Monday, March 12, 2012

MINI Cooper Car Club Philippines Fun Run

It was indeed a FUN weekend being 38 MINI Coopers trooping to Tanay, Rizal for the first ever Sierra Madre Fun Run of the MINI Car Club Philippines (MCCP), an exclusive and only MINI Cooper Car Club in the Philippines. I was lucky to be part of the experience, and to be able to join them that day. :)

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We all assembled at Shell Libis (Northbound) at around 5:00 AM, with MINI Coopers arriving almost every minute or so. It was a nice sight, all those MINIs gathered in one location. We drove straight to Sierra Madre at Tanay, Rizal for more or less 40 minutes, with speeds unimaginable at full load in a MINI Countryman S (Turbo).

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Have you seen The Italian Job (IMDB, 2003)? It's just like that, only much much better because we had more MINIs than in the film! :)) But seriously, it was an awesome killer (in a good way) ride. Didn't imagine that with such a compact car, it is packed with so much muscles and power! Not to mention, a 6-foot guy like me can fit and sit comfortably inside a MINI, now I am SOLD!

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The MINI Car Club Philippines meets regularly, and does fun runs quarterly. Asked why they do this, MINI Car Club Philippines' president, Ken Uy said, "The cars are like humans. If we humans need to exercise, the cars need to exercise as well, using them and running them at fast speeds. The purpose of the cars are to be used, and not just to be kept at home."

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We all had breakfast at Sierra Madre. I decided to try out the Tapang Usa or charbroiled smoked/dried deer meat. I think it was the high from the kick-ass ride up Sierra Madre that made me adventurous and want to try the deer meat. The texture was just like the regular tapa, but this one tastes bolder and more tangy. After breakfast, we all went back down, with smiles on everyone's faces. It was an awesome experience!

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R.O.X. sponsored an HD video camera called the Drift Innovation during the MINI Cooper fun run, and is giving away a brand new unit for the best photo of the event. It is a wide angle action camera used for outdoor sports and action filming like car racing, biking, skiing, sky diving, and the like. It has an LCD and can be powered by a remote control. Awesome!

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24 comments:

  1. Ohhhh!!! How I wish I will own a car like this! I never ever wanted big ones, this really suits me! How much kaya?

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  2. Wow. Sowzy naman ng club nyo. Hehe Wish I could own a cooper too. :P

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    1. I'm not part of the club, I was just invited to join them in their fun run :)

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  3. just wow. here in cebu, i often see the red ones.

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  4. With a car like this, I would rather just look at them than drive them. Amazing blog by the way. Love the banner.

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    1. I know right? :) I'll flaunt it for everyone to see :)) Thanks so much! :)

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  5. nice car! i agree with elal, sozy ng club niyo. =) love your title, philippines and beyond.

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  6. W-O-W!!! Bongga! And the fact that you're a 6-footer who could fit on a mini cooper amazed me as well. A mini cooper is actually one of my dream cars, but I just dismissed this dream thinking about how often it floods on my city these days.

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    1. I know! I am amazed as well. Sold, even. I just need the money to buy myself one :)) Time to relocate? :))

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  7. Nice looking car. Looks like it was a fun drive.

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    1. It was definitely an experience.

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  8. super love this post Brian! had i known this event and granting outsider (not mini coupe owner is welcome) i would have been there. it is one of my passions to attend vintage car shows and exhibits and so far i only have three opportunities (two i blogged already, but still waiting to write the car show in Colorado, USA last summer). In those instances, however, I was always riveted on the mini! (not sure bec it goes with my height haha).

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    1. Thank you :) I'll update you if there are more in the future :) I'm an aficionado myself. I don't own one :P

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  9. OMG mini cooper!!! Of all the cars yan ang favorite ko!! dami ko din photo collection nyan.. hehe.. kaso puros "photos" lang e.. awwww... natuwa ako sa post mo!! thanks so much! ;)

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  10. Dang! I love them all. This is one of my dream cars (dami talaga noh). But yeah. I wish I was there and witnessed all of those cars. Sarap nakawin. hahaha. :)

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  11. My heart skipped when I saw those cars. I want to own one - and it should be white. Tsk...I should keep on dreaming.

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  12. i love the green coup! :D


    ~GAGAY, late dropping from FBW ;| ~

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  13. Astig tong mga Mini-Coopers. XD

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  14. I LOVE MINI-COOPERS!!!!

    i feel like i'm mr. bean in a modern way and cool way.

    i love how the BUTT of the car looks like... and it's supah shine!!!

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  15. I LOVE MINI-COOPERS!!!!

    i feel like i'm mr. bean in a modern way and cool way.

    i love how the BUTT of the car looks like... and it's supah shine!!!

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  16. I love mini-coopers too! They're fantastic! I'll just wish to have one, ang mahal din kasi.

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