Dragon 2007

June 10, 2007

Finally getting around to sitting down and putting in my thoughts on this years MOTD. I headed up Thursday with some friends and had a great time before we left Sunday. Bamatt and I put together a dinner for those who, like us, didn’t get our tickets for the welcome dinner soon enough. Thanks to others that came with food and supplies the dinner was a hit and filled some stomachs along the way.

Friday morning as usual I headed up to Fontana dam for some nice views of the mountains in the morning. Then headed down the dragon for some fun. This is the first time in my four events where the roads didn’t seem overly busy. It was clean for some nice driving……and driving we did.

Saturday brought some rain but you have to rest sometime. Right? It gave us a chance to walk around and check out some vendors and see what we needed to blow money on. Luckily, not much was spent this year.

All in all the event was great. A little too commercialized but none the less a great time around all the other MINIs and MINI owners.

You can check out a few pictures on Flickr. Also, Greenblur made a video of one of the runs so I uploaded it for him to Google. You can find the video here. I’m the one in front of him.


3rd annual Toys for Tots run

December 17, 2006

The weather was perfect today considering it’s mid December. Just over 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Several of us from Rocket City MINI headed to Cullman to meet up with Magic MINI and the BAMA group. Seventeen cars showed for the event.

We headed out on the back roads of Cullman county for some fun motoring. I was more lucky this year than last. This year my MINI wasn’t chosen as a chew toy by the local loose dog. We got through slowly but the Minivan behind us was the chosen one this year. After a bit of motoring we stopped at the resteraunt to fill up a MINI with toys then fill ourselves up for a short ride home. All in all, it was a fun event. Plus, the children will benefit this year for Christmas.

If you get a chance. Children and animals with no families could really use some help. Even if it’s just one toy for a child or dropping off a bag of dog/cat food to the rescue shelter. Every little bit helps.

Click on the picture for more pictures of todays event.


White Roof Radio and Fireballed! Racing rock.

November 16, 2006

If you haven’t listened to White Roof Radio yet. It is a must. db, Todd and Gabe are a cool bunch of guys that really enjoy making one of top rated automobile podcasts out there. I started listening to them around episode 30 but have gone back to listen to all previous woofcasts. As they are called.

They have quite a bit of interaction from listeners including Roberts soundseeing tours to the 100th episode where listeners were able to listen live. Hopefully something that will happen again as it was a blast to hear what gets edited out before release.

Also, they have contests. One of wrote a song for and placed second and another, guess how quick hubie would run at Panoma which I placed first. First place had some great prizes. A White Roof Radio shirt and a very cool Fireballed! Racing shift knob.

So get out there and subscribe to White Roof Radio. 🙂

Added a little accent to the solid Astro black

November 16, 2006

I was wanting a stripe but was not sure which color to use. Then it came to me. White. Not a normal choice for an all Astro black MINI but who likes normal anyways? I had a white stripe installed and ordered a set of white mirror covers from an user on NAM. I like it. It looks different to have white on a car that does not have a white top. I also fixed up a hood scoop grill and painted it to match the stripes.  Also, for autocross, I had some meatballs made up while getting the stripe.  I don’t recommend running magnets all the time.  It’s not good for the paint.

I also added a M7 strut bar. Mainly because of the rough roads around here and I’m running 17’s. I was a little worried about all the mushrooming I have heard come up lately in discussions. I haven’t had the opportunity to fully see how the bar works but I like how it makes the car a little more firm feeling in the front when I hit a bump. Maybe my imagination but I like it none the less. 🙂 Plus, I added the stripe from the hood to the M7 bar.

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Another great MINIs on the Dragon. MOTD4

November 15, 2006

We, Rocket City MINI, had several members make the event this year. It was a nice event even though the rain kept the roads wet for the most part. It seemed almost every MINI vendor came to this event this year. Which is a good thing for those in my area of the US. Huntsville, Alabama. There aren’t any MINI vendors around here so I took the opportunity to have Detroit Tuned installe a 15% and 2% pulley on my 06 MCS that I sold my 03 MCS for in October 05. Chad did a wonderful job and quick as well.

While there I picked up some cool eyes for myMINI from Stoopidgirl of Rogue MINIs. All in all it was a great event though I would like to see a little seperation of the personal and the business side next year. It was nice to get what I went for but at the same time it was a little conjested in some areas where businesses were placed.

Here are some shots from MOTD4. I can hardly wait until MOTD5. We already have our cabin booked at Fontana.

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MOTD3. An awesome time in the mountains

November 13, 2006

MOTD3 in 2005 was a great event. Hundreds of MINI roaming the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. There was plenty of stuff to do at this event and the largest turnout I have seen for the parade run. Great food was brought in by Smokeys bbq and the Thursday night rain made for a nice relaxing foggy Friday morning. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Finally made the Dragon in ’04

November 13, 2006

In 2004 I was determined to make the Dragon, MOTD2, and slacked up a little but was able to find a room in Robbinsonville. It was a great time. Seeing all the MINI’s, including the yet to be released Convertible brought down by MINIUSA. The parade run was great though I did learn at that time I wanted better tires than the stock runflats. But I still had some learning to do. Later on that. I was only able to stay for Thursday and Friday but that was a good thing considering the brake alert light came on during the trip to the dragon. It was only a sensor failed but all was good as we ran by MINI of Nashville on the way home and they fixed it.

My favorite part of the MOTD event was being out early and hearing the due drip from the trees and hearing the whine of superchargers in the background. And I can’t forget about being on top of the dam early in the morning. A very peaceful place.

Here are some pics of MOTD2.