EIM Bootheel Ozarks Run — 15-17 May


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The EIM Bootheel Ozarks Run is planned for 15-17 May (Friday thru Sunday) in and around the beautiful eastern Ozark landscape of Mark Twain National Forest and the dozens of conservation and wildlife management areas in the immediate southeast Missouri vicinity. The general plan for our group is to transit down to our destination on Friday, conduct a full day of motoring and sightseeing on Saturday, and start Sunday morning with a few scenic local roads as we commence the return transit home.

The EIM base of operations for this trip is the Crown Pointe Lodge located in Farmington, MO. We have a block of rooms reserved for our group at a discounted rate. Information and directions on making lodging reservations was previously sent out to our group via email. If you did not received that information, you’ll want to follow the directions after the Read More jump on how to access the lodging info. **Please note that the cut-off date for taking advantage of the block discount is May 1st. Other rooms might be available at the Lodge after that date at the regular rate but due to the popularity of this destination, there are no guarantees. Please make your lodging reservations promptly.

Links to sign-up instructions, hotel contact information, and candidate route maps follow (click on the **Read More** button from the Home Page). This promises to be another great EIM adventure!

8th EIM Border Skirmish Drive — 4/25

8th EIM Border Skirmish Drive -- 4/25

The 8th EIM Border Skirmish Drive, our first bona-fide motoring event of the year on Saturday, April 25th, starts along the “Mighty Mo” in Bellevue and finishes upstream in Dubuque. That’s only a quick trip if you go direct. This route primarily takes advantage of some beautiful, winding secondary roads on the Illinois side of the river which, quite frankly, are much smoother than most Iowa primary roads these days. The drive passes through Iowa’s only island town (Sabula) and once across the border, Mt. Carroll, Elizabeth, Hanover, Savanna, Galena, and back into Iowa with the finish in Dubuque. Other highlights include a stop by the lake near Sabula, lunch at the Welcome Inn in Elizabeth, the scenic overlook at Mississippi Palisades State Park, a rest and shopping stop in Galena, and a wrap-up dinner at the Sunshine Family Restaurant in Dubuque.

One special treat for the EIM old-timers – we anticipate being joined by a certain favorite and long-time resident PW/B MINI Cooper and owner-enthusiast that now hail from the Gopher State!

You can help us properly plan for this event by following the sign-up instructions below (click on the **Read More** button from the Home Page). You will also find restaurant contact information and links to the official Google route map and detailed rendezvous and driving instructions after the jump.

*Don’t forget to bring along your GMRS/FRS radios if you have them.

Let’s hope for sunshine, warmth, and dry twisties!

Springing Forward

Springing Forward

The weather has not always been kind to us for our traditional EIM “Spring has Sprung” Meet-n-Eat, always on the first Saturday following the first day of Spring. This year, few complaints. The blue skies and dry roads were a welcome sight for our gathering at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Cedar Rapids on March 21st.

We extend our sincere thanks to the Willis Auto CampusMINI of Des Moines staff for joining us and bringing along not one but two of the spiffy new MINI four-door (or is it “five-door?”) hardtops for us to have a close look and a test drive. Max kudos to Jeremiah S. (and Britney and Alaina too, of course!) and Jake M. for making the trip; great to see you all again! It was fun seeing the large turn-out. A special nod to Steve, Peggy, and Brandon for making the long trip over from Council Bluffs to join us…and congrats to Brandon on his recent MINI acquisition.

Photos from this Meet-n-Eat are in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the 8th EIM “Spring has Sprung” Meet-n-Eat, Cedar Rapids, 3-21-15

Next month we motor. Stay tuned!

2015 MINI on the Mack Registration Open


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Registration is now open for the 2015 MINI on the Mack. Join up and see if the world record can be broken this year! As a reminder, this event takes place on Saturday, August 1st. Many of us plan to travel up on Friday and return on Sunday, and already have lodging reservations in St. Ignace. If you’re considering being part of this national event, don’t delay in making your reservations as rooms in the immediate area are limited and are likely to disappear quickly.

The registration page is accessible via this link:
2015 MINI on the Mack Registration Site

Check it out!
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All Kinds of Goodies

All Kinds of Goodies

Our February EIM Meet-n-Eat-n-Swap took place this past Saturday the 21st in Davenport. Our MINI folk are deeply appreciative of Denny and Sandy B. for hosting us again in such classy and generous fashion!

The MINI atmosphere was thoroughly enjoyable with all the MINI-related decor, the slide show of our past adventures, videos of racing MINIs and Minis, and the movie room with The Italian Job (of course) as the featured matinee. The food was tremendous and plentiful (sincere thanks to ALL of the contributors who brought such yummy stuff) with the absolutely decadent Tiffany’s Tipton Bakery crescents getting honorable mention (thanks Cindy!), the superb Bent River Brew (thanks Steve!), and the Hot Buttered Bourbon so smooth it was, indeed, dangerous (thanks Alyce!).

