USA MINI 57
Fun, fancy dress and mountain rounds at Classic Mini United’s Tennessee bash.
Clowns have been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the UK recently, but it’s all a lot rosier in the USA. The World’s Fastest Clown, a.k.a. Mike Guido, assembled his Classic Mini United faithful in the mountains of Northern Tennessee for the Hawaiian-themed Mini 57.
With cars driven and towed to Kingsport from all over the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, as well as visitors from Canada and the UK, there was an air of eager anticipation in the KOA campground as the three days of driving got underway early on the first morning. Split into two driving groups, spirited and touring to suit the (legal) speed ambitions of the drivers, 60-odd cars set off for 112 miles of twisting roads and steeply cambered bends. Aside from stunning views and long lines of cars, the afternoon’s highlights were a visit to Bristol Motor Speedway and a trip to a moonshine distillery – complete with free samples for the passengers! The day finished late into the evening with the traditional sunset ice cream cruise, followed by the much anticipated nighttime scavenger hunt. Teams went in many directions searching in the dark of night for answers to the intentionally vague clues. The majority of the Minis came flying in to the finish just seconds before the 10pm time limit, with the adrenalin and stories lasting for hours.
Day two saw the same cavalcade of cars heading off for another 120 miles of uppydowny rollercoaster roads through the North Carolina mountains. The evening party included the swap meet, Hawaiian Tacky Tourist contest, and the premier of the 2016 International Mini Film Festival. Films from all around the world were submitted, with a musical offering from Lithuania amongst the entertaining productions.
The final 180-mile drive on day three to the Kentucky coal mines was greeted in some areas with some fog and a light drizzle, which made the steep mountain climb and descent a thrilling ride. While the majority of cars headed out on the drive, others made their own entertainment before a final night of revelry back at the campground. A DJ closed the night out and even introduced ‘Living Next Door to Alice’ to the US Mini scene!
For more info on CMU, future events, and to see the Film Festival videos, go to www.classicminis.org
Tiny, the moonshiner, did just about fit in a Mini.
Cool modified Moke.