Archive for Motoring

A funny thing happened on the way to becoming a Motoring Advisor

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2012 by minibee62

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here and that seems odd, since now my life is filled with MINIs more than ever before. My life isn’t just filled with MINIs, it IS MINIs, since I became a Motoring Advisor at MINI of Wesley Chapel last March. Being an MA and doing it well requires about 55-60 hours a week at work so free time is tight. But I figure if I back off on Facebook a little and try to post here 3-4 times a week, I’ll be off to a good start. I’m working on the inside now, so I have access to a lot of cool stuff I can share. And my recent purchase of a John Cooper Works Roadster will provide plenty of opportunity for me to share my experiences as I build the next bee.

So if you haven’t been here in awhile because there weren’t any new posts, know that I’m working on it and intend to post here regularly starting now. There’s a lot happening in MINIBee’s world and your invited to motor along with me. I hope you enjoy the ride.


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



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!

The Dragon is OPEN

Posted in General, mini cooper, Motoring with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by minibee62

On Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8 AM, the Dragon re-opened for business. MINIBee was there to record it for history and give it some business! I completed lifetime Dragon runs 53-58, four of which had no other vehicles on the road in either direction. Bring on MOTD 8!

MINIBee – Four years of Motoring with the Man and the MINI

Posted in General, MINI Events, MINI Videos, Motoring with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by minibee62

On March 26, 2010, MINIBee celebrated four years of motoring and also joined the 100,000-mile MINI Motoring Club. This retrospective video talks about those four years and the many motoring adventures that lead to the milestone. Thanks to all my motoring friends who shared in our many adventures. I look forward to the next 100,000!

Tomorrow is the big day!

Posted in General, Motoring with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by minibee62

Not only is tomorrow the 4th anniversary of MINIBee’s adoption but tomorrow I will reach the 100k milestone. I motored 74 miles today and I’m currently at 99963, so just 37 miles to go!

When I reach 100k I plan to stop, no matter where I am,  and put this special grille badge on the grille:

100k Countdown – Day 9

Posted in General, Motoring with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by minibee62

Just 67 miles today on a round trip to St. Petersburg again, bringing me to 99,889 and just 111 miles to go! Friday is the day!