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Mini Time Line Part 6 – 2003 On

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Mini Time Line

Part 6 – 2003 On

Compiled by Chuck Heleker

Last Updated October 30, 2012. Sources Updated.

Please, see the Notes and Sources listed at the end of the article.

2003

March

  • The 8th Spring Thing was held the 7th – 9th in Clearwater/St. Pete, Florida.

July

  • The 25th Mini Meet East was held the 1st – 4th in Magog-Orford, Quebec.

August

  • The 26th Mini Meet West was held the 11th - 14th in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Misc.

  • The IMM was held in Pomposa, Italy.

2004

February

  • The 9th Spring Thing was held the 20th – 22nd in Orlando, Florida.

June

  • The 5th “national” Mini Meet was held on the 29th – July 1st in Rockford, Illinois.

Misc.

  • The IMM was held in Norwich, England.

2005

February

  • The 10th Spring Thing was held the 25th – 27th in Orlando, Florida.

July

  • The 26th Mini Meet East was held the 1st – 3rd in Dublin, Ohio.

  • The 27th Mini Meet West was held the 29th - 31st at Mt. Diablo, California.

Misc.

  • The MG Rover Group (see 2000) dies out because of financial difficulties. What was left was sold to Nanjing Automobile Group.

  • The IMM was held in Salou, Spain.

2006

February

  • The 11th Spring Thing was held the 24 – 26th in Jacksonville, Florida.

June

  • The 28th Mini Meet West was held the 20th - 22nd in Prescott, Arizona.

  • The 27th Mini Meet East was held the 29th - July 2nd at Frederick, Maryland.

Misc.

  • The IMM was held in Podlesice, Poland.

2007

February

  • The 12th Spring Thing was held the 23rd – 25th in Jacksonville, Florida.

June

  • The 28th Mini Meet East was held the 28th – July 1st in Alcoa, Tennessee.

July

  • The 29th Mini Meet West was held the 10th - 12th in Hood River, Oregon.

  • The IMM was held at Roskilde, Denmark, the 26th – 29th.

2008

February

  • The 13th Spring Thing was held the 22nd – 24th in Orlando, Florida.

May

  • The IMM was held in Lelystad, Netherlands the 9th -12th.

June

  • The 30th Mini Meet West was held the 26th – 29th in Irvine, California.

July

  • The 29th Mini Meet East was held on the 3rd – 6th in Bethel, Maine.

2009

February

  • The 14th Spring Thing was held the 20th – 22nd, in Orlando, Florida.

April

  • Mini 50 (1st event in this series) was held the 22nd – 25th in Townsend, Tennessee.

June

  • The 1st Mini Meet North was held the 19th – 21st at Mosport International Raceway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • The 6th “national” Mini Meet was held the 29th - July 2nd at Winona, Minnesota.

Misc.

  • The IMM was held in Birmingham, England.

2010

February

  • The 15th Spring Thing was held the 19th – 21st in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

May

  • The IMM was held in Neumarkt, Germany the 21st – 24th.

June

  • The 2nd Mini Meet North was held the 18th – 20th at Mosport International Raceway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • The 30th Mini Meet East was held the 30th – July 3rd in Fairborn, Ohio.
  • The 31st Mini Meet West was held the 28th – July 2nd in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.

October

  • The 2nd Mini 50 series (Mini 51) was held the 13th – 16th at Erwin, Tennessee.

2011

February

  • The 16th Spring Thing was held the 18th – 20th in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

April

  • The 3rd Mini 50 series (Mini 52) was held April 28 – May 1 in Satellite Beach, Florida.

June

  • The IMM was held in St. Stephan, Switzerland the 10th – 13th.

