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  1. How am I supposed to work for Monday and Tuesday w/ my facebook feed full of Fontana pics?
  2. I'm in Dragon panic mode! The car is in pieces (front suspension is putting up a serious fight... 5 years in Canada + 8 more after that in Texas have caused so many bolts to seize) and I've gotta get the car put together and on the ground so the suspension will settle and I can get the alignment and corner-balancing done. Eek!
  3. Sorry... I saw the notification and forgot to come back to answer the question. Yes... I did the Joey Mod front and back. The front requires removal of the trim ring, removal of the whole headlight assembly, careful application of a heat gun and gentle prying (plus 4-5 clips) to remove the front lens, painting as you wish, reheating and smooshing it all back together again. The rears need to be dremmeled (cut) apart to do the same thing, then lots of epoxy to reseal. In the images, below, you can see 1)the rears where I cut around the sides and re-epoxied everything back together 2) t
  4. OK. I went to register and the apple pie run filled up before I could get there (3-4 hours) and I want something more than the Ice Cream run on Saturday, so here it is... something new for my (Texas) Metroplex MINI friends, my new Tar Heel MINI friends (Carolinas) and anyone who loves MINIs! After some ice cream on the scheduled Ice Cream run (1:30pm) I'll be leading whoever wants to go a bit south down to another great: Wayah Road! It will take us about 2.5-3 hours to get back to Fontana. We will be heading south down 28 to Franklin, west across Wayah and then back up 129 through Robbins
  5. I've got the details worked out for the unofficial post-ice cream run... I'll be starting a new thread shortly.
  6. The dechromed headlight rings on the newer cars really cleans up the lines! Nice work! I dechromed most of my R53... headlight rings, door pulls and the big chrome items went to dry-look CF vinyl in a medium grey. Other bits got paint (vents, headlight interiors and tail light interior trim)
  7. FYI: At the bottom of the MOTD page for this drive there is a link to a PDF that I refreshed a few weeks back. It gives a event description, detailed instructions and maps for each turn and, my personal favorite, a single page driver's instruction sheet (on the back) that gives you odometer readings for each turn. Just reset your trip meter where it tells you to and you can recreate the drive yourself very easily... so even if you aren't going to join us at Sunrise, if you print the packet and take it with you, you will have a beautiful prepared drive in your pocket.
  8. I think you found the Wednesday version of this run as well. I'm not leading that one (I'm in transit to Fontana on Wednesday), but I think it's 99% my original route, which is spectacular!
  9. The donut run is spirited but not crazy. It has a new leader this year (me) and I'm a brisk-yet-responsible driver. This year it is a 'build your own adventure' style drive. Just want donuts and then want to head back to Fontana quickly? Great! Want to add on a visit to the OutMotoring HQ? Sure? Come along for part 2. Want to take the long way back to Fontana across the Cherohala Skyway? Join me for the full drive! Those folks that want to go crazy w/ speed on the Donut run are welcome to depart ahead of the main group... I'll be distributing turn-by-turn instructions if you need
  10. Howdy all, I've got friends over here at DCMM and I've recently returned to the world of MINIs (I had to sell Jango, my first MINI love, 4-5 years back, but I just purchased Rufus, an '05 JCW, and I'm in the middle of a refresh), so I thought I'd post. I'm once again leading the Sunrise Drive Through the Smoky Mountains on Thursday morning at MOTD 2018. It's an early drive, but crosses my favorite roads in the US at an absolutely stunning time. When I am frustrated at work and need to go to my 'happy place,' this is where I go in my mind. Hope to see you there! Aaron
  11. Mmmmm... Pepper white R53! My favorite! And holies to boot! Love 'em!
  12. If anyone wants to ship their MINI west and fly out, send me a PM. I live about 12 minutes from the SFO airport (San Francisco) and would be happy to act as a receiver for the car and pick you up when your plane lands. PS: If you need a reference (that I'm just not some nut saying 'send me your car'), talk to Haemish. PPS: send me a message... I don't check this board that often.
  13. Because Ali has been so cool, I'm going to open up my offer to all DCMM members: If you are going to do MINI Takes the States 2014 (July 26 to Aug 10, 2014) and you want to ship your MINI to the starting point and fly out to San Francisco (the starting point of the event), I will be happy to be the receiver of your car. I'll even drive it out to SFO airport (or a BART station, if you want to fly into Oakland or another Bay Area airport) to pick you up on your arrival. Your car will be kept either in a locked garage or a gated condo complex until you arrive and, if you ask nicely, I could
  14. So speedy! I knew the MINI community would come through for me! Slow clap for Ali! :congrats:
  15. Howdy all! Who the heck is this guy? My name is Aaron and I know about DC Metro MINIs from my trips to the Dragon and from the national MINI boards (I'm partial to Motoring Alliance 'cause Nathan is a friend of mine, but I spent way too many hours on NAM as well ). I owned my R53, Jango, for 7 years before having to sell him for a move from Dallas to San Francisco. I've also been on some great runs w/ a DCMM member, Haemish, while at the Dragon. My need: I know it's a strange request, but I'm in need of someone from in the Washington DC area... someone who would be down near the
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