In summer of 2009, my pal Tim Jones turned to me, Peter Reeves, and suggested a rather cool idea. How about we both buy a zippy new car, and next spring go on a road trip to Chicago?

I love a good road trip! And having driven a Toyota Prius for the last five years, I was really due for a cool new car. A car that could accelerate from 0-60 in single digits, and not roll over in a strong wind.

So needless to say, I agreed!

First, Tim bought himself a kick-ass, Subaru Impreza WRX. With a 265 horsepower turbo engine and all wheel drive, he was clearly ready for the trip ahead.

I followed by purchasing a Mini Cooper-S, with its twin turbo and a surprising five star roll rating. It’s like a Go Kart with gecko feet.

This is the story of our road trip to Chicago. We’ll be heading up to Portland, across the Northern States to Chicago, and Route 66 back to California. It should be fun.

So come along and read our stories. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Peter and Tim