|By now you can
see that this is going to be a special 60's event. But to
complete the 60's Hippie theme we need some Flower Power!
Not to worry, we're having it when the beautiful mountain
flowers are starting to bloom. So, come join your Mini friends and
family on what looks to be an historic event!
(The Mini 50, Party
in the Smokies)
This year we are
going back to Cherokee,
NC for the base of our 3 day driving adventure.
It's located at the south entrance of the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park,
and at the beginning of the Blue
Ridge Parkway. 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. Of course we do
a lot more, read on!
international events are always based at a campground (with an overflow hotel close
by). With this location we'll be able to get almost everybody
staying at the
campground. The KOA campground we chose is huge! There is plenty
of everything from tent, RV, basic cabins, to hotel quality cabins
along the river. There's even a stocked trout pond! The only reason to stay at the alternate hotel is
that you tried booking the KOA too late! All of the drives
will start at the KOA.
Cool digs. Dig it?
See our last event at
The Mini Hippie Film Festival
Worldwide contest for
all CMU members!
1st Place $250
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $50
The Mini Hippie Film Festival
will be shown during the Hippie party Friday night!
Even if you can't make it to the event, you have a
chance to show off your short film and win some
Rules: Entries are open
to all Classic Minis United members around the world.
The entrant does not have to be present to enter. The
video entry is limited to 4 minutes and must have some
classic Mini content. Content doesnít have to have
anything to do with Hippies, itís just the Mini 56
theme. No offensive or obscene videos will be allowed.
Total festival time will be 1 hour 15 minutes. If more
videos are entered than the allowed Festival time
allows, CMU staff will judge the videos and choose the
top entries for the allowed time.
Judging: Everybody in
attendance will have a ballot to vote on their
favorite video. Winners will be announced at the
drivers meeting the following morning. The winners in
attendance will receive the cash award. Winners that
are not able to attend the Mini 56 will be notified
within 5 days and paid through Paypal.
Submission: Entries must be
received by March
13th. They need to be high quality as they will be
shown on a BIG screen. For submission options/formats,
contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 someoneís Mini if you come in something else.
We don't leave anybody behind!
- 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
CMU on FaceBook
If you would like to
join in with others and make your trip to/from the Mini 56 more enjoyable and safer
(parts and service help) go to our CMU Facebook page 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, and
your days as a real Hippie!...... Go HERE to
Cherokee/ Great Smokies KOA
Lodge (Moke not included.)
Imagine almost everybody being
able to stay at the campground, we're doing it again! From hotel
type rooms along the river that you can share with your
friends/family to tent spots, RV spaces and basic cabins,
this will be Hippie Mini Town USA for a few days. Go HERE
for the pricing/contact and additional information. Do this ASAP before the tourists take your spot!
Alternate Hotel Hotel
Cherokee Lodge is the closest hotel (and nice)
to the KOA. Call them direct at 828-497-2226 and
say you are with Classic Minis United. The costs
per night, including taxes is $65.20 for
Wednesday and Thursday, and $76.25 for Friday
and Saturday. They are only able to hold a
handful of rooms, so book it fast or you'll be
way down the road or in a tent!
Important: New to CMU
As many of you can imagine, when you get 75-100 Minis in a
long line/cruise, things could happen. Due to the growing size of
the event, we took a close look at safety. We concluded, to keep
everybody informed at all times regarding road/traffic/Mini
problems during the drives, 2-way radios are now mandatory. Below
is an example of what we ran in to the last time in Cherokee. It
went from clear to this fog around a blind corner.
If you don't
have a radio with sub channels, you can rent one. The rental of a club radio/charger is
$15 for the event. The registration form will have place to order
the rental or to let us know that you have one. The club uses
channel 7 sub 9. If you
don't already have a radio and want to purchase one, we'll save
you some research and give you the magic answer away from all of
the misleading promises on the packages! It's all about power and
all of the "affordable" radios have the same amount. So,
here's the main difference to look for... You want a radio with
GMRS channels as they are about twice as powerful as the basic FRS
channels. Power is distance! Go to Amazon or Google and search for
"GMRS Radio" and start shopping. Most come in a set, so
split it with a Mini friend (make sure it has 2 chargers)! It's a safety
issue and the cost of a radio is nothing compared to what could
happen if you don't have one....... Please note that the radios
are for this purpose only, no chatter, no "Oh look a
From some of the members suggestions, we're going to try
something new at this event, two drive groups! Being at the rear
of a 75 Mini line means you're almost always trying to catch up.
