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August's run is a joint run with our friends in Silicon Valley Club, co-hosted by James Schenck (SVM) & Simon Tidesley (NorCal MINI...
The Elephant Seal Run is on Saturday, January 24, 2009.
At 9:00 am meet up at the Pioneer Hotel located at 2925 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062
We will then head to Ano Nuevo State Reserve for a stop to view the seals ($7). You must purchase a ticket from Reserve America 800-444-4445 to go on the tour. Buy your ticket AFTER Nov 29th. But don't wait too long after that date to buy them - they sell out quick. Pick either the 11:00 am or 11:15 am tour. We will stop at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero for a late lunch.
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News to report: The 2009 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Convertibles were unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. You can review photographs and read about the tweaks to the cars here.
Amazingly, MINI has bumped the base price of the MINI Cooper Convertible an astronomic $2,600.00 to $24,550.00 and the MINI Cooper S Convertible an incredible $2,050.00 to $27,450.00. So much for deflation! Man, for those prices you could get this and have money left over!
1. Gas sipping performance;
2. Easy parallel parking;
3. Inexpensive aftermarket mods that can kick it up a notch;
4. Customization options that allow us to MINIfy;
5. Go kart-like handling;
6. Auxiliary ports and I-pod docks;
7. Tire pressure monitors;
8. Steering wheel stereo controls;
9. Automatic climate control; and
10. All the fantastic people we have met in the MINI community.
So, tell us, what are you thankful for about your MINI?
From the Mercury News today:
"Q: Every weekday at 7:30 a.m. I take Highway 85 north to Highway 237 and exit at Fair Oaks Avenue. During this short commute, I frequently see a black Mini Cooper going well over the speed limit, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting people off, jumping in and out of the carpool lane even though he is alone in the car. I have seen many idiots on the road, but this guy scares me. Is there anything one can do to have a police car hang around the 85-237 interchange about 7:30 a.m. to catch this guy?
A: Sure is. Call 800-835-5247. There's little the California Highway Patrol can do for the occasional bad driver, but if someone is out there every day pulling stunts like this, at the same place every day, it's a different story. The CHP can alert beat officers if you can describe the time and where you see this driver, as well as the color and make of the car. You also provided the license plate number of the Mini Cooper, which I won't print, but police can use it."
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