So many miles. So many logistics. So many questions!
We've compiled a list of some of the most asked questions from MINI enthusiasts who are captivated by the idea of a cross-country rally, and supplied the answers right here.
Q. WHAT IS MINI TAKES THE STATES?
A. MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) is a consumer based loyalty event that will simultaneously kick-off in Orlando, FL and Portland, OR on Saturday, July 14, 2018 and converge at Keystone Resort in Colorado on Friday, July 20 where a weekend of activities, awesome drives and unique experiences await. MINI owners will rally across the country stopping only to sleep and eat while having the time of their lives along the way. It's the seventh biennial MINI road rally and it's sure to be yet another unforgettable experience.
Q. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN MTTS?
A. Owners and future owners from all over the country are invited to participate, however you have to drive a MINI in the rally. Owners can drive one or multiple legs of the route or go all the way. Future owners can test drive our MINI family of vehicles at a local MINI dealer.
Q. HOW DO I REGISTER?
A. Registration will open through MINITAKESTHESTATES.com on April 3, 2018.
Q. IS THERE A FEE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MTTS RALLY?
A. Yes, there is a tiered pricing structure to participate in MTTS. The fee is per person and is non-transferable and non-refundable. You are welcome to join us for just a few stops or rally the full route. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Children 12 and under are free.
Q. WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE FEE?
A. Paid registration will include access to all MTTS events based on the ticket type purchased. Typically MINI provides a grab 'n go breakfast each morning. New this year, all evenings will be on own, allowing you the flexibility to experience the drives at your own pace without time pressure to get to the next city. MTTS participants should expect to cover all supplementary costs associated with their participation in the program. This includes items such as hotels, gas, food and other incidentals.
As always, a portion of the proceeds from each registration fee will be donated to the official MTTS charity partner.
Q. HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I REGISTER AT ONCE?
A. You can register up to four people all at one time for the MTTS rally. If you need to register more than four you should create a separate registration with a different email address. Registration is not transferable. A separate registration must be made for each individual joining the rally.
Q. WHAT IS THE AGENDA FOR EACH RALLY LOCATION?
A. This year we're bringing MTTS back to what matters most - the drive. Each day will begin with a Rise & Rally morning event at a designated meeting point. A light breakfast and refreshments will be available and we will share a suggested rally route and information about MINI Mile Markers along the way.
Check back regularly at MINITAKESTHESTATES.COM for event details and updates.
Q. WHERE SHOULD I STAY?
A. You are responsible for your accommodation arrangements and may stay wherever you wish. A list of suggested hotels in Portland, Orlando and Keystone will be provided on MINITAKESTHESTATES.com once available. These locations will range in price and uniqueness, and will provide participants the opportunity to customize their experience.
Q. HOW CAN I LEARN ABOUT MTTS UPDATES?
A. Join the email list and check back on MINITAKESTHESTATES.com periodically to see what is new. You can also follow MINI USA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Q. IS MINI USA ASSISTING WITH VEHICLE TRANSPORT?
A. As there are so many different home locations, we recommend that attendees coordinate amongst themselves. A few car clubs and groups on Facebook are coordinating requests. MINI USA is not coordinating this effort on a national level.
Q. IS THERE A WAY TO CONNECT WITH PEOLE LOOKING TO RIDESHARE?
A. We recommend that attendees coordinate amongst themselves. A few car clubs and groups on Facebook are coordinating requests. MINI USA is not coordinating this effort on a national level.
Q. CAN I RENT A MINI AND PARTICIPATE?
A. Some car rental companies do have MINI vehicles in their fleet but there is no guarantee that if you book a MINI, you will get a MINI. MINI USA does not coordinate car rentals.
Q. WILL THERE BE A MTTS MERCHANDISE COLLECTION?
A. As always, MINI will offer a limited selection of items for sale to support the event. Look for the online sales site to go live when registration opens in April.
Q. WILL OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS BE INCLUDED FOR PARTICIPANTS AT THE STOPS?
A. All accommodations will need to be paid for by the individual for the duration of their participation in the MTTS program. Food will be included at MTTS Rise & Rally morning events and at the Colorado Weekend morning and evening events.
Q. WILL THERE BE AN MTTS EVENT APP?
A. Yes, the official MTTS event app will be available for download before MTTS hits the road.
Q. ARE PETS WELCOME AT MTTS?
A. You are welcome to bring your pet along for the ride, however please be aware not all venues or hotels accommodate pets. Participants must honor Service Animal Only policies and be cognizant that some event locations can be high-heat and uncomfortable for pets. Please refer to the Rally Schedule for event venue information and contact your chosen hotel for their pet policy.
Q. IS IT POSSIBLE TO JUMP FROM ONE ROUTE TO THE OTHER e.g. DALLAS (EAST) TO SANTA, FE (WEST)?
A. The rally was developed as two separate routes without cross-over. If you purchase an All Access Ticket, your credentials will work for both routes however, there will be limitations on information you are able to access through the event app as well as the route turn-by-turn directions.
Q. HOW AND WHEN WILL I KNOW WHAT ROUTE TO DRIVE EACH DAY?
A. In the spirit of true adventure, each day's turn-by-turn directions will be released the night before via the official MTTS 2018 MapQuest App. At the time of release, a PDF version of the route directions will also be made available through the MTTS Event App and MINITAKESTHESTATES.com should you prefer to print the directions or view them on your mobile device.
Q. CAN I OPERATE A DRONE AT MTTS EVENTS?
A. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests, MINI USA strictly prohibits the operation of or use of any unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as "Drones," on, from, or above MINI TAKES THE STATES 2018 premises, events or venues. This includes all UAVs regardless of size, weight, or purpose. The official MTTS photo and video crew is authorized to use drones in accordance with the FAA, local law enforcement and venue policies.
MINI TAKES THE STATES 2018
July 14 - July 22