TodayApril 16, 2022

MTTS2014 “It’s a boy and I’m going all the way” on Driving the Nation

They call themselves the Miniacs and they’re more like family than car owners. It’s not just a bunch of people traveling across the United States, it’s more like a circus and everything is game, including getting engaged and getting married.

The Miniacs put these facts together and let me share them with you;

5,142 Route miles driven
+ 18 States
+ 15 Cities
+ 15 Route Days
+ 7,822 Breakfast Burritos served
+ 19 Food Trucks
+ 78 Port a Johns
+ 8,364 Peeps handed out
+ 23 Speeding tickets received
+ 629 Prizes given out.
+ 1 Flash Mob
+ a couple of bumps and scrapes
+ Stats stolen )
+ 1000’s of very happy MINIacs.
+ 1 Wedding Sami Dallas
+ 1 Engagement Mike Marzo
+ 15 Todd Pearson morning jokes.
+ 475 people-250 minis made it the entire distance!

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 over 450 MINI owners making the trek all the way across the United States.

This is not cheap and it is time consuming. The owners are spending their own money, some say $5,000- $7,500 and they are taking their own vacation time, some over two weeks. But they love it and, according to the closed blog they all talk to each other on, they have already started planning to attend MTTS (MINI takes the States) 2016.

Here are some of the Miniacs talking about their cars, the name of the car, the sex of the car and how far they’re going.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.