Record Breaking MINI Gathering
ST. IGNACE, MI — For hundreds of Mini Cooper motorists who crossed the Mighty Mac in hopes of a world record, the third time proved not to be the charm.
The final tally came in at about 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, with 1,328 fun-sized Mini Coopers driving in a single-file line across the Mackinac Bridge. The effort was nine vehicles better than a 2015 attempt, but missed the 2009 world record of 1,450 set in London by 122 cars.
This marked the third organized attempt at a world record for the longest parade of the British-made vehicle over a suspended bridge. The Sharpe Collection, which operates the Mini of Grand Rapids dealerships, first put on the event in 2013.
The 1,328 vehicles that participated Saturday did break the record for the largest gathering of Mini owners in the United States.
Drivers came from across the country, including New Mexico, California, Texas and Washington.
“When you break it down, people are traveling from Florida, California, Alaska, Texas to get here to park, jump in a parade, eat some food and head home,” said George Sharpe Jr., general manager of the Grand Rapids dealership. “There’s not one Mini here that’s alike. That’s the incredible part.”
MLive reporter Andrew Dodson and his wife Erin participated in the event with their hot chocolate Mini Clubman. Here’s a Facebook live broadcast from earlier in the day: