Friday, April 30, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: MTTS 2010 Route Announced


Here we go - direct from MotoringFile - MINI Takes The States 2010:
The rally will begin in San Fransisco, Southern California, Chicago, New York and Atlanta and head to Denver. From the West, the rally heads south from San Francisco (sic) to meet up with the Southern California Rally. From the east, all Rallies will meet up in Indy before heading west.

MINI Takes the States Release On Your Mark! Get Set! RALLY! The 2010 MINI TAKES THE STATES route is official. After motoring across the country and leaving no stone unturned and no road untraveled, we are pleased to announce the official rally route to Denver for MINI TAKES THE STATES 2010.

In each of the 5 kickoff cities the festivities will begin with an exclusive MINI owner’s only MINI Countryman preview party, and other exciting activities as we rally from all points to the middle of the country (kinda’ sorta’). This summer’s event will not only bring the community together to celebrate owning a MINI but will also give owners and future owners the opportunity to preview the all new MINI Countryman, along every route.

Check out the routes by visiting the MTTS2010 on Facebook.

Get ready to rally.

IT’S A BIG COUNTRY. BE MINI.

West Coast

August 6-7, 2010 - San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA

August 7-8, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA to Phoenix, AZ

August 8-9, 2010 - Phoenix, AZ to Las Vegas, NV

August 9-10, 2010 - Las Vegas, NV to Salt Lake City, UT

August 10-11, 2010 - Salt Lake City, UT to Grand Junction, CO

August 11-12, 2010 - Grand Junction, CO to Winter Park, CO

August 12-13, 2010 - Winter Park, CO. to Denver, CO

East Coast

Start NY – August 5-6, 2010 - New York, NY to Washington, D.C.

August 6-7, 2010 - Washington, D.C. to Pittsburg, PA

August 7-8, 2010 - Pittsburg, PA to Columbus, OH

August 8-9, 2010 - Columbus, OH to Indianapolis, IN

Start Atlanta – August 7-8, 2010 - Atlanta, GA to Knoxville, TN

August 8-9, 2010 - Columbus, OH to Indianapolis, IN

Start Chicago – August 8-9, 2010 - Chicago, Il to Indianapolis, IN

August 8-9, 2010 - Knoxville, TN to Indianapolis, IN

August 9-10, 2010 - Indianapolis, IN to St. Louis, MO

August 10-11, 2010 - St. Louis, MO to Kansas City, KS

August 11-12, 2010 - Kansas City, KS to Dodge City, KS

August 12-13, 2010 - Dodge City, KS to Denver, CO

August 13-15, 2010 - Denver, CO

NorCal MINIs' Friday Upcoming Event Reminders

Buster's and Castello di Amorosa Tour


On Sunday, May 2, 2010, NorCal MINIs will motor to Buster's Southern BBQ for lunch and then on to Castello di Amorosa for a Tuscan Castle tour and wine tasting. Meet up at 9:30 a.m. at then MINI Dr. Chevron at 5200 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo, CA 94589. RSVP to your email invitation, add yourself as a Guest on our Calendar Of All Motoring Events or email us at info@norcalminis.com.


MINI Mania Nevada City Adventure


On Saturday, May 15, 2010, NorCal MINIs will go to MINI Mania's Nevada City Adventure. RSVP to your email invitation, add yourself as a Guest on our Calendar Of All Motoring Events or email us at info@norcalminis.com


Are You Ready For Some Baseball?


On Sunday, May 23, 2010, NorCal MINIs will attend the Oakland Athletics v. San Francisco Giants game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. We will arrive at 10:00 a.m. for a BYOB tailgate in the parking lot. The game starts at 1:05 p.m.Tickets are $12.00 ($10.00 ticket plus $2.00 Paypal charge) and must be purchased before May 1, 2010. Supplies are limited. Please use the Paypal button to purchase your tickets. Don't hesitate. You snooze you lose.







NorCal MINIs' Hearst Castle Overnight


NorCal MINIs Hearst Castle Overnight is Saturday June 12 through Sunday, June 13, 2010. A Saturday morning run down Highway 1 through Big Sur to Cambria; a night at the San Simeon Pines Seaside Resort; a tour of Hearst Castle on Sunday morning, and a run home via Highway 101 after a late lunch in Paso Robles. Sound like fun? We've made it easy to participate but space is limited.



Please pay attention to the payment and reservation deadlines so there are no penalties.


ITINERARY


Saturday, June 12, 2010


We will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of Whole Foods at 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA.  (Please note that the Google Map location for 800 Del Monte Center is incorrect. Exit Highway 1 S at Soledad Dr./Munras Ave. exit. Merge right onto Munras Ave. and make the first right on Del Monte Center and the parking lot is on the right.)

8:30 a.m. - Depart Del Monte Center - Bring a Picnic Lunch. We will stop at one of the State Day Use Areas in Southern Big Sur, Mill Creek or Sand Dollar Beach, for a leisurely lunch after conquering most of the Big Sur twisties.

3:00 p.m. - Check-in at the San Simeon Pines Seaside Resort This is a quaint older resort on Cambria's Moonstone Beach with fireplaces, a heated pool, a private beach and a very small par 3 golf course (Bring a 7, 9, wedge and putter. That's all the clubs you will need to play.) We have reserved a block of 15 king bed with Fireplace rooms at the special rate of $120/night, not including tax (with tax $133.20). NO PETS PERMITTED.

YOU MUST BOOK YOUR ROOM DIRECTLY WITH THE RESORT BY CALLING 866-927-4648 AND REFERRING TO RESERVATION NO. B0329300N BEFORE MAY 11, 2010.
(More rooms may become available however, there are no guarantees once these rooms are gone. If you cancel you must do so before May 29, 2010 to avoid charges.)

7:00 p.m. - Dinner reservations will be made for Linn's of Cambria. After dinner we will retire to the Resort for a Rum Tasting evening (BYOB.)

Sunday, June 13, 2010 


9:30 a.m. - Breakfast (included with the room at the Resort.)

9:45 a.m. - Depart Resort for Hearst Castle.

10:10 a.m. - Arrive Hearst Castle.

10:30 a.m. - Hearst Castle Tour. We have reserved for a group of 30 the 10:30 a.m. tour (this requires us to be there by 10:10 a.m.) The tour starts with a 40 minute film and is followed by a 55 minute walking tour that starts at 11:10 a.m., covers approximately 2/3 miles and a total of 170 stairsteps, and is complete at 1:05 p.m. For those with accessibility issues, an accessibly designed tour will start at after the movie at 11:20 a.m. and complete at about 1:20 p.m. If you will need to book the accessibility tour make sure you tell us when you pay for your reservation. We were able to get the following discounted group prices for the tour:

$21.60 + Paypal/Ticket charge of $2.00 = $23.60 per adult ticket
$10.80+ Paypal/Ticket charge of $2.00 = $12.80/minor (6-17 years old) ticket.


Use this Paypal Button to purchase your tickets.



Hearst Castle Tour Tickets


YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR TOUR TICKETS NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2010.

1:30 p.m. - Leave Hearst Castle

2:15 p.m. - Lunch at Good Ol' Burgers, 1145 24th Street, Paso Robles, CA and then Highway 101 North.

Don't delay.  NorCal MINIs' overnights sell out quickly!

Efficient Driving Of A MINI Cooper Diesel And Other Cars



[Source: GreatCarsCoUK @ YouTube]

Only A Few Hours Left To Buy A Golden Porsche 911

Available on eBay with a starting bid of £275,000.00 (approximately $420,000 US).




[Source: via CarDomain blog]

Cost Of Yokohama Tires To Increase 8%

If you are thinking of buying a set of Yokohama tires you should act quickly. Yokohama announced that it will increase the price of its tires by 8% beginning June 1, 2010.

[Source: The Auto Channel]

Booth Babes of the Beijing Motor Show

Jalopnik posts an extensive photo gallery from the Show.

34% Say Their Next Car Will Run On Alternative Fuels

Automotive Digest synopsizes greencarreports.com's discussion of a Braun Research survey for Capital One Auto Finance that found that most think their next car will be more fuel efficient and smaller.

MINI Countryman With A BMW 2.0 Diesel Engine

MotoringFile discusses Bigblogg's peak under the hood of a diesel MINI Countryman that discovered a BMW 2.0 engine in the engine bay.

