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Salish Sea MINI Motoring Club
South Puget Sound, WA
The Salish Sea MINI Motoring Club is a club for enthusiasts who enjoy MINI Coopers, the twisty roads of the scenic Pacific Northwest and meeting other MINI owners who understand the world of MINI.
On the Second Saturday or Second Sunday of each month, we meet at different coffee shops to greet old and meet new friends. After our caffeine intake and checking out the latest modifications that make a MINI truly unique, then it’s off to check out some of the favorite roads in the area.
We hold a meeting each quarter where members interact with the board to review the club operations and to make suggestions to make us a better functioning club. The meeting includes the announcement of the winner of the ‘Ride of the Quarter’, a possible run and, most likely, stopping for lunch at someone’s favorite restaurant.
In addition to the Second Saturday/Sunday runs, we have one-day and weekend tours to points of interest and the many scenic areas around the Pacific Northwest. Check out our calendar to see our planned events. If you are currently without a MINI, send us an email with the event on which you’d like to ride along and we will have one of our members provide a right seat to give you the full MINI experience.
Vancouver MINI Cooper Club
British Columbia, Canada
Officially known as the BC MINI Cooper Society -- the Vancouver Mini Cooper Club is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 and offering new MINI owners the opportunity to share the MINI experience through club drives, meets and participation in existing car events throughout Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Washington State.
Two official VMCC Rallyes, track days at Mission Raceway and autocross events at the old Delta Airport over the past five and a half years have bolstered club enthusiasm, and raised the VMCC's profile immensely through local, national and international media coverage in newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television. Articles about the VMCC have appeared in the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Coquitlam Now, Western Driver Magazine, and in several UK-based MINI publications, including New MINI Magazine, the now defunct go mini magazine and Mini World. Television and radio spots on club events have included the Beat 94.5 FM, Breakfast Television (CityTV) and CityPulse News at 6, Community M (Channel M), and Fairchild Television. And the VMCC now has regular coverage in the newest MINI publication, MC2 magazine.
The VMCC website, http://www.vancouverminicooperclub.com is the main hub of communication for the club, features the latest in Club news, drive and event details, MINI photos and links, and a sign-up form for new members.
Mostly, the VMCC prides itself on grassroots events, regular annual drives to popular destinations such as Whistler, Mt. Baker and Harrison Lake, and inner city drives to maintain ties to the club's roots. Events often involve our two main MINI dealerships in Yaletown and Richmond, and the club has also brought on several Canadian-based MINI parts dealers, including Coopersport Canada and Hunter Performance.
Austin Mini Cooper Car Club
Central and South Texas
The Austin Mini Cooper Car Club was founded in October of 2006. Since then, the club has grown quickly from a handful of MINIs at the first “meetup” to nearly 300 members in 2010. The club meets once a month for local food, hill country drives, charity events, and other MINI happenings. These are good opportunities to enjoy food, fun and meet other Mini Cooper Owners and Fans. You don’t have to drive a MINI to be in our club, you just have to love them like the rest of us!AMCCC is free to all members and offers discussion boards along with a growing list of local automotive discounts. Our members come from all over Central Texas - as far south as San Antonio and as far north as Waco.
We also have a number of out-of-state members that drop by from time-to-time and who keep up with us on the message boards and Facebook. Check us out at http://minicooper.meetup.com/187 or search for us on Facebook under “Austin Mini Cooper Car Club." The Austin Mini Cooper Car Club: Keeping Austin MINI since 2006.
NorCal MINIs is the premier MINI Club in Northern California. Established in 2002, when the new MINI was introduced in the United States, NorCal MINIs is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation with members from the Oregon border to San Luis Obispo, CA. The club typically has events - runs, meals, fellowship and meetings - at least once a month. The club also has organized yearly donation programs to provide new toys and gifts to patients at Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, school supplies for Northern California elementary school students, and food for local food banks. Members range from 18 to over 80 years old and their rides include everything from stock vehicles to high modified autocross and track racing MINIs. For more information, and to apply for membership, please visit http://www.norcalminis.com/.
Sunshine MINIs, or “SSM,” whose membership spans the entire state of Florida, began quietly when a group of about a dozen MINI enthusiasts met in Saint Augustine in August of 2002. Once our online presence was established in February of 2003, our membership ranks grew by leaps and bounds. Today, the Sunshine MINIs web site has over 2,000 registered users. Most are Floridians, but we have friends from all over the United States as well as a loyal following in Europe.
