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The MINI Roller Coaster, A NOT so NORMAL campaign for MINI via Anomaly

MINI is much more than just a car. It has its own distinctive personality and generates emotion, passion, and excitement from its loyal owners and fanatics (AKA “MINIACS”). In May 2013, with the help of their AOR Anomaly, MINI Canada launched their nationwide NOT NORMAL campaign that reinforces MINI’s unique and “only MINI can do” attitude.

To amplify the NOT NORMAL campaign and MINI’s undisputed go-kart handling, MINI Canada and Anomaly took directly to the streets. Through vigorous planning and with the help of Toronto-based production company Asymetric, three MINI Cooper S models were completely retrofitted to create a MINI Roller Coaster. The fabrication included the removal of the rear seats and parts of the roof, welding on new roller coaster frames, external speakers, custom roller coaster carts, bright and ambient LEDs, custom paint/decals, and wind blowers, which really showcased the hair-raising experience of driving a MINI even while stopped at traffic lights. With all the structural changes to the car, performance tests to ensure safety were conducted at the MINI Test Facility in collaboration with stunt driver coordinator Philippe L├ętourneau.

Once the MINI Roller Coaster was street ready, 3 professional drivers ripped through downtown Toronto with 2 riders on each car screaming at the top of their lungs. In addition to the ear piercing screams, a custom music track created by Didier Tovel from SNDWRX blasted through the exterior speaker system. The reaction? Torontonians laughing, smiling, and whipping out their phones and cameras to capture true excitement and the NOT NORMAL execution.

"The stunt was truly an unconventional and NOT NORMAL way to communicate the brand core of excitement.” Said Dave Douglass, Partner/ECD Anomaly. “We hope people take away that driving a MINI is an absolutely thrilling experience and its “corners like it’s on rails” abilities are completely unlike any other car.”

The making of...

Client: MINI Canada
Director: Adam Shaver
Brand Team: Steve Ambeau, Adam Wexler, Ryan Chu, Shay Li, Rosalind Lo

Agency: Anomaly
Executive Creative Directors: Pete Breton, Dave Douglass
Creative Team: Craig Mcintosh, Jaimes Zenith
Wrap Design/Illustration: Omar Morson, Jeremy Thompson
Senior Integrated Producer: Jen Mete
Junior Integrated Producer: Sharon Langlotz
Account Team: Brent Rivard, Candace Borland, Mike Stollar, Patrick Martini, Scotty Booth

Production House: Asymetric
Executive Producers: Geoff Cornish, Kristina Anzlinger
Line Producer: Dwight Phipps
Director: Finn O'Hara
Director of Photography: Mark Peachey
Car Modifications: Performance Solutions
Precision Driving Supervision: PLB AutoSport
Casting: Steven Mann
Editorial House: Bijou
Executive Producer: Stephanie Hickman
Editor: Mel Hider
Assistant Editor: Cian McDevitt
Telecine: Alter Ego
Colourist: Wade Odlum
Post House: Fort York
Online: Ernie Mordak
Music and Sound Design: SNDWRX
via: Glossy

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