PhillyMINI is joining forces with Carlisle MINI for a weekend in Hershey.

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 am to Sunday, June 12, 2016 4:00 pm

Where: The Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Road, Hershey PA (map)

The festivities commence with The Grand Ascent, a vintage hill climb exhibition in the European tradition, where drivers pilot some of the finest historic race cars up the historic back road to The Hotel Hershey®. Modeled on similar events such as England’s Goodwood, and paying homage to ongoing events such as Mount Equinox and Pikes Peak, The Grand Ascent appeals to enthusiasts and curious spectators alike. Sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA), the two-day hill climb event includes a sponsor /vendor area for marketing to participants and the general public.

In 2016, plans are to add the A world class auction featuring and assemblage of the finest classic automobiles, elevating the annual classic car weekend to a new level of celebration and sophistication within the three-day event.

The Concorso Bizarro will be returning this year, taking place on Saturday, June 11th. This car show brings together those mechanical misfits, those automotive abhorrence’s, and the just plain tacky. For one day in June they will be the stars of the show!

Read more about it here

About The Elegance at Hershey

Join us for our traditional breakfast at 8:00 am at the Hotel on Saturday Morning followed by a day spent watching the Grand Ascent and Concorso Bizzaro.

Sunday offers the Concours d’Elegance Garden Party!

Join the forum discussion here

RSVP here

Join your MINI friends and make some new ones at Mexican Madness night! Click the link at the end of each listing to RSVP in the forum thread.

Bethlehem Region (PA) – Locations are currently being discussed. Click here!

Upper and Lower Bucks (PA) – Rey Azteca in Warminster at 6 p.m. – Click here!

Southeastern Chesco (PA) – Rincon Tarasco in Downington at 6:30 p.m. – Click here!

Northeast and Southeast Montco (PA) – Tamarindos, 726 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA – Click here!


Shine up your MINI or your Mini, and let’s get ready to show off our PhillyMINI pride. It’s that time again; Cars & Motorcycles of England is returning to Oakbourne Mansion!

For those who are planning to attend, you may wish to enter your car in the show. Keep in mind, our cars will not be judged by the show officials. Rather, we will do this amongst ourselves or by designating a judge.

This is always a fun, relaxing gathering you will not want to miss. Whether you’re a British car enthusiasts or just PhillyMINI enthusiast, this is a day of camaraderie on Oakbourne Mansion’s beautiful grounds.

Bring a chair, a picnic lunch and some sunscreen (it’s been a long winter). Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll do plenty of walking as we wander at our leisure amongst these amazing British cars.

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016. Grounds open at 08:30, judging begins at 10:00.

Pre-Event Meetup: Motor down to the Starbucks at Dilworthtown Plaza on Route 202 in Chadds Ford as early as you need to. We will depart Starbucks as a group shortly after 08:00. [MAP]

Details: Cars & Motorcycles of England Show – All British Marque Judged Motorcar and Motorcycle Concours and Nationally Sanctioned Jaguar Concours d’Elegance. Sponsored by DVT and the Delaware Valley Jaguar Club.

Location: Oakbourne Mansion, 1014 South Concord Rd., West Chester, PA

Cost: Pre-Registration is $20 per Vehicle (includes passengers) or $25 if registering after May 28 (see the link below for more details on pre-registration). $5 for adults if you are attending as a spectator only.

What to Bring: Most people bring a picnic lunch and folding chairs.

Directions to the event

Download the registration form here!


Grab your favorite navigator because RSVPs are now open for the 24th running of the Cooper Cup!

What is the Cooper Cup?

Twelve years ago or so, someone thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to have a scavenger hunt in your MINI?” They were right!

Ever since, in the Spring and Fall, MINIacs set out in teams of two, following a surprise route and answering questions along the way.

Every Cooper Cup is different. Some are more challenging than others. They vary in length, by time and distance. But no special knowledge or skill is necessary and they all start out the same.

Begin by forming a team – only two people per MINI. Choose your team mate wisely because the navigator will take the reins, reading directions and writing down answers.

On the day of the event, each team will receive route directions to follow, a set of questions to answer, and a DNF (Did Not Finish) envelope containing the address of the end point. If you choose to give up and open the DNF envelope, you are disqualified – but you will know the address of the end point where the results will be announced and the Cooper Cup will be presented to the winners.

The Cooper Cup is not a time/speed/distance event. Speed may get you to the finish, but not necessarily with the desired results.

What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?

The winner of the Cooper Cup is destined to plan the next one (November 13, 2016). If the winner is unable (due to proximity, life, MINI changes, etc.), the second place team will take the reins – and so forth down the line.

The only truly safe place – considered by some to be the most coveted position – is Dead Last.

Event Details

This Cooper Cup, hosted by team Systematic Chaos, calls for teams to count specific items along the way while following simple directions.

Teams will have five hours to complete the challenge. It only takes three hours to drive the full course so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a road twice but don’t double count when you go back!

