Subscribe to MC2 Magazine

MINI United Friday Blog


Zandvoort, Netherland
(5:30 PM, Friday, 22nd June) -- With DJ Stephen Quarré providing the acoustic entertainment, visitors to MINI United were keen to get-behind-the wheel and book themselves into as many driving activities as they could. Naturally, it would be a pity to miss driving around this famous racing circuit and the length of the booking queues, whether driving one’s own MINI, test-driving a new car and even taking a MINI Driver’s training course, confirmed the public’s determination.
  
 

For those who fancied something a little more extreme, there were numerous driving demonstrations, Russ Swift has been living up to his name by demonstrating his unique way of parking a MINI and there was also a stunt-driving demonstration (Don't try this at home!). These guys certainly know how to drive a MINI better than we mere mortals.
 

 

Watch Russ Swift solve the urban problem on You Tube:


Two-wheeled driving demo on You Tube:



The MINI Challenge event has started, where the best teams and cars will fight on the track througout the weekend during a gruelling round of laps. We have had a preview of the cars and drivers during two of their practice sessions but the qualifying races are tomorrow morning. Naturally, we will keep you updated.
This afternoon has seen DJ Sander Hucke taking over the decks and punters could opt to have their car cleaned by MINI’s finest car cleaners using original MINI CareProducts. As you might suspect, Neil and I are very happy; we can view the car wash action from the comfort of the MC2 marquee, although we did notice the girls had neglected a few spots of dirty paintwork.

 

As we expected, fewer people have visited MINI United today but tomorrow, being a Saturday, is forecast to be very busy.  This does not mean the MC2 marquee has been deserted, however. Many US readers have come in to sit and chat with us – as well as a lot of UK and European subscribers who have travelled quite far to attend this event.

The longest journey we have heard of was by a contingent of 22 MINIs from Hungary, a 1,440km journey …each way! They even had special T-shirts made to celebrate the feat: as you can imagine, Neil and I are very impressed.
 

 A MINI fashion show is being held this evening, which we are keen to see. Neil is chatting to some Russian MINI owners in the MC2 marquee but one of them appears to have fallen face down on our very smart bean-bags and I fear that, if I don’t rescue them, more will follow. See you in the morning!












Submitted by:

Rob Marshall and Neil Jefferies
Your MC2 team at Zandvoort




Zandvoort, Netherlands (10:00 AM, Friday, 22nd June) – Our four-wheeled foray into Europe began when we loaded up a Cooper Diesel with all our paraphernalia (and judging from the photos, perhaps even the kitchen sink) and headed out from England’s historic West Midlands, through London, the Chunnel, France, Belgium and into the depths of the Netherlands -- with a few misdirected side trips thanks to my tired and confused navigator, Neil Jefferies.

However, I can't blame him; we've been up for almost 24 hours and drove most of the night, arriving here in wee hours
road worn and bleary eyed but with high spirits, kipped down for a two hour nap and then started getting the MC2 pavilion set up with computers, magazines, banners and what not. Last-minute preparations were completed early this morning and now the pavilion sits empty and lonely, awaiting the hords of MINI United fans who have been busy chanting at the entrance gate for quite a while now as the following You Tube video shows:





Well,  the gates to the Zandvoort circuit have finally opened and MINI United has officially begun.
As the people begin streaming into the park it strikes us as fantastic that so many cars and so many people from so many places have all come together for this event.
 
In anticipation of the day's many scheduled activities, queues formed straight away so people could book themselves for the events of their choice this morning and for the main activities scheduled for later this PM.  Neil and I will be filing regular reports from the MC2 pavilion at Zandvoort throughout the event; keep checking back for all the latest MINI United news. Let the fun begin!







 






Submitted by:

Rob Marshall and Neil Jefferies
Your MC2 team at Zandvoort




 

MC2 at Zandvoort MINI Bash

MC2 had a pavilion at the event, made lots of new friends and received a lot of street cred. Rob and Neil worked their proverbial asses off, holding down the fort at the MC2 pavilion and reporting on the events going on all around them. The life of a motoring journalist may be fun, but it is a tough job sometimes....

MC2 Magazine Does MINI UNITED

Unlike most the other aficionados at MINI United, Neil and I have finally benefited from a good night’s sleep. Now that we are both fully refreshed from the fun, had our first decent breakfast in days and are ready for the 12-hour trip back home to England's West Midlands. Yes, a long drive back to MC2’s UK base awaits but, as we drive, we will have ample time to reflect upon the event. For the first leg, Neil takes the wheel of our MINI Cooper Diesel and as we head out home, the authorities in Amsterdam, Belgium and France are preparing themselves for severe violations of their road-traffic laws…

MINI United Friday Blog

With DJ Stephen Quarré providing the acoustic entertainment, visitors to MINI United were keen to get-behind-the wheel and book themselves into as many driving activities as they could. Naturally, it would be a pity to miss driving around this famous racing circuit and the length of the booking queues, whether driving one’s own MINI, test-driving a new car and even taking a MINI Driver’s training course, confirmed the public’s determination...

MINI United Saturday Blog

This afternoon, MC2 reader and MINI Nut, Rob Apon, was been given a big surprise by MINI. He was born in Holland, though he now lives in the States, and today is his birthday. Rob is also a hard core car nut and MINI fan, so to celebrate his birthday MINI-style, he arranged to have his own MINI transported from his home in Los Angeles to MINI United. Although the process was not entirely trouble-free, Rob did manage to get himself and his MINI to Zandvoort Circuit in time for the year's biggest MINI bash

MINI United Sunday Blog

This is the main event here at MINI United and the crowds have proven their loyalty by sticking it out despite the downpours. Thankfully, the storms broke long enough for a a full 30-minutes of exciting and action-packed racing. Although a few cars were damaged in the spirit of the event, the commentators praised the drivers for their gentlemanly conduct on the track...

MINI United Sunday Blog Part 2

After having had a thoroughly good time enjoying last night's entertainment, it is not surprising that Neil and I are suffering this morning; not due to any excess, mind you, but a shortage – of course, I refer to sleep. But who wants to rest while MINI United is on? Well, quite a few actually...