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Mini Performance Group is a car club for Coopers based in Upstate New York's Capital Region. Learn more, join right away, or be added to the newsletter for occasional email updates.


Click on the event listing to read more about it. Meetings are at 7:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Albany Pump Station.

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Bavarian Rocket Science charity event+open house


Bavarian Rocket Science will be hosting our friends, clients, regional car clubs and local automotive enthusiasts for a beautiful Spring Open House and Fundraiser to benefit the Regional Food Bank of North Eastern New York on SATURDAY APRIL 26, 2014 from 10am – 3pm. Donations can be made for services including: Car Washes and Mini-Details, Vehicle Safety Checks, Oil, Fluids and Tire Pressure Checks, OBD2 & Check Engine Light Diagnostics and lunch from the grill with all proceeds going to charity. All are welcome, however an RSVP by April 23rd is greatly appreciated.

See more for details, contact information, and to RSVP

April Fools Meeting

Oh boy!! Tomorrow is the first Tuesday of the month — so YES meet at the Albany Pump Station at 7:15 p.m. We were considering having the meeting at FastTrax but I just called and they have a league Tuesday nights for the next few weeks — Grr!

So come on out for a free beer instead!

Hopefully, I will be in touch with Stuart (our Lake Placid MINI friend) before tomorrow night. Anyone want to head up to Lake Placid in April? You can check it out here: www.wildwoodmotel.com

Cya tomorrow!

- J & D

3.29 Maple Syrup Run

Ya Ya MINI friends – It’s time to get out and drive! Join us Saturday, March 29th for a spirited road trip!

Meet at the Albany Pump Station at 9:45am (so we can depart by 10). We’ll make a short stop at Wild Oats see http://wildoats.coop/ then aim to have a super yummy brunch at Ioka Valley Farms see www.iokavalleyfarm.com/ for menu choices!! Of course we are all out of maple syrup and will need to stock up for 2014. :) The brave and adventuresome can continue on (weather permitting) to Jiminy Peak to ride the MOUNTAIN COASTER – Yup it’s open! The Coaster is 3600 feet of twisting, turning fun through the woods. You control your speed so you may take a leisurely ride or get your thrills at speeds up to 23 mph. See http://www.jiminypeak.com/winter-mountain-coaster . Eventually, we will get back on the road and return via a circuitous route (thank you Barry!) to Albany.

Please RSVP, either here, on Facebook, or to mpgminis at hotmail.com.

March (mini) madness

First Tuesday of the month — March 4

That can only mean one thing: Your monthly MPG meeting at the Albany Pump Station. Things get started around 7:15 p.m., more or less. Come with ideas for events, and volunteer to organize one!

(ed note: I’m narrowly missing everyone — will be in the area next weekend. Anyone want to… Go-kart or something? -Z)

Monthly meeting reminder

Come on!

Get warm by the fire!

Have a great brew!

Chat with fellow MINIacs!

Tuesday Feb 4th at 7:15pm at the Albany Pump Station.

Bring your calendars and your crazy ideas – 2014 is booking up fast!

Cya there!


December Holiday Par-teh


Please join us at the BMW Holiday Party on December 11th! Details at www.patroonbmw.org. See you there!

2013 Poker Run Write-up


The 5th Annual Poker Run

It’s September 28th. The sky is blue. The morning air is crisp. There are twenty-six MINIacs gathered at the Albany Pump Station, ready to start a fabulous two-hundred-mile adventure. A week prior each driver had received, upon Poker Run registration, a packet in the mail. The first page in the packet reads: Please find enclosed the following items we hope will keep your day well-organized and thoroughly enjoyable:

    • One white stick-on letter for your boot window
    • Detailed driving instructions with suggested side trips
    • Attraction brochures/website addresses
      Card stop 1 – The Old Creamery Coop
      Card stop 2 – Taft Farms
      Card stop 3 – Hoffman’s Pottery
      Card stop 4 – Hotchkiss Mobiles
      Card stop 5 – Hilltop Orchards/Furnace Brook Winery
      Town of Lee
      West Stockbridge
      Hancock Shaker Village
      The Guthrie Center
      Berkshire Botanical Gardens
      Norman Rockwell Museum
      The Mohawk Trail
    • Berkshire Visitor Map
    • Pre-paid dinner tickets
    • Winning order of Poker Hands – no shoot outs!
    • Bulldog tattoo, thanks to Keeler Mini
    • One Raffle Ticket – for prizes at dinner (you can purchase additional tickets once at the Pump Station)

It’s up to each car to plan their day such that they get to the five card stops to pick up a card in a sealed envelope and make it to dinner (back at the Pump Station) by 6:30pm. Many of us tried to fit in extra sights (the flower bridge, elephant/shark rocks, Mass MOCA) as it was such a beautiful day and who knew when we’d be in these parts again? But there were a lot of miles with a few detours (ummm, yes an interesting dirt road or two, some construction – “raised structures” provided a nice autocross mid-rally!) and the card stops themselves called us to linger and chat over cider and doughnuts. Eventually, we all made it to dinner eager to share our travel adventures and disclose our poker hands – not to mention dig into the delicious buffet which was waiting for us. During dinner the fun continued with raffle drawings for coveted MINI items. At long last, table by table, each person revealed their poker hand – lots of ‘fold ems and almosts’ until Bridget turned up three kings! Half of the total prize went to her and the other half was donated to the charity of her choice – The Hudson Valley SPCA. Thanks to Mike Roth for designing our route, Neil Evans & the Albany Pump Station, Keeler MINI, Accent Promotions and all the awesome friends who attended.

Cya next year!



First Tuesday of the month – time to meet up at the Albany Pump Station at 7:15p to discuss going-ons over the winter.

Bring an item or two for the local food pantry and we’ll make sure it gets there!

Motor-tober Rally at Keeler


MINI is turning the test drive into a test rally during the Motor-Tober Sales Event. Join Keeler MINI on Saturday, October 12th & 19th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Rally Unlike Any Other

Bring a friend. Bring three friends. And experience a test rally unlike any other. Spread the word and let everyone know that we’re offering great incentives on 2013 MINI models. After all, it’s always more fun when you motor together.

Special Offers

Join in and get up to $2,500 off select new MINI models or MINI Paceman on October 12th & 19th. Also, get special offers all month like 0.9% APR financing on most 2013 MINI Cooper models or lease 2013 MINI Cooper Hardtop for $199/month for 36 months. For details visit KEELERMINI.COM/RALLY.

MINI Gift!

We’ll have a MINI GIFT for you when you arrive, just for attending our Rally Motor-Tober Event.

Win a Trip to the Miles Ahead MINI Performance Motoring School

Come in on October 12th or 19th to enter for a chance to win a seat for you and a friend to motor with pro drivers at the MINI Performance Motoring School. Conducted by Miles Ahead, the school is based at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For details and rules, visit KEELERMINI.COM/RALLY.


remember, the rally is happening soon, so sign up by October 12th & 19th, 2013 at KEELERMINI.COM/RALLY.

October meeting

Where else? MPG will have its regularly scheduled October meeting Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Albany Pump Station. Talk plans for the month, season, and begin brainstorming for next year.