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Zandvoort, Netherlands (10:00 PM, Saturday, 23rd June) – 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. You can read all about his adventure on his blog, but before doing that, may we suggest it might be more fun is to see the expression on his face as the MINI factory folks get him on stage and the entire crowd in the Main MINI Tent sings Happy Birthday to him. 
We’d also like add our congratulations: Happy Birthday, Rob from the MC2 team here and in the States.

 


See Rob Apon's special birthday presentation from MINI on You Tube:

 

Submitted by: 
Rob Marshall and Neil Jefferies
Your MC2 team at Zandvoort



 




Zandvoort, Netherlands
(5:30 PM, Saturday, 23nd June)  OK, we have seen the events that are going on, but the MINI Challenge starts this afternoon. It is the main event of the day and the crowds here will be treated to not just one, but two MINI races.


















The qualifying race started at 11am this morning where the top teams from the MINI Challenge tent raced for a chance to compete in the first heats.
All entrants were from Europe, mainly Germany but there were also cars from the UK, Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden and, of course, Holland.










 
View qualifying race video clip on You Tube: 
 




Top 5 Finishers in Qualifying Round: 

1 Jereoen Bleekesmolen  Netherlands 

2

Ben Spouse

UK

3

Hari Proczyk

Austria

4

Maximilian Werndi

Germany

5

Daniel Keilwitz

Germany

 

 

We think that it is great a Dutch team won at the event in their own country and we feel proud that a UK team gained second-place. Further excitement came in the first real race, which started later at 3:00 PM. Wow! These cars are really fast! The crowds of spectators were even larger this time around and the 30-minute MINI Challenge race delivered a lot of racing excitement.. First and second place finishers were once again reflected from the qualifying race ran earlier; but the last race will be held tomorrow. Will the Dutch Team ProSieben and British Schirra Motoring crack under the pressure, or will cool heads and skill again rule the day? We will tell you tomorrow!



More qualifying race action on You Tube:

 




Meanwhile, our "healthy" diet of Pizza and “Snickers” bars has continued into the afternoon, just don't tell our Mums! Well the crowds are starting to
move into the main MINI tent for a party and we had better join them. It’s tough work here at MINI United! See you tomorrow.

 

 

 
Submitted by: 
Rob Marshall and Neil Jefferies
Your MC2 team at Zandvoort











Zandvoort, Netherlands
(10:30 AM, Saturday, 23nd June) – Now fully recovered from our recent bout of sleep depravation, Neil and I are really excited about today. Even though the day has not reached its peak, we've noticed that more enthusiasts are  flooding through MINI United’s entrance gates than yesterday at this time.

 

Additionally, today there are more activities today to keep the crowds circulating. The same driving events from Friday are continuing, as well as the more unusual activities such as challenging event goers to pull a MINI against the clock, karting and playing the popular game of skittles with a MINI tyre.


 
Those who fancy a less vigorous time after the long journey of getting to MINI United can browse around the MINI Heritage and design displays and view the many cars, from all over Europe, that are displayed here. And, of course, they can also enjoy having a bite to eat!
 

 

Although there many more people have arrived (compared to yesterday) it still feels as though the event is not yet at full capacity. Still, the MC2pavilion has been busy. Neil and I are enjoying meeting the many enthusiasts from different countries and introducing them to our magazine. There are so many Yanks here; especially military personnel based in Germany, who have come to meet and support us – Thanks guys! We have also had a few Brits come through to remind us of home; it was especially nice to meet Joel, Dionne, Leanne and Tre. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Neil is hungry again but he is not running to the MINI restaurant because last time he did, an Italian family pointed at him and laughed at what they described as the “Fat Brit!” He is not like hard-core journalists who can go for three days without eating! Undeterred, he has returned with a Pizza for us (concealed within the pages of a dieting magazine!) so we’d better tuck in before savouring the events of the day!















 
Submitted by: 
Rob Marshall and Neil Jefferies
Your MC2 team at Zandvoort