By Brock Mikosky

Mini LogoThe “Tail of the Gecko” is a notoriously winding stretch of road in Eastern Hillsborough County that is well known amongst local motorcycle enthusiasts. On Sunday, June 8 this stretch of road will become a creator of good. East of the Bay Mini Cooper Enthusiasts will host a charity road rally with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.

A road rally is a race of sorts with teams consisting of a driver and a navigator completing a pre-set course with trivia questions along the way. Each team will leave the start area in one minute intervals, with prizes being given to the first team finished and the team with the highest trivia score, among other prizes.

The starting location of the rally is in the parking lot of the Regency Square shopping plaza at 2400 W. Brandon Blvd. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. with a team meeting at 10:30 a.m. The entry fee is $6 per car and participants need not be a Mini Cooper driver to enter. All makes and models are encouraged to participate. The rally distance is 70 miles and will end at Woody’s River Roo in Ellenton.

“Big” Steve Modica of the East of the Bay Mini Cooper Enthusiasts, a local realtor, was asked about the charity event. He spoke about his connection to the cause.

“Over the years my family and I have been affected by cancer. In fact, we have lost four family members to the disease,” Modica said. “In our club, if you want to create an event, we just get out there and do it, and I wanted to do this.”

More information about the event and the East of the Bay Mini Cooper Enthusiasts can be found at

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