Date: Sunday, June 5
Check in: 8:30 a.m.
Driver’s Meeting: 8:45 a.m. (First MINI off at 9:00)
Entry Fee: $10 per car for members. $15 for non-members. This includes your cling and other goodies.
Location: Home Depot. 300 MacDade Blvd, Folsom, PA 19033 [Map here]

What to Bring:

  • Clipboard
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Arrive with a full tank of gas
  • Cash ($10 for members, $15 for non-members, plus cash for lunch)
  • GPS / Smart Phone / Navigational Aids (yes, they’re permitted this time)

Host: Keith & Amanda DuAime, Team Systematic Chaos

Maximum Number of MINIs: 25

Join the discussion in the forum here.

RSVP HERE! Please include your Navigator’s name and your Team name!

PhillyMINI MINI Club Membership

The 2016 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 2016 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. Then our MINIsters of Membership will get your packet to you in the mail!


MINI USA has added a fundraising challenge to MINI TAKES THE STATES. They are inviting MINI Owners to join the rallying cry and help #DefyHunger.

Visit the PhillyMINI Team #DefyHunger fundraising page today to donate. You can share it with your family, friends and fellow Motorers to help support this worthwhile cause, too.

On the fundraising site, you’ll find tools and tips on how to spread the word. Every $1 you raise will help provide 11 meals to Americans in need.

While raising funds, you can earn exclusive badge decals for your MINI. The more money you raise, the more decals you’ll earn and the more meals you will provide. Let’s work together to show Feeding America that MINI Owners are capable of big things!

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PhillyMINI Calendar

Schedule of Upcoming Events

May 21: Exit 0 Rally Weekend
May 29: Cooper Cup XXIV
June 4: Cars of England Car Show
June 8: Mexican Madness Dinner Night
June 10-12: PA MINI Weekend at Hershey
June 26: The Steeplechase Rally
July 9-23: MINI Takes The States
July 30: Detail Day
August 7: The PhillyMINI Meet
August 21: The Great Lehigh Valley Rally
August 24: Burger Blitz Night
August 28: Taste of Britain Rally and Polo Match

…And many more!

To RSVP for any of these events and view events after this date, please visit the calendar on the forum here.

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

Monthly Dinners

Want to host a dinner that fits any of these themes? Click the region below to message your ambassador! (Click here for more details.)

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Central NJSouth Jersey (Cherry Hill)Upper BucksLower BucksSoutheast Chesco (West Chester)Western Chesco (Exton/Downingtown)Northeast MontcoSoutheast MontcoBethlehemMain LineJersey Shore

Upcoming Dinner Themes

May 18: Pizza
June 8: Mexican
Aug 24: Burgers
Sept 14: Exotic International
Oct 12: Italian
Nov 16: GastroPub
Dec 14: Mediterranean

PhillyMINI Community Calendar

From car shows to cars and coffee, the communities we live in are supercharged with events.  We can’t possibly get to them all but below will be some community event highlights that might interest the MINI minded when a PhillyMINI event isn’t the best show in town.

If you know of an event or place that might be of interest, email me at  Make sure to provide a link to the event so I can check it out and add it to the calendar.

Make sure to check back often to see what is happening.

Many of the links are to the event Facebook page.

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016:  Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals.  Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle, PA.  8A-4:30P.  Info here. 
  • May 28-30, 2016:  Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival.  Info here.
  • May 26-28, 2016:  SCCA Track Night At Lime Rock.  Info here.
  • Saturday, May 28, 2016:  MINI Get Together, Hosted by Thomas Pitzer.  28 Sheffield Dr. Columbus, NJ  3P.  Info here.
  • Friday, June 3, 2016:  Hopewell Cruise Night.  Info here.
  • Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016:  The Race of Gentlemen, Wildwood, NJ.  Info here.
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016:  Shake, Rattle and Roll:  Philly’s Rockabilly Revival.  Info here.
  • Sunday, June 12, 2016.  SJ Food Truck Fest, Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ.  12-8P.  Info here.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016:  Woodbridge Downtown Cruise Night, Woodbridge, NJ.  6-9P.  Info here.
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016:  Phoenixville Craft Beer Festival.  1-5P.  Info here.
  • Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, 2016:  10th Annual Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival, Toughkenemon, PA.  Info here.
  • Saturday, June 25, 2016:  Delaware Taco Festival, Wilmington, DE.  12-7P.  Info here.
  • Friday, July 1, 2016:  Yards Brewing Company Public Tasting.  4-7P.  Info here.
  • Sunday, July 10, 2016:  Budweiser Clydesdale Meet and Greet, Seaside Heights, NJ.  11:30A-4P.  Info here.
  • Sunday, July 10, 2016.  British Invade Gettysburg, The Outlet Shoppes At Gettysburg.  9A-1P.  Info here.
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016:  Doylestown At Dusk Car Show, Doylestown, PA.  5-10P.  Info here.
  • Friday-Sunday, July 29-31, 2016:  2016 QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, Whitehouse Station, NJ.  Info here.
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016:  NEPA Valley Wine Train, Carbondale, PA.  2-7P.  Info here.
  • Sunday, September 25, 2016:  5th Annual Bear Mountain Cruze.  8A.  Info here.


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