Let’s celebrate the holidays! Let’s Deck our MINIs! Here’s what’s in store for for Deck the MINIs XII!

Join us as we kick off December with a tour of Longwood Gardens! From there, we will motor to Starbucks in Kennett Square before rallying along lovely country roads to Otto’s in Exton, PA!


PhillyMINI has secured an Advanced Ticket Purchase Group Discount for those who would like to attend. Please be diligent with your RSVP because we will have to buy your ticket if you are unable to attend. The RSVPs for Longwood close on Wednesday, 11/26. Visit the Longwood website to learn more about their gardens and programs.

Deck The MINIs:

Deck Your MINI contest – Come prepared to decorate your MINI in its best holiday attire! You have half an hour to deck your MINI in a holiday costume. Grand Prizes graciously donated by Otto’s MINI! (Decking of MINIs is optional.)

Scavenger Hunt – Not into decking your MINI? No problem! We’re hiding little MINIs in the sales area at Otto’s. While the deckers are decking, go on a scavenger hunt and find the MINIs. Prizes are await those who win the challenge!

Pollyanna – Again this year, we will have our updated PhillyMINI Pollyanna- Bring a MINI-related item of approximately $25.00 in value, and participate in our gift exchange!

Toys for Tots – A Group Donation to Marine’s Toys 4 Tots – Bring a NEW UNWRAPPED gift for a boy or girl, ages Infant to 2 years old to donate to Toys 4 Tots. We will be collecting the items at Otto’s and a representative from Toys for Tots will come to collect them!

Dinner – A complimentary catered dinner donated by Otto’s MINI! – Once again Otto’s will generously sponsor DTM! Enjoy a hot meal to ward off the chill!

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, as the voting begins at 4:00PM sharp!

While the Decking of the MINIs is happening, you’ll stuff your donated toy in the designated MINI for the Toys 4 Tots donation and enjoy the scavenger hunt!

4:30 PM- Dinner provided by Otto’s MINI
5:00 PM- PhillyMINI Pollyana


  • Longwood Entrance Fee (cash): $5/adult or $0/child for Members, $20/adult or $6/child Non-Member
  • Rally: If you are a member of PhillyMINI, this event is free: Please bring your lanyard. Not a paid member? There will be a $5 charge for this event
  • Money for Extras: Clings, buttons, snacks at Longwood, coffee at Starbucks.
  • A Toys for Tots gift to donate. See above for guidelines.
  • Pollyanna All participants can bring a gift for the Pollyanna (gift exchange) if they choose to participate.

Don’t forget to bring the following:

  • Full tank of gas!
  • Two-way radios!
  • Charitable toy contribution!
  • A Pollyanna for the gift exchange!
  • A costume for your MINI!

RSVP HERE for Longwood

RSVP HERE for Deck The MINIs

Join the discussion on the forum HERE.

Maximum Number of MINIs on the Rally: 60




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 2015 Calendar!

Purchasing a calendar is a great way to reminisce about past events, while looking forward to new PhillyMINI events in ’15.

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 2014.

Calendar details:

  • Standard size flip calendar
  • No pre-payment required
  • Members will vote for the top 12 photos (one for each month)

File Requirements:

  • 25MB or smaller, please
  • 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 TIF file format (no RAW image format, please)
  • Landscape or Portrait format accepted

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 2014, 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.

Email your 2 best photos to 2015Calendar@phillymini.org

All photos for the calendar must be submitted before Friday, 11/21/2014. Photos received on Friday, 11/21 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 begin on or around 11/21.

Don’t forget to email your photos directly to 2015Calendar@phillymini.org

Don’t delay!

Join the discussion on our forums here!

Cooper Cup

It’s time for the 21st 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 rallies, 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.

You will receive a DNF (Did Not Finish) envelope and if you choose to give up and open it, you are disqualified but at least you can get to the end point for the party. That’s where the Cooper Cup will be presented in all of its glory!

The winner of the Cooper Cup is destined to plan the next Cooper Cup (Spring, 2015). If they are unable (due to proximity, life or MINI changes, or so forth), the second place team will take the reins.

Start Location: 201 Station Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951 [MAP]
End Location: Macungie

Date: Sunday, November 23
Meet up time: 8:00
Drivers meeting: 8:30
First car out: 8:45

Entry fee: $10 for members. $15 for non-members. This includes your cling and other goodies.

RSVP here. Please include your Navigator’s name and your Team name! No exceptions!

Join the discussion on the forum 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)

Host: Marzo and Herbie: ’04 HB/W MCS

Maximum Number of MINIs: 30

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Click here to visit our MINI Cooper Resources page!

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