That Will Deter Men From Parking There


[Source: urlesque.com]

Interview With The Electric Bimmer Man

Automobile Magazine interviews Rich Steinberg. Manager of BMW/MINI Electric Vehicle Operations & Strategy, about the MINI-E and the future for BMW electric vehicles.

How Much Gas Do You Consume?


Thursday, April 29, 2010

JCW Chases A Cooper S At The MINI Driving Experience



[Source: momentummini @ YouTube]

Consumer Reports Reviews The MINI Cooper Convertible



[Source: consumerreports @ YouTube]

New Source For Classic Mini Bumpers And Bonnet Bars

Xpart, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Logistics Services UK Limited, is now making new front and rear bumpers and bonnet bars for the Classic MINI. The bonnet bars are made from stainless steel using MG Rover original tooling, while the stainless steel bumpers are manufactured with modern production methods.

[Source: autoevolution]

Lady Traffic Barrel Monster Spotted Near Kansas City

[Source: Jalopnik]

The Miss Tuning 2010 Finalists

modifiedcars.com has a complete high resolution photo gallery of this year's 20 Miss Tuning 2010 finalists.

Ontario MINI Club Rally Foiled By Police

The Ontario MINI Club holds a charity rally on a road nicknamed the “Rattler” and let the police know that there would be a large group of MINI’s driving the road as part of the event. The police used this information to set up a speed trap and notified the local television channel to show up. The police pulled over the entire procession, gave some drivers speeding tickets, impounded vehicles and notified the Canadian equivalent of Child Family Services of any adults who had children in their vehicle. Full coverage, part 1 and part 2, is available at theGarageBlog.

[Source: via MotoringFile]

Backing Into The Parking Space May Not Be A Good Idea

Bad day for this driver in the parking garage of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Bank Of America.

[Source: Jalopnik]

BMW To Embrace Carbon Fiber Throughout Its Line-up

BMW announced that the 2013 MegaCity will incorporate lots of carbon fiber to reduce weight and that BMW plans to use carbon fiber across its lineup. To satisfy this demand for carbon fiber BMW is building a $100 million carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Washington state in association with SGL Group.

[Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) via egmCarTech]

You Pay On Average $335 For Pothole Damage

According to a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group it costs motorists an average of $335 each year to repair pothole damage to their vehicles. Collectively, that is $67 billion dollars annually. The Research Group found that 45 percent of the roads in the United States, for a total of 150,000 miles of road, are in poor, mediocre or fair condition and 12% of all bridges have structurally deteriorated. The report found the road in best condition were in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Montana and Nevada while the worst roads were in Alaska, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont and California.

[Source: via Wired's Autopia]

Women Stay In Love With Their Cars Longer Than Men

A survey of 2,500 drivers by Lease Trader discovered that "the 'honeymoon period' for a man and his car is four months, compared to 14 months for women. Most men consider the honeymoon over when they start parking their car around other cars, women when they let their spouses drive." Here is the full list of what the survey found when men and women were asked when the "honeymoon period" ends:



Men:

Parks around other cars (33%)
Starts transporting sports equipment (22%)
Less frequent car cleaning (17%)

High-payment starts to bother them (12%)
Stops using gas mileage button (7%)

No more fights over who drives during long trips (3%)

Other (6%)

Women:


Lets spouse finally drive car (39%)
Starts car-pooling other kids (24%)
Started eating in car (12%)
Puts makeup on while driving (9%)

Leaves clothes in car (6%)

Starts smoking in car (2%)

Other (8%)

[Source: via Jalopnik]

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MINIs Sunbathe In Giant Bikinis


[Source: 999channel @ YouTube]

Evolution Of The MINI-E


[Source: remoarun2u @ YouTube]

Inside The MINI-E At Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Here, courtesy of YouCarPress and Autopia, is a minute of what it was like to be inside the MINI-E when it recently ran Nürburgring-Nordschleife.


Japanese Drifter Thwarts Purse Snatcher



[Source: via CarDomain blog]

Kids Think Mom Drives Better Than Dad

autoevolution discusses the GEM Motoring Assist poll that included responses of 1,279 children. The kids said their fathers drive too fast, are more aggressive and lose their temper quickly when driving. Their mothers were less likely to suffer from road rage, don’t switch lanes at speed in order to avoid traffic jams and are more tolerant of other motorists but are more likely to stall the car or find it hard to park. Overall, they rate their mothers as better drivers than their fathers.

