NightOwl-Web-2014

The only thing that remains constant is change and you guessed it… we’re changing up the Night Owl!!

This year, we’ve shortened the rally to two legs so we’re not rolling in as late as we have in the past. We’ve also had to change the route a bit because of road work and detours but the new route is a blast with some familiar roads that we’ve seen before, maybe even going the other way. So join us for a night-time drive through the back roads of West Chester.

We’ll start at the Shoppes in Downingtown at Rt. 30 and the Route 30 Bypass. We’ll be parking in the nook in the parking lot between Talbots and the Old Country Buffet, across from 5 Below and HH Gregg. Just look for the MINIs!

We will make our way through Southern Chester County’s countryside. It will be dark so be sure those headlights are cleaned and beaming! There is a Wawa across the street where you can gas up and grab some snacks before the rally and a Wegmans in the shopping center.

This run consists of two drives for a total of 82 miles. It will be a follow the leader style rally, so a navigator is not required, but adds to the fun.

After motoring for about an hour (34 miles), our first stop will be at Starbucks for some refueling of a different kind. Grab a latte or some tea and we’ll get back on the road for more motoring.

Our second leg will take us just under 2 hours and we’ll motor for 48 miles.

Our end point is PJ Whelihan’s in West Chester. We do not have reservations at PJ Whelihan’s so if you stick around, we may not be able to sit together as a group.

Note: This rally is limited to 30 cars.

When: Saturday, November 8th
Meet: 6:00pm
Driver’s meeting 6:15pm
First Group Departs @ 6:30pm
Meet Location: The Shops @ Brandywine Square in Downingtown [MAP]

What to bring:
2-way radios
Money or credit for Starbucks and/or PJ Whelihan’s
Cash for clings and buttons
Full tank of gas
$5 fee for non-members

RSVP: Here
Join the discussion here.

Renegade-Rally

Lets go Renegade! Leave your MINI at home. We’re taking out our other cars!

The hosts for this twist on tradition have pieced together a Not Normal route of twists, straights, and as-close-to-off-road as is comfortable for both Jeeps and jalopies.

So how does this work?

Bring your other car. It can be a car, truck, motorcycle, or any other road-worthy and legally motoring car. If your household is MINI only, this may be a great chance to show a MINIless friend what we’re all about by riding along in their car. Rent something you’ve always wanted to try for a day. Or post in the forum thread and find a seat in a non-MINI with a friend. We don’t care what you drive, it just can’t be a MINI.

So we’re hoping you’ll join us on this NON-MINI rally and still enjoy it as if it was.

Meetup: 9:00 am
Leaving: 10:00 am
Location: Wawa, 721 Naamans Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA [Map]
Lunch: Texas Roadhouse, Downingtown, PA [Map]

What to Bring:

  • Cash for clings and buttons
  • Money for lunch
  • Water and/or snacks for the drive
  • FRS radios

Note: This is not a PhillyMINI event. There are no waivers or fees.

RSVP here.
Please indicate what kind of car you are bringing and the number in your party for lunch. If the RSVP is closed and you need to update your information, feel free to comment in the discussion thread!

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Haunting

Find out just how weird New Jersey is on A MINI Haunting rally.

Join us on Saturday, October 25, 2014 as we tour winding roads and hear twisted tales of murder, mayhem and the bizarre that haunt the bucolic northern New Jersey countryside. We’ll take a brief break at Stephens State Park so you can collect yourself before we venture further into the unknown, ending with a late lunch at Hot Dog Johnny’s roadside stand.

Start Point: Super Stop and Shop, 334 Rte 31, Flemington, 08822 [MAP]

Driver’s Meeting: 9:30 AM
Depart: 10 AM

Final Resting Place: Hot Dog Johnny’s, 333 U.S. 46, Belvidere, NJ 07823 [MAP] ~ 2:45PM

Hot Dog Johnny’s is a family-owned and operated roadside stand that’s been around since 1944. Its specialty is hot dogs and french fries that are fried in peanut oil. Be forewarned if you or any members of your party have peanut allergies. We don’t want to add another ghost story to the tour.

CASH ONLY! No credit cards or checks. There is an ATM at the start point.

What to bring:

  • Two way radios
  • Cash for clings / buttons
  • Cash for Hot Dog Johnny’s
  • Drinks / snacks
  • Full tank of petrol
  • A change of underwear (just ask Mike Logan)

RSVP here, if you dare.

Join the discussion here.

Maximum Number of MINIs: 30 (split into two groups of 15)

Event Organizers: Ronnie and Tony Gauker

Dealers are holding their annual Motor-Tober events and you can schedule a test drive today!

Princeton MINI – October 18
MINI of the Mainline – October 25
Otto’s MINI – October 25
MINI of Allentown – October 25
MINI of Mt. Laurel – October 25
Prestige MINI – October 25
MINI of Morristown (NJ) – October 25

Visit the MINI Motor-Tober website to RSVP at your dealer of choice!

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Click here to visit our MINI Cooper Resources page!

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2014_Membership_Renewal

The 2014 PhillyMINI motoring season is here, and there’s so much fun to be had at PhillyMINI, but first you will want to join!

CLICK HERE to purchase a 2014 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 download and print your membership forms. If you purchase a membership and return your forms by March 23rd, you can claim your badge and membership kit at the 2014 Member Meeting!