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Classic Minis, great friends, and driving!
March 2 - 4, 2012
Kissimmee, Florida

This event is what happens when a bunch of classic Mini owners want to get together for a CMU style weekend! Named in appreciation for one of the most recognized classic Mini enthusiast in the world.
Big Al truly gets it!

It's the time of year when the northerners want to see some warmth and the southerners want to get together with the northerners and go for a nice long cruise! So, where better than Central Florida at Old Town in Kissimmee? It's located next to Orlando and all of the major theme parks. 

This will be a laid back weekend with no registration or fees, yes, that's the same as FREE! No goodie bags or awards, just Mini fun! The hotel listed below is located next to Old Town so everybody will be able to enjoy Old Town's Saturday Night Classic Cruise while only being a block away from the hotel. Afterwards, park your Mini back at the hotel and walk back for more fun! Look at the room prices and layout. Just like true CMU fashion, you can't beat the quality and price; especially if you share the spacious units with your friends.

Since there is no registration, we would appreciate a RSVP to mike@classicminis.org with a Mini and person count. From the response so far, this could be huge and we want to be ready for you! When you RSPV you will also get important updates on the event (more savings and coupons)!

While the Big Al Snowbird Classic falls under the CMU guidelines, this is not a CMU event. We just see that this is a GREAT opportunity to warm up the northerners and to get a lot of club members together for some fun before our Mini 53, which will be too much fun!.

Event T-shirts: If you want to fit in with the Mini crowd and have one of the event shirts, it's easy and FREE! Email mike@classicminis.org and ask for the GREAT Bob Cox artwork as seen above. Then make a color copy and tape/staple/glue it to your shirt!

You can even save BIG on Mini parts at Big Al's event!!! Mini Sport USA will be doing a group order and deliver the parts to the event. With the group shipping you will save a lot on the shipping while paying UK prices on the parts. Shop at Mini Sport USA and contact Mike with you order or questions. The deadline for orders is February 23.


Schedule - The most complete, tentative, schedule!
6:00 p.m. No registration, chilling, relaxing, seeing old friends with old Minis... 
6:45 p.m. We'll be leaving the hotel (Building O) for dinner at Ponderosa Steak House at 7:00. We have a room reserved in the back. Feel free to come straight there. It's about a block east of Old Town.
?:?? p.m. After dinner, visit the Old Town Muscle Car Cruise  and hang out by the pool, Building O.
7:00 - 9:00a.m. Breakfast across 1-92 at Sizzlin Grill, AUCE buffet, $5.49, includes drink. Tell them you are with the Big AL Mini event for the discount.
7:47 - 9:18a.m. Swap meet and no registration continues. Please don't look for the registration table.
9:19 a.m. Drivers meeting for the cruise. This will be located next to registration in the hotel parking lot. Look for the gaggle of Minis!
9:29 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.-ish We leave for a morning cruise, lunch in historic downtown Mount Dora, and a cruise back to the hotel.
3:20 pm: Line up to leave for Old Town.
3:30 pm: We head over to Old Town for the night! If you don't go over with the group, you might not be able to park with the group. We leave the hotel at 3:30!
6:30 pm: Dinner at Old Town. We have a group reservation at Kool Katz Grill and Pub (very front of Old Town)
7:00 - 9:00a.m. Breakfast across 1-92 at Sizzlin Grill, AUCE buffet, $5.49, includes drink. Tell them you are with the Big AL Mini event for the discount.
9:15 - 12:00a.m. Parking lot fun at the hotel in front of Building O. Timed and with a great prize..

12:01pm Go home and get ready for the Mini 53, the mutha of all North American Mini events!

Host Hotel

Celebration Suites website
5820 W. Hwy 192, Kissimmee, FL (407) 396-7900
First of all, note that the cut off date for the discounted price is February 24! OK, read on... Located next to Old Town, each of the suites sleep up to 6 people for just $67.75 (tax included). Get your friends together, share a suite and have some fun while saving some money. One of our CMU event scouts took a tour and reported: "It was very nice with a double size Murphy bed in the living room with a couch & TV. The kitchen was separate with a full fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, table & 4 chairs. Off the kitchen was the bathroom, & then a separate bedroom with two double beds dresser, TV & closet. It was nice & clean and would be great for six people to share."

You have to mention that you are with the Big Al Snowbird Classic to get the rate. Call the number above and make your reservation ASAP. There is a $50 incidental deposit required on arrival, so don't trash the place! Cancellations are to be made minimally 72 hrs. prior to the check-in date. If the guest fails to cancel prior to the 72 hrs. or is a no show, they will be charged for a one night's stay per cancelled or no show room. Check in      4 p.m., check out 11 a.m. If you want dishes, there's a one time $10.70 cost, otherwise bring your own.

RV Campground 
Tropic Palms Resort and Campground is located behind Old Town, near the host hotel.  If you bring your house with you, here's a place to park it! It's prime snowbird season so if you want a spot, get on the phone. Here's their website for more information and pricing. We didn't get an event price since we couldn't guarantee how many will be coming.

$0, in letters, that's "free."

Car show
Nope, nada, no way, no time! Feel free to look at the Minis throughout the weekend and at Old Town.

CMU guidelines...
Here is the part of the CMU guidelines that relate to this event. You can arrive in any type of vehicle, but only classic Minis and their variants produced from 1959-2000 can participate in the drives/cruises or anything else scheduled for the event. If you can't bring your Mini, or don't have one, we'll find you a ride in one. There are no exceptions, as our motto says, "Just classic Minis, no ifs, ands or butts."

Don't forget to RSVP to mike@classicminis.org

Special thanks to:
Big Al
Malcolm and Linda
Tow Joe
Bob Cox the artist!

Supported by our friends at:
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Our Guest of Honor and our host - Big Al


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