Join us for Deck The MINIs XIII!

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.

From there, it’s just a short drive down Route 1 to Starbucks where we’ll kick off the last rally of the season! A one-hour drive through the gorgeous winter landscape of Chester County will lead us to Otto’s MINI in Exton.

Bring a toy or two for Toys for Tots and sign a Christmas card from us to MINI. Enjoy dinner courtesy of Otto’s and Deck your MINI – if you choose! The decking is optional, of course. Place your vote for your favorite. Saint Nicky will help us award the prizes. And then there’s the annual Pollyanna!


PhillyMINI has secured a group discount for Longwood admission. Please be responsible with your RSVP because we will have to buy your ticket if you are unable to attend. [I]RSVPs for Longwood close on Thursday, 11/26.[/I]

Deck The MINIs:

Toys for Tots – Bring a NEW UNWRAPPED gift for a boy or girl, ages Infant to 2 years. Items will be collected at Otto’s until shortly before Christmas, when they will be picked up by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Dinner – A complimentary dinner donated by Otto’s MINI! Enjoy a hot meal to ward off the chill!

Deck Your MINI contest – Participants will have 30 minutes to decorate their MINI in its best holiday attire! Grand Prizes graciously donated by Otto’s MINI! (Decking of MINIs is optional. Please specify in your RSVP so you are placed in the correct motoring group.)

Pollyanna – Bring a MINI-related item of approximately $25.00 in value, and participate in our gift exchange!

Event Details:

10:00 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

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.

4:30 PM- Dinner provided by Otto’s MINI
5:00 PM- St. Nicky Awards Prizes
5:30 PM- PhillyMINI Pollyana


  • Longwood Entrance Fee (cash):
    • Members: $5/adult or $0/child
    • Non-members: $20/adult or $6/child
  • Rally: Free for members / $5 or non-members
  • Money for Extras: Clings ($5), buttons ($2), snacks, shopping
  • Toys for Tots donation (Infant to 2 years – optional)
  • Pollyanna: A MINI-related item of $25 value (optional)

Don’t forget to bring the following:

  • Full tank of gas
  • Two-way radios
  • Toys for Tots donation (optional)
  • A Pollyanna for the gift exchange (optional)
  • A costume for your MINI (optional)
  • Picnic chair
  • Holiday spirit

RSVP HERE for Longwood (Note: RSVPs for Longwood close on 11/28.)

RSVP HERE for Deck The MINIs

Maximum Number of MINIs on the Rally: 60


This is one International Night you won’t want to miss and you won’t have to – it’s a Saturday night! Be there on November 21st as we go on a leisurely adventure to Casablanca Restaurant.

This Moroccan adventure offers an 8 course meal* — and includes an 8-course vegetarian option. Experience an evening of live music, belly dancing and, of course, great MINI friends. Prepare for a different experience – with cushy sofa seating, a traditional hand washing, a careful description of the evening and the meal.

Where: Casablanca Restaurant, 111 Easton Road, Warrington, PA

When: Saturday, November 21. Meet in the parking lot between 5:30 and 5:45 for 6 p.m. seating.

More Information & RSVP

Cooper Cup

The Beasts of Bucktown, Mark and Kevin, invite you to join them for Cooper Cup XXII! This is the Fall 2015 edition – and the 23rd running – of PhillyMINI’s semi-annual competition.

For this Cooper Cup, you are allowed to use your GPS, cell phone, maps, and toothbrush (if you really think that a toothbrush will help). The use of drones, and the placing of tracking devices on the rally masters’ cars, though, is still prohibited. While modern tech is not required to complete the course, access to it would likely be beneficial.

This is not a follow-the-leader style rally. There are NO turn by turn directions. Instead, cars are released one at a time to follow the provided clues about where to turn. These clues may come in many forms: wordplay, landmarks, counting of stop signs passed – just to name a few.

While the Cooper Cup is meant to be challenging, we appreciate that not everyone is looking for the same level of challenge. So, for this edition of the Cooper Cup we will offer two sets of directions. The first set provides what we believe to be a more moderate challenge and the second set will be more difficult, but will offer greater potential number of points. It will be your choice which directions to follow. You will have an opportunity to win using either set.

Start: Connie Batdorf Park, 2330 Pottstown Pike, Pottstown, PA 19465 [MAP]
Meet up time: 9:15
Drivers meeting: 9:45
Start: 10:00
End: Phoenixville, PA

*Please be aware that if you type the address into Google Maps it will direct you to a location about a mile and a half south of the actual park. If you type the name of the park into Google Maps, it will locate it correctly. Cannot say for sure what other GPSs will do. The park is about a half mile south of the intersection of Rt 23 and Rt 100.

There is a gas station at the intersection of Rt 23 and Rt 100. A Dunkin Donuts is located across the street from the park for your doughnut (errr…..”donut”), and caffeine needs.

About the Cooper Cup
The Cooper Cup is intended to be a challenge. You define your own success. Whether it’s finishing in the top 10, finishing dead last, or still having a sense of humor when you’re done, being successful and having a good time are entirely up to you. Choose your navigator / driver wisely.

As with all Cooper Cup events, speed may get you to the finish, but not necessarily with the desired results. Don’t be embarrassed if you get lost, especially if it’s your first time. The directions we provide may require some thought and effort to follow.

No, we can’t tell you where it ends ahead of time. To do so would be to ruin the competition.

The winner of the Cooper Cup is destined to plan the next Cooper Cup (Spring 2016). If the winner is unable (due to proximity, life, MINI changes, or so forth), the second place team will take the reins.


Join the discussion on the forum here.


Do you want to host a rally or get-together in 2016?

PhillyMINI thrives on events created by members. If you’ve built a great rally route in your area or know an awesome restaurant or get-together spot, let us know!

If you are planning a rally for the first time, take a look at our Rally Master Handbook. This general set of guidelines will help you prepare for your event. There is also an excellent thread on our forum to guide you along the way. Remember, you don’t have to go it alone! From your Prime MINIster to the MINIster of Logistics and many of our officers and members, there are a lot of people willing and able to help you plan an outstanding rally.

And as much as we love to motor, we love to eat and play! Submit your ideas for restaurants and get-togethers in your area!


Submitting Your Event
Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2016
Email: questions@phillymini.org

What to Include and Consider

  • Any information to help us schedule your event, such as the time of year or dates to avoid. Sometimes a route can be impeded by festivals, bicycling events, or peak tourist seasons.
  • Perhaps you loved an event we held in the past but haven’t had for a while? If you’d like to adopt-a-rally, send us a note! We can often provide route sheets and GPX files to help revive and old and beloved event.

Many of our members use Tapatalk to keep up with PhillyMINI while on-the-go. Tapatalk doesn’t yet offer a calendar feature, giving you easy access to the RSVP system. We know it can be a challenge to RSVP for events or peek at the calendar while you’re on the run. Trust us, we feel your pain. It’s not the Mayan Calendar but click the image of the MINIan below or right here to go directly to the calendar on the PhillyMINI forum. As long as you’re logged in,  it will take you right there. Not a registered user of the forum? Click here! PhillyMINI Calendar

Quick Calendar Reference

Nov 21: Dinner – Moroccan

Nov 22: The Fall Cooper Cup XXIII

Dec 5: Deck The MINIs – Sponsored by Otto’s MINI

Dec 16: Dinner – Italian

Note: Event dates are subject to change – particularly the dinner events – as restaurant availability may cause us to change dates as we get closer. PhillyMINI Members also create unique events, which you can find in the U-Plan-It section of our forums.

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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