The CMU Mini 50
in the Smokies" was
a HUGE success, so we're keeping the same formula for our Mini 51.
At the Mini 50 we got to see the blooming beauty of Spring, now we'll get
to see the changing of the leaves for Fall. The dates we chose are
right in the middle of the leaves changing. Also, October is the
driest month for this area. Add in the mountain roads, a beautiful
campground, a really nice hotel nearby, and 100+ classic Minis and
we'll have an event that could top our Mini 50!
This year we chose Erwin,
Tennessee as the stage for our 3 day driving adventure. Located in
the northeastern corner of Tennessee in the Appalachian Mountains
you'll get to drive your Mini on some of the most beautiful roads
in North America. As with all of our CMU events, we like to drive,
and that's what we'll be doing. We will have drives each of the
three days with plenty of stops and things to see. We will also
have a scavenger hunt, swap meet, beer tasting and a catered BBQ
dinner while listening to a Bluegrass band on the beautiful
campground rivers edge. Oh, and whitewater rafting!
members are excited to show off their roads and are already
(12/09) plotting the cruises. The Erwin Chamber of Commerce
has made this an official Chamber event and is actively
helping with planning, saving the club money, and setting up
a Police escort through town.
As with any event,
space is limited! We try to plan a year ahead so our members can
make the campground and hotel reservations before the tourists
fill it up. This is a popular time of year with the leaves
changing color. With that said, if you're coming or considering
coming, you need to book your camp site or hotel room now. Both
locations are beautiful and the managers are working with us to
make this a great event. For example, since space is limited at
the campground, the hotel secured the field next to the hotel for
all of the trailers. Note that the campground offers covered
platform tents that are already set up, you just bring a sleeping
If you haven't been to a CMU event before, we do it differently; we
like to drive/cruise a lot and see all around the area we're
visiting. With this being a CMU
event, you must be a member to enter a Mini. Membership is free, go to
page and become a member! As with all of our events, this is for everybody, but all of the drives/cruises/anything is only for classic Minis and its variants produced from 1959-2000, no exceptions. There's always room to ride in someone’s Mini if you come in something else.
MiniWorld Magazine comments on our Mini 50
"Many people who went said it was the best Mini event they'd
"The event set a new standard for USA Mini meetings..."
Mini Magazine also
comments on our Mini 50 event.
"... it raised the bar of what should be expected of a show
in North America."
"... can't wait for the next CMU event!!"
Saturday morning will start with a cruise that will
set the new North
American record for the most Classic Minis in single file!
Followed by some beautiful twisty roads to our lunch
spot, then you will have the afternoon option. You can
continue on the afternoon cruise, yes, more twisty fun
roads, or you can go whitewater rafting! It will be a
special group of just Mini nuts. Our group cost is $40pp,
the time spent crashing into rocks, priceless! See more at
If you would like to
join in with others and make your trip to/from the Mini 51 more enjoyable and safer
(parts and service help) go to our club forum and connect with
other members. Share your plans, where you're coming from, things
you're bringing to the swap meet, local beers you're bringing, you
favorite story from the Mini 50, suggestions for the Mini 51 (we
We're also on facebook
Nolichucky Gorge Campground
Space is limited.
Look at the campground website and the site
map then call
(423) 743-8876 for availability and to make your reservation.
Mention Classic Minis United to get
the group rate. You'll pay in full when you make your reservation,
but cancellations 30 days prior to the scheduled arrival receive a
full refund. Make your reservation ASAP so the Minis stay together
and get the best spots! Note: The event is over Saturday night, so,
you'll probably want to check out on Sunday the 17th.
Holiday Inn Express website
Call 800-304-7958 or 423-743-4100 ASAP and reserve a
room, this is the best hotel in the area and they're giving us a
good rate. Once they're full you're either camping or driving way
down the road for something not nearly as nice... HERE
are their rates for our event. Mention Classic Minis United
to get the discounted rates. Note: The event is over Saturday
you'll probably want to check out on Sunday the 17th.
Registration is open! Go HERE,
print it, fill it out, and send it in ASAP so we can plan properly
and have the money to do so. Registration deadline is 9-15-10.
After that date it will cost you more and we can't guarantee
shirts, catered dinner, or the cool give-a-ways! Please help us by
getting it in now. And yes, we're still and always will be the biggest bang for
your Mini buck!
With winter around the corner from our Mini 51, we're
offering along with the event T-shirt a long sleeve T and a Hooded
Sweatshirt! The design is a full color screen print front and back. It's
safe to say it's unique like no other Mini shirt in the world.
Check them out, if you can't make it to the Mini 51 we'll send it
to you! Go HERE
to see it!
Here's the official
schedule! Here's a printable
The following is an overview description...
Wednesday: Registration at night, please try to
Thursday: A morning cruise to Roan Mountain, followed by an infamous
scavenger hunt, followed by a night ice cream cruise to the oldest
town in Tennessee. If you haven't done a CMU
scavenger hunt, ask someone that has and you'll be looking forward
Friday: A full day cruise that's a good mix of
driving, stopping, sightseeing, and eating that will include the
The evening BBQ will be catered at the
campground while we're enjoying a 5 piece Bluegrass band! We'll also have
a swap meet and beer tasting.
Saturday: We'll start the morning cruise with a
line-up and cruise to top 100 classics in a single file. We'll
drive some great roads to the lunch stop and then you'll have a
choice for your afternoon activity. You can continue on with the
afternoon cruise or you can go whitewater rafting! Our group rate
for the rafting is $40pp and we'll be back to the campground/hotel
around 5:00. For more info go to
Then back to the campground for some
story telling, relaxing, and goodbyes around the riverside
Sunday: Head home and think about how much fun you
had while dreaming about the Mini 52!
If you would like to help
make this event the biggest and best event ever, we could use your
support. Simply put, the more money we raise, the more money we
can spend on the event. We kept the entry costs down so everybody
can afford it, we got a title sponsor (Mini Sport) to help make
the event happen to our standards, now we would like embellish and
add to it. If you would like to support the Mini 51 with either
cash or merchandise (for an auction or giveaways) please click HERE for more information.
Their logos are
links, visit them and see some great Mini stuff!.
Special thanks to:
Cruise Master Chuck Gaines
Cruise Masters Wade & Gail Tate