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Just looking ahead...
The June 5th Dinner/Drive-In Theatre... where is the dinner going to be?
There is 'no cooking out' at the Drive-In.
 
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Just looking ahead...
The June 5th Dinner/Drive-In Theatre... where is the dinner going to be?
There is 'no cooking out' at the Drive-In.
Oh ye of little faith.

Patience grasshopper...has Gil ever led you [seriously] astray?
 
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:40 PM
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Yes! But I didn't care I was driving my MINI. [seriously]
If your gonna be lost...be lost in your MINI!

Lt. SmoJo awaiting further orders sir!

I had to work that smiley in somehow.
 
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:37 AM
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Does anyone in the QC Area want to go motor around? I am bored.
 
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:03 AM
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I was doing a little search on MINIs for sale within 100mi of my address.
(not looking to purchase)
I came across a dealership FinishLine Ford that had a plethora of used MINIs for sale. I figured with all those MINIs do they service them? So, I sent an e-mail and yes they service all cars they sell. An oil/filter change with synthetic oil & multi-point inspection is $85.
They are located in Peoria, IL.
Has anybody used this place?

Nevermind. I looked up reviews on this place and 98% were bad. See for yourself. I won't take my MINI there. Too bad I thought that was a good price.
 

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Gary, those email updates that you send out are much appreciated. You put a lot of work into this and we are thankful.
 
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I'm glad some find them useful. I think it help keeps lines of communication open too. Doesn't seem like work though...guess it's a labor of (MINI) love.
 
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:36 AM
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*The EIM Confessional*

Bless me Father, for I have sinned...

...with all of my travel, daughter's graduation, etc. these past several weeks, the last time my MINI received a proper wash was on May 14th in Harrison, AR...

 
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Empathy, Condolences, Hope, and Forgiveness

Originally Posted by Gil-galad View Post
*The EIM Confessional*

Bless me Father, for I have sinned...

...with all of my travel, daughter's graduation, etc. these past several weeks, the last time my MINI received a proper wash was on May 14th in Harrison, AR...

 

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Old 06-03-2010, 05:37 AM
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*The EIM Confessional*
the last time my MINI received a proper wash was on May 14th in Harrison, AR...
Leo is flabbergasted, shocked, and dumbfounded that his perfectly groomed cousin has met with such fate.
 
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Originally Posted by Gil-galad View Post
*The EIM Confessional*

Bless me Father, for I have sinned...

...with all of my travel, daughter's graduation, etc. these past several weeks, the last time my MINI received a proper wash was on May 14th in Harrison, AR...

I would have commented sooner but the ambulance attendant that re-started my heart after I read this wouldn't bring me my laptop.
 
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:46 AM
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Here is an article from Winding Road about the Countryman.

http://www.windingroad.com/articles/...src=Nextscreen
 
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:48 AM
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Leo is flabbergasted, shocked, and dumbfounded that his perfectly groomed cousin has met with such fate.
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I would have commented sooner but the ambulance attendant that re-started my heart after I read this wouldn't bring me my laptop.


I promise to try and be a better caretaker (maybe even as early as this afternoon)...
 
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If any EIM members are coming to Des Moines this week end check out the car show at West Glen - nice old British Cars and old and new Mini's

http://www.midiowacarclassic.com/
 
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:21 AM
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If any EIM members are coming to Des Moines this week end check out the car show at West Glen - nice old British Cars and old and new Mini's

http://www.midiowacarclassic.com/
Thanks for the heads-up Gary.

This might be something to consider as one of our pre-scheduled EIM events for next year. Even though we can't enter the show (20 years old or older to be eligible) it would be fun to caravan, park as a group, and check out the classics.

I imagine our buddy Dave W. will be well represented.
 
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Here is an article from Winding Road about the Countryman.

http://www.windingroad.com/articles/...src=Nextscreen
Pretty favorable review, I'd say. Can't wait to see one in the flesh.
 
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:25 PM
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I promise to try and be a better caretaker (maybe even as early as this afternoon)...
After much elbow grease, mission accomplished.

It can now take its rightful position between Leo and Gozer without shame. I think I'll even sleep better tonight.
 
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I've been looking for that "Clay-Bar" stuff. Does Wal-Mart carry it? If so, is it under a different name brand. Mind you I'm looking for something that has "Clay-Bar" in the title.

Does anyone care to join Gil and myself on the 19th to scope out some roads for the 7/25/10 MINI run? PM us if interested.
 
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I've been looking for that "Clay-Bar" stuff. Does Wal-Mart carry it? If so, is it under a different name brand. Mind you I'm looking for something that has "Clay-Bar" in the title.
If you are looking at Wally World, look for Meguiar's detailing clay. It will most likely be in a kit with a bottle of quick detailer, a micro fiber towel, and a couple of bars of detailing clay.

Good luck shopping!
 
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:40 AM
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Muchos gracias!
I think my weekend is open for this task.
 
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Who is the guy with the license plate "Athelas"? I haven't seen him on any of our get togethers in a while.
 
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:49 AM
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Who is the guy with the license plate "Athelas"? I haven't seen him on any of our get togethers in a while.
The only other Iowa MINI I know of whose vanity plate is a Tolkien reference.

That's our buddy Roger (aka, EddyM here on NAM) who hails from the Des Moines vicinity. Let me tell you, that guy covers some serious miles in his nicely modded MINI. I know he's already been out to New England this year, and I would not be surprised to see him among the MTTS and MITM crowd.
 
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:19 AM
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I don't know if any of you have been following the "MINI Challenges Porche" videos but this latest one is pretty funny!

http://www.motoringfile.com/2010/06/...otoringFile%29
 
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:00 AM
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Ha! Humorous and enough self-depreciating that it can't help but be a win for MINI USA.

Now I see (from another NAM thread) you can actually order T-shirts modeled after the ones worn by Jim McDowell in the clip where he issues his initial challenge to Detlev Von Platen over at Porsche:

http://www.cafepress.com/minibee/7195263

I might just have to invest the $21. Could end up being a collector's item.
 
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http://toddsmods.com/badges.html

FYI
Motoringfile has also made a few badges/stickers with the same references.
 

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