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Are You Ready?

Can you believe MINIs On Top starts tomorrow?! Months of planning and excitement culminate in just a few short hours! And you’re totally set, right? The car’s packed, the tank’s filled, tire pressures are checked, manufacturer-nonspecific portable music device loaded with motoring tunes, your blinker fluid’s topped off, and the muffler bearing’s snugged down tight. You are ready to motor!

But just to be safe, let’s recap a few things, and if you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with the schedule.

  1. Make sure you have your registration packet, especially your dinner tickets and auto road tickets.
  2. Take a few minutes and put your name on your raffle tickets; it’ll make picking you out of the seething crowd that much easier.
  3. If you’d like to go on the Mt. Washington Observatory tour but haven’t signed up, yet — well, what are you waiting for? It’s fantastic! Drop Pete a line; there may be spaces left, but they’re first-come, first-served.
  4. You don’t have to pick a driving route for Saturday, but we’d prefer that you do, and if you know what they look like on the map you’ll be ahead of the game.
  5. Plan to grab a bag lunch on your way to the Loon Lot in the morning. There are lots of places with good grub in nearby Downtown Lincoln (Gateway to the White Mountains!)
  6. You do have your camera, right?
  7. Sunday’s officially après MoT but there’s still time to check out some of the great stuff that the Whites have to offer; be sure to grab a tourist guide and local map!
  8. While caravan signups have officially closed, a kind word and an appropriate-denomination bill go a long way.
  9. Make sure you put on your window clings and antenna ball.
  10. Bring rain gear. And sun block. And a jacket. And shorts. Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes, it’ll change!
  11. Have you read Theo and Kevin’s 8 Tips for MINI Drives? You should. It’s awesome.

(And yes, our list goes to eleven.)

Bike Week

Another note: this year finds our event coincident with Laconia Bike Week. Despite the obvious differences, we actually have quite a bit in common with our two-wheeled brethren. I’ll let MoT Old Timer Theo capture the essence:

I was reminded that for the first time in 3 or 4 years, MINIs On Top is happening in the same week as the Laconia Bike Week.

As a motorcyclist and MINI-ist, it seems appropriate for me to tell our MINIs On Top attendees about the unique association that exists between Bike Week and MINI rally-goers. With the Caravans en route to NH on Friday, MINIs are bound to closely intermingle with bikes heading up for the weekend.

I just wanted to remind folks of the unique kinship that exists between Bike Week rally-goers and MINI folks, and to urge kindness, courteousness, and care toward our fellow motoring enthusiasts!

Oh, one last thing:

Wave to other MINIs!

I mean, you can wave at whoever you darn well please (including motorcycles, if you can muster that bored, tough-guy drop-your-left-hand-to-knee-level-with-two-fingers-out greeting which are awfully hard to see with a door in the way…) but it’s just good karma to wave at other MINIs. Even if you’re not at a MINI event!

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