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If you were out and about in Hastings Wednesday morning, your eyes weren't deceiving you if you saw nothing but mini coopers. About 200 of them arrived in town just after 10:00 Wednesday morning.
It's called Mini Takes The States 2012. It's a biannual event where Mini Cooper owners hit the open highway, getting to see the country, but along the way raise money, all for a good cause.
"Mini owners love getting out and motoring."
One by one by they pulled into the Hastings Museum parking lot, just one of hundreds of stops on their cross country tour.
"We're going from New York to Los Angeles. It's 12 days, 11 nights," said Jim McDowell.
And nearly 3,000 miles.
"It brings together thousands of mini owners in a fun way, we share experiences we meet new friends, we see old friends," McDowell said.
Hundreds of them made the stop Wednesday. And there to greet them, the Kool-aid man, of course.
"I'm amazed that we have, looks like 200 cars here today, but we'll probably pick up I would bet another 800 when we get to Colorado," said McDowell.
Of those thousands of mini's, you won't find two alike.
"You will never see another mini like that red one, it's an extension of your personality," said McDowell.
Like this Mini with horns, or how about a ladybug inspired Cooper. And these owners come from all over the United States.
From New Jersey, to Illinois, and yes from right here in Nebraska.
And in case you're wondering, why the Mini Cooper?
"Why not, I mean, it's such a fun car to drive, it's a go-cart, it's got the wheels at the corner," said McDowell.
The group will spend the night in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday night before making it to their final destination in Los Angeles on July 14th.
All the proceeds from this year's drive will go to the US Paralympic Team.
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