Spring Thing 2012 at MINI of Wesley Chapel

Posted in General, MINI Events, Motoring with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by minibee62

Mini and MINI enthusiasts gathered at MINI of Wesley Chapel for Spring Thing 2012. The event was organized and sponsored by Florida Mini Enthusiasts (FLAME) and hosted by MOWC, February 24-26, 2012.


MINI releases MINI TAKES THE STATES route for 2012

Posted in General, MINI Events, Motoring with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by minibee62

The route for the biggest road trip on Earth has been released by MINI U.S.A. and it’s a doozy! For those who live in Tampa Bay, Charlotte is the closest stop at 558 miles away and it also happens to be very close to a certain famous road the MINIs love. Hmmm. A little Dragon action on the way would be nice, then on to Charlotte for the night and over to Nashville for the MINIcross before peeling off for home. Or maybe hitting the Dragon and then the Cherohala Skyway on the way to Nashville would be good (looks at map). Hmmm. No matter how you motor it, it will be a blast as always! Who’s going?

Testing new cameras at BMW CCA Autocross

Posted in Autocross, General, mini cooper, MINI Events, MINI Videos, Motoring, Racing, Videos with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by minibee62

The local BMW car club had their first autocross of the year so I took the opportunity to test some new video gear. This video was made with a new GoPro HD HERO2 and an Optrix HD camera mount system for my iPhone 4S. The iPhone video was shot from the top of the windshield, so that’s the clips showing nothing but cones and track. The interior shot and driver’s side shot were both done with the GoPro. Having two focal lengths for making video cuts really helps in the editing. Let me know what you think!

A new year, a new beginning!

Posted in General, Maintenance, mini cooper, Motoring with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2011 by minibee62

Here I sit, looking back on the turmultuous year that has been 2011. The year was filled with personal and professional challenges and some fantastic accomplishments too. Ultimately though, the sudden and unexpected elimination of my position at the St. Petersburg Times, after 26 years of service, took center stage in October and since then I have been focusing on the next chapter of my life.

Now, I’m pleased to tell you the outline for that chapter has been written…in February I will join the new MINI of Wesley Chapel as a Motoring Advisor, converting my love and passion for the MINI into a full-time job. I’m excited by the prospects and the opportunity to work with the leadership at the Morgan Auto Group and at Wesley Chapel, to learn the car biz and also provide an enthusiast’s perspective as we become active members in the community. We’re going to do great things there! If you’re in the area I hope you’ll come by and see us after we open. Don’t forget to ask for MINIBee.

Happy MINI New Year!

MINI of Wesley Chapel
26645 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544



A day at the Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy

Posted in Autocross, General, MINI Events, MINI Videos, Motoring, Racing with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by minibee62

LILCOOPR – Getting ready for MTTS

Posted in Maintenance, MINI Events, MINI Videos, Motoring with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2010 by minibee62

Check out this pre MTTS video from Lilcoopr ( Christina Kroner) with a nice plug for the MINI Bandz from MINIBee’s Motoring Merchandise. Thanks Christina! See you soon!

World record marshmallow toss across 10 MINI Coopers

Posted in General, MINI Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by minibee62

Three years ago we set a record when I caught a marshmallow thrown by my nephew, Brandon Martell, over a cabin in North Carolina. On Sunday we topped that when my other nephew, Michael Martell, threw one to me over the width of 10 MINI Coopers for a new distance record.