Stolen A Car Recently?

Automobiles and the Environment

Sign Doesn't Instill Confidence That It Will Be Done Right

{Source: FailBlog via Jalopnik]

A MINI Cooper JCW GP At Nurburgring

Watch as the GP passes multiple Porsche GT3s at Nurburgring courtesy of frigo1966 @ YouTube and MotoringFile.


The Best iPhone Applications For Your Car

Breakdown Cover has assembled a list of 26 of the best iPhone Applications for your car. The list includes some awesome apps. If you own an iPhone it is well worth checking out.

MINI Clubman Named One Of the Top Ten City Cars

MSN Autos includes the MINI Cooper Clubman in its list of the top ten "Pure City Cars." It also offers a video review of the Clubman.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"So They Packed Up The Truck And Moved To Beverly . . ."

[Source: You Drive What?]

How Long Do Vinyl Graphics Last?

MotoringFile discusses this very issue in response to questions from its readers. It also provides some tips on taking care of vinyl graphics so they will last longer.

The Fake Blown Engine Prank



[Source: via CarDomain Blog]

Emerging Automotive Technology - Camber Tires

Automobile tested camber tires, an innovation produced by inventor John Scott. The new camber tires, with suspension modifications, provided quieter running, reduced tread wear, more predictable response during emergency maneuvers, increased track width, improved handling, braking, and high-speed stability, improved straight-line steering and superior performance during oval track racing.

Do We Need "Do Not Honk" Laws?

Some think so according to comments made to The New York Times.

Haystack MINI Countryman

[Source: Jalopnik]

Top 10 Mechanic's Scams

AskMen.com lists the top 10 scams mechanics try to pull to make more money - from premature brake and rotor replacement to premature spark plug replacement. How many have been tried on you?

Wish I Had Parents Like That

This comes from the Dutch Daily News and we don't know what to make of it. A 20 year old son borrows his parents' Bugatti Veyron (first of all, how many of you have parents who own a Bigatti Veyron? The car goes for almost $2.5 million and can travel at one third the speed of sound. Second, who lets their 20 year old son borrow it?) He gets pulled over for doing approximately 100 mph in a 50 mph zone by Dutch police. Consequently, son lost his license and under Dutch law seized the Bugatti. Get the feeling Mom and Dad may be a tad angry (and poorer?)

Car And Driver Previews The 2011 MINI Coupe/Roadster

Car And Driver synopsizes its information on the vehicles. Power will range from 172 to 208 hp. The main competition are the Audi TT and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The cars are expected to start at $27,000 and will be available in early 2011. The Roadster and Coupe are part of Car And Drivers' list of "25 Cars Worth Waiting For."

Lawnmower Land Speed Record Attempt

The current record of 80 mph was set in 2006 by Bobby Cleveland on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The classification is strict. The lawnmowers must be stock riding mower engines with stock gearboxes and must retain the ability to cut grass. Project Runningblade hopes to break the record and go 100 mph at the Pendine Sands on the weekend of May 22-23.




[Source: Jalopnik]

Monday, April 26, 2010

Expected To Find This Plate On A MINI. Wrong!

[Source: via Jalopnik]

Updated Future Of MINI Roadmap

Here is what MotoringFile sees as the progression of products from MINI for the next five years:

2010

2011

  • R60 North American Launch (March)
  • R58 Roadster Worldwide Launch (Late Spring)
  • R59 Coupé Worldwide Launch (Summer)

2012

  • R56 Limited Edition JCW (only a rumor at this point)
  • R60 SpaceBox (only a rumor at this point)

2013

2014

2015

  • MINI Moke based on the R60 (only a rumor at this point)

Ooops! South San Francisco

South San Francisco has been told to pay at least $250,000 by the San Mateo County Superior Court to cover the administrative costs of processing $3 million worth of red light camera citation refunds required because the city failed to properly ratify its contract with American Traffic Solutions, the  automated ticketing company which issued 6,800 tickets between August 14, 2009 and February 28, 2010, declared invalid by the court.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

PSA May Or May Not Be Involved In Next Generation MINI

Automobile writes that it does not look like the BMW - PSA (Peugeot/Citroen) Partnership will get any closer. The present MINI four cylinder engine is a result of the partnership, but, based on comments by BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer, while PSA might be involved in R&D or the upcoming 3-cylinder engine, but, closer convergence with BMW products is likely. Automobile also reports that the BMW PSA joint Project i team has come up with a MINI branded "metro scooter"
that they say will out perform other electric scooters in the market. No date has been set for its debut or release.

