Yes — it is DECK THE MINIs TIME!!!

The day begins at Longwood Gardens. Stop by the cafe for a hot cocoa and soak up the holiday spirit while exploring the gardens, meadows, and conservatory. Learn more and RSVP here (note RSVPs for Longwood close on Friday 11.24)

At 1:15, gather at the Starbucks just a few minutes away, where we’ll kick off the last rally of the season! A one-hour drive through Chester County will end at Otto’s MINI in Exton.

Bring a toy for Toys for Tots, enjoy dinner courtesy of Otto’s and Deck your MINI – if you choose! Vote for your favorite MINI, watch Saint Nicky award the prizes, and cap off the night with a Pollyanna gift swap!

The decking is optional, of course, but if you want you – then just plan a costume for your MINI and you will have 30 minutes to decorate!! Other PhillyMINI members will then vote and gifts will be awarded for the best decked!

Event Details:

9:00 AM – Meet at Longwood Gardens [MAP]
1:15 PM – Arrive at Starbucks: 879 E Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA [MAP]
1:45 PM – First Team leaves Starbucks for Otto’s
3:30 PM- Arrive at Otto’s MINI
4:00 – 4:30 PM – Voting on Decked Minis
4:45 PM- St. Nicky Awards Prizes
5:00 PM – Mini Pollyanna swap
5:30 PM – Marines come to collect our Toys for Tots

What to Bring:
Toys for Tots (optional) – A NEW UNWRAPPED gift for a boy or girl, ages Infant to 2 years. Will be collected at Otto’s.
Decking Supplies (optional) – You will have 30 minutes to decorate your MINI. Prizes donated by Otto’s. Please indicate if you are decking in your RSVP.
Pollyanna (optional) – A MINI-related item of ~$25 value.
Full tank of gas
Two-way radios
Picnic Chair (so you have somewhere to sit at Otto’s)
Holiday Spirit!

Rally: Free for members / $5 for non-members
Money for Extras: Clings ($5), buttons ($2)
Dinner will be provided by Otto’s

NOTE: If you want to participate in the Deck your MINI contest, you will have 30 minutes to decorate your MINI. Voting begins at 4:00 p.m. Those who are decking will be placed in Motoring Group 1, so please indicate in your RSVP if you will be decking to ensure that you have enough time.

RSVP HERE for Longwood (Note: RSVPs for Longwood close on 11/24.)

RSVP HERE for Deck The MINIs

To RSVP for Otto’s only, post in the forum thread here.

Maximum Number of Humans for Longwood: To INFINITY!
Maximum Number of MINIs on the Rally: 50


Usher in the holiday season with a MINIful tour of Longwood Gardens!

Start the final rally of the season at Longwood, where we will meet in the parking lot before entering as a group. After Longwood, we will motor together to the Deck The MINIs starting point, just a short drive away, where we will fuel up on coffee and hot cocoa before setting out on a seasonal tour of Chester County. Deck The MINIs will end at Otto’s MINI in Exton where, if you choose, you can deck your MINI and more holiday fun! For more information and to sign up for Deck the MINIs – see that post.

Longwood requires a final headcount by this Friday 11/24 – after that, all sales are final. PhillyMINI asks that you be diligent with updating your RSVP.

PhillyMINI will cover a portion of the ticket price, so you get to enjoy Longwood at a reduced price!

Let us know if you intend to visit the gardens and we will purchase Advance Group Tickets.

Map to Longwood Gardens: Here.

Meet Time: 10 AM

Member Cost:
Adults: $10 (no senior discount)
Students (ages 5 through high school with ID): $5

Non-Member Cost:
Adults: $20
Children: $5


RSVP here

On the morning of November 7, Preston and Steve told the whole WMMR world that PhillyMINI is bringing it this year to the Camp Out for Hunger….

So PhillyMINI — let’s do this!!!

