David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving on the eve of the start of MINI takes the States 2014.

MINI is expecting 900 MINI owners partying every night across the country and there are 450 MINI owners making the trek all the way across the United States and so is David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. What is Duncan’s favorite part of the trip?

The MINI convoy has been crisscrossing the United States, every other year, since 2006. How did this event start?

The MINI Countryman just topped J.D. Power’s APEAL survey for the small SUV, which measures how much owners like their new vehicles. What does that say to Duncan about how big MINI can go?

MINI charges an event registration fee to each participant. According to the MINI USA website, all proceeds from that registration fee goes to a charity. This year best friends animal society has been chosen as the charity. “The MINI community is very pet-friendly so we are proud to partner with Best Friends Animal Society who runs the nations largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals,” said David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas. “Over the years we’ve seen many four-legged co-pilots on MINI TAKES THE STATES so this partnership is a natural fit for both our organization and the community.”

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. When Best Friends began in 1984, some 17 million animals died every year in America’s shelters, simply for not having homes. Today, that number is down to about 4 million. That’s incredible progress, but it also means that more than 9,000 wonderful dogs and cats are still losing their lives every day.