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MAY 2011

“ALL WHO WANDER ARE NOT LOST”

Boot & Bonnet Join us May 5th for our Monthly Motor Inn! Mini of the Month Cooper Clubman

David, Laura Knight & their Clubman

:Kay & Herschel’s Weintraub Clubman

Note from our Club Leader

Spring is here and the outdoor drives have begun. We started the month with a spontaneous drive we called "Catch Me If You Can" . Gaby put together a drive thru the twists & turns of northern Kentucky Route 10 & 22. Awesome roads ! The driving field consisted of BMW Z's , Miata's, a Corvette and of course Mini's. We were all having a great drive on this sunny Sunday until one of the Z's failed to negotiate a turn and rearranged the front of his car. The driver said he was running along listening to Elvis on XM and all of a sudden . . . you can figure the rest. He wasn't hurt, except for his ego & we have all been there - so in a couple weeks his Z3 will be good as new & ready to go. He will be coming to the May Motor In for a special presentation ! The next event was a drive to the Civil War battlefield in Perryville, KY. " Are we there yet " ... then all of a sudden there it was. In the middle of beautiful farm lands was the Battlefield. It is hard to imagine that thousands of men died in this one day battle when standing looking at the rolling hills that are so peaceful today. We were lucky to have our own Ron Gregory as our personal tour guide and historian. Ron's knowledge of the Civil War is amazing.After touring the battlefield we all stopped @ Guadalajara Mexican restaurant for lunch. Then on the way home Carol told us of her favorite bakery from her childhood in Danville that makes what she calls ''devil dogs" and the bakery actually calls "chocolate delights". Of course we had to stop and help the local economy. After leaving Danville we proceeded north on Route 127 that took us thru Frankfort. Well you can't go thru Frankfort without stopping at the Buffalo Trace Distillery . . . again the local economy benefited from our wanderings. As we proceeded north our numbers dwindled as we went our separate ways. A great day was had by all & a couple of us even stretched the day a bit longer by stopping at Quatman's Cafe for a delicious burger. Many thanks to Ron & Sandy for another memorable event. Last Saturday evening several of us enjoyed a great dinner at the School House Restaurant and enjoyed the “club movie” at the barn afterwards. Thanks, Rob Rauch

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QUICK LOOK AT MONTHLY EVENTS April 30 : Baseball Cookout @ Cinti. Mini

August 4 : Monthly Motor In

April 30 : NKU Road Rally

August 20: Drive from the root beer stand to Eastgate Adventure Golf

May 5 : Monthly Motor In May 7 : Mini Party @ Cinti Mini

September 3: Monthly Motor In

May 14 : “Wanderlust” Cincinnati

September 24: Bourbon Run with Bluegrass MINI's and MINICCI

May 15 : Portsmouth OH. Trip May 21 : 80’s Theme Party @ Cinti Mini

October 1 : Monthly Motor In October 15 : Round Trip To Madison

June 2 : Monthly Motor In June 12 : Ault Park Concours d'Elegance June 26 : River Hill Car Show/Family Day June 26 : Trip to Clifty falls w/ Bluegrass minis July 2 : Monthly Motor In Swim Party w/ The Flock at the barn July 9 : Over the hills to Augusta Picnic

November 3 : Monthly Motor In November 5 : Donut Run December 1: Monthly Motor In December 9: Annual Christmas Party

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UPCOMING JOINT EVENTS April 30th-NKU Rally For more information · http://friendsofsteely.nku.edu/news_and_events or Mike Murray at (859) 392-1543 June 26th we plan to meet up around 12-1 at Clifty Falls and enjoy a picnic lunch. To do this drive, we will plot the course and meet up at the park for a picnic with the Bluegrass group.BlueGrass MINI’s invitation.

September 24th Bourbon Run IV: This trip is going to be more detailed after the upcoming board meeting to finalize our schedule for the year. Currently the plans show the drive is planning to visit three distilleries( Woodford Reserve, Four Roses and Jim Beam). Time permitted, we will try to tour all three. The start up time will be 10am in Frankfort, KY Visit our QCC website at for more details.