Lets get as many MINIs and can goods we can.
Join us while we meet at a local shopping center and rally over together – PhillyMINI style.


Date: Wednesday November 29, 2017

Meet Up time: 6:30PM

Meeting Place: Ridley Shopping Plaza, 124 Morton Ave, Folsom, PA 19033[MAP]

Cars leaving to rally over:7:00PM

The meeting place has an ACME so you can get some cans there if you did not have any time to shop before hand.
We are leaving at 7PM SHARP! We need to arrive at the Camp Out at 7:30pm so if you are late, then just head on over to Xfinity….

Some of the items requested are: Peanut butter and Jelly, cooking oil, canned tuna or meat, canned veggies, canned stews or soups, breakfast cereals and bars

Join the discussion here

RSVP here
Let’s spread some holiday cheer and help out the hungry PhillyMINI style….

If you cannot make it but want to donate cans, send me a PM either here or on FB and we will schedule a meet-up place.



Always wanted to do the Cooper Cup but didn’t have a navigator?
Like to play poker and love your Mini and always wondered how you can enjoy both at the same time?
Join PhillyMINI on November 18th for the inaugural run of Squirrel!

What is Squirrel?

It’s a hybrid scavenger hunt and poker run through the roads of Central New Jersey.

You will solve clues to be able to uncover locations that you need to visit to be able to fill up your poker card. Try and build the best poker hand possible to win fabulous prizes!

Now for some details:
Each MINI will get 1 score card (so if there are 2 of you in a car and you will, you will have to share)
You do not need a navigator for this.
This is not a timed event, you do not win by getting to the end point first, so you can enjoy the drive.

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Start Point: Starbucks, Hopewell Crossing Shopping Center, 800 A Denow Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534 [MAP]

Driver’s Meeting: 9:45 AM
First group departs: 10:15 AM

End: Jimmy’s Firestone American Grill, 140 US-130, Bordentown, NJ 08505 [MAP] ~ 12:30PM

Join us for lunch (order from menu, pay for your own). Prizes will be awarded there. Please note you must be present to win.

What to bring:
Cell phone or device that can “Google”
Cell phone or GPS to get to locations
Cash for clings / buttons
Cash for lunch
Drinks / snacks
Full tank of petrol
Your sense of humor and love of clue-solving and poker!

RSVP here – Please note in RSVP if you are NOT staying for lunch (but know you will not be able to win)

Also — bring a canned good for Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger and get an additional card!

Spotify Link:…4d3ArQHCZb25Dr

Maximum Number of people: 45

Event Organizer: Heather Siessel

Join the forum discussion here



Calling all PhillyMINI Shutterbugs!

All year, we’ve snapped great photos – now’s the time to share them! We are now accepting submissions for the PhillyMINI 2018 Calendar!

Purchasing a calendar is a great way to reminisce about past events, while looking forward to new PhillyMINI events in ’18.

The PhillyMINI Calendar isn’t about professional-quality photographs. Don’t have fancy lenses and expensive equipment? It’s okay! The PhillyMINI Calendar is about local MINIacs sharing their experiences and love of our little cars. So dig out your two favorite pics from 2017.

Calendar details:
• Standard size flip calendar
• Members will choose their favorite 10 photos; the 12 photos with the most votes will feature in the calendar

File Requirements:
• Photo file size should be at least 500KB but must be no more than 10MB
• Must be of high quality – suitable for printing at 8″x10″ or larger
• (For example, a photo taken at the highest setting from a 4-megapixel camera would be acceptable)
• JPG or PNG file format (no RAW image format, please)
• Landscape or Portrait format accepted, although Landscape works best. (Exact calendar photo size is 3375 x 2625 pixels (11.25″ x 8.75″ at 300 dpi), but you don’t need to crop or resize your photos to fit these dimensions; a black background will fill out unused photo space as needed.

