MINI USA has announced the "MINI Takes the States" cross-country rally for all MINI owners and enthusiasts. The 3,123-mile road trip kicks off in August at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in California and ends two weeks later at the Lime Rock Vintage Festival in Connecticut.

The Cooper Car Company is the featured marque at this year's Monterey Historics, and the first 45 MINI GP special edition models (shown at right) to reach the U.S. will be delivered in Monterey, with the next 35 delivered when the event arrives in New Jersey. Only 415 MINI GPs are destined for the U.S. market.

Dubbed "The 2006 MINI TransAmerican Motortastic Road Trip To End All Road Trips Rally," the event will include plenty of surprises and activities for participants. If you're interested, the event website at www.minitakesthestates.com is where you can sign up and learn about the route and special events along the way. Participants can sign up for any part of the event, if they're not up for the entire cross-country jaunt. Let's motor!

[Source: BMW Group, MINI USA]

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