Essential Auto Clubbing
April. A month of "waking up" here in Toronto. Temperature finally rose above zero for longer periods of time. Sun even decided to stay clear entire day... Finally. But, you never know, as they're calling for snow again tomorrow... With nicer weather it became easier for people here to interact directly with no electronic mail or social media or mobile technology. Yes, I appreciate all the benefits of before mentioned "tools" in helping me connect, but meeting good people in person is still essential. Over the last two weekends I had a couple of fun outings with some good people that inspired me to write this. First was previous Sunday. I believe first sunny weekend of this long awaited spring. I had planned to go out of town and shoot a new MINI F56, just introduced recently. Unfortunately, my "car connection" (who was about to provide the hero car) flaked out last minute, so I was left out with no "subject". And it was a perfect day to shoot some nice cars... What to do? Few text messages, a Facebook posting. That's it. Meet was set. Good people showed up. No matter if they lived near or totally opposite part of GTA (largest city in Canada!). No matter if their cars were dirty that morning or in storage for entire winter. Good people showed up with shinny MINIs and if they were not clean enough, some detailing on the spot was done. Location I picked was my "usual spot" on the East side of Toronto, near the lake. Perfect blend of public yet deserted place and old Canadian architecture. Afternoon was great! Produced some great photography of various generations and models of my favorite car brand. Exactly what I had in mind. But, all that would not be possible without Good People. Essential Auto Clubbing. Second event was the following weekend. This time in Hamilton. It was announced as "MINI MOD DAY 1" on our club's poor web page. Long time in planning. But still you never know who will show up. It was imagined as a gathering of MINIACs for a do-it-your-self modding day. Good young man that I met previous weekend for the first time was the organizer and person in charge of securing a great location for all cars to be indoors. Again, Good People showed up! Indoor location was filled up with MINIs. Some Good People brought their cars to mod, other Good People came just to give a helping hand: wheel swapping, coilovers mounting, electrical work... Everything and anything was on the "menu". Essential Auto Clubbing. Yes, this is a club. No, we have no membership fees, we have no "regular" or "mandatory" weekly, monthly or annual meetings. Despite the fact that MINI CANADA year after year refuses to acknowledge this small army of dedicated fans and genuine brand promoters. All these Good People are car nuts. Some more then the other. They all consider this small car a bit more than mode of transportation. And the key thing is they SHOW UP.
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Awesome article Steven! :)
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