Event Information

The MINI Challenge is an exciting new addition to this year's 26th annual Automobilia Moonlight Car Show and Street Party in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday, July 11. Compete individually or enter your own 3-driver racing team to compete against other 3-driver teams for top honors in this thrilling autocross competition. Everyone races identical MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops on timed runs through a challenging autocross course. Engineered by BMW, the German engineered / British built MINI delivers go-kart handling and performance, but is docile enough for drivers of all levels. No previous racing or performance driving experience is required to participate.

After completing a low speed orientation lap of the course with instructions by a pro driver, you will get three lapping sessions with breaks in between in order to to prepare for your next runs or debrief and strategize with your teammates. The best individual lap times of each team driver from all three sessions are added together to determine the fastest team of the day. Participation takes approximately two hours.

After you drive, celebrate your performance by soaking in the atmosphere of one of the country's largest single day car shows. Timing results are updated in real time on your smart phone so you can track where you and / or your team stand relative to other drivers and teams throughout the day and into the evening.

This event is being conducted as a fundraiser for the official charities of Automobilia. Participants will be expected to sign up sponsors to fund their participation.

Charity Information

Automobilia Charity Graphic

Proceeds from this special fundraising event will be shared among Automobilia's official charity partners: Cars for the Cause, Wichita's Little Heroes, and Convoy of Hope, so that they can continue to do their good work in the greater Wichita region.



Register

Two ways to participate:

  • Pay one-time registration fee of $1,000.00
  • Pay $75.00 registration fee and fundraise (min $750)



Read FAQ & Rules

Sessions

  • Session 1:   9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Session 2:   11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Session 3:   2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

Wichita City Transit Parking Lot, 777 East Waterman Street, Wichita, KS

Event Sponsors

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken?

The MINI Challenge is a low density, outdoor event with ample room for social distancing. Participant capacity is 24 people in each of three different lapping sessions during the day. This is well under the CDC's recommended guidelines for public event attendance in Q2, 2020 and beyond. 6 of the 24 people will be in cars at any given time, leaving only 18 remaining participants in an expansive outdoor waiting area. The cars’ windows and sunroofs will be open during the event for maximum fresh air circulation. Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves will be available for all participants wishing to use them. Waste receptacles will be placed for the safe disposal of gloves. Masks will not be provided, but you are free to wear your own.

What are my financial obligations by registering and what is your cancellation policy?

If you elect to register by paying a one-time fee, you will be obligated to pay that fee unless you cancel your participation at least three weeks prior to the event or name a substitute driver to take your place.

If you elect to register by paying the nominal registration fee and then solicit sponsors to fund the rest of your participation, you are responsible for delivering the amount of that pledge prior to the event. If you have not produced the pledge amount by the date of the event, you may still participate, but you will be responsible for making up the shortfall at on site check-in. If you have registered this way and you are unable to participate after registering, the donations of your sponsors are not refundable, but you may name a substitute driver to take your place any time up to the day of the event. You and / or your replacement driver are still responsible for delivering the pledge amount, however.

Where do I send people to make their sponsorship donation?

Once you register, you will have your own profile page to which you can add your photo and additional information for your prospective sponsors to learn about your participation in the event. Your profile page is where your sponsors can donate.

Do I have to sign up sponsors?

No, but if you elect not to have sponsors fund your participation you will be required to pay a $1,000 registration fee. These registration fee options help ensure that sufficient funds will be raised to justify the work involved in organizing and conducting the event and that, in the end, meaningful revenue will be generated to benefit the official charities of Automobilia.

Where do the registration fees and sponsorship donations go?

100% of the registration fees and sponsorship funds go directly to the 4th and Long Foundation, a Wichita, KS based nonprofit organization. The majority of the funds are then distributed to the three Wichita, KS based charity partners of Automobilia: Cars for the Cure, Convoy of Hope and Wichita's Littlest Heroes. The 4th and Long foundation also pays Miles Ahead, Inc. a pre-negotiated percentage of the funds raised to conduct the event.

What if it rains on the event date?

The event will be run rain or shine.

How safe is it?

We have never had a major incident in the entire history of our company, which was founded in 2011. Each MINI Challenge course is custom designed based on the unique aspects of the venue. Course design and layout is always done in such a way as to eliminate potential collision threats and protect the safety of bystanders. The driving course is usually set up in a parking lot, which serves to limit top speed. Our MINIs are equipped with state-of-the-art safety equipment, including high performance anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, high performance tires, and a smart airbag system with a total of eight (8) airbags, including front, side-impact, side-curtain, and knee locations with crash severity monitoring technology that adjusts their inflation rates. No helmets, fire suits, gloves, or other special driving gear is required to participate.

Do I have to sign a waiver prior to participating?

Yes, you will have to e-sign a waiver when registering for the event on this web site releasing from liability Miles Ahead, Inc., the event venue, the nonprofit foundation beneficiary of the event and any other parties that, in total, constitute the “Miles Ahead Group” as defined in the waiver. You will not be responsible for any damage done to a car(s) while driving, however, there are time penalties involved for hitting cones. Miles Ahead’s event staff reserves the right to disqualify from the event anyone driving or behaving in a reckless manner that, in their sole discretion, creates a danger either to themselves or to others. No refunds are issued to anyone who is disqualified from further participation due to reckless driving or other dangerous or risky behavior.

Event Rules & Requirements

You will register for one of three, 2-hour driving sessions scheduled during the day.

The event capacity is 72 drivers. Drivers can either compete individually or as part of a 3-person team against other 3-person teams.

The winning team is determined by adding together the best (lowest) single lap time of each driver and then factoring in time bonuses earned by overshooting the minimum fundraising goal.

Drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license.

Passengers are allowed, but must be at least 12 years of age.

No helmets or other driving equipment are required.

No alcohol will be served at the event.

Miles Ahead reserves the right to disqualify any participant that is judged to be driving in a reckless manner or otherwise behaving in a manner detrimental to the conduct of a safe and enjoyable event for the rest of the participants.