We started our day with a fun run from Chantilly to Quantico, even though Brandy cracked her rim in a pothole (sorry about your rim, Brandy!) We all lined up in the parking lot around the corner from Brandy and Corey’s house and took a few pictures because we drive MINIs and that’s how we do!
I wanted to do the most work so Corey suggested that I pull my car into the driveway to get started. He had an extra set of 17″ tires to put on my car so we could take off the 16″ and start dipping. It didn’t take me long to learn how to jack up my car and remove my tires.
After I got them jacked up, I got a lesson in how to unscrew bolts, remove them and put on new ones. Everyone pitched in to help me learn how!
My tires were really, really dirty because I forgot to clean them, so we had to spend some time on that as well.
I got all the wheels off and then Corey began teaching me the fine art of Plasti Dipping.
We convinced Rey to pose with a cup of coffee so @DCMetroMINIs could finally contribute to the @menandcoffee stream on Instagram.
Between coats Nick, Melissa, Corey, and Rey began attaching my new Hella driving lights.
It was getting even hotter and I found out Laura had set up her vinyl cutting station inside. Brandy was in there helping out, so in between coats of Plasti Dip I went in to watch.
Ali was going to replace her belt line. Half of it was chrome and the other half black. Ali had black tape so that it would look the same all the way around.
Also, Melissa pulled her car in to begin installing her new sway bar.
Sadly, something went wrong under Melissa’s car. The bolt attaching something snapped off and though Melissa and Corey tried everything, they couldn’t get it out.
We were quickly running out of steam. I cleaned most of the Plasti Dip off my tires and then drove my car back to put them back on.
We added our new #EpicMINIRally stickers because we wanted other drivers to know how to find out about our epic event!
Finally, we were ready to go. While not all of our projects were successful, everybody had a great time. The #DCMetroMINIs members are some of the most fun and most helpful people you are ever likely to meet!