Press release

THOUSANDS OF MINI OWNERS MOTOR INTO PITTSBURG AND COLUMBUS AS PART OF MTTS 2010

Woodcliff Lake, NJ,  August 6, 2010.

For Release: IMMEDIATE

Contact: Nathalie Bauters
MINI Communications Manager
201-930-3166
nathalie.bauters@miniusa.com

PFPR Communications
Yvonne Malmgren, 586-453-2912
yvonne.malmgren@pfpr.com

MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) has officially begun and thousands of MINI vehicles are making their way along the eastern route. The rally will stop August 7th - 9th in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio for special events and MINI-style fun.

"MTTS 2010 is our largest rally endeavor yet, and is sure to be a great experience for everyone involved," said Jim McDowell – Vice President, MINI USA. "MINI owners who are motoring along the route, and friends of the brand who meet us at rally stops, are guaranteed life-memorable experiences as well as new friendships and great stories to take back home."

MTTS rally participants will meet on August 7th at the Neomocolin Woodlands Resort, along the historic National Road - Route 40, for an informal Time-Speed-Distance rally on the way to Pittsburgh. A tour of the Nemocolin historic car museum and airplane hanger, ice cream, snacks and fun also await.

The rallying cars will "pit-stop" Saturday evening at the New Rivers Casino's exclusive Wheelhouse Lounge to enjoy an open buffet known as "The Allegheny," while trying their luck on the table games and slot machines. The evening's festivities are hosted by PittStop MINI Club.

On Sunday, August 8th, the rally continues its journey along the eastern route with an evening "pit-stop" at the MINI Financial Services Regional Services Center near Columbus for a fun-filled drive-in movie night. The featured film, "The Italian Job," will be enjoyed with snacks and beverages under the stars.

MTTS has steadily grown into a motoring enthusiast phenomenon since 2006, with this year's rally including "pit stops" for MINI owners at the legendary Indianapolis 500 Speedway and Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. MTTS caps off with a weekend-long festival in Denver, Colorado, August 13-15, 2010. This year's includes thousands of participants will motor 8,000 combined miles while traveling across 19 states.

Local Event Details:

The Nemocolin Woodlands Resort Time-Speed-Distance rally event takes place on August 7th from 11:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at the Nemocolin Woodlands Resort, 1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington, PA 15437.

The Night at the Rivers Casino event takes place on August 7th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Rivers Casino - 777 Casino Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
 

The MINI Drive-In Movie event takes place on August 8th from 8:30-11 p.m. at the MINI Financial Services Regional Services Center - 555 Britton Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026.
 

MINI in the US
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