MINI Convertible boat takes to the water

Mini BoatVisitors to the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on May 10-11 will experience an intriguing sight that they won’t be expecting…

a Chili Red MINI Convertible appearing to ‘drive’ on the water along the Schuylkill River during this famous annual festival of university and college rowing.

It will be the first time that the specially-created MINI Convertible ‘boat’ has visited Philadelphia and it can be seen throughout Friday and Saturday cruising on the river. This one-of-a-kind boat was the brain-child of the MINI USA Eastern Region and was built as part of the MINI USA’s Not Normal sales event last October.

Powered by a 6 hp outboard motor, the MINI Convertible boat features a fiberglass mold of the car mounted to a boat hull, and accessorized with authentic MINI parts, including headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, badges, wheels and tires. It was constructed by ACI Composites Inc, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and trimmed so that the wheels rotate in the water reinforcing the illusion that the MINI Convertible is being driven on the river.

The MINI Convertible boat is appearing as part of MINI USA’s sponsorship of the 75th running of the largest inter-collegiate regatta in North America, which has been celebrated every year (excluding the WWII years) since 1934.

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