Archive for April, 2009

We will have a very special MINI at MOTD 7

Posted in General, MINI Events, Motoring with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by minibee62

I will be bringing a special MINI from Ryan’s MINI Adventure to MOTD to make some important photos which also will give everyone an opportunity to be part of the most heartwarming MINI story ever. Several months ago I found about Ryan’s MINI Adventure through the die-cast boards on North American Motoring. Ryan Marie Boykin lived in Alexandria, VA. She was a happy, inquisitive little girl who loved to play with Matchbox cars and the Chili Red MINI was her favorite toy of all. She passed away from Acute Lymphoblatic Leukemia on July 1, 2007 when she was only three years old.

Her family wanted to give red Matchbox MINIs to friends and family as a way to honor her spirit and commemorate her life, so they began gathering as many as they could find. With help from friends and members of the Matchbox collectors community, more than 300 of the Chili Red MINIs were amassed. Of those, 103 were modded to become official Ryan’s MINI Adventure MINIs (like the one above). Many of those were given to family and friends and people who helped find them. A fleet of these special MINIs is held in reserve so they can be sent out to touch the world with this incredible story.

A few months back I contacted Ryan’s parents, Julie and Bruce, and asked them to send me one of Ryan’s MINIs so I could bring it to MOTD. At the time they were planning to attend MOTD themselves so I was looking forward to meeting them. Yesterday Julie contacted me to say they couldn’t make it and asked if I would bring a Ryan’s MINI to MOTD to be in the panoramic photo.

I plan to take lots of photos of Ryan’s MINI so please find me if you want to be in a photo or want to have your MINI photographed with Ryan’s MINI. I promise to send them all the photos and will publish a gallery of the photos later. And please go to their web site, read about Ryan’s life and sign the guest book. Let’s make this the best panoramic photo ever for Ryan and her family!


April snow at Fontana!

Posted in General, MINI Events, Motoring on April 7, 2009 by minibee62

I’m at Fontana with my kids for Spring Break. We went to Bryson City for lunch and the snow flurries started. As we were driving back on 28 to Fontana Village the snow became heavier and heavier. By 10 PM we had two inches on the ground! Three weeks until MOTD 7 and it’s snowing!