But you put yourself back there so you could go slow... What to
do?!?! We'll have two drive groups that do the exact route, the
"Spirited" and the "Touring". There will be a
Cruise Master to lead each group. The Spirited group will leave
first and the Cruise Master of the Touring group will start
directly behind the last Mini of the front group. The difference
will be that the Touring Cruise Master will re-start the pace, a
little slower. The time difference to the lunch break and then
back to the camp should be around 15-30 minutes. This will be the
first try at this, so lets see how it works.
Now open, Register now!
Registration must be
received by 3-13-15 for all of the goodies and no late fees!
cost is once again North America's biggest bang for the buck at
and $15 per Mini! The price is the same for one day or all
three, so come for the entire event for one low fee! Thank our sponsors, members that donate to
the silent auction, and creative event staff
for keeping the cost soooooooo low! Go HERE
You can't have a Hippie event without Hippie shirts! This
year we have a stand out tie dye T-shirt and sweatshirt that has already had
members from around the world wanting one. Sure you can try to be
cool without one, but to be truly cool and totally groovy, you'll need at
least one! Friday will be the official Hippie Day, as we will have
a spot for group photos and you'll already be half dressed for the
party at night! Along with a great look, the
quality is second to none as member Ron Jernigan of Sussex
Screen Printing will be
printing them. Order them on the registration form before the
deadline to make sure you get one. Note, there will be minimal
amounts for sale at the event, so pre-order them in time! NOTE:
The sweatshirts will be dyed to "match" the T-shirts.
BUT, we have to sell 24 to get them made. If you order one and we
don't make the 24 minimum you'll get a refund. Order two so we can
get them! Stay warm while looking cool!
If you want a shirt/sweatshirt, but can't make
it to the event, go HERE
to order them. Due to shipping, this is just for US addresses. The
deadline to receive your order is 3-13-15.
The Hippie Contest!
During the Friday night party we're going to have a best
dressed Hippie contest! Don't be shy, dig out your groovy threads
and win some great prizes! You can compete as a couple or by
yourself. The crowd will be the judge, so everybody will be
involved and have a great time. Start getting it together
now! Mini Sport USA will be supplying the prizes.
Note please keep all of your
"parts for sale" hidden until the swap meet!
The following is an overview description...
Everything is at or starts at the KOA. Look for signs.
Wednesday: Registration at night, please try to
Thursday: Early registration. Day drive to be
announced. Following dinner on your own, we'll have our traditional ice cream
Friday: Early registration. Seasoned Cruise Master Chuck Gaines will
lead a full day cruise that will be a good mix of
driving, stopping, sightseeing, and eating. Then for the evening,
a swap meet, beer tasting, and a silent auction, before the
catered dinner. Following dinner will be the best dressed
Saturday: Early registration. Day drive to be
announced. Then we'll
all meet back at the campground for some
story telling, relaxing, and goodbyes around the
Sunday: Head home and think about how much fun you
had while dreaming about the Mini 57 in October 2016!
If you would like to help
make this event the biggest and best event ever, we could use your
support. We kept the entry costs down so everybody
can afford it, we have 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. Many of our members bring Mini and non-Mini items for
the silent auction! (Note, let us know ahead ASAP if you are
bringing something so we can add you to the "Thanks"
list!) Or if you would like to support/sponsor the Mini 56 with either
cash or merchandise (for an auction or giveaways) please click HERE for more information.
Sand blasted mugs donated by Dave at Sign Masters for the silent
Support the club and the event; Bring something for the silent
Their logos are
links, visit them and see some great Mini stuff!
Fort Walton Beach
Special thanks to:
Rob and Gail Woelfle
Cruise Master Chuck Gaines
Cruise Master Mike Ehinger
Cruise Master Mike Guido
Malcolm and Linda Ward - Silent Auction
Laurence & Janice Vooght - Help All
Jim Watson leaves no broken Mini behind!!
... and everybody else that's making this the
coolest, grooviest, North American
3 day Mini adventure!
to the silent auction.
Grant Freeman (Australia!)
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