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Why It's An Honor To Be Given One...
The Big Duck, a well-known landmark, started it all. This landmark sits by a road in Hampton Long Island and was happened upon during a MINI gathering some years ago. Ed “MAXAMINI” Smith was a whimsical man who many grew to love and frequented many events, drove a 2003 MCS, Electric Blue (in Ed’s case, Eccentric Blue) with white wheels. During Ed’s visit to the Long Island icon, he was fascinated with The Big Duck and purchased a rubber duck at the souvenir shop. The duck immediately found a place on the antenna of MAXAMINI. Ever since then, the duck became an icon.
Ed was always willing to lend a hand; he volunteered his time and good humor to MINIs on Top and the Make-A-Wish Toy Drive. Ed’s dedication and enthusiasm ran endlessly, making friends and wise-cracking his way around the global via MINI Forums. When Ed met you for the first time, he would present you with a DUCK. When you pass a MINI in your travels, take notice how many MINI owners sport a yellow rubber duck… All thanks to Ed.
Ed passed away suddenly in the summer of 2005. The worldwide outpouring of affection for Ed demonstrated how one man could bond so many people around the world from Australia to England and back to the United States!
IN MEMORY OF ED SMITH,
REMEMBER TO NOT TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY AND ENJOY LIFE!