SSM’s first major event was the inaugural Minis On The Dragon in May, 2003. SSM has also sponsored and organized the Welcome Dinners for MOTD 5 & 6 to rave reviews. Our members have also trekked cross country to participate in such varied events as MINIs On Top, MINI Meet East, MINI Meet West, A MINI Vacation in Vegas, MINI Takes the States (2006), The Great Ice Cream Run, and MINI Takes the States 2008 Flying Finn Rally, among others.
We have a great time right here in the Sunshine State, too. What Florida lacks in twisty roads, it more than makes up for with fun in the sun and a very enthusiastic MINI community! SSM’s friends at FLAME (Florida Mini Enthusiasts) have welcomed us to participate in their annual Spring Thing event every February. In addition, SSM hosts its own signature event, “Mickey and MINI” in Orlando every September, attracting participants from around the country! And of course, we were thrilled to have MINI Takes the States kicking off in Miami in June, 2008.
We’ve always had a big heart, too. The club and its members have raised thousands of dollars for a number of local as well as national charities including the Ryen Neal Fund, Dignity U Wear and Easter Seals.
Local chapters of Sunshine MINIs hold dinner (or lunch or breakfast) meets, scenic drives, and day trips to interesting locations on a regular basis. Sunshine MINIs has held to its grass-roots beginnings - we have no dues, no officers, and even the newest member is encouraged to organize a day trip & invite the rest of the club, either locally or statewide! We don’t care if you drive a new MINI, classic Mini, or maybe you’re just curious about these great little cars. All that’s required to join is to register for our forums at www.sunshineminis.org and start posting. So what’s stopping you?
Coastal MINI's started on October 9th of 2006; so we are
celebrating our two-year anniversary in October 2008. Since the acquisition my very own MINI, I began searching our city (Savannah, GA.) and surrounding municipalities for a MINI Club. I kept getting hits from this murmini.com guy, Murray Wilson, and his very informative website, murmini.com, and something called a Frapper map...I had not a clue!
With much persistence on my part (I 'bugged' him every week), he made lots of phone contacts and I started placing call-out cards on every MINI I saw where ever I went. Shortly thereafter, we had our first meet and more MINIs than I'd ever seen showed up!
From that day forward, Murray, our administrator, and Heather, our Club President, and I began the all out siege to recruit more like-minded people. Over the past two years our Club has continued to meet the 1st Sunday of each month with varying numbers of attendees. We laugh about it, sometimes. At one meet it was just Murray and me!
Each month our Club has grown; we now have approximately 12 MINI's (about 20 Mini Owners) AND always someone new is joining our group. We meet and greet, welcome our new members, chat about (what else!) our MINIs and then motor to some 'unsuspecting' eatery for lunch where everyone enjoys themselves. With the insertion of added motoring/lunches ('tween the meets) during the same month, it has opened up more availability for other Owners to join us based on their schedules. We are Coastal MINIs of Metro Savannah and her Coastal neighbors. Come, MOTOR with US! www.coastalminis.com
Eastern Iowa MINIs
Iowa City, IA
Eastern Iowa MINIs was founded in the Fall of 2007. Organized around the larger North American Motoring (NAM) online community, we provide a means for area enthusiasts with a similar love for their MINIs to come together as a group to share our common interests, experiences, and exuberance. We seek to provide opportunities for our members to enjoy each other's company and MINIs; share modification ideas, maintenance issues, and unique MINI experiences; plan and host local driving and social events; organize participation in events hosted by our friends in other local, regional, and national MINI organizations; and generally have fun together with our MINIs! Please feel free to stop by our website: www.easterniowaminis.org
Middle Georgia Minis
Warner Robins, GA
Middle Georgia MINIs, the official MINI/Mini club of Central Georgia is based out of Warner Robins, GA. Founded in July 2006, Middle Georgia MINIs began with 3 members and an idea that MINI/Mini enthusiasts shouldn’t have to travel 100 miles to fellowship with other MINI/Mini owners. Soon the dream started to become a reality and before long the group of three grew to 17 within a little over a year. Middle Georgia MINIs headquarters, located out of the founders’ home, has been dubbed MINItopia, is sanctuary to all MINIs/Minis and can be identified by the MINI flag which flies regularly there.
Like many other MINI clubs, Middle Georgia MINIs membership favored the informal, care-free structure that keeps the concept of “just having fun” the priority, keeping our group of “miniacs” out motoring instead of being mired in club red tape and politics.
