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Issue Four
Jan. 6, 2003
LA Auto Show
LA Auto Show Photo Gallery
Mission MINI

Porsche Cayenne Introduction
Maybach Introduction
2003 Jaguar S-Type Road Test
Coming Next Issue
Detroit Auto Show
Nav-TV Interview
Bose Headphones

MISSION MINI: International Intrigue and Mystery -- MINI Style, continued

If I recall correctly, I left for Barcelona on the evening of November 6th, and arrived on the 7th, sometime in the afternoon. On that first evening, I got to meet my team members and we met the other teams at a dinner that MINI put on.

The track day took place on the 8th (which was a Friday), and then the contest started on the 9th, with the finale occurring at around 3:00pm on Sunday the 9th. I chose to stay a little longer and spent Monday and Tuesday hanging out with my team members - we even stumbled across the HQ/repair shop of one of the Barcelona MINI leaders - he had a bunch of old MINI's there and a really cool collection of MINI collectables.

Roadfly: What were the accommodations like? Did MINI take care of you pretty well?

KH:Mini provided the winners with business class tickets, and let us choose the airline and our own trips - they even arranged for limo's to pick us up and take us to the airport. We were put up in ARTS of Barcelona, which I think really goes beyond any five-star hotel I've ever been in. They were really over the top with service and hospitality.

Roadfly: So, when you got to Barcelona and got started with the contest, was it obvious you were working with actors, or were the actors always in character?

KH: Yeah, they did a great job - they were always in character. When we first got there, we were called in to a press conference at the gallery, which really seemed real, and I suppose it was partially real, but the actors - they had the scenes all set-up just like in the story. There was the wall where the paintings vanished from, and the police tape and everything. They had the Police Inspector and a few of the suspects, and they were just wandering around beforehand in character. We stumbled across one of them by accident and started chatting with her, and we found out that she was Patsy Chen, who was one of the suspects. So, we talked with her and gave her our card and told her to call us if she had any info about the case. It was really amazing, because everything seemed so real and fit the story so well.

During the actual press conference, all of the investigators got to ask whatever questions they wanted of the conference attendees, so it was really great - everything was completely freeform - we basically had to come up with our own plans and methods to gather information and try to solve the contest first.

Roadfly: With so many diverse teams from so many worldly locations, were language barriers ever a problem?

KH: No - everyone spoke great English and so we never had any problems there. Even the contestants from Hong Kong and Tokyo were really fluent in English. We had a great time talking with the other teams, and everyone was really great.

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