Not So Smart Car Driver Attempts A J-Turn

You know, the kind of turn where you skid around in reverse and then take off in the opposite direction? Well, it is not a good idea to try that in a Smart Car (although we've done it in a MINI with no problems) and here is documentation of the reason why -




[Source: via CarDomain Blog]

Metro Wannabe

[Source: You Drive What?]

Interested In Getting A JCW World Championship 50 Car?

They will be scarce. This is a limited edition car. Only 250 are scheduled to be made and only 50 are coming to the U.S. Why is it so special? It is the ultimate OEM MINI track car.

You can own one and, if you are a NorCal MINIs member, you will even get a discount according to MINI of Concord which reports to us that they will receive at least one WC. 


If you are interested contact Jason Krupa at Tel. No. (925) 685-6464, Fax No. (925)676-0731, Toll Free No. 1(866) 997-9700, or at e-mail jason@miniofconcord.com.

You better hurry. This MINI is very special and is not going to last long. Here is the list of options and accessories:

Exclusive non-metallic British Racing Green (will not be offered on any other MINI)

Pepper White Roof

Signed Pepper White Bonnet Stripes

John Cooper Works Aero Kit

Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser

Additional Driving Lights w/Black Housing

Bi-Xenon Lights w/Black Interior

Numbered Edition Side Scuttle Finishers

Carbon Fibre Mirror Caps

Carbon Fibre Bonnet Scoop

Carbon Fibre Tailgate Lift Handle

Cross-Spoke Challenge Alloy Wheels in Jet Black

Full Leather Piped Seat in Carbon Black w/Red Piping

Alcantara John Cooper Works Steering Wheel

Carbon Fibre Facia Finishers

Signed Facia Plaque

Carbon Fibre Door Grip

Gear Shift & Handbrake Gaiters w/Red Stitching

Floor Mats w/Red Edging

Blacked out Headlamps

Sport suspension

[Photo Credit: MotoringFile]

Why? Oh Why?

. . . would you do this to an MG Midget and then sell it on Craigslist?

[Source: Hooniverse]

The BMW Audi Billboard Wars

This 10 ft. by 50 ft. BMW billboard is set atop the showroom of one of the biggest Audi dealerships in Hong Kong. Did you notice the MINI?

[Source: BMWBlog]

20th Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Was A Blast!

Thank you to all NorCal MINIs members who attended! This should definitely be an annual event for us. Send us your pictures at info@norcalminis.com and we will add them to the slideshow!


Friday, April 23, 2010

NorCal MINIs' Friday Event Reminders

Pacific Coast Dream Machines


NorCal MINIs is going to Pacific Dream Machines on Sunday, April 25, 2010. The event features 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world's coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage buses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays. The 20th annual show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport. The show benefits the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $10 for age 11-17 and 65+, and free for kids age 10 and under. Tickets are available at the gate only. RSVP to your email invitation or email us at info@norcalminis.com.

Buster's and Castello di Amorosa Tour


On Sunday May 2, 2010, NorCal MINIs will motor to Buster's Southern BBQ for lunch and then on to Castello di Amorosa for a Tuscan Castle tour and wine tasting. Meet up at 9:30 a.m. at then MINI Dr. Chevron at 5200 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo, CA 94589. RSVP to your email invitation, add yourself as a Guest on our Calendar Of All Motoring Events or email us at info@norcalminis.com.


MINI Mania Nevada City Adventure


On May 15, 2010, NorCal MINIs will go to MINI Mania's Nevada City Adventure. RSVP to your email invitation, add yourself as a Guest on our Calendar Of All Motoring Events or email us at info@norcalminis.com


Are You Ready For Some Baseball?


