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Kristin McMahon

Kristin McMahon

Hot tips for a cool summer

by on June 20th, 2012 at 8:17am in News

Doing little things can go a long way to having a cool summer. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you and your family find ways this summer to help reduce pollution and learn about the environment.


Early detection of melanoma can save your life. A new or changing mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist.


sun Do Not BurnSunburns significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children.

no tanning Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning BedsUV radiation from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.

sunscreen Generously Apply SunscreenGenerously apply about one ounce of sunscreen to cover all exposed skin 15 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and provide broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

cover up Wear Protective ClothingWear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, when possible.

seek shade Seek ShadeSeek shade when possible, and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Beach Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and SandWater, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.

UV Index Check the UV IndexThe UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure. The UV Index forecast is issued daily by the National Weather Service and EPA.

vitamin d Get Vitamin D SafelyGet Vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with Vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun.

Kristin McMahon

Racing is in our blood…

by on April 4th, 2012 at 4:30pm in News

You will NOT believe what’s attempted in this video. Man + wingsuit + canyon + MINI. Never done before!

The new MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS Countryman can handle some pretty wild terrain — but the surprise ending to this story takes the performance to another level.

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Kristin McMahon


by on April 2nd, 2012 at 12:24pm in News

Would you expect anything less than a few April Fools jokes from MINI?  True to form MINI had a great time with the fun “holiday”

“MINI customers will be able to boldly go where no driver has gone before when the all-new MINI Cooper Yachtsman makes its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show next week, right beside the Hudson River.

Designed to bring MINI ownership to people who regard the 70 percent of the earth’s surface covered by water as their home, the new MINI Cooper Yachtsman is a corner-carving crustacean that promises go-kart (boat) handling and a sensational combination of amphibious and landphibious performance on water.”

Daily commute too long? No worries! Take your bed and kitchen with you. Announcing the all new MINI “Cowley” Caravan. What would you do with it?

Kristin McMahon

Let’s Toot Our Own Horn.

by on March 28th, 2012 at 10:33am in News


After collecting our fair share of trophies over the years — Car of the Century, Automobile Magazine All-Star, North American Car of the Year, a Top 10 Green Car*— one might wonder if all that hardware would start to slow us down.
But it hasn’t. In fact, if anything, the accolades MINI frequently receives only push us harder to keep one-upping ourselves with every new MINI that rolls off the line. So whether its tweaking a superstar engine to deliver even more power and efficiency or adding premium features typically only found on cars twice as expensive, we refuse to rest on our motoring laurels. No matter how big the laurel pile gets.
Kristin McMahon

An Unforgettable Experience

by on March 26th, 2012 at 12:07pm in News

Just ask anyone who’s been lucky enough to take a MINI through a slalom course. Unless the person happens to be a retired astronaut accustomed to pulling serious G’s, he’ll tell you it was one of the most fun, adrenaline-charged experiences of his life.

That’s because a MINI is designed to deliver incredibly tight, nimble handling that makes the driver feel in complete control. With a low center of gravity and all four wheels pushed out to the corners, a MINI’s wide stance keeps the car supremely balanced. And that translates into high-performance handling you typically only find on sports cars costing way more than a MINI.
Kristin McMahon

This past weekend we had the privilege to be a part of The Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon and Walk Heath Expo at the Duke Energy Center Convention Center!

… more pictures to come!

Kristin McMahon

A few winter Driving Tips

by on January 20th, 2012 at 10:39am in News

Winter driving can be hazardous and scary. Additional preparations can help make a trip safer, or help motorists deal with an emergency.

The three P’s of Safe Winter Driving:

PREPARE for the trip; PROTECT yourself; and PREVENT crashes on the road.


Maintain Your Car: Check battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers, keep your windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, and check your antifreeze.

Have On Hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.

Stopped or Stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.

Plan Your route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if necessary), be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route band arrival time.

Practice Cold Weather Driving!

* During the daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.

* Steer into a skid.

* Stopping distances are longer on ice.

* Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.


* Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.

* Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.

* Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.


* Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving.

* Slow down and increase distances between cars.

* Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.

* Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours, and rotate drivers if possible.

* If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver.

Kristin McMahon

MINI Thanks!

by on January 9th, 2012 at 2:56pm in News

Thank you to the Queen City Coopers for holding their Annual Planning Meeting here at the store on Saturday!  We had a great time and got some great pictures.  Check out our facebook page to see the pictures!! :)

Kristin McMahon

12 Days of Cheer; Day 1

by on December 13th, 2011 at 9:41am in News

O come, all ye MINI faithful! We have done all the leg work of planning your Holiday shopping. You just worry about drinking some hot cocoa with your loved ones and clicking that mouse a few times…. Day 1: CLUB BAG, SMALL CLUTCH.