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About BendersMINI

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  • First Name
    Stephen
  • Spouse/Significant Other First Name - if none, please enter "n/a"
    Mary
  • Location
    Alexandria, VA
  • Interests
    Varied... photography, cars, cycling, aviation, food...more food...

My MINI

  • My MINIs Year
    2018
  • My MINIs Type
    Factory JCW Clubman
  • My MINIs Body Color
    Midnight Black
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    Body Color

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  1. BendersMINI

    2019 Washington Auto Show

    Great! Yes, that would be pretty awesome to see. Seems like a good time for the GP to start making appearances...
  2. BendersMINI

    2019 Washington Auto Show

    Event Title: 2019 Washington Auto Show Event Date: 04/07/2019 11:00 AM Event Address: Walter E. Washington Convention Center; 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW; Washington, D.C., 20001 RSVP on the event here: 2019 Washington Auto Show As a club for automotive enthusiasts, it seems natural that we spend a day drooling over cars in one of the few large automotive shows still in existence in North America. There are two weekends in April that are available, but I'm tentatively picking April 7. Would love to have feedback by March 16 if you would like to attend this day, or another. Other possibilities are 6 April, 13-14 April. Due to the many different ways to get to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the difficulty we'd likely face if we tried to drive as a group, this will be a non-driving event. We will meet at the auto show. More details to follow as the date nears... Ticket prices are posted on the web with various possible discounts, BUT... the show director has said that we can get a group discount ticket rate of $8.50/person if we have 25+ people attending. Cheers, Stephen (BendersMINI) ----------- "Designated one of the nation’s top five auto shows by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, The Washington Auto Show®, a world class event, continues to wow audiences with its cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars and displays of historic vehicles. As the “Public Policy Show” on the auto show circuit, the 10-day public show is preceded by two Public Policy Preview Days of special events and announcements for officials in government, industry and the media. The Washington Auto Show is also the largest public show in Washington, D.C. Over the course of its many years this beloved and historic D.C. tradition has attracted Washingtonians of all stripes – and political affiliations. Visitors enjoy the annual trek to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the entertainment, as much as for the experience of viewing the hundreds of cars on exhibit. Along with the engineering prowess on display among the more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers, the 2019 show will feature VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and a special exhibit area for live painting of “art” cars. As a bonus, there will be onsite visits from celebrities and sports personalities! Notice: Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the Washington Auto Show has instituted a standard security policy for all show days at the center. Patrons will be subject to search and possible hand held metal detectors. All bags, briefcases, book bags or items similar in nature will be searched as patrons enter the arena. The Washington Auto Show consults with local law enforcement agencies on a continual basis. Some of the security measures in place will be apparent to patrons and some will not." RSVP on the event here: 2019 Washington Auto Show
  3. BendersMINI

    2019 Washington Auto Show

    Event Title: 2019 Washington Auto Show Event Date: Sunday, 7 April 2019 Event Address: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington DC, 20001 RSVP on the event here: As a club for automotive enthusiasts, it seems natural that we spend a day drooling over cars in one of the few large automotive shows still in existence in North America. There are two weekends in April that are available, but I'm tentatively picking April 7. Would love to have feedback by March 16 if you would like to attend this day, or another. Other possibilities are 6 April, 13-14 April. Due to the many different ways to get to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the difficulty we'd likely face if we tried to drive as a group, this will be a non-driving event. We will meet at the auto show. More details to follow as the date nears... Ticket prices are posted on the web with various possible discounts, BUT... the show director has said that we can get a group discount ticket rate of $8.50/person if we have 25+ people attending. Cheers, Stephen (BendersMINI) ----------- "Designated one of the nation’s top five auto shows by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, The Washington Auto Show®, a world class event, continues to wow audiences with its cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars and displays of historic vehicles. As the “Public Policy Show” on the auto show circuit, the 10-day public show is preceded by two Public Policy Preview Days of special events and announcements for officials in government, industry and the media. The Washington Auto Show is also the largest public show in Washington, D.C. Over the course of its many years this beloved and historic D.C. tradition has attracted Washingtonians of all stripes – and political affiliations. Visitors enjoy the annual trek to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the entertainment, as much as for the experience of viewing the hundreds of cars on exhibit. Along with the engineering prowess on display among the more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers, the 2019 show will feature VIP tours led by award-winning automotive writers and a special exhibit area for live painting of “art” cars. As a bonus, there will be onsite visits from celebrities and sports personalities! Notice: Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the Washington Auto Show has instituted a standard security policy for all show days at the center. Patrons will be subject to search and possible hand held metal detectors. All bags, briefcases, book bags or items similar in nature will be searched as patrons enter the arena. The Washington Auto Show consults with local law enforcement agencies on a continual basis. Some of the security measures in place will be apparent to patrons and some will not."
  4. BendersMINI

    Post Holiday Party

    meatballs it shall be Just me coming, I think.
  5. BendersMINI

    Post Holiday Party

    Similar thought to Rey... meatballs in sauce with some buns... or maybe I'll bring some sort of chicken/rice stew.
  6. BendersMINI

    Affected by the Government Shutdown?

