My goodness... I wouldn’t know where to start (nor end) my story. LOL ;) Here’s a link to read about my MINI’s transformation
...and a little about me:
I'm Brenda, I have lived in the Puget Sound area my entire 44 years. I’m a career firefighter (FF) for South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR) in Federal Way/Des Moines, WA since 2000. There is a short video of my MINI and me that made it on weekly TV show in WA. (see video below)
I ordered and bought my new '06 MINI in Arlington, TX from Moritz MINI because there's no way I could wait 12 to 15 months for delivery in Washington. I don't know how other MINI enthusiasts in my club waited that long. I would have gone nuts! LOL
Anyway, my husband and I took my brand new MINI with only 11 miles on an adventurous drive home. We visited 9 National Parks in 2 weeks and pulled into our driveway with almost 4,000 miles from our trip. I truly had no second doubts on my purchase. What an awesome drive! My MINI is by far the funnest (Its not a word until you drive a Mini!) car I have ever owned or driven.
I am a member of the Puget Sound MINI Motoring Club in western Washington (psmini.org). My screen name on the PSMINI forum is "Hapa Haole", which is Hawaiian. Hapa means “half” and haole means “white”. My mom was born and raised in Hawaii, but she’s 100% Japanese. My dad is German/French, so hence the nickname for me and my car (which is kind of half white). A lot of PSMINI members know me as the “tagging queen”. Ask me more about that if you are curious. It has been a hoot hanging out with other MINI friends. We can understand and appreciate what joy our little cars give us. Our get-togethers (mod parties with barbecues, road tours, poker runs, rallies, picnics, coffee meet-ups, luncheons, car shows, detail clinics, etc.) have helped me achieve more fun out of owning a MINI Cooper than any other vehicle I have ever owned.
Accessories/mods I’ve added after taking delivery of my MINI:
17” BSA chrome 5 spoke wheels (with 205/45-17 Continental Extreme Contact DW) Stage 2 Mini Madness: 15% supercharger pulley Madness cold air intake Madness cowl mod Madness V2 Catback exhaust NGK Iridum plugs, etc. H & R Coilovers H-Sport rear sway bar H-Sport rear camber links Rear sway bar Strut tower brace Madness lower front stress brace Oil catch can Jan Tune & Dyno Pirelli winter 240 Snowsport run-flat snow tires Chrome grille vents Clear 3rd brake light Spiderlite LED taillight bulbs Euro parcel tray/dash (Mini Mania) Glovebox organizer PS MINI decals Personalized specialized plates (does that count as a mod?) 3rd Brake Light Pulsar Rear seat pull up straps Craven Speed Grille Badge Holders (front & back) Light in Sight (lightinsight.com) No Holes License Plate Bracket “NHLPB” Vortekz Generator Fins PSMINI stubby antenna i-Pod auxiliary port and cable Rear fog light to 4th brake light conversion Custom paintwork on front/rear spoilers, flares and side skirts Custom sport striping Union Jack Eyeball stickers/decals Union Jack valve stem caps, center caps, and door plugs Union Jack rearview mirror cover Union Jack sunroof decal
As far as auto event history, I have participated in numerous drives and events as well as various parades.
2009 and 2010 it won "Best MINI Cooper S" at our local PSMINI show in WA.
1st place last summer 2010 at Mini Meet West in Penticton.
1st place in 2009 for "Best Mini Cooper S" at the LeMay Car Museum.
1st place/Best Daily Driver award at the Lion's club car show in 2009
I plan on entering the "Show and Shine" car show at AMVIV too. Wish me luck! :) Well, I hope that wasn't too long-winded. It's difficult to compress all the information about my MINI and me in a short email. We've been through so many adventures together...
my mom japanese and from hawaii my dad german also i guess were both hapas who drive minis
05/17/2011 @ 6:52 PM
Thank you for all the positive and entertaining comments everyone. ;) I appreciate the support.
I've received an award from my MINI club for being the top tagging queen. To explain better: Our club has business-sized cards called "You Were Spotted" cards that you can print out and "tag" MINIs with. I've got quite a few MINI owners in our area to join PS MINI because I presented a PSMINI card to them (either on their MINI or in person). I've been known to follow a MINI or two for a few miles until the driver stops so I could give him or her a PSMINI card. LOL
A lot of vendors/shops including the local MINI dealers in Washington will give a 10% discount off parts if they are a PSMINI member. How cool is that?! It's always nice to save money. ;)
05/15/2011 @ 12:46 PM
Hi Brenda, I love your Mini story. It's very interesting. I had no idea that the Mini has such a large fan club. Good job! D
05/15/2011 @ 5:26 AM
Wow! "Fire" under the bonnet, "Fire" behind the wheel. Someone sound the alarm! Hot, hot, hot...you go get em girl! Hope this makes it in time. GOOD LUCK! Tagging Queen!?
05/13/2011 @ 9:04 AM
Wow, you've done a ton of things to your Mini and you've been to a lot of places. How do you keep it such great shape?
05/11/2011 @ 8:53 PM
As always, you've done a great job. Hoping you win!!
05/11/2011 @ 7:14 PM
AWESOME!!! NOW GO WIN THIS THING!! HOOAH!!
05/08/2011 @ 5:01 PM
Becky & Chet Klinger
Brenda, Loved your "Mini" story...Of course, that is how we met, seeing your Puget Sound Mini Cooper T-shirt, was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, with many more years of TRAVEL to come!! Love ya, Girl!!! Becky & Chet
05/07/2011 @ 8:30 AM
Seems fine to me but what do I know about mini coopers. You have done a great job in telling about your minicooper. Genex
05/07/2011 @ 6:49 AM
Brenda, so good to see you and your Mini churning up the Pacific NW. Love it when you guys come to the Triple XXX car shows. Good luck in all your endeavors, and now matter what, you are and always will be........A WINNER!