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  1. We will be listing some upcoming events early next week, We try for a drive (Run) at least once a month. You will see them listed on the calendar here in the forum, and also posted on our facebook page. There will be an option to RSVP, we ask you do so we have a general idea how many people to will be attending. With current state guidance, we just ask everyone to be flexible. I will often do about an hour of driving, then a lunch stop, followed by another hour of driving, ending somewhere people can socialize. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

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  2. Event Title: Beat the Rays Tinting Event

    Event Date: 07/18/2020 12:00 AM to 07/19/2020 12:00 AM

    Event Address: 2 William Albert Way, Lovettsville, Virginia, 20180, United States

    RSVP on the event here: Beat the Rays Tinting Event

    We are excited to announce another event: Do to a large interest we will be hosting a Tint Event on July 18th with the ability to add an additional day on the 19th. We can support 6 slots per day, meaning we have up to 12 spots available. This event will be held in Lovettsville, VA. Pricing will be posted shortly.

    You will be able to signup for spots in the follow order: Once the prices are posted MINIs of paid members will have 2 days to reserve a spot, then MINIs of none paid members for 2 days, and finally any remaining spots will be open to non MINIs.

    Please fell free to post any question in the comments or reach out directly to @1975_mini


    • 2 door MINI (2 door hatch, Cabrio, Coupe, Roadster, Paceman): $165 for High Performance or Film $265 for Ceramic Film
    • 4 door MINI (4 door hatch, Countryman, or Clubman) $185 for High Performance or $285 for Ceramic.



    Types of tint film available

    • High Performance: a professional quality metallized window film that provides maximum heat rejection and aesthetic appeal.
    • Ceramic: Unlike standard films, it is not made of metal, nor is the film dyed to be a darker shade. ... Instead, the film is imbued with small, ceramic-based nanoparticles

                            ***Please research the differences as the both may have pros and cons based on your needs***


    Spots will be filled below a they are filled please see availability below



    0800:  Celeste (F55)          

    0930:  Eli (BRZ)                                       

    1100: Michael (pickup)                                               

    1230-1330: Lunch Break                


    1500:  Steve (R56)                           

    1630: Lauren (R56)

    Reserving a Spot

    1. Paid members will can reserve a spot now by requesting a spot via the "tint party reservation" thread in the clubhouse page on the forum.
    2. Non-paid Member will be able to reserve spots starting July 5th by sending a message to @1975_mini with your contact information (email or cell)
    3. Non-MINI vehicles will be allowed to reserve spots beginning July 10th by sending a message to @1975_mini with your contact information (email or cell)

    ***Do not reserve a spot unless you will be attending, no shows are unacceptable***

    RSVP on the event here: Beat the Rays Tinting Event

  3. Event Title: Virtual Board Meeting

    Event Date: 06/27/2020 02:00 PM to 06/27/2020 03:30 PM

    Event Address:

    RSVP on the event here: Virtual Board Meeting

    All the June Board Meeting will be virtual. Please send any agenda items you may have to @Brandy_Brown by Wednesday evening she will post the agenda Thursday. @wyretrip @CHILLIN @1975_mini @SneakyBaron @BendersMINI The dail-in information is located below.


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    RSVP on the event here: Virtual Board Meeting

  4. Event Title: Eastbound 'N' Down Run

    Event Date: 07/12/2020 12:00 AM

    Event Address:

    RSVP on the event here: Eastbound 'N' Down Run


    It time to announce our next run the Eastbound ‘N’ Down Run. Many of our run explore the great views and roads to the west; while this time, we are seeing what the east has to offer. We will be meeting at the National Harbor and departing southeast exploring the back roads of southern Prince George’s and Charles County before crossing into Virginia for our lunch break. After lunch, we will follow winding roads through King George, Stafford, and Prince William county until reaching our ending point in Manassas.

    Starting Point: Tanger Outlets National Harbor 6800 Oxon Hill Rd, National Harbor, MD 20745 (see parking location on map below

    Lunch Stop: Dickey’s BBQ Pit, 15411 Dahlgren Rd, King George, VA 22485

    End Point: The Winery at Bull Run https://www.wineryatbullrun.com/ (bring your blanket we will be sitting on the lawn)

    Schedule of events:

    1000: Driver's Meeting

    1015: Wheels up

    1115: Lunch Stop

    1215: on the road again

    1315: Pitstop (bathroom break)

    1345 Let's roll

    1445 Final Destination


    Harbor Parking.jpg


    RSVP on the event here: Eastbound 'N' Down Run


  5. Well I finally got around to replacing the suspension on Watson. It was a much bigger PITA then switching out coil overs on the modern MINI. 

    It took about 8 hours spread over a fewer days, a few detours along the way included removing the gas tank in the boot to access the top strut bolt and disconnecting brake lines in the front to remove the radius pins in the upper control arms.

    you can see in the photos that the rubber cones (springs) had compressed more than an inch and the struts did not really resist or rebound. So all new cones, adjustable trumpets to adjustable ride height and weight balance, and bilstein struts all around.