    Thanks @wyretrip! Good info to remember if this drags on too long... (says this DoT employee)
  7. BendersMINI

    New Vendor: OutMotoring

    Welcome to our newest vendor! We're very fortunate to have OutMotoring join our great roster of vendors that offer discounts to members of DCMM. OutMotoring is one of the early aftermarket suppliers of parts for modern MINIs and has remained a steadfast supporter of the MINI/Mini community. I've visited the shop in person on a couple of occasions (once during MOTD, another while passing through the area) and have thoroughly enjoyed the customer service, extensive selection, and kid-in-a-candy-store feel of exploring their shelves! I can't count how many times I've ordered online... Here's the company description in their own words: **** At OutMotoring, we specialize in MINI Cooper Performance Parts and Accessories and Aston Martin parts and accessories. We're a family-owned business founded in 2002. We want to be your #1 source for MINI Cooper (Countryman, Clubman, Convertible, Coupe, etc) and Aston Martin accessories and parts, so we offer a wide selection, great prices, fast shipping, friendly service and regularly add new MINI Cooper parts to our online catalog. Be sure to check out our fantastic Motoring Points Rewards Program to earn points to get MINI Cooper parts for FREE! **** As usual, vendor benefits are for DCMM members only. You can find the vendor discount code in The Clubhouse section of the forum, under the Out of Area Vendors thread.
  8. BendersMINI

    MINIs Take The Beltway (MTTB) 10 Lunch

    Starting to upload pictures into the MTTB10 album in the gallery... hopefully that's the right place.
  9. BendersMINI

    Happy Hour: Sine's, Pentagon Row

    I’m inside at the far left corner of the bar (as facing the bar, look for the MINI hat in the sea of people...) It’s packed here, so unless enough people show up for a table, this corner will be the spot to find me...
  10. BendersMINI

    Happy Hour: Sine's, Pentagon Row

    Understandable... this is an experiment in variety to see what kind of turnout we get from something closer to the center of the area. For many of us who work in DC, it’s challenging to get out to Fairfax, Vienna, Manassas, and other points to the west in a reasonable amount of time after work. This is a chance to get an idea of the interest in happy hours by folks who might not normally attend.
  11. BendersMINI

    Pumpkin, Pork & Pastry Run

    I'll miss the first half, but will catch you at Monk's.
  12. BendersMINI

    Happy Hour: Sine's, Pentagon Row

    I'll cross my fingers that you can both make it!
  13. BendersMINI

    Happy Hour: Sine's, Pentagon Row

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    Event Title: Happy Hour at Sine's (pronounced like "shuh-neighs") Event Date: 24 Oct, 2018 06:00 PM to 24 Oct, 2018 08:00 PM Event Address: https://www.sineirishpub.com Sine's on Pentagon Row, Arlington VA 1301 S. Joyce Street, Arlington, VA 22202 Trying something a little different... a bit closer in to the center(ish) of the DMV. Stop by on your way home from work or drive in the opposite direction to most everyone else. Parking (not free, sorry) is available in a garage under Pentagon Row, or adjacent at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. SOMETHING ELSE NEW: this may be one of the few events where you can attend without using your MINI. The Blue and Yellow lines service the Pentagon City station under the Fashion Centre and it's a quick 150 or so yards to Sine's. This could cause quite a bit of confusion on departure as there may not be as many cars to stand around while talking for that last hour or so... Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018 If the weather is nice, we'll sit outside!
  14. BendersMINI

    Happy Hour: Sine's, Pentagon Row

    Event Title: Happy Hour: Sine's, Pentagon Row Event Date: 10/24/2018 06:00 PM to 10/24/2018 08:00 PM Event Address: 1301 South Joyce Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22202, United States Event Title: Happy Hour at Sine's (pronounced like "shuh-nays") Event Date: 24 Oct, 2018 06:00 PM to 24 Oct, 2018 08:00 PM Event Address: https://www.sineirishpub.com Sine's on Pentagon Row, Arlington VA 1301 S. Joyce Street, Arlington, VA 22202 Trying something a little different... a bit closer in to the center(ish) of the DMV. Stop by on your way home from work or drive in the opposite direction to most everyone else. Parking (not free, sorry) is available in a garage under Pentagon Row, or adjacent at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. SOMETHING ELSE NEW: this may be one of the few events where you can attend without using your MINI. The Blue and Yellow lines service the Pentagon City station under the Fashion Centre and it's a quick 150 or so yards to Sine's. This could cause quite a bit of confusion on departure as there may not be as many cars to stand around while talking for that last hour or so... Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018 If the weather is nice, we'll sit outside! RSVP on the event here: Happy Hour: Sine's, Pentagon Row
  15. **SOLD!** In the continuing journey of getting rid of items from my Countryman, the latest to be offered is this set of (4) white 18" ATS Streetrallye wheels, with TPMS sensors, and with Pirelli Sottozero runflat winter tires. http://atswheels.com/atswheels/en/dl/streetrallye-rallye-weiss-5l/ One of the wheels has some curb rash. See picture. Maybe you know a guy who knows a guy that can fix it? Tires are 225/50r18 with 14,500 miles and show very little wear. They've been run for 2 winters now. The size is slighter taller than stock 18", but this is not a problem (see picture). This pic is from my 2015 Countryman with the sport suspension option, so it's 10mm lower than the non-sport factory suspension. Plenty of clearance, no rubbing. Ok, if you've read this far then here's the part that you really want to know: $1100, but I'm negotiable. Cheers, Stephen
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