Dear CMU members,
First, Happy New Years! Hopefully you can fulfill your New Years resolution of getting your Mini out more!
We're happy to announce a first for CMU, the International Mini Film Festival. To make it a little more exciting, Classic Motorsports Magazine is sponsoring the festival (And the Mini 56) with cash prizes. 1st - $250, 2nd $100, 3rd $50. The festival will take place during the Friday night party at the Mini 56, April 15-18, in Cherokee, North Carolina. But wait, you live 5,000 miles away and can't make it there?!? No problem, you don't have to be present to win. We just need your 4 minute or less video by March 13th. So, entertain us with some Mini video from your part of the world! The rules are on the Mini 56 page at http://www.classicminis.org/mini56.htm
Now you're wondering what's the Mini 56? We'll it's the biggest and most exciting classic Mini event in North America (If you like driving your Mini). People from across North America and as far as Australia (crazy people) come to be a part of the event that only happens every year and a half. The event theme is 1960's Hippie, so imagine 75-100 classic Minis full with tie dye, peace bead wearing hippies!
Based near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains, we'll have 3 days of fun mountain cruises along with our usual swap meet, ice cream cruise, silent auction and big party. The campground and hotel are filling up fast, so go to the club website, www.classicminis.org, and see what the Peace-Love-Mini, Mini 56 is all about.
Mini Sport USA is the title sponsor to make this a quality event, but additional support through sponsorships or items for the silent auction helps us add to the event and keeps the entry fees by far the cheapest in North America. Contact me if you would like to support the event. The registration form will be added to the site within a couple of weeks. An email will be sent out to everybody when it is ready. Don't miss this one!
Then of course there's the yearly International Mini Meet just a month after our event, May 21-24. This year it will be held in Lithuania. The host club is an exciting group of younger and energetic, fun and crazy people. The event is on it's own island in a huge lake located in a small and beautiful town. I've seen and met with many club members at the past IMM's, I hope to see some of you in Lithuania! Here's the info http://www.imm2015.lt
Get your Minis out this year and enjoy the unique/special happiness and fun that a Mini and Mini crowd can bring! I hope to see you at the Mini 56 or in Lithuania, or both!
Mike Guido - Classic Minis United
Mini Sport USA