In September 2007, Middle Georgia MINIs made its Web presence with the debut of www.middlegeorgiaminis.com. The site features a comprehensive events calendar, photo gallery, and will also include a “Tech Tips” page to assist those who want to personalize their pride and joy with the myriad of accessories that are available for both new MINIs and classic Minis.
Middle Georgia MINIs has been active in a wide variety of events such as the Mitty 07, which is held each year at Road Atlanta, the Support from the Heart of Georgia Car Show which raises funds to send “care packages” to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Warner Robins Toys for Tots Car Show and Toy Drive to collect toys for under privileged children in the Middle Georgia area who would otherwise not have many presents under their Christmas tree.
Membership is open to all MINI and Mini owners, as well as those who are in the process of adopting a MINI. We encourage other clubs to contact us and are interested in participating in combined evens between our club and other MINI clubs.
PhillyMINI.org is the Philadelphia metro-area MINI enthusiasts group, a non-profit motoring club, established July 25, 2003 by Julie Hoffman. After purchasing her first MINI Cooper S, Hoffman was invited to a special MINI Owners Only screening of The Italian Job remake. Seeing the reaction MINI owners had to the event, she decided to see how many MINI enthusiasts would come out to Center City, Philadelphia for a Sunday romp around the city. Over 30 cars showed up with just word of mouth advertising.
Since that first rally, PhillyMINI has grown by leaps and bounds. We just held our 4th annual PhillyMINI meet up on August 6, 2006, a twisty tour of Philadelphia ending at a local restaurant where prizes were raffled and stories of the day were shared.
With over 150 active members, PhillyMINI enjoys monthly get-togethers, currently in the form of International Nights, where members show their PhillyMINI passport to get a stamp for the country of the restaurant where we are dining that month. Aside from the PhillyMINI Meet, signature events include a Cooper Cup challenge: a scavenger hunt type rally where the winning member actually receives a trophy cup, the Dog Gone Rally: a benefit to collect donations for a local Animal Rescue and a holiday event called Deck the MINIs, where last year we adopted the New Orleans MINI dealership, Brian Harris MINI in Baton Rouge, LA and collected holiday decorations to donate to those in our MINI family affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Other monthly events include all day rallies touring the countrysides of PA, DE and NJ. Most touring events are typically 60-70 miles long with an occasional tour that is 150-200 miles. Most events are themed and usually incorporate rally logo window clings, t-shirts and other fun items to spice the day of motoring.
It is also no surprise to find PhillyMINI members participating in national MINI events such as Tail of the Dragon, MINIs on Top, Bar Harbor Invasion, MINI Meet East and this year, MINI Takes the States, as well as local car shows and other local British Auto Club get-togethers.
For more information on PhillyMINI, check out www.phillymini.org
DC Metro MINIs
Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area
DC Metro MINIs, with members from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, started in 2003 with a group of about 15 members, including our eight founding members. The Tortilla Factory, in Herndon VA, became our “clubhouse”. The first really big gathering we had was at The Dragon in the spring of 2003, where we joined other MINI lovers for an informal weekend of motoring fun. Needless to say, we attracted quite the crowd in rural Robbinsville NC, which had never seen a MINI, much less the 25 that were parked at the Microtel.
Since that time, DCMM has become one of the fastest growing MINI clubs on the East Coast – approaching 300 members! This is a community unlike anything you have ever experienced. It's life changing! It's amazing how one car has brought so many people together. We speed up for curves and corners, and, those off-ramps never looked so good!
We offer a wide range of activities throughout the year from day long drives, short hops to a drive in movie, our monthly breakfast get togethers, and car care clinics. We're a participating club and sponsor of the Dragon Run in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.
DC Metro MINIs members receive discounts for parts and service at MINI of Towson, MINI of Sterling and Tate MINI of Annapolis. Membership entitles you to free or reduced event fees at all club activities and a new member welcome goodie packet!
Past events have included:
Participation and sponsorship of the largest MINI event on the East Coast—The Dragon Run. Held annually in North Carolina in the Smoky Mountains. Driving events run in Annapolis, Frederick, West Virginia, Sterling, Virginia Hunt Country, The Shenandoah Mountains, The Eastern Shore, and anywhere else good roads can be found! Scavenger hunts, drives in the country followed by brunch, picnics, and holiday events including our Halloween costume party with a “Haunted” night time drive, participation in 1ocal Fourth of July parades in DC and Annapolis, and our annual Christmas party and Yankee Gift Swap.