QCC Account Balance Balance as of $723.00

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EVENT PLANNING INFORMATION / GUIDELINES REMEMBER TO BRING WITH YOU: TWO WAY RADIOS, FRESH BATTERIES CELL PHONE MAP - ATLAS - GPS CLIPBOARD SUNSCREEN UMBRELLAS

DON’T FORGET TO: CHECK TIRE INFLATION, ENGINE OIL, AND FLUID LEVELS TOP OFF FUEL TANK GO EASY ON COFFEE/LIQUIDS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

CONVOY DRIVING

front” be responsible for the “following car” staying within visual sight on winding roads and at turns by

The leader MUST have pre-driven or know the route, and know of gas stations, rest areas, other pull off areas, etc. The leader MUST have a navigator, able to communicate back to the convoy promptly and receive radio calls. No one person in the lead trying to drive, navigate the GPS/maps and work a radio.

slowing down. This way the pace of the entire group is controlled by the slowest member. In some cases, the slowest member needs to be brought up front, encouraged to up their pace. When a group gets really experienced, the pace will be fast and fun, and the radio communication is prompt and reliable. The use of the radios can be used to allow safe passing on otherwise tricky/blind two lane roads.

All the cars behind the lead car to have their “parking lights” on only, of course except at night. The last car, “the sweeper” must have their headlights on. This makes it easier for the leader to Don’t try to stay together in towns or where there is spot them in the rear view mirror to know when the a lot of traffic lights and 4-ways. Make sure whole convoy is together. everyone has a brief set of directions to follow or can use the “main road rule” of following a Key Item; The car-to-car spacing that works well designated route through congested areas until the seems to be 1.5 second minimum to 3 seconds. “clear” side of town. There the leader should have New, slower drivers to be near the front of the stopped at a visible area for all the convoy to group, behind the leader. Make sure that everyone regroup and proceed. Cell phone number exchange has a radio and is okay with driving at an at the start of the drive could help for those who enthusiastic speed. It is imperative that the “car in really get lost or out of family radio range.

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TIPS FOR PLANNING A DRIVE EVENT Planning a drive can be more fun than doing the drive itself. If you haven’t sponsored a drive, you are missing a good part of the pleasure of owning a sports car and being in a car club. The five basic elements to organizing a drive are as follows: 1. Determine a destination: It can be a place like a museum, a park, a restaurant, a tour of covered bridges, a quaint town or an activity event like the Winchester Speedway, etc. Generally speaking, the primary objective is a fun or scenic drive to get there. (Over night events can be the exception). There does not have to be a destination. It could be a tuning around point. Naturally, outside events like parks, picnics or exploring a quaint town should be done in warm weather, whereas inside events like museums, restaurants could be done when it is cold. 2. Plan a route: Get a detailed map of the area, showing all the back roads (real estate offices or county engineering offices often will give them to you). Then get in your car and experience some of the roads that will ultimately lead to your destination. Write down times and details. An ideal driving time to a destination is one & one half to three hours. You do not have to go far in distance, “as the crow flies”, as long as there are interesting roads on which to go back and forth. Try to find a potty stop some where mid-way, like a McDonald’s, where there is parking for the convoy. Design your route to avoid congestion where the convoy will get strung out and split up with traffic lights, etc. by routing around them whenever possible. If the convoy is large, more than ten cars (that’s all that can normally make it through a light), it may be well to assign a second leader and break up into two groups.

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3. Determine a Departure Time and Place: The driving time to the destination will determine the departure time. Allow a window of approximately one half-hour for everyone to assemble. The departure place should have adequate parking, a restroom available, and hopefully coffee & breakfast sandwiches. 4. Lunch Break: This can be your destination or a stop on the way to your destination. Get a prior commitment from the members to determine how many will be going. Check out a place which can handle the group at the time you schedule to arrive. Is there adequate parking? Moderate pricing and a varied menu are desirable. It is best to have made prior arrangements with the restaurant management unless it is fast food like Burger King, etc. If it’s a picnic in the park, make sure everyone knows to pack a lunch. 5. Plan a return route: Try to find an interesting return route, although sometimes reversing & coming back and retracing is as much fun as going. If time is short, the return route could be more direct. An option is to break and let everyone choose their own way home. Remember that the whole point is to get out, drive your car, go somewhere different, and socialize with good people. No one will crucify you if your drive is less than perfect. We will all appreciate the effort. Get going, get busy, do some planning and create a fun time for everyone.

