EIM Quad-Cities Meet-n-Eat — Feb 20th

EIM Quad-Cities Meet-n-Eat -- Feb 20th

EIM motorist stalwarts Denny & Sandy B. are once again graciously hosting our group for the EIM Quad-Cities Meet-n-Eat at their home in Davenport for our February gathering. The date is Saturday, February 20th. Plan on arriving between 10:30 and 11:00 am. There is plenty of street parking available.

This is a potluck-supported lunch, so if you decide to bring a food or drink item to share with the group (although not necessary) it would help us all out if you identify your item so others can see and plan accordingly. You can use any of the contact methods linked below. You can let us know you’re coming by the same method.

Instructions are available below (click on the **Read More** button from the home page).

See you there!

Wigging Out

Wigging Out

Thanks to all of our faithful MINIacs who came out for our first gathering of 2016 — the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Wig and Pen Pub hosted in Iowa City this past Saturday. It was great to see a good turnout and our folks enjoying the cooperative weather, great food, and conversation on our winter experiences and plans for the upcoming motoring year.

Special thanks to our good friend and MINI of Des Moines Service Advisor Jeremiah S. who graced us with some brand new F54 Clubman hardware to view and enjoy. Thanks to family members Britney and Alaina for tagging along with him — we always enjoy your company. Congratulations to long-time EIMer Paul J. who surprised everyone when he arrived in his very own brand new Midnight Black Clubman!

Thanks again for your participation. Photos from this event (courtesy of our beloved “Purple Haze Queen” Linda R.) can be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Wig and Pen Pub, Iowa City, 1-23-16

Next up is our meet-up in Davenport on 2/20…hope to see you there.

You Like Me!

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Just hit 200 EIM Facebook Page fans. Glad to have you along for the ride!

MINI USA Sets the Route for MTTS 2016

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MINI USA has released the route for the upcoming MINI Takes the States 2016 (MTTS 2016). The biennial MINI adventure begins at Road Atlanta in northeast Georgia on July 9, 2016 and finishes at the Thermal Club in Palm Springs, CA, on July 23, 2016.

For additional details please check out the MTTS 2016 site at the following link:

MINI USA — MINI Takes the States 2016

Whether you’re committed to the entire coast-to-coast route or just a local segment, it’s time to start the planning!

Seasons Greetings!

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Eastern Iowa MINIs extends its sincerest wishes to all of our friends and families for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Motoring Year!

See you in 2016!

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Wrapping up 2015 in Dyersville

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Thanks to all of the EIM folk who came out for our end-of-the-year EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Country Junction held this past Saturday in Dyersville.

Congratulations to all of the annual EIM Recognition Award winners for 2015, and a special nod to Jeff & Sue N., our 2015 EIM Motorists of the Year. Thanks also to those whose “awards” dictated a good sense of humor!

A few pictures from this event may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Country Junction, Dyersville, 12-5-15

See you at the Wig and Pen Pub in Coralville on Saturday, January 23rd. Happy holidays!

Yes, of Course!

Yes, of Course!

Many of us had the great honor and delight of assisting EIMer Jay T. with his extra-special proposal of marriage to Kristin D. this past Saturday in Davenport. Jay left no stone unturned in planning out the MINI choreography and details, and we were blessed with unseasonably beautiful mid-November weather. It was all so perfect, how could her answer be anything other than “yes?”

Our congratulations and our best wishes to Jay and Kristin, as well as our thanks for being allowed to share in their special day. See the photo documentation of this neat event in our Photo Gallery, accessible directly by using the following link:

Photos from Jay’s “MINI Proposal” to Kristin, Davenport, 11-14-15

There and Back Again – EIM in the Great Smoky Mountains

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This year’s EIM Big Adventure Part Deux to the Great Smoky Mountains rivaled our first trip back in 2013 as one of the most memorable EIM events. Over a nine-day period we made the transit and covered in excess of a thousand miles of unique, twisty, and scenic Appalachian Mountain roads, including some old favorites like the Dragon, Hellbender, TN-32, the Foothills Parkway, US-23 through the Cullasaja Gorge, and US-441 through Great Smoky Mountain National Park; and some great new discoveries like NC-209 south of Hot Springs, NC (aka, “The Rattler”), NC-281 north of Lake Toxaway, and NC/GA/SC-28 and back on SC/NC-107 (that’s right…three states!).

