The Villages - March 2022 - 20

Sports & Recreation
ONE BIG
MINI FAMILY
Some cars become known for their comfortability, others
for their performance and style. Rarely do you come across one
that has all three and more. When Sir Alec Issigonis designed
the earliest model of the Mini, or as we more famously know it
today, the Mini Cooper (later named after rally car racer John
Cooper), more than 50 years ago, it was designed around the
idea of a family vehicle. Little did he know this car would not
only become known as the perfect affordable family car, but it
would create a family nationally and internationally. A small,
yet significant example of this can be seen in The Villages.
" It's the only car that comes standard with friends, "
said club president Mark Amsden. " That's kind of the mini
philosophy. " This may be all too true.
The club started in 2008 with approximately only 24
members. It has become so popular that it has since grown
to a membership of 200, Amsden said. He stated that the
club's membership kept growing even during the Covid-19
Pandemic when meetings were on hold. Voted the second
most influential car of the 20th century in 1999 by a jury of
professionals at the Frankfurt Motor Show, its popularity boils
down to this: What it lacks in size, it makes up for in fun, speed
and comradery. Amsden and the club attend national events
that celebrate the Mini Cooper, such as the 19th annual Minis
on The Dragon.
Imagine the design for the world's scariest winding roller
coaster paved as a road for you to drive through beautiful
hill sides and scenic landscapes. From April 22nd to May 7th
will be the 19th annual Minis on the Dragon. Taking place in
Deals Gap, North Carolina, Mini Cooper owners will be able to
drive their car through at least 11 miles of road with a series
of over 300 " S " curves. It's the perfect event for those who not
only love the thrill of driving their Cooper, but are adrenaline
seekers overall.
" You drive, get out of your car, go to dinner with the group,
wake up in the morning early, you have breakfast, you drive, "
Mark recalls of his experience.
If that isn't enough of a thrill, Amsden also looks forward
to the much anticipated Mini Takes the States Rally. Starting
on July 9th and ending on July 17th, 2022. At the rally, Mini
owners partake in a communal eight-day drive through some
of the most scenic back roads of America.
IT'S THE ONLY CAR THAT
COMES STANDARD WITH
FRIENDS. THAT'S KIND OF THE
MINI PHILOSOPHY - Mark Amsden
20
MARCH 2022

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