Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ultimate Mini Challenge?

What does it mean to have my car "race prepared"?

How do I get a competition license?


Will there be other events at Blackhawk that day?


Will there be a Mini Corral and parade laps at Blackhawk?

Is camping available at Blackhawk?



Have more questions? Email us at jan@minimania.com


What is the Ultimate Mini Challenge?
Mini Challenge is a gathering of street and race Classic Minis and New MINIs to be held at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Rockton, IL, as part of the national "Mini Meet West Meets East" celebration. There have been two previous Mini Challenge races, both at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, CA, in 2001 and 2003. Mini Mania is excited to bring the Challenge to the Mini Meet for the "Mid-America Showdown"!


What does it mean to have my car "race prepared"?
All race cars in the Ultimate Mini Challenge must have the following safety equipment installed:

  • Five-point driver's harness
  • Roll bar or cage
  • Window nets
  • Driver's fire suit, gloves and helmet
  • Fire extinguisher in the car

In addition, all drivers must have a valid competition license (see next item below).


How do I get a competition license?

If you are new to racing and want to join the fun, attend a certified competition driver's school in your area. Once you have completed their course, submit your certificate to a local racing association, such as NASA, SCCA, VARA, HMSA, or a similar organization. They will issue you a log book -- and you're good to go! Here are dates of driver's schools being held this Spring; contact the issuing organization for details:

April 3-4

SCCA/CFR Drivers school....Daytona, FL

April 10-11 RMVR Drivers School...Second Creek, Denver, CO
Apr. 30-May 2 VSCDA Drivers School.....GingerMan Rcwy, MI
June 12 - 13 SCCA/FR Drivers School....Moroso Mtr. Sprts. Park, FL

 


 

Will there be other events at Blackhawk that day?
Yes! The Ultimate Mini Challenge is part of Mini Meet West Meets East, and Meet organizers are planning to make a day of it. Besides the Mini Challenge, with multiple heats run throughout the day, you can watch the Minis run in the SOLO Autocross event in Blackhawk's parking lot, and join the fun with a full picnic.

Mini Meet West Meets East takes place somewhere in the middle of the US every fifth year, as a central meeting point for Mini enthusiasts from all over the US and Canada. For more information about this year's meet, visit their website at www.minimeet2004.com.



Will there be a Mini Corral and parade laps at Blackhawk?
Yes! Bring your Classic Mini or New MINI to the event, enjoy talking to other Mini owners, and be part of the Parade Laps around the track during lunchtime. Parade laps are a controlled tour of the track behind a pace car; no passing or 'horseplay' please! Stay tuned for instructions for signing up for the Mini Corral.



Is camping available at Blackhawk?
Yes! The friendly folks at Blackhawk Farms are very accommodating. Camping without hookups is FREE, any nights from Monday June 28 through Wednesday June 30 ... or you can stay through to the weekend if you want. Electrical hookup only is available for $20 for three nights. Coin-op showers are available.

 


 

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