Photo Content Requirements:
• Must include one or more MINI/Minis; we’re looking for creativity and originality
• Keep your photos “G” rated, please!
• No portraits of driver/passenger with/near/in MINI/Mini
• Preferred to be shot in 2017, but not required
• Winning photos from previous years will not be accepted

Submitting Your Photos:
• Please limit your submissions to no more than two photos
• Either you or a family member must have taken the photos. You are responsible for the authenticity of the submitted photos. Suspicious photos will not be included in the contest or the calendar.
• If you are emailing your photos from a smartphone, please make sure your phone isn’t set to automatically shrink the size of outgoing attachments
• Please include your first name, last name, and forum name when emailing your photos

Email your 2 best photos to

All photos for the calendar must be submitted on or before Sunday, 11/12/2017. Photos received after that will not be accepted.

A new thread with the submissions will be posted so that members can vote for the final 12 shots! Voting will be open for 1 week starting the week of 11/13/17.

Don’t forget to email your photos directly to 

Join the Forum discussion here

PhillyMINI MINI Club Membership


Get Your 2017 PhillyMINI Memberships Here!

The 2017 PhillyMINI motoring season is almost here, and there’s so much fun to be had at PhillyMINI. But first you will want to join!

CLICK HERE to purchase a 2017 Motoring &/or Navigator Membership. (You’ll be taken to the PhillyMINI Forums to register first, if you are not already a Forum Member.)

Note: The online membership requests are input one at a time. If you have multiple memberships (i.e. Motoring Member and Navigator), you will go through the process steps for each one individually.

Within 48 hours, you will receive an email with a link to the waiver/registration form for you to electronically fill out.

Questions? Contact:

PhillyMINI is the area’s premier MINI-enthusiast, non-profit motoring club, established on July 25, 2003. We do rallies, dinners, movies, lunches, charitable events, and spur-of-the-moment adventuring. We have a strong web presence on Facebook, forums, and more!

In addition to all the features PhillyMINI “Forum” Members receive, PhillyMINI Motoring Members get:

A downloadable PhillyMINI Welcome Kit
A PhillyMINI lanyard and membercard/nametag
A Member cling for your MINI
Access to the Members Only section of the forums
Avatars on the forums
Exclusive events for Motoring Members
Exclusive discounts at leading MINI Vendors
All PhillyMINI rallies are FREE for paid Members
An event waiver good for the motoring year
and more…

Discounts at many vendors! Check back for the full list coming soon.

PhillyMINI Calendar

Schedule of Upcoming Events

The 2017 rally season is upon us…

09 – Jersey Fresh Rally
22 – Iron Boot

07 – PhillyMINI at the Movies
13 – Spring Cooper Cup
20 – Silverball Rally

03 – Cars of England Event
10 – Knoebels
24 – Covered Bridge Rally

15 – Renegade
29 – Salty –n- Sweet

13 – PhillyMINI Meet
26 – M&M Rally (PhillyMINI Hosts) tentative

03 – Union Jack
09 – Detail Day
23 – Fall Cooper Cup

07-08 MINIs on the Mountains
14 – MINIs Go A Haunting

04 – Parks Rally
18 – Squirrel!

02 – Deck the MINIs

To RSVP for any of these events, please visit the calendar on the forum here.

PhillyMINI Members also create unique events, you can find these in the U-Plan-It section of our forums.

Why scour the web looking for great resources for your MINI? If you’re a Philly-area MINI owner, look no further!

Click here to visit our MINI Cooper Resources page!

We have your MINI covered from boot to bonnet with this list of great local and web retailers. From national events and forums to magazines, podcasts and sellers of stubby antennas, this list contains everything you need to customize your MINI and keep it running like new.

PhillyMINI is a non-profit corporation and was founded in 2003. Since our founding, we have had nearly 2,200 registered users of our forums and have around 325 members per year.

Our mission is to provide safe, fun motoring and dining events that give MINI and Mini owners the opportunity to network. We host approximately 25 events per year.

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