Last Sunday, the Mini Cooper Club held a scavenger hunt in the Hamptons called MINIs Hunt the Hamptons. A friend told me about the event and said that she and her mother were going to participate and she encouraged us to come see what it was all about. So at 9:00 a.m. we were in the parking lot at Duck Walk Vineyards in Southampton watching a parade of Mini Coopers assemble to collect their maps and instructions for the day. We chatted with the event's organizers and they said we could join in if wanted to since there had been a few last minute cancellations. So we did!
The packet we received had a map of Long Island, a list of 14 items to be collected and a list of 21 questions to be answered by traveling the specific route outlined in detail in the materials. We had really come to photograph the event but now figured we could get some great shots if we got ahead of the pack and shot them arriving at a Town Landing, or turning a corner near the country club. This video/slide show highlights the day and underscores the enthusiasm of the Mini participants. The route took us from Southampton, through East Hampton, deep in to the woods of Amagansett, and back - on some roads that Peter hadn't traveled in 30 years. We think we got some fun shots and hope you agree.
Photos and Video by Claudia Ward & Peter Tooker
Slide Show compiled by Peter Tooker
Music: Notice Me by a local girl, Alexa Ray Joel
If you too are a Mini enthusiast, I'm sure you know the movie The Italian Job which was originally made in 1969 featuring Michael Caine and Noel Coward, and was remade in 2003 featuring Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, and Ed Norton, but in both movies the stars are the Mini Coopers. Peter's video clips of the parade of Minis rounding the corner near the Maidstone Club certainly bring this movie to mind.