It’s never too early to start celebrating. Mini has announced the dates for its 2016 Mini Takes The States (MTTS) rally. So drivers get ready, a year from now on July 9th through July 23 you will have the option to participate in the sixth cross-country Mini rally.
The total trek covers 5,143 miles through 15 cities and 18 states in just 14 days. The last rally took place in 2014 and was a huge success with nearly 4,000 Mini drivers from around the world participating with some joining for just a few days and nearly 500 going the full coast-to-coast distance. The average number of drivers each day was over 900.
“Mini Takes The States 2014 was such an amazing experience that we couldn’t wait to announce the dates for 2016. I also personally wanted the community to know that I am standing by the promise I made in Boston at the end of our last adventure together. We will motor again in 2016!” says David Duncan, Vice President Mini of the Americas.
If a year is too long to wait for essential Mini bonding time, Mini is also inviting drivers from across the country to join in Mackinaw City, MI, on August 1st for the second attempt at setting the world record for the largest parade of Mini vehicles. This is a coveted record that is currently held by the British and was set back in 2009 with 1,450 Minis.
Mini is also coming out with a new flagship for 2016. It is releasing a completely redesigned Clubman at the beginning of the year and it will be the largest not-so-mini Mini in its lineup. The all new Clubman will still feature the trademark rear-split doors, but they are getting a completely new design with the rear taillights now located directly on them, rather than alongside. It will also feature four full size doors instead of the two full sized with the one suicide door. As the largest Mini, it will also have a spacious 17.5 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up and 47.9 with them folded down.
“We say that every Mini comes as standard with friends and you have really proved that once again,” said Tom Salkowsky at the end of the 2014 MTTS rally. So get ready to toot your horns, the next rally is only a year away.