MoT 2013 badges

Aren't they purdy?

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 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! also generously donated a collection of non-MoT badges for this year’s raffle. Come find them under the tent!

MOT Radio 88.3 FM

 88.3 FM, WMOT

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!


MINIs on Top registration is closing soon

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.

Sometimes the best parts aren’t on the schedule

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.  

Happy motoring…

7th Annual Concours D’Elegance

The Concours D’Elegance is a competitive MINI car show that takes place at the Loon lot on Saturday morning. Unlike many other car shows, MINI owners often go above and beyond to create spectacular and occasionally over-the-top displays. Categories this year include: Cleanest MINI (if winning this category is your goal, I recommend calling Patrick at Lucky Shine, I’m pretty sure he has magical powers), Dirtiest MINI, Best Electronics or Sound, Best Performance Mods, Most Creative Display, and Best Overall. 

Be sure to check out the entries and jot down your favorite MINI in each category on your voting ballot which was included in your registration packet.

Entry into the Concours is open to anyone.  If you’re interested in entering, please arrive at the Loon parking lot a bit early and tell the parking masters that you wish to participate. They will tell you where to go.  Don’t forget MINI owners are the ones voting, so usually the most fun wins. Winners will be awarded under the tent at the base of Mt. Washington.

Last call for MOT t-shirts!

If you haven’t ordered a MOT t-shirt but still want one, you’d better hustle! The deadline for t-shirt orders is Sunday, June 2. If you already registered but didn’t order a shirt — or want to add more — email Richard at  and he’ll modify your registration. If you haven’t registered — well, what are you waiting for?!?

Please note:  If you ordered a t-shirt after May 3 and do not receive it with your event materials (that are most likely already en route to you), it will be available at will-call in the MOTORoom on Friday night and in the Loon lot on Saturday morning.

I got a belly full of whiskey and a head full of bad ideas

… a fire in my heart that’s been smoldering for years.  Put on a pretty little party dress and I’ll bring a case of beer.  We’ll get together and we’ll make us a plan.  You’ll be my woman and I’ll be your man.  Maybe not forever but tonight I am the one you’ve been waiting on. – Bad Idea, Soon to be released album, Melvern Taylor & His Fabulous Meltones (One of my favorite songs by one of my very favorite bands.)

They’ll play this and lots of their other hits at the party on Saturday night at MOT.  Learn more about the band here.  You can check them out live at Toad in Porter Square in Cambridge, Mass. every other Thursday at 7.  They have a show there tonight.  I can pretty much guarantee you’ll find me, Brian, and Shannon there.  Richard and Lynn too if you’re extra super-duper lucky.

Did I mention that Melvern plays a ukulele?!? I’m telling you – you’ll love them.

A few other favorite Melvern lyrics collected from fellow MOTers: “I’d sell my soul for an hour of peace and quiet.” – Love Songs for Losers; “Let’s go bowling in Billerica.  And we can smoke some pot out in the parking lot. Tell your mama she can stay at home coz we don’t need no chaperone, tonight we’re going bowling.” – Bowling in Billerica; “She was lookin’ hungry when she first came in.  100 pounds of silicone and heroin. I bought us both a couple rounds of gimlets gin and I woke up with a head full of hurt and I’d tell you but the story gets worse…” – Angel on My Shoulder

10th Annual MOT Observatory Tour – Deadline to enter is June 9

Yes, it is time to put your name(s) in the hat!

The MOT Observatory Tour is a unique insider’s look at the world famous Mount Washington Observatory. Intrepid observers went out into the howling winds 77 years ago to get the anemometers working and recording the 231 mph winds, the fastest wind recorded on the surface of the Earth at a manned observatory.

The 1-hour tour takes 48 people (three groups of 16) into the working area, crew quarters, the turret (where you can really feel the full force of the wind or see for miles and miles in every direction) and the museum. Meet the observers who work there around the clock, in all kinds of weather, and ask all the questions and take all the photos you want. (Marty may agree to be photographed, but only if he thinks you’re worth it.)

(Some great pictures from a previous year’s observatory tour can be seen on Josh Wardell’s site)

Here is the deal:

The Obs Tour is too popular for the number of people who would like to go. Therefore, everyone who has not been on the tour before that expresses interest by June 9 gets his or her name put into a drawing. I then draw the winners and notify them.

The cost is $7.00 per person (12 years old and older; under 12 are free). The fee is in addition to your MOT registration, etc. Every penny of this fee goes directly to the Mount Washington Observatory. The fee is collected – in cash – on the Saturday of our drive to the Top.

We depart before the annual festivities under the tent have concluded so, yes, you will be able to see the sunset (unless clouds blowing by at 95 mph obscure the orb).

If you’re interested, send an email to with your name and the name of the others who will be riding in your MINI. Indicate which people are age 12 or over. One name is put into the hat but everyone in the MINI with that person goes on the Obs Tour. Please do NOT try to sign up by adding a comment to this post or replying to the email blast.

Due to the continued popularity of the Obs Tour, no one who has been on the tour before can enter this year’s drawing. (Sorry, but you can go almost anytime if you become a member of the Mount Washington Observatory)

Again, the deadline to enter this drawing is June 9. Hope to see you On Top! If you have any questions, please contact Pete via

Q: Will there be trivia this year? A: Yes

I am happy to report that Libby has volunteered to run trivia with the support of the Cape Cod MINIs on Friday night at 9:00pm in the MOTORoom.   Teams can be up to four people, so start recruiting the three smartest people you know now (be sure at least one of you knows something about MINI dimensions and history).  The entry fee is $20 per team – the winning team gets half the pot; the other half will be donated to the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod in memory of our friend and Libby’s partner, Bill Bayerle.

This event, like all other events in the MOTORoom at the Attitash Grand Summit, is open to all MOTers.

Ice cream fans, rejoice!

I hope you will join us just seven weeks from today when we kick off MOT2013 at “Sundaes on Friday” sponsored  by every MINI owner’s favorite garage, Greasy’s.  Pick your ice cream flavors, cover them in toppings, hang out with your fellow MINI owners and talk about the car mods you’re planning for 2013. If all goes according to plan (which it sometimes does at MOT)you’ll also have a chance to see photos from MOTs past on the big screen.

Greasy’s Garage has been a supporter of MOT for years – handing out water in the Loon parking lot and donating much-loved items to the raffle – but this is their first year sponsoring an event.  I hope you’ll join me in thanking them profusely. 

This event, like all other events in the MOTORoom at the Attitash Grand Summit, is open to all MOTers.