I just spoke with my sales manager here in Colorado. He said my MINI Hardtop, because it's a manual transmission, was released last Monday, Sep. 29. He said the port (Port Hueneme, CA) has 1000 cars backlogged to go on trucks. Normally a delivery to Colorado would take up to a week, but as nothing's normal, he couldn't say when it would arrive. So I'm giving my chances of seeing my new baby next week about 50-50. If not, I'm definitely expecting it the next week which puts in into mid-October. Here's hoping many of my North American compatriots see their new MINI's starting next week!