First, we would like to thank Sarah and Richard for their past tenure as organizers and for all the countless hours of hard work and dedication they have put into making MINIs on Top one of the premier events in the country. They have left us with enormous shoes to fill—so much so that there are five of us who are replacing the two of them!
MINIs on Top also owes its success to the many volunteers who generously work on the event, both on the weekend and the weeks leading up to it. We could not hope to succeed without the continued support of these volunteers, and we are excited to work with them to ensure that MINIs on Top 2014 will be another triumph.
Second, you may be wondering who we are. The MINIs on Top 2014 organizers are Wayne, Vanessa, Eric, Don, and Maryfrances. We are all MINI owners and share a common passion for our cars and MINIs on Top. We have gotten to know many of you during the past several years and look forward to meeting new friends as we plan and hold the next MINIs on Top.
We’re sure you are eager to learn more about next year’s event. MINIs on Top will be held on the weekend of June 20th to 21st, 2014. The base hotel will once again be Attitash Grand Summit Resort and Spa in Bartlett, New Hampshire. Mark your calendars now!
While much of MINIs on Top will remain the same, we are adding some new features and making some changes that we are confident you’ll love. We will be letting you know all about them as they are worked out and finalized. Over the next nine months, we will be very busy putting our “ducks” in a row. We have already started planning for next year’s event, including confirming previous sponsors and lining up new ones. We are hoping to open registration early in the new year, possibly as soon as January.
Last of all, we want to thank you all for your support and look forward to working hard to serve you, the MINIs on Top faithful, both old and new.
- Wayne, Vanessa, Eric, Don, and Maryfrances
We’re thrilled to announce that Wayne McClennan, Vanessa Ferrari, and a few of their friends involved with Central Mass MINIs have stepped up to take on the event coordination for MINIs on Top. We had a great first meeting with them last weekend and we’re very excited to be passing them the torch. You’ll be happy to know that they are all MINI and MOT enthusiasts committed to keeping the event the same but with some new twists and turns that will make it their own.
So it is now official – the 12th annual MINIs on Top is scheduled for June 21, 2014!
After another great year in 2013, the Attitash Grand Summit will be the base hotel. The Attitash is a timeshare hotel and resort centrally located in Bartlett, NH between the Kancamagus Highway and the Mount Washington Auto Road. Please call (800) 223-7669 to book your room and be sure to ask for the MINIs on Top rate. Please note: the special rate is not available for booking online.
We are excited that this group has agreed to take on this MOTumental task (sorry – I couldn’t pass that up) and know that next year’s event will be another huge success. Stay tuned for more information.
Sarah & Richard
Jen, Marianne, Sarah and Brian, making sure the photo booth works.
Back by popular demand, MoT 2013 saw the return of the photo booth, a DIY push-the-button-and-ham-it-up affair. Jen, Marianne and Richard were kind enough to handle the logistics, and were also responsible for the kick-ass backdrop, helping people remember just what it is we’re hoping to see at the top of the mountain!
View the full set of 123 photos on Flickr!
MINIs on Top 2013 may be over but it will certainly not be forgotten any time soon. Thank you to everybody who made it such an excellent weekend: Greasy’s Garage, Lyon-Waugh (aka MINI of Peabody & MINI of Bedford), and MINI Eastern Region for hosting terrific parties where we could spend time with old friends and meet new ones; Libby and the Cape Cod MINI crew for another entertaining and educational game of trivia; the MINI dealerships, companies, and individuals who donated hundreds of terrific raffle items; all of our volunteers – from those who were involved from the start to those who stepped up onsite and helped out in big ways; the friendly and helpful staff at the Attitash Grand Summit, Mt. Washington Auto Road, and Loon Mountain; and most of all, the 600+ MINI enthusiasts who were incredibly kind and appreciative throughout the weekend and reminded us why we work so hard to put this event together. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I know lots of comments and pictures are being posted on Facebook, but if you have any thoughts you’d like to share here, please feel free.
Have a great summer. Happy motoring.
A post by Ed ‘MAXAMINI’ Smith 10 days before MOT ‘ 05. Re-posted by Jeff West (HWY61) last year. Honestly, I am perplexed by the cod references, but it still brings water (not to be confused with tears) to my eyes every time I hear it.
