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Brian Davis
Bloomington, IL
Paddy's Garage - Managing Director and Chief Mechanic · 2014 to present · Bloomington, Illinois Dedicated to the preservation of vintage and modern British motoring technology and heritage.
Interests: MINI Coopers, Appraisal, Photography, the Smoky Mountains, Blogging and Social Media
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December Winter Magic Specials Offer valid December 1st, 2015 through December 17th, 2015 Come see our beautiful Winter Light displays and spend your holidays in the Smokies! Minimum night stay reduced to 3 nights for Christmas/New Years 12/18/15 - 1/2/16 Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2 - December 1 - 17. Buy 2, get 2 free - December 1 - 17 (Sunday/Monday arrivals only) Stay 7 nights for the price of 5 - December 1 - 17. Details: Only available on new reservations booked after December 1. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents... Continue reading
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Christmas came early for Paddy this year! He got a set of four (4) Rose Petal wheels by John Brown Wheels, mounted with Yokohama A008 tires. Matte black finish with natural outer edge. Supplied with stainless steel sleeve nuts, washers & spacers. Here's the BEFORE picture And AFTER! The true... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Our Minis - Classic and New
Alan Klienschmidt set up a "Mystery Lunch Cruise" on Monday October 26th. We formed up in Shirley, Illinois on Old Rt 66 at 10:15am. All Flatland members were invited to participate. We met up in Shirley, along Route 66 Leonard and Mary Lee bundled up in their Sunbeam Alpine Keith... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Our Minis - Classic and New
Brian Davis has shared their blog Illinois Flat Land British Car Club
Sep 20, 2015
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For a fifth season, the City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to summer visitors along the length of the Parkway during the peak tourist season. For a fifth season, the City of Gatlinburg will offer free trolley service to summer visitors along the length of the Parkway during the peak tourist season. Visitors and local residents can board the specially designated trolleys at no charge along numerous stops on the Parkway. The shuttle service will extend from traffic light #1 at the north end of town to light #10 at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.... Continue reading
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The season of summer fun has arrived in Gatlinburg, and it comes with no shortage of activities for the whole family. This summer, visitors will have the chance to spend their evenings enjoying live entertainment, attending award-winning Independence Day festivities or getting a firsthand look at unique items hand-crafted in Gatlinburg for generations. Gatlinburg’s award-winning 4th of July Midnight Parade is the First Independence Day parade held in the country and has garnered much national attention and award recognition for excellence in entertainment. For 40 years, the Parade has honored our nation’s Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes with... Continue reading
I saw on Acme's blog that a customer had come up with a "vertical position" storage solution (http://cartowdolly.com/eze-towtow-dol... ) but it only offered pictures. I thought some might like to see that type of solution in ACTION! My EZE-Tow Dolly is an older generation and the hitch is different from... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Our Minis - Classic and New
This year Classic Minis United went back to Cherokee, NC for the base of our 3 day driving adventure. It's located at the south entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and at the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway. As with all of our CMU events, we like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Our Minis - Classic and New
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Dear CMU members, First, Happy New Years! Hopefully you can fulfill your New Years resolution of getting your Mini out more! We're happy to announce a first for CMU, the International Mini Film Festival. To make it a little more exciting, Classic Motorsports Magazine is sponsoring the festival (And the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Our Minis - Classic and New
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The MITO Group Photo is FINALLY available for download! They are kind enough to allow the Classic Minis a front row spot in the picture. Paddy - #37 - Takes a nice picture . . . don't ya think!? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Our Minis - Classic and New
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The Bear's Den is upgrading its Internet service to AT&T's U-Verse fiber optic Wi-Fi gateway in December! That mean's much more reliable Internet service for our guests and fewer dropped connections. The AT&T Wi-Fi gateway will be installed at the Bear's Den the first week of December and deliver U-verse High Speed Internet. This smart technology allows: High-speed Internet connections to multiple home computers Connection to Wi-Fi devices such as smartphones and netbooks Linking to personal devices such as Wi-Fi cameras Continue reading
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It's beginning to look a lot like... Winterfest in Gatlinburg! November Harvest Specials Offer Good: 11/01/2014 - 11/30/2014 Stay for 2 nights, get the 3rd night free for 11/1-11/22 Minimum night stay reduced to 2 nights 11/1-11/22 Details: Only available on new reservations booked after October 21. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay. December Winter Magic Specials Offer Good: 12/01/2014 - 12/31/2014 Come see our beautiful Winter Light displays and get some holiday shopping done! Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2 December 1 - 18. 2... Continue reading
MITO - Minis In The Ozarks photo album - click here Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Our Minis - Classic and New
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Offer Good: 11/01/2014 - 11/30/2014 Stay for 2 nights, get the 3rd night free for 11/1-11/22 Minimum night stay reduced to 2 nights 11/1-11/22 Minimum night stay reduced to 3 nights for Thanksgiving Week 11/23-11/30 Details: Only available on new reservations booked after October 21. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay. You may reserve by calling the JMH office at 1-800-473-3163 and ASK for the Bear's Den! Continue reading
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Bear's Den October Specials Offer Good: 10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014 Stay for 3 nights, get the 4th night FREE! Stay for 7 nights, pay for 5! 2 night minimum now in effect on all properties! One free Jayell Ranch horseback ride with every stay! One free Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster Ride with every stay! Details: Only available on new reservations booked after September 25. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay. You may reserve by calling the JMH office at 1-800-473-3163 and ASK for the Bear's Den! Continue reading
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The 10th annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival at Arrowmont is slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-5 on the campus of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The diversity of creativity in fine arts and crafts makes for a prestigious event against the backdrop of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. The three-day festival showcases artists at the top of their fields. Participating exhibitors are chosen by jury in 16 categories, ranging from ceramics and glass to watercolor and woodworking. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the best in fine arts and crafts, talk to the artists, hands-on activities... Continue reading
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The City of Gatlinburg has changed fire codes concerning grills at rental cabins. We and the staff at our property management company (Jackson Mountain Homes) have been proactive by conducting a grill assessment at the Bear's Den to ensure that it meets the new fire code. Our installer also contacted the the Fire Inspector to inspect the final installation to insure that the Bear's Den is in compliance! Here are some photos of the newly installed Broilmaster Natural Gas Grill . The new grill has been removed from its former location on the porch (near the steps) to the new... Continue reading
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I'm back from MINI Takes The States 2014! I only did 2.5 legs of the Rally this year . . . traveling down to Memphis TN and then back up through St. Louis, MO, my hometown of Bloomington, IL and then just short of Chicago, IL. The Illinois stretch of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Our Minis - Classic and New
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Over the past two years I've worked on Paddy's (1973 Mini 1000 with a 1380cc A+ engine) mechanical and cosmetic issues including replacing a head gasket, a bent push rod, and other non-engine related upgrades. But one problem has persisted from the begining until now. He's had a nagging "miss"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Our Minis - Classic and New
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Everyone has their opinion of where the BEST place is to store or mount a fire extinguisher in a Classic Mini. Some will mount them under the front seats, to a roll cage (if fitted) or simply place one in the rear storage bins. The latter is where I stored... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Our Minis - Classic and New
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Paddy has had his WIPAC driving lights installed, but not wired, for about a year now. It was about time to do something about that! In the References section at the bottom of this post you'll find links to the UK The Mini Forum and a couple of people specifically... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Our Minis - Classic and New