- Well, it all started in Las Vegas at AMVIV5 in 2008. I didn't have a MINI & was thinking of getting one. A close family friend of mine lives out there and owns a MINI himself. He suggested I come out to AMVIV and take a look at the MINI's to see if I wanted one.
Well, I took my 3 boys out of school for 2 days so my hubby, my boys and I could make a fun trip out of "looking" at these cool cars. Well, the first day we got there my oldest son eyed a spectacular 2006 Cool Blue MINI w/the Wide Orciari body kit ... I instantly knew THAT was the type of MINI I wanted! I spent the next couple days talking to the owner (Everardo Valadez) about what went into making his MINI so unique. By day 3 of bending his ear about his MINI, I had decided I wanted to get a MINI ... but only if I could get it to look like his! I sheepishly, half joking, asked him if he would mind "helping" me with the ordering and aftermarket add-on's to help me achieve the look he had ... well, I guess he figured I was kidding or wouldn't really go thru with it ... so he said "Sure". He ended up winning "Most Extreme MINI" that year at AMVIV --- I knew I had selected well!
I went back home to So Cal & by May 2008 my MINI was on order ... Everardo helped with my Dealer MINI order & all the aftermarket mods, like ordering the body kit, fabrication of the custom spoiler & windscreen (which are his own creations), dealing with the wheel off-set requirements for the wide body kit, etc...
By September my MINI had arrived at the Dealer! I put the 1st 4000 miles on her before I drove her 8 hours to Everardo's house in Northern California in January 2009. That is where I handed over my new baby girl to him to help get the body kit, wheels, and some of the original mods added.
By early March 2009, I flew back up North to pick up my beautifully appointed girl in time to bring her out to AMVIV6 for her own debut. I met up with Everardo and we displayed "the twins" together during the event.
Since AMVIV6 in March 2009, I have attended some shows with her & won a few awards. It is fun showing her off! In June 2009 I met up and went on a run with the West Coast Mini (WCM) club here in San Diego. I went on my first official "run" and learned that "Diablita" was more than just a pretty car. I learned what a MINI is made to do ..... play in the twisties!
In December 2009 I participated in my first AUTOCROSS event. I actually won in the MINI Cooper Class! I was hooked! Now I am struggling to balance the fine line between Show Queen & Autocross Queen.
Since my first run with WCM, I was hooked on performance mods. I still have a few more list of wishes, and I am working within my MOD budget one month at a time to get it all done!
Thank you for taking the time to check "Diabilta" out!