It was indeed a FUN weekend being 38 MINI Coopers trooping to Tanay, Rizal for the first ever Sierra Madre Fun Run of the MINI Car Club Philippines (MCCP), an exclusive and only MINI Cooper Car Club in the Philippines. I was lucky to be part of the experience, and to be able to join them that day. :)
We all assembled at Shell Libis (Northbound) at around 5:00 AM, with MINI Coopers arriving almost every minute or so. It was a nice sight, all those MINIs gathered in one location. We drove straight to Sierra Madre at Tanay, Rizal for more or less 40 minutes, with speeds unimaginable at full load in a MINI Countryman S (Turbo).
Have you seen The Italian Job (IMDB, 2003)? It's just like that, only much much better because we had more MINIs than in the film! :)) But seriously, it was an awesome killer (in a good way) ride. Didn't imagine that with such a compact car, it is packed with so much muscles and power! Not to mention, a 6-foot guy like me can fit and sit comfortably inside a MINI, now I am SOLD!
The MINI Car Club Philippines meets regularly, and does fun runs quarterly. Asked why they do this, MINI Car Club Philippines' president, Ken Uy said, "The cars are like humans. If we humans need to exercise, the cars need to exercise as well, using them and running them at fast speeds. The purpose of the cars are to be used, and not just to be kept at home."
We all had breakfast at Sierra Madre. I decided to try out the Tapang Usa or charbroiled smoked/dried deer meat. I think it was the high from the kick-ass ride up Sierra Madre that made me adventurous and want to try the deer meat. The texture was just like the regular tapa, but this one tastes bolder and more tangy. After breakfast, we all went back down, with smiles on everyone's faces. It was an awesome experience!
R.O.X. sponsored an HD video camera called the Drift Innovation during the MINI Cooper fun run, and is giving away a brand new unit for the best photo of the event. It is a wide angle action camera used for outdoor sports and action filming like car racing, biking, skiing, sky diving, and the like. It has an LCD and can be powered by a remote control. Awesome!