  • The 3rd Mini Meet North was held the 17th – 19th at Mosport International Raceway, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • The 32nd Mini Meet West was held the 22nd – 24th at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

July

  • The 31st Mini Meet East was held the 5th – 9th at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

2012

May

  • The IMM was held at Balatonfured, Hungary the 24th – 28th

February

  • The 17th (and possibly the last) Spring Thing was held the 24th – 26th in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

April

  •  The 4th in the Mini 50 series (Mini 54) was held the 18th – 21st in Cherokee, North Carolina.

June

  • The 33rd Mini Meet West was held the 19th – 21st in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
  • The 32nd Mini Meet East is scheduled in Magog, Quebec, Canada, the 29th – July 1st.

2013

June

  • The 34rd Mini Meet West is schedule to be held the 18th – 20st in Bend, OR.

July

  • The 33nd Mini Meet East is scheduled to be held the 2nd – 5th in Kingston, NY.

Misc.

  • The IMM is to be held in Mugello, Italy.

 Notes:

1.         The above car information applies mainly to English produced Minis for sale in the UK. Some differences are noted for cars produced in other countries or for sale in other countries. Caution is suggested when applying the general information to all Minis no matter where produced.

2.         Change points may vary by model. Where possible, the earliest introduction dates found are listed.

3.         Most production figures are taken from Golding’s, Mini, Thirty-Five Years On, Hubner’s, The Big Mini Book, Rees’, Complete Classic Mini, 1959 – 2000, and Ruppert’s, Mini, and are worldwide production figures; except, figures from 1983 on do not include Mokes. The majority of the production figures listed are approximates. The published literature gives varying numbers.

4.         Starting dates for some models (especially, the “Specials” or “Limited Editions”) vary depending upon the sources used. Some of the differences may be accounted for by whether the source was using the date the model was announced, the date production started, the date the model was first shown (like at an auto show), or the date the model actually was available for sale. Often which date was being used was not clear.

5.         Dates for Mini Meets and similar events are as accurate as I could find them at the time of publication. Some dates, like start dates, may not be accurate depending upon how the host group advertised them. For instance, sometimes the afternoon and evening before the first major event was open for checking in and registration and was considered one of the dates of the events. Sometimes it was not.

 Sources:

  • Bardsley, Alec Issigonis, The Making of a Designer, 1998
  • Browning, The Illustrated History of the Works Minis In International Rallies and Races, 1996 (2nd Edition)
  • Davis, Spotlight on Mini Minor Downunder, 1990
  • Dickens, Garry. Registrar of the Mini Cooper Register for Mini Supers.
  • Factory workshop manuals, (various)
  • Factory parts books and microfiche, (various)
  • Golding, Mini, Thirty-Five Years On, 1994
  • Haynes, Owners Workshop Manuals, (various)
  • Hubner, The Big Mini Book, 1992
  • Mini Cooper Register’s Cooper World magazine. www.minicooper.org
  • Mini Mania Forum. Various people on the Mini Mania Forum contributed to the Spring Thing and Mini Meet West locations and dates.
  • Mini Moke Club (England), A Guide to Mini Mokes, 1997
  • Nahum, Alec Issigonis, 1988
  • Nye, Cooper Cars, 1983
  • Parnell, Original Mini Cooper and Cooper S, 1993
  • Plano, Miguel & Ricardo, Bogotá, Colombia, for Mini Cord information. See www.minipassionmini.50megs.com
  • Pollet, Charlie. Helped fill in the Mini Meet East dates and confirmed dates for the “national” Mini Meets, a.k.a., East Meets West or West Meets East
  • Pressnell, Jon, Mini, The Definitive History, 2009
  • Rees, Chris, Complete Classic Mini, 1959 – 2000, 2003
  • Ruppert, Mini, 1997
  • Verster, Dr. Ryno. Supplied much of the information on the South African Minis based on magazine tests and other period literature, as well as information from his book, A South African Mini Story, 2007.
  • Information related to BMC and other names the company took on over the years was derived from many different, and sometimes conflicting, sources. It is intended only to give a general idea of the path taken over the years by the company that designed and originally produced the Mini.

 

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