Want to join us? Fill out an application on line at www.dcmetrominis.org
The Smoky Mountain MINIs Cooper Club
East Tennessee Area
The Smoky MINIs have bloomed in three years, from a group of seven who met for dinner in 2003 to talk about how much fun it was to have these fast little candy-colored cars, to more than 46 today. The club was formed to increase the enjoyment of the MINI experience for MINI owners in East Tennessee by providing group outings, support, and just plain fun. We're not just limited to "new" MINIs, either...Classic Minis are a big part of our group as well. We meet every month at a dinner meeting in a local restaurant, where the cars (and the people) are usually treated like motoring royalty.
We set up a website, www.smokymountainmini.org, for information about upcoming drives and events, technical tips and assistance from other owners, and just plain fun discussing our many MINI adventures with others on our message board. Smoky Mountain MINIs have lots of great drives planned for the upcoming year, including our Third Annual Spooky Drive in the Smokies (where the car is the trick-or-treater) and the Knoxville Christmas Parade (last year we borrowed the Atlanta Club’s antlers and went as Santa’s Reindeer).
We revel in our great gas mileage, the ability to pass slow moving objects with ease and the sheer joy of driving a cool little car. Our club gives money to Friends of the Smokies and other local charities, and we’re sponsored by Mini of Nashville.
Michigan Mini Motoring Club
Southeastern Michigan Area
The Michigan MINI Motoring Club was founded in January, 2003 by MINI enthusiasts in southeastern Michigan. Initial membership was sought by emails to individuals who had registered at the MINI USA site with a Michigan location. The first meeting took place in February, 2003. At the initial meeting, only 4 members had even taken delivery of their MINIs and only 3 brought their cars to the meeting.
From its beginnings, MMMC members have favored an informal structure. "There are no dues, bylaws or officers--just a Queen" The club has prospered by relying upon member-volunteers to coordinate events and take their turn in making club events enjoyable. New members are always given a sincere welcome. We appreciate both classic Minis and new MINIs.
Club events are numerous and diverse and include everything from car shows, parades, picnics, autocross, laps at Michigan International Speedway, caravans to the Dragon, track days, Fall Color Tour, and our big addition in 2006, MINIs Great Lakes Crossing to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.
MMMC has now become more than a southeastern Michigan club. We are now state-wide (with both a western and central Michigan group), multi-state (both bordering and non-bordering states), and—with several Canadian members—international.
Come check us out at www.michiganmini.org .
Redwood Empire MINI Enthusiasts
San Francisco and Northern California
Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts (REME) was founded in October, 2004 to fill a void for local MINI and Classic Mini owners in the Northern San Francisco Bay area of Northern California. Although two fine clubs dedicated to these unique cars were already established in the East Bay area, Mini owners north of the Golden Gate felt that they were without a club that catered to northern residents since there was minimal interest from the existing clubs to travel north to enjoy some of the best and most exciting roads in the state.
REME started with only two cars. By our third run in October, 2004, our two MINIs were joined by a 1965 Australian born classic Mini. This was the real birth of Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts. With a little online marketing followed by consistently exciting monthly runs, our membership expanded quickly. As of August 1, 2007, REME boasts a membership of over 270 members, plus spouses; making it the fastest growing Mini/MINI enthusiasts club in Northern California. REME was originally established for Mini Cooper owners and enthusiasts located within a one hour driving radius of the Petaluma to Healdsburg US-101 corridor. Areas initially served included San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Solano, and Lake Counties. We have expanded club prominence to include the North Coast, Sacramento Valley, and Northern Central Valley. Because of our relaxed organization and exciting monthly runs, we have active members throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada. Membership is open to all interested Mini Enthusiasts throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
We warmly welcome new members. Please visit our website at http://www.redwoodempiremini.com website and the REME Mega BBS forums at http://www.redwoodempiremini.com/mbbs2/category-view.asp.
We pride ourselves on being one of the most active MINI Enthusiasts clubs in Western United States. Our monthly runs generally have 20-40 participating cars and usually take members on 150+ miles over mountains, through valleys, vineyards, redwood groves, and scenic coastal routes. We have a few 1000+ mile multi-day runs each year visiting locations in the Sierras, Sierra Foothills, and the Northern Pacific Coast. We also have a few yearly field trips which may include a Giants’ Game and visiting historic locations like the Nike Missile sites in the Marin Headlands, the USS-Hornet in Alameda, Pacific Coast Lighthouses, and abandoned military bases (when we can find them).
Our group is informal and activities are intended to be fun. We will do everything in our power to facilitate that goal for all members. Activities are open to all Mini-MINI owners and enthusiasts, members or not. Participation in any group activity is at the sole risk and cost of each participant.
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