The MINI parts Swap Meet was a first-time effort and turned out to be a lot of fun. We had a great venue in the heated garage already being graced by our hosts’ impeccable MINI Roadster. Lots of great deals to be had…and plenty of leftovers too so if you’re looking for parts, check with Bill S. or Jim M. before you go elsewhere. These two guys seemed to have one of everything!

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us. You can find photos from this event in our Photo Gallery. They are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Meet-n-Eat-n-Swap in Davenport, 2-21-15

Next month is the “Spring has Sprung” meet in Cedar Rapids on the 21st. Hope to see you there!

Kicking Off 2015 at the Wig and Pen Pub

Kicking Off 2015 at the Wig and Pen Pub

After getting snowed out last year, Mother Nature owed us one…and she delivered in full with a beautiful, blue skied, 50 degree day for our first event of the new calendar year — the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Wig and Pen Pub this past Saturday in Iowa City. It was a pleasure to meet up with MINI friends again in a great atmosphere, get caught up on current events, and start making plans for the upcoming motoring year.

Our group enjoyed meeting new EIMers Chris and Deb G. who came up from Hayesville to join the MINIs. We give a nod to Pete and Chris N. who made the trip over from Bolingbrook, IL to hook up with us. Lastly, we knew that Cindy D. was bringing along a “special friend” but who would have guessed that that friend was a brand new MCS Coupe? Nice ride!

We hope everyone had a great time. The photos from this event 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, 1-24-15

Hope to see you in Davenport on 2/21!

Seasons Greetings


(c) Ryan Connors. Used with permission.
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The Eastern Iowa MINIs family sends along its sincere wishes to everyone for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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See more Ryan Connors Cat Folk Art at KilkennycatArt

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At the Miles Ahead MINI Performance Motoring School


Several adventurous, thrill-seeking motorists from Eastern Iowa MINIs and the Central Iowa MINI Club recently took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Miles Ahead MINI Performance Motoring School at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN on 11/2/14. The MINI Performance Motoring School offers fundamental driving skills used by professional race car drivers to effectively handle a car at speed, providing classroom instruction and instructor-led hot laps on the track.

We extend our sincere gratitude to Rob Melick, Central West MINI Area Manager, for the discounted registration graciously provided to the Iowa MINI clubs.

Photos from this once-in-a-lifetime motoring experience are linked up in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

EIM and CIMC at the Miles Ahead MINI Performance Motoring School, Indianapolis, IN, 11-2-14

More information on the Miles Ahead Program can be found here:

Miles Ahead MINI Performance Motoring School

Back from the Ozarks


A spirited group of EIMers had the recent pleasure of participating in MINIs in the Ozarks 2014, conducted at its traditional location in and around Eureka Springs, Arkansas from 23-26 October. The beautiful Autumn colors, the plentiful blue skies, daytime temperatures in the 80’s, and (of course) the plethora of twisty Ozark Mountain roads contributed to a fun and exciting adventure for everyone. Our EIM base of operations at the Brackenridge Lodge turned out to be a great experience, with our MINIs essentially taking over the place during our stay. The proprietors, Scott and Jenny Johnson, couldn’t have been nicer and accommodated us at every turn. All in all, it was a great four-day experience of motoring and making memories with good MINI friends!

For a glimpse into some of the fun times, feel free to check out the Photo Gallery. You can jump directly to the pictures of this trip by using the following link:

EIM at MINIs in the Ozarks 2014, Eureka Springs, AR, 10-23-14 to 10-26-14

A Fairly Cool Tour

A Fairly Cool Tour

The chilly morning temperatures did little to curb the enthusiasm of the MINI Cooper faithful from Eastern Iowa MINIs and the Central Iowa MINI Club as our numbers climbed to 30 MINIs and over 50 participants for the 12th Annual MINICooperIowa Fall Tour on Saturday, October 4th. Our route kicked off with the morning rendezvous in La Porte City and passed by much Iowa fall scenery on the way to lunch in Anamosa and a superb buffet supper at the historic Decker Hotel 1875 Restaurant in Maquoketa, with fun stops along the way at Pleasant Creek State Park, the National Motorcycle Museum, cave exploring at Maquoketa Caves State Park, and the Hurstville Interpretive Center.

We enjoyed an added bonus upon our arrival in downtown Maquoketa, as our MINIs were extended an ad hoc invitation to join the “Muscle on Main” Car Show. We were enthusiastically ushered from our discrete parking spots near the restaurant to prominent show-off spots right along Main Street!

It was great to see lots of familiar faces, to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while, and to meet and greet a bunch of new MINI friends. Sincere thanks to all who came out and joined us!

A few photos from the day are available in our Photo Gallery. You can access them directly by using the following link:

Photos from the 12th Annual MINICooperIowa Fall Tour, La Porte City to Maquoketa, 10-4-14

Happy motoring!

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