MTTS In Savannah
Posted by murmini Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:01:46 GMT
Following the weekend activities in Miami, the entourage headed north to St Augustine, Florida then Savannah, GA for lunch on Monday before overnighting in Charleston, SC
We were most honored to have "The Flying Finn -" Rauno Aaltonen, as our guest. Rauno is a 'well seasoned' winner of the European Rally Championship and Gallaher 500 (in a MINI Cooper S.) as well as having won the RAC Rally in 1965, the Monte Carlo Rally in 1967 and the Southern Cross Rally in 1977. Aaltonen finished second on six occasions in the Safari Rally, which is considered one of the most difficult courses in rally racing.
Also present at our local event was Jim Mc.Dowel, President of MINI USA and Mayor Johnson who was able to come by for a spot of lunch. We have to thank the people at Blowin' Smoke BBQ, who provided us with great food and much needed cold refreshment.
A very special thanks should go out to Sean Brandon, assistant to Savannah's city manager who was so accommodating when I asked him where I could squeeze some 30 - 40 MINIS in the middle of the day! Sean came through (as ever) and we really appreciate all that you did for us. Big thanks also to Brian for helping with the parking, Larry and Martha for representing Coastal MINIS down in St Augustine and for Stephanie and Lem for making the St. Augustine trip and for leading them all back to Savannah.
An interesting point was that Blowin' Smoke's patio is a beautiful space that used to be a road between two buildings prior to it's construction. The street sign remains and it's called MINIS Street! Everyone loved that and ot certainly became one of the day's photo ops.
I was able to show the good guys from White Roof Radio, db, Todd and Todd's wife Deanne a little bit of Savannah. We even found enough time to catch some ice cream at Leopold's and to meet with Stratton Leopold. Then it was a quick 'peek' at the old Indy track on Hutchinson Island - just for historical purposes of course!
Then off to Charleston with db of WWR as my co-pilot for a wonderful Low Country Boil, prizes, music and more fun with MINI of Charleston. Brad Davis and his team did a slap-up job of feeding and entertaining us at Patriots Point and everyone had a great time.
After all the festivities were over it was back to the hotel to relax and then a wonderful evening in the bar with Rauno telling his terrific tales of adventure and intrigue.
Believe me, it was a sad departure for me to come back down to Savannah and I came dangerously close to going all the way up to Boston with them as they continued north to Virginia Beach for their next overnight.
Great fun everybody... great fun!