” …the weekend will be what it is. MINIs On Top will define itself. It is like a river overflowing it’s banks. It cannot be contained. Go with the flow. Don’t dip your toe. Full immersion is the way. In the end you will find it less about the cars than the people who inhabit them.
I await the weekend with the unbridled enthusiasm of a six year old hearing the faint sound of distant bells as the Ice Cream Man approaches his street from blocks away. It’s coming. It’s coming. I hear them. Listen. Hear it? I told you. Woohoo.
The orchestra begins to assemble. Instruments are drawn from their cases. Violins drawn to chins and bows begin to slide across strings. Each member as yet unaware of the other as they continue to tune their individual instruments but soon the house lights will dim and the Great Cod will rise from the pit and behold MINIs On Top shall fill the great mountain valleys and the sweet music of 208 motors and Motorers shall rise to the heavens and it will be said of the Grand Cod.. It is a good.
Peace, Sunshine, and Goodwill be yours. Can I get an Amen?…”
With just a couple days until the event, incredible raffle items are pouring in:
- Whalen Shift Machine donated an always-popular custom shift knob
- MOT volunteers Nancy Kanner & Dave Schofield contributed one of their very last handmade booty bags and a pair of duck decals. I have three so far. I hope to make it four soon.
- Thom (of the incredible marriage proposal at last year’s event) got us a MINI Baby Racer in Chili Red.
- Bob and Lori Cahill put together another terrific gift basket. This year’s theme is wine & cheese. Yum & yum.
- Our friend Todd at MotoringBadges.com donated a selection of their most popular MINI grill badges.
- MINI of Warwick took it up a few notches pitching in two shopping bags full of MINI apparel, a MINI Baby Racer in Chili Red, and a couple other items from their store.
- GrayRaven (aka, Dave Blake) donated a pair of Powerflex Control Arm Bushings and Powerflex Swaybar Front Bushings. Honestly, I have no idea what those are, but I’m pretty sure I want them.
- Greasy’s Garage, hosts of the Sundaes on Friday event, decided that giving you free ice cream just wasn’t enough. They are contributing a MINI duffle bag, a pair of Go MINI RC Wolf remote control cars, a MINI racing stripe wall clock, a bucket full of car cleaning supplies… Oh! and did I mention the D-1 Throttle Controller?!?
- And last but certainly not least, Herb Chambers MINI must be sending a Countryman up to MOT to carry all of the items they’re donating — MINI duffle bags, MINI club bags, a MINI Cooper S Cabrio Junior Pedal Car, umbrellas, travel mugs, key rings, key fob memory sticks, and — wait for it — another MINI folding bike!
As usual, all of the donated items will be bundled up into especially-appealing packages so we’re not stuck under the tent calling raffle numbers all night. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the event for $1. All raffle proceeds go to our benefitting charities – Make A Wish New Hampshire and the Mt. Washington Observatory.
Please join me in thanking these supporters, many of whom have been donating items to the MOT raffle since the beginning.
Aren’t they purdy?
We’re delighted to once again have MINIs on Top grille badges and decals available for sale at the event this year. We’ve been working with MotoringBadges.com for several years, now, and Todd’s come through for us once again. Come find us on Friday and put some bling on your MINI! MotoringBadges.com also generously donated a collection of non-MoT badges for this year’s raffle. Come find them under the tent!
We’re excited to announce the return of MOT Radio 88.3 FM! MINIs on Top Radio will broadcast music and important announcements at both the Loon lot and the base of Mt. Washington. Our resident DJ, ScoobyShannon, has a hot list of tunes ready for this year so make sure you add 88.3 FM – WMOT to your presets and crank it up!
So haven’t you had enough time to decide? When you already know that you really want to be there? 287 other MINI drivers are registered, and they’re bringing 264 passengers.
Anyway, time’s just about up. Registration will close on Saturday, June 15, at 10 AM. So act now, or leave your MINI in the driveway on June 21.
There. I said it.
As a planner it is hard for me to admit it, but sometimes it is the off-schedule moments that make an event. Even at MOT. So if you would rather spend Friday night at dinner offsite with long lost friends, Saturday morning soaking in the hot tub, or Saturday afternoon hiking to waterfalls in the area, please do it. Really. Make MOT weekend what you want it to be. The most important thing is that you have fun.
If you’re interested in inviting other MOT-ers along, post a comment here. You never know – you may end up leading a small caravan to your destination.