If you drive a Mini and are interested in setting a Guinness World Record, head on out to Mackinaw City, Michigan this weekend where Mini is looking to break a big record. This Saturday, August 1, 2015 marks the date that Mini owners from across the country are rallying in an attempt to set a new record for the largest parade of Mini’s ever.
The Mini on the Mack parade is being put on by Mini of Grand Rapids and Mini USA and takes place at the Mackinac Bridge. The official Mini count will take place as each Mini parades across the bridge.
This is the second attempt at breaking the record with the first taking place in 2013. This time around things are looking good with 1,159 Minis currently registered for the rally and only 292 more needed to set a new record.
“Although we didn’t break the record for the Largest Parade of Mini Cars in 2013, we had such a great time attempting, that Mini of Grand Rapids along with Mini USA is putting you to the challenge once again!” says a Mini on the Mack spokesperson.
This is also an issue of national pride for Mini USA with the desire to make history and claim the record title for the States. The current Guinness Record is held by the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club with 1,450 Minis parading on May 17, 2009 in a rally that filled the historic 2-mile auto racing circuit around the famous Crystal Palace park in London.
For Mini drivers interested in participating in the rally and bringing the record to the U.S., registration is available at the Mini on the Mack site. It cost $25 for adults and $15 for kids and covers the bridge crossing toll, event setup, event mementos, lunch, music, shuttle service in St. Ignace, and entrance to the Bayside Music Festival in St. Ignace complete with live music, beer tents, and food vendors. The celebration ends with fireworks at night fall.
If you’re interested in joining the Mini family, the classic Mini Cooper starts at $20,700. Mini is also coming out with an all-new Clubman that will be the largest Mini in its lineup. It features four real doors and comfortable seating for five while still maintaining the iconic Mini design aesthetic. It will debut this September at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt and is set for sale at the beginning of next year.