MINI Heaven Weekend, part 2.
MINI Canada used to rock this city... Few years back we had MINI Invasions, two years in a row. Then the third one got cancelled. Then some less than great small events happened (last summer). It looked like MINI Canada forgot the actual MINI drivers (owners)... Fast forward few days ago: where? MINI Canada Facebook page. What? ROCKSTAR HOTEL MINI DRIVE EVENT! Although announced last minute, the event was sweet! At least for the part I was able to attend. After returning early form Mini Meet North at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, I went strait down to Lakeshore West... This past Saturday June 15th, 1:00PM to 7:00PM, at Ontario Place Parking Lot 2, MINI Canada had an exclusive drive event where their professional drive instructors helped participating drivers refine skills and show them how to fully enjoy their own MINIs on a small circuit. Another bonus was a chance to ride in the 1st Canadian MINI John Cooper Works GP for a few hot laps. After all the fun-filled driving, participants were invited to rock out at a private performance by the iconic British punk rock band The Stranglers (unfortunately, that part I had to skip even being a Fan of the band since my teenage years...). Good job, MINI Canada! I hope more days like this are ahead of us this summer. The small circuit was fun, the instructors were great (and funny!), the MINI girls were cute and friendly, there was free swag and free (great) food as well. What else a man can ask for?... Unique moment was when a lady walked in from a near by park and asked at the registration desk if she can buy a ticket for what ever these people were doing with (their own) MINIs.... She wanted to be a part of it right there! Money in her hand! Then a sweet and polite MINI girl told her she has to buy a MINI first... Lady was all bummed down. All together it was maybe twenty MINI owners and their cars. All variety of models, from first generation R50 and R53 all the way to brand new JCW Paceman. Also very interesting was a generation and character variety of all MINI owners that showed up. Just a proof that this little car is accepted by everybody. I was also happy to meet Frederic, MINI Canada Central Region Manager and exchange few words with him. Told him a bit about Toronto MINI Club and assure him that his company has foot soldiers in this city. Grass roots, sort of speak. We want to help and promote this car brand. So many members of our club want more days like this from MINI Canada. Track days? VIP days? Show and shine days? You call it MINI Canada, we will be there!...
Amen to that last Paragraph. Jealous of the event, looked amazing! Lets hope for many more!
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