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  6. We did a final check of key points on the route for tomorrow. We had to shift the lunch stop location due to bathroom accessibility. We will now be having are picnic stop at the C&O canal park in Brunswick, MD (address is updated in the calendar post), this knocks 15 minutes off the first leg. Everything looks great for tomorrow. 

    Many people’s MINIs have been sitting so be sure you check your fuild levels, tires, etc... today. 

    there is a gas station and Dunkin Donuts across from the start point if you need to fill up your MINI or yourself. 

    Driver’s meeting at 9:45, wheel up at 10:00

  7. They can be replaced, you will require a block out kit that cleans up the dask integrated controls that @TGGRRR (Ali) is mentioning. 

    Are the good? That is a personal opinion I am not really a fan of the look of any of the kits that allow you to put a head unit in. There are some android kits that blank all the lower control and replace the speedo with a setup like the nav screen operating everything like a modern touch screen. 

    I do not know of anyone that has done this conversion or done the research on reviews. 

  8. 2 minutes ago, David Close said:

    Sure can you send me some details 

    Here is the link 


    You can find club events on the calendar by selecting "browse" at the top of the home page and then calendar or through the events string in the forum.


  9. Event Title: Cabin Fever Run

    Event Date: 06/07/2020 12:00 AM

    Event Address:

    RSVP on the event here: Cabin Fever Run

    Let us shake of that cabin fever, with a Picnic Run.  Pack a lunch and meet us in Centreville, VA for drive up through Loudoun County, across into Maryland and onto Harper’s Ferry, WV. We will enjoy a picnic lunch before hitting some more great roads as we work our way back down the Leesburg.


    Starting Point: Centreville Park & Ride, 14700 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20120

    Lunch Stop: 100 S Maple Ave Brunswick, MD  21716

    End Point: Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mills Rd SE, Leesburg, VA 20175

    Schedule of events:

    9:45AM: Driver’s meeting

    10:00AM: Run Starts

    11:20AM: Arrive in Harper’s Ferry

    12:30PM: Depart Harper’s Ferry

    1:45PM: Arrive in Leesburg

    RSVP on the event here: Cabin Fever Run

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  10. Just some guesses. Have you checked your cabin filter critter can nest and leaves can make their way there and restrict air flow. Less air means little to no heat. 

    Is your coolant level good, low coolant would hamper heat transfer. 

    if those are all good then likely the heating core. Does it smell sweet when the heat is on. May just be clogged from age and you can flush it out. 

  11. This is why I hate the they can now put up the 10 percent ethanol in gas. If I want ethanol I will buy ethanol!

    The vapor eats the fuel system on older cars. The gas gauge had quit working on Watson. I was pretty sure the fuel sender was bad. This is what it looked like when I pulled it out of the tank. 


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  12. On 4/5/2020 at 12:24 PM, SneakyBaron said:

    Swapped out the bottom part of the steering wheel since it was peeling.


    You show a guy how to pop off one door card and next thing you know we is just taking off all sorts of trim. lol

    On 11/3/2019 at 4:53 PM, Coopah said:

    I cracked my hood scoop when I took it off to add my bonnet stripe, so I picked up a black, notched scoop from Out Motoring and put it on last weekend.

    "Accidentally" breaking a part so you a justify an upgrade, I like what you did there.

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  13. 33 minutes ago, Egadd said:

    My fiancée's BRZ has picked up a few paint gouges from street parking, some reaching the metal underneath. Worried about rust, I'm looking for a shop that can do some light touch up work. Does anyone have any body/paint shop recommendations in Northern Virginia? We're in Arlington/Alexandria, but willing to drive a bit.

    @MELO-R56, where did you have your side skirt fixed at?

  14. 1 hour ago, Fresh R53 said:

    Good afternoon everyone so my cars in the shop because there’s some wrong with the front end I took it to a performance shop but I know the guy he’s my friend so he’s not trying to get over on me and he told me that it’s the passenger side front ABS modulator isn’t working because the caliber isn’t releasing they told me they couldn’t find the modular anywhere and they called the dealership in Sterling and it’s $2400 just for the modular and it’s gonna take me two weeks to get because it’s coming from Germany does anyone have any suggestions. That I don’t have to spend that kind of money because hell I didn’t pay that much money for the car. 

    The are plenty of gen1s in the pick a parts. you can get one for a few bucks as long as you are willing to pull it. http://lkqpickyourpart.com/

    the price list says

    ABS Unit (complete) $62.32
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  15. 9 hours ago, Mini Countryman 2014 said:


    I just went to the mini of Alexandria and it seems like I need a new battery apparently and a few other throngs did. Needless to say, my car isn't a junkyard but I guess it’s needing a few things done. But I’m not trying to pay a lot of money if I can get discounts for being a member of the club. 


    You may also want to consider calling one of the two third party shops that offer club discounts. GT Peace automotive is located in Chantilly and PTunning in Manassas. Both are very familiar with MINIs and many members of the club use then for both basic maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. They are a very good option to save some money compared to dealer prices.

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