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LINKS TO EVENT PICTURES Celtic Crossroads @ the Paramount Atrs Center: https://picasaweb.google.com/john.cusick/MINIMarchMeetingAtTheBarn?feat=directlink

Observation Rally & March Motor Inn: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/motorcincy/photos/album/1936836976/pic/list https://picasaweb.google.com/john.cusick/ParamountTheatreCelticCrossroadsTrip?feat=directlink

Wright Patterson Airforce Museum: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/motorcincy/photos/album/1619666730/pic/list

Back Yard Inn: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/motorcincy/photos/album/2088705758/pic/list

American Sign Museum: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/motorcincy/photos/album/1321279100/pic/list

2011 MEMBERSHIP ROSTER Lan Ackley Brian & Lee Arnold A J & Ruth Bailer Dave & Laura Bales Gaby & Jennifer Batshoun Ron & Marilyn Bistany Greg & Katy Bodenburg Chris & Cheryl Cane John & Nancy Cusick Tj & Jim Dixon Tom & Debbi Draper John & Carmen Elliot

Bob & Trudy Hare Jim & Ester Hopgood Alex Hopple Codie Hudson Sandy & Dwain Hudson Jim & Bitsy Hutsell Jean Janneck Joseph Key David & Laura Knight Jerry Leftwich Karen Miller & Frank Meyer Alison Rapp & John Olman

Lori Pieper Rob & Carol Rauch Jeff Roberts Tira & Sam Rogers Tim & Bobbi Ross Michael Scott Sandy Stanford & Ron Gregory Jill SteinBrunner Stephanie Taylor Hershel Kay Weintraub Lorna Zwerin

QUICK LOOK AT THE MINI COOPER CLUBMAN:

Dual Sunroofs

Heated Power Folding Mirrors

Auto Leveling, Adaptive Xenon Headlamps

Barn Doors

Club Door Wide Bulldog Stance

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Membership Details MEMBERSHIP DEFINED: ! Member (Individual) ! Member & Spouse ! Member & Significant other MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS: ! Own / Lease a Mini ! Valid Drivers License ! Proof of Insurance.(primary member) MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGES: ! Club name tags. ! Access to log on the Queen City Coopers website. ! Voting rights on all club decisions that the club leaders deem necessary for a vote. ! No participation fee for any QCC sponsored events. ! 10 % OFF CINCINNATI MINI SERVICE & PARTS

MEMBERSHIP TERM / DUES : ! January 1 thru December 31 ! $25 yearly due by January 31 ! $15 after August 1st. ! Make checks payable to “Queen City Coopers” GUESTS/NON-MEMBERS: will be charged a $5.00 participation fee* per car to participate in any QCC sponsored event. Members from other car clubs participate for free with club ID. Monthly Motor Inn’s are not considered an event. * The participation fee is only to participate in the event, any costs such as food, motel, admission, etc. will be paid by participant regardless of membership status. Mail application and dues to: Michael Scott 111 E. Jackson St. Franklin, OH 45005

Membership Form Date:

Model Mini:

Member Name:

Year:

Significant Other:

Body Color

Children under 18:

Roof Color:

Address:

S. License Plate:

City/St/Zip:

Options Packages:

Phone H/C:

Name Tag Color:

Email:

Modifications:

Birthday(M/D/Y) Year is optional: Member BD: Significant Other BD: Children under 18 BD: ICE Name:

How did you hear about the Club?

ICE Phone:

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CONTACT INFORMATION: GROUP LEADER:

MINI ACCESSORIES CAROL RAUCH

ROB RAUCH

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MEMBERSHIP & NEWSLETTER : MICHAEL SCOTT

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TREASURER: GABY BATSHOUN

Gaby_Batshoun@yahoo.com EVENTS COORDINATOR: JOHN AND NANCY CUSICK

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SECRETARY: SANDY STANFORD

Stanford@zoomtown.com

SPONSOR: CINCINNATI MINI

MINI Manager Michael Ingram mingram@cincinnatimini.com By Michael Scott

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