Many of the people participating in the MINI-E trial lease program have been communicating online via the MINI-E Facebook groups and through blogs like this one to share our experiences, our problems and the excitement we share about this amazing vehicle. The problem is, other than the one event sponsored by MINI for each the East Coast and West Coast participants, we rarely get to see or talk to each other in person, and I think most of us would like to do just that. I figured that since I own a restaurant in Montclair, NJ, which geographically is an ideal location, I should organize an event. Montclair is only 12 miles west of NYC, and is within 50 miles of most of the NJ participants other than about 15 or so in Southern NJ. They could make it here, but would need a full recharge to get home and that might be difficult. There are two participants with charge boxes in Montclair, but I'm not sure of their availability. You can go to the website for MINI-E charger sharing at: http://www.waterway4.com/mini-e/ if you need to charge up on the way somewhere. We are going to meet at Nauna's Bella Casa at 148 Valley Road in Montclair, NJ 07042 at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 22nd. I know there are at least 25 participants who are within a 50 mile range of Montclair so hopefully we can get a good group here. A few have already confirmed so it's definitely a go, rain or shine. We can all sit at a big table, have lunch and talk about the first few months of driving with zero emissions. I'll reserve a bunch of parking spaces so we can all park next to each other for some great pictures. I also told our local newspaper about it and they plan to stop by sometime. It would be great if we could get someone from MINI to come by as well, I'll make sure they know the event is going on and leave it up to them if someone can stop by. Leave me a message if you plan to come!