This year we chose Wytheville,
VA as the base for our 3 day driving adventure.
It's located in the foothills of the Blue
Wytheville is known as "The Hub of Southwest Virginia"
and "the Crossroads of the Blue Ridge". 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. Add in the
nighttime activities, scavenger hunt, live Bluegrass band, swap meet,
and you have the most amazing classic Mini event in North America!
This year we will also be offering a different kind of
cruise/activity that will be fun for all. Last year was white
water rafting, this year will be........ wait for it...
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 beautiful area we're
visiting. With this being a CMU
event, you must be a member to enter a Mini. Membership is free!
If you are one of the few that hasn't already joined, go to
page and become one of the over 1,000 members! 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.
(The period following "exceptions" is to end the
sentence and to also say "period".) There's always room to ride in someone’s Mini if you come in something else.
We don't leave anybody behind! Not even the couple coming all the
way from Australia...assuming they bring the staff cool Australian
For those of you that don't know someone that has
been to a CMU event to see how amazing it is, the following
should help you with your decision. But, beware, when you come to
one you'll be counting down the days until the next one, and we
only do it every year and a half!
- The Mini 53 - Here's
the full printable story.
"Imagine a two-hour twisty cruise with 70-plus Minis,
followed by white water rafting, then another unique twisty
cruise... memories to last a lifetime. "
- The Mini 51 - Here's
the full printable story.
"As a follow-up to the landmark Mini 50, CMU surpassed
themselves with the Mini 51 "
"Everyone witnessed the truly unforgettable sight of the
endless line of Classic Minis twisting through the mountain curves."
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!!"
If that's not
enough, see our Mini
50 and Mini
In the middle of the three days of great drives and sight seeing, we're
offering something a little different and exciting. The Mini
brings a lot of great people together, so lets spend some up
close quality time on mountain bikes! Friday morning we will start with a cruise
on some beautiful back roads to
White Top Mountain and our lunch spot near Damascus, VA.
Following lunch, you will have the afternoon option. You can
continue on the afternoon cruise, yes, more fun roads
and beautiful scenery, or you can go on the Virginia
Creeper Trail. This is possibly the easiest,
prettiest mountain bike ride you will ever encounter. The 17
mile trail (almost all down hill), which is actually the
"retired" railway corridor of the Virginia -
Carolina Railroad, has become one of the most popular
bicycling trail destinations in the eastern United States.
With its gently descending grade and well-groomed surface,
lending itself perfectly to downhill adventures, the
Virginia Creeper Trail is an attractive mountain-bike ride
for cyclists and classic Mini enthusiasts of diverse abilities.
Chuck does the ride every year.
If Chuck can do it........
If you would like to
join in with others and make your trip to/from the Mini 54 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 50/51/53...... Forum
We're also on Facebook,
join in and stay in touch!
base our events at a campground with an affordable
hotel nearby. There is nothing like the campground
atmosphere for our nighttime activities. So far it has
been KOA all the way. Great locations and great
people. This KOA is the same... Unfortunately this one
isn't as big as some of the others we have stayed at,
so while there is plenty of room for tent campers and
motor homes, there are not that many cabins. The only
cabins available at this time are the primitive
cabins. These are great for the camping experience and
affordable. Call the KOA direct at 276-228-2601
for the pricing and additional information. They are giving
us a 20% discount, so mention CMU. Do this ASAP before the tourists take your spot!
Quality Inn and Suites,
is the most affordable, nicest, and closest hotel to the
KOA. We are calling
this the alternate hotel because everything happens/starts
at the KOA. This hotel will sell out fast! So,
book it ASAP. When it is full, let Mike
know and we'll work on Alternate Hotel part 2.
Expect that one to be more expensive. They are giving us a
of $49.99 for 2 Queens or a single King, Suites
are $69.99, and a Suite with a Jacuzzi is
$74.99. Call 276-228-4241
to make your reservations. Mention Classic Minis United
to get the discounted rate. Don't wait for the tourists to fill
the rooms up and do it before September 30, before
the prices go up. Note that the event is over Saturday
you'll probably want to check out on Sunday. Also note,
the drives will be leaving from the KOA, so be on time for
the DRIVERS MEETING.
(Avoid the penalties, loss of food and clothing, register now.)
cost is once again North America's biggest bang for the buck at $25pp
and $15 per Mini! Thank our sponsors and creative event staff
for keeping the cost soooooooo low! Please read the registration form
completely and fill in all of the blanks that apply to you. On time
peeps/Mini counts are VERY important to our final
planning/ordering, so get it right and please get it in ASAP. Registration
See the T-shirt HERE.
The long sleeve will look the same but the sleeves will be much
longer. The sweat shirt will look like the long sleeve T but it
will be much warmer. Anything that has long sleeves will have
"Classic Minis United" in white down the sleeve. The order information will be on the registration form...
Not yet Chuck....
NOTE: The swap meet is
Friday at 5:30. Please do not bring your parts for sale out until
then. We bring everybody together for one big swap meet. Thanks
for the schedule. Print it out and be on time or you'll miss a
Chuck, relax, October will be here soon!
If you would like to help
make this event once again the biggest and best event, 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 USA) to help make
the event happen to our standards, now we would like to embellish and
add to it. If you would like to support the Mini 54 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!.
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See their 400hp AWD Mini!
Special thanks to:
Rhonnie Guido XOXO
Rob and Gail Woelfle
Cruise Master Chuck Gaines
Cruise Master Mark Caldwell
Cruise Master Howard Collins
Scavenger Hunt Master Justin Handy
Jim Watson leaves no broken Mini behind!!
... and everybody else that's making this the BIGGEST
and best North American,
3 day Mini adventure!