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Fall Tour with Illinois Flat Land British Car Group

10390546_10153032650361946_8807436775027503024_n Alan Klienschmidt set up a "Mystery Lunch Cruise" on Monday October 26th.   We formed up in Shirley, Illinois on Old Rt 66 at 10:15am.  All Flatland members were invited to participate.


We met up in Shirley, along Route 66


Leonard and Mary Lee bundled up in their Sunbeam Alpine


Keith Bess  . . . ready to head out!



We enter Funks Grove on the way to the Nature Center.


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Short break at the Sugar Grove Nature Center.







We arrive at out "Mystery" lunch destination.  


A crowd gathers around Dave Fitch's MG TD




Let's make SURE the lug nuts are tight!


Denny and Lee Ann Elimon head out to celebrate LeeAnn's Birthday!


Dave & MG TD

Dave & MG TD Rear

Alan & Big Red

CMU International Mini Film Festival

Logo and shirt

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

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,, 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

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!

Mini regards,

Mike Guido - Classic Minis United

Mini Sport USA

Paddy's Builder - Dyrk Bolger - A Gold Sponsor of the 2014 Can-Am Mini Challenge

Announcing Classic Motor Works, our latest Gold Sponsor!  Can-Am Mini Challenge - June 26-29, 2014

Why is this of interest to ME?!   Because Paddy was built by Mini Racer Dyrk Bolger , owner of Classic Motor Works, in Winnipeg CA.  Right after I brought Paddy home in 2012, I contacted Dyrk and he confirmed that he did build Paddy for a client and that the car was later sold to an owner in California.  Dyrk said that he put in a crate 1275cc Series-A engine in at that time.  In California,Bill Gilcrease of Mincomp Racing rebuilt the existing engine into a high-performance 1380cc unit. 

Dyrk Bolger is the owner of CLASSIC MOTOR WORKS and has a long history of competitive racing, rallying, and restoring British cars. Dyrk is a three-time TARGA Newfoundland rally competitor, former ice racer, and regular front runner on the vintage racing circuits in his Austin Mini.

 In addition to being a MOSS Motors Distributor since 1986 providing parts for British sports car enthusiasts, Dyrk is also a Distributor for PYROTECT race wear and safety equipment, a dealer for HANS devices, and specializes in developing/building performance engines for race or street use. CLASSIC MOTOR WORKS is the exclusive North American supplier of AMERICAN RACER (AR) race tires. A lucky Mini racer will win a full set of AR tires at the Mini Challenge in 2014! Dyrk is also offering a special racer discount to all 2014 Mini Challenge entrants on AR tire purchases. The AMERICAN RACER race tire meets the quality and construction standard of the Hoosier 10” TDS Mini tire, and is very competitively priced.

Dyrk BolgerThe Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) has approved the AR tire for use in the 2014 Can-Am Mini Challenge Race and for the 2013 racing season.

For more information please visit the CMW website or contact Dyrk directly at 204-334-2415 Central   Video:


Champagne British Car Festival, Bloomington, IL

Get Your Kicks on Route 66 at the Champagne British Car Festival! Our 22nd anniversary will take place on the tree-lined grounds of the beautiful David Davis Mansion in Bloomington on June 2, 2013. View approximately 130 cars by Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Triumph, Aston Martin, Bentley, Austin Healey and others!

Click HERE to learn more about the Champagne British Car Festival!

British Car Week 2013 - Hot Springs Village, AR

British Car Week
British Car Week was the brainchild of Scott Helms in 1997. Scott wanted to find a way to promote awareness of  the classic British cars hobby and for owners to get their cars out of the garage and drive them. Soctt says it doesn't matter whether your car is in better than new condition, or it's a less than perfect unrestored gem. As long as it can be safely driven down the road, this is a great opportunity to show off your favorite car, and take advantage of what British car motoring is all about. 

Why a national meet? The British Car Week National Meet was the brainchild of Barry Harrison back in 2010. Barry knew that there were already millions of opportunities each year to attend some fantastic LBC car shows. Some are small ones put on by local clubs where everyone interested in British cars is welcome and others are large, national marquee specific events. He thought there should be at least one organized effort each year to bring everyone together, no matter the marque. What better time than during British Car Week and what better place than the middle of the country.

Everyone is invited. It makes no difference if you are a member of a club or not. We just want everyone with an interest in British cars and bikes to join us and have some fun. So join us in beautiful Hot Springs Village, Arkansas for British Car Week National Meet 2013! The beauty of the Ouachita Mountains will make a picturesque back drop for BCWNM 2013 and will again bring together collectors, owners, and enthusiasts from around the world to see and exhibit the crown jewels of the British marques! Dance with the Liverpoole Legends. Come and experience the beauty of the "Natural State" while touring through stunning state and national parks. Enjoy noggin' and natter with old friends. Participate in the first ever President's Cup Challenge!

Be a part of British Car Week 2013!

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