The noteworthy stops and sights are almost too numerous to mention, but here’s an attempt at a representative subset: the overnight in Shelbyville, KY and the Cattleman’s Roadhouse; Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky Ridge State Forest; the Cumberland Gap and Visitor’s Center; our superb condos at the Wyndham Resort in Sevierville, TN; the Grotto Falls Trail; the “unscheduled stop” in Townsend (oops); multiple Dragon runs and the Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap; the kayak competition along the Nantahala; great Mexican food in Bryson City; the Hellbender; the scenic overlook on the Foothills Parkway; the breathtaking Sevierville sunset; cutting it loose on TN-32; Webb’s Market; Hot Springs, NC and the Iron Horse Station; Fines Creek; ice cream in Cherokee; putt-putt golf, homemade guacamole, and Council Bluffs pulled pork; Krispie Kremes; the slow slog around Cades Cove Scenic Loop; the trip to Knoxville and the shopping spree at Outmotoring; the friendly folk at MINI of Knoxville; seeing wild bears, elk, and more turkeys than people in the national park; looking over the top of the clouds at Newfound Gap; Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls in the Cullasaja Gorge; the Sports Page Sandwich Shop and all the gift nooks in Highlands, NC; the Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel; Whitewater Falls; enjoying Steve and Kelly’s GoPro footage back at the condos; scaling the Chimney Tops Trail; the Artist’s Loop in Gatlinburg and the wonderful Wild Plum Tea Room; the twisty (albeit foggy) Blue Ridge Parkway; Waterrock Knob; the Pisgah Inn; and all of the fun evening meals together back at the big condo, courtesy of a bunch of our generous and thoughtful EIM folk!

We’ll give both Jeff and Sue N. and Pete and Chris N. the EIM maximum motoring mileage recognition — the former for their long Thursday jaunt up toward Blowing Rock, NC and run back on another great road (US-221) and the latter for their self-described brewery tour taking them all the way to Asheville, NC. The Bryant Family Drive back on the Dragon on Thursday gets special recognition too.

In summary, it was an amazing time with a bunch of wonderful Iowa MINI friends. We sincerely thank Peggy J., Steve M. and Bill and Alyce S. for facilitating our lodging at the Wyndham Resort.

Some photos from our trip have been added to our Photo Gallery. You can enjoy them directly by using the following link:

Photos from EIM Big Adventure Part Deux to the Great Smoky Mountains, 9-25-15 to 10-3-15

Be sure to check out the EIM Facebook Page for even more Big Adventure photos.

Thanks to everyone for the great memories!

13th Annual MINICooperIowa Fall Tour – 10-11 Oct

13th Annual MINICooperIowa Fall Tour - 10-11 Oct

This year’s MINICooperIowa Fall Tour happens on 10-11 October in the Loess Hills region of western Iowa. It is being hosted by our good friends in the Central Iowa MINI Club. Plans include an overnight stop in Sioux City. The drive departs from MINI of Des Moines at 11:00 am on Saturday.

Details on the drive and sign-up instructions have been sent out to all EIMers via email. If you did not received the email and are interested in participating, please send an email request to info@easterniowaminis.org and we will reply to you ASAP with the details.

The fall colors and motoring roads of western Iowa await!

Countdown to the “Big Adventure 2”

Website updates may be delayed until early October…the webmaster is off having fun.

Soon we’ll be gathering together again in our MINIs to commence the transit east to Sevierville, TN and a fun-filled week of Appalachian Mountain motoring, sightseeing, shopping, dining, exploring, enjoying each others’ company, and making lifetime MINI memories at the EIM “Big Adventure Part Deux” to the Great Smoky Mountains!

EIMers, please keep an eye on our NAM Discussion Thread (<-link) for this event for late-breaking news and planning information…and get those camera batteries charged up! —

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