On Sunday, May 23, 2010, NorCal MINIs will attend the Oakland Athletics v. San Francisco Giants game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. We will arrive at 10:00 a.m. for a BYOB tailgate in the parking lot. The game starts at 1:05 p.m.Tickets are $12.00 ($10.00 ticket plus $2.00 Paypal charge) and must be purchased before May 1, 2010. Supplies are limited. Please use the Paypal button to purchase your tickets. Don't hesitate. You snooze you lose.





NorCal MINIs' Hearst Castle Overnight


NorCal MINIs Hearst Castle Overnight is Saturday June 12 through Sun., June 13, 2010, A Saturday morning run down Highway 1 through Big Sur to Cambria; a night at the San Simeon Pines Seaside Resort; a tour of Hearst Castle on Sunday morning, and a run home via Highway 101 after a late lunch in Paso Robles. Sound like fun? We've made it easy to participate but space is limited. This opportunity is first being offered to 2010 NorCal MINIs' members. Spots that remain after April 30, 2010 will be made available to the greater MINI community on a first come first served basis. Members will receive an email invitation. If you do not, just write us at info@norcalminis.com.

Here's the itinerary.


Please pay attention to the payment and reservation deadlines so there are no penalties.


ITINERARY


Saturday, June 12, 2010


We will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot in front of Whole Foods at 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA.  (Please note that the Google Map location for 800 Del Monte Center is incorrect. Exit Highway 1 S at Soledad Dr./Munras Ave. exit. Merge right onto Munras Ave. and make the first right on Del Monte Center and the parking lot is on the right.)

8:30 a.m. - Depart Del Monte Center - Bring a Picnic Lunch. We will stop at one of the State Day Use Areas in Southern Big Sur, Mill Creek or Sand Dollar Beach, for a leisurely lunch after conquering most of the Big Sur twisties.

3:00 p.m. - Check-in at the San Simeon Pines Seaside Resort This is a quaint older resort on Cambria's Moonstone Beach with fireplaces, a heated pool, a private beach and a very small par 3 golf course (Bring a 7, 9, wedge and putter. That's all the clubs you will need to play.) We have reserved a block of 15 king bed with Fireplace rooms at the special rate of $120/night, not including tax (with tax $133.20). NO PETS PERMITTED.

YOU MUST BOOK YOUR ROOM DIRECTLY WITH THE RESORT BY CALLING 866-927-4648 AND REFERRING TO RESERVATION NO. B0329300N BEFORE MAY 11, 2010.
(More rooms may become available however, there are no guarantees once these rooms are gone. If you cancel you must do so before May 29, 2010 to avoid charges.)

7:00 p.m. - Dinner reservations will be made for Linn's of Cambria. After dinner we will retire to the Resort for a Rum Tasting evening (BYOB.)

Sunday, June 13, 2010 


9:30 a.m. - Breakfast (included with the room at the Resort.)

9:45 a.m. - Depart Resort for Hearst Castle.

10:10 a.m. - Arrive Hearst Castle.

10:30 a.m. - Hearst Castle Tour. We have reserved for a group of 30 the 10:30 a.m. tour (this requires us to be there by 10:10 a.m.) The tour starts with a 40 minute film and is followed by a 55 minute walking tour that starts at 11:10 a.m., covers approximately 2/3 miles and a total of 170 stairsteps, and is complete at 1:05 p.m. For those with accessibility issues, an accessibly designed tour will start at after the movie at 11:20 a.m. and complete at about 1:20 p.m. If you will need to book the accessibility tour make sure you tell us when you pay for your reservation. We were able to get the following discounted group prices for the tour:
$21.60 + Paypal/Ticket charge of $2.00 = $23.60 per adult ticket
$10.80+ Paypal/Ticket charge of $2.00 = $12.80/minor (6-17 years old) ticket.


Use this Paypal Button to purchase your tickets.



Hearst Castle Tour Tickets


YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR TOUR TICKETS NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2010.
We cannot assure space on the tour for any payment made after May 15, 2010.

1:30 p.m. - Leave Hearst Castle

2:15 p.m. - Lunch at Good Ol' Burgers, 1145 24th Street, Paso Robles, CA and then Highway 101 North.
Don't delay.  NorCal MINIs overnights sell out quickly!