The second AMVIV - A MINI Vacation in Vegas was March 4-6, 2005. Any and all MINI and classic Mini Cooper enthusiasts were invited. It all started in 2003 by a couple of Arizona folks who organized a group drive for 10-20 of their fellow MINI owners. By Feb. 2004, the original AMVIV snowballed to a national event with new and classic MINIs from all over the US -- over 200 cars! The Sin City MINI Club (Las Vegas) coordinated the 2005 event, dubbed AMVIV2. See www.AMVIV.com. This graphic was created by Rick.
We're fifth in a line of seven MINIs, including one from Kansas, at the Utah state line. This is part of the Colorado contingent of MINIs, known as the MINI5280 club (www.MINI5280.org), is on its way to 'Vegas.
I-70 through Utah is quite scenic most of the time. This location is just west of Green River.
A potty break near the eastern side of the Fishlake National Forest, where it had snowed recently. We began our journey in Denver on 3/3/05 after work and spent the night in Fruita, Colo., just west of Grand Junction.
Now on I-15 heading south, a stop at the Arizona state line. The huge sign makes certain you know you're in Arizona now.
The short 30 miles or so of I-15 highway is in the extreme NW corner of Arizona, between St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV. It's a fun drive through the twisty canyons.
The Colorado contingent, and many others, have arrived at the Palace Station hotel in Vegas Friday afternoon, 745 miles from Denver. The hotel designated the top floor of the parking structure exclusively for MINIs. We were greeted with a little rain and cooler temperatures.
Another view of the MINIs on top, taken Sunday morning.
Lots of MINIs keeping eachother company while their owners take photos, talk about MINIs, take some more photos...
The MINIs can't wait to do some motoring in Sin City!
Rick & Wendy's purple haze MINI Cooper S was only of two in that color found this weekend! The other was a local MINI with most of the same features.
Rick (left) and Wendy's (right) paper Minis were entered in a contest at the welcome dinner organized by the Southern California-based "c3 Club." It is "The explosive new MINI group whose number one aim is to raise money and awareness for charitable causes while having a blast with their MINI Coopers." Wendy's cut-out paper and crayon Mini took first place in the "Best MINI" category! The dinner/fundraiser was great fun and raised money for Autism research. See www.c3club.org.
A few friends gather at a stop along the Red Rock Run, just west of Vegas. The beautiful Red Rock Canyon Nat'l Conservation Area features multi-colored sandstone formations, unique flora and wild burros.
Finding great photo opportunities was easier than dropping coins into one-arm bandits. Plenty of time for that later.
Hey, where did that one come from?
A four-MINI section of this parking at the high point of the route through the park.
Wendy, as Vanna.
Rick is ready to go to the next spot.
Near or far, the terrain and colors were constantly changing under the cloudy skies.
At the hotel, the popular Boot (trunk) and Bonnet (hood) Show is held one level below the top, due to the light rain. Randy Webb, as seen through the windows of his "mule." Randy is an expert MNI tuner and is well-known throughout the country. He's based here in Littleton and a co-founder of MINI5280.
Randy, doing his voodoo under the bonnet.
A couple of classic Minis. The red one has the steering wheel on the right side.
This one gets better gas mileage than your average MINI.
MINIs queue up for the Aces High Poker Run. Drivers (and their trusty navigators) try for the best poker hand while seeing some of Las Vegas' most historic and sometimes "cheesy" landmarks.
Sunday. Waiting to get into the Valley of Fire State Park.
The lemmings are lined up at the gate. How many do you count?
Mirrored MINIs, as far as the eye can see.
The MINIs descend upon the Valley of Fire Visitor's Center.
About 75 MINIs packed the lot.
Parked 3 or 4 deep -- the length of a decent sized motor home -- but much more fun to drive.
The purple haze MINI Cooper rubbing elbows with the other MINIs.
The group is getting restless and wants to do some motoring.
A flaming fast antenna decoration.
One of several scenic stops along the four-mile White Domes Road.
The turnaround point of the White Domes Road.
The MINI driver and his co-pilot, navigator, music director, cup holder attendant, etc...
A twisty, S-turn near the end of the White Domes Road. (I've already worn out "scenic.")
Since we arrived too late on Friday for the Hoover Dam Run, we added it to our Sunday Valley of Fire Run, on the way back to Vegas. That way we can take some more dam pictures! Sorry.
Rick and the MCS on the Arizona side of the dam. The 78 degree weather feels very nice.
Lake Mead looks to be about 40 ft. below the top.
Making our way back toward the Nevada side of the dam.
Quick. Jump out and take a picture at this MINI-sized pullout on the road. So many photo opportunities, so little time...