72 on: July 01, 2019, 03:55:50 PM »
Yes, it was Mike McMillan who came to Don's rescue.  As one who moves a lot of Minis for folks, Dan gave Don my number to call.  Don called and asked if I would be traveling that way anytime soon and if I could transport his PUP back to KC.  No cross country runs scheduled but I told him I might get my friend Mike to haul it back and let Don drive the Equinox back.  Phone calls were made and another Mini owner saves the day.  Amazing how our Mini community is so closely connected.  I guess instead of Six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon, perhaps it's six degrees of separation from Dr Mini?  Anyway, I love it when a plan comes together!  Glad that Dan made the recommendation and a couple of calls got a solution to what would've been a major problem.

Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #73 on: July 02, 2019, 09:52:15 AM »
Yes, it could have been quite a headache for Don, I'm very happy Hugh was able to hook us up with Mike and a big thanks to Mike for hauling the Pup and letting Don drive his car.

A few pics from the event, I've noticed that a few guys have been posting photos of their trips home to Canada and the northwest on Facebook, if you have FB check them out!
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Offline MiniDave

Re: Mini Meet East Meets West June 24-27, 2019
« Reply #74 on: July 02, 2019, 09:57:26 AM »
A couple more....
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