Gays Mills Apple Run — Sep 22


The Gays Mills Apple Run is EIM’s semi-traditional fall drive to Gays Mills, Wisconsin and the local apple orchards there. This drive takes place on Saturday, September 22nd.

We will meet up at our usual meet-up spot for drives up into Wisconsin — in Dubuque at the BP Station at the corner of Kerper Blvd and East 16th Street, just prior to crossing over the US-151 bridge. Our departure time from this location is 9:00 am so you’ll want to arrive a bit early to take care of any housekeeping/fuel-up chores. There is a rendezvous location map link below (click on the Read More link from the home page).

(Note that the northbound Eagle Point District/Greyhound Park exit off US-151 is under construction, so if coming from the south you’ll want to take the N US-52/9th St exit and then turn right on Kerper Blvd at the bottom of the ramp.)

This drive is one week prior to the massive Apple Festival so the apple supply at the orchards (including the Honey Crisps) and the availability of pies, tarts, doughnuts, etc. should be plentiful.

RSVPs are not necessary but it’s always nice so we know who to look out for at the rendezvous.

See you there!

The Lake in the Clouds – Sep 12-16


The EIM to the Lake in the Clouds will take our MINIs to the western-most reaches of the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan along the shores of Lake Superior. Our base of operations will be Houghton, MI located on the Keewenaw Peninsula, with a transit north on Wednesday, September 12th and returning on Sunday, September 16th. In between, we’ll enjoy the local attractions and points of interest, the fall colors that will be near peak, and the great local motoring roads. The heavily forested UP is relatively mountainous in this area. A point of emphasis will be a visit to the Porcupine Mountains and the Lake in the Clouds as well as Copper Harbor and the many sights on the peninsula.

Several months ago our members received a group email with important information regarding discount lodging arrangements and availability. If you missed it, please note any unbooked rooms in our reserved block at the Franklin Square Inn in Houghton will be released to the public on August 21st. If interested, please see the instructions below (click on the **Read More** button from the home page). Don’t delay as rooms in the area are at a premium during this peak season.

Hope your fall calendar can accommodate this fun, multi-day adventure!

Our Parade of MINIs


Thanks to all of the EIMers who came out for this year’s Holy Cross Festival and Parade held in Holy Cross this past Saturday. The weather was superb and the parade (including our pre-party at the assembly point and the bountiful feast afterward) as great as ever. Over the past decade of involvement our MINIs have become a Holy Cross Parade staple and enjoyed by everyone.

As always, our heartfelt thanks go out to Linda & Tom R. for their hospitality, for the amazing (as always) local broasted chicken, and for opening up their home to our group. The “Purple Haze” home brew was an extra special treat. Thanks to everyone who contributed their delicious additions to the food selections.

Photos of the entire evolution may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the 2018 Holy Cross Festival and Parade, Holy Cross, 8-11-18

EIM Takes the Heartland Autofest


Congratulations to Jim & Brenda M. from Clinton for taking First Place in the MINI/Mini Category at this year’s Heartland British Autofest held in Le Claire on Saturday, August 4th. This annual event is hosted by the Quad Cities British Auto Club. Way to go!

Muscatine County Meet-Up and Motoring

Photo credit: Jeff Noe

Our thanks to all of the local MINI folk who came out on a toasty summer day for our EIM Blue Grass to Wilton Meet-n-Eat held on June 16th. The Corner Grill in Blue Grass turned out to be an excellent lunch venue with a separate room perfectly sized for our group. The short drive over to Wildcat Den State Park was highlighted by our passing the massive (50+) herd of friendly Quad Cities Jeeps on IA-22 headed in the opposite direction. The Pine Creek Grist Mill was nice, shady, and an interesting place to visit. Finally, the recently renovated Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton was superb (especially the ice cream) with the new ownership providing massively improved and much welcomed serving efficiency to big groups like ours. It turned out to be a most enjoyable capstone to the day.

Feel free to check out the photos from this event in our Photo Gallery. You can access them directly using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Blue Grass to Wilton Meet-n-Eat, 6-16-18

We’ve added the Holy Cross Festival and Parade on August 11th to our calendar. More fun MINI times ahead!

For any of you headed out to MTTS 2018…be safe and have fun!

Des Moines Auto Festing


A nice collection of both MINIs and Minis (i.e., new and classic) from EIM and from the Central Iowa MINI Club participated in the Central Iowa British and European Auto Fest hosted by the Des Moines British Auto Club in West Des Moines on June 3rd. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed meeting up with old MINI friends and checking out the large assortment of cool cars.

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

Photos from the Central Iowa British & European Auto Fest, West Des Moines, 6-3-18

See you in Blue Grass on 6/16!

Great River Region SCCA Auto-X #4 Recap


EIMer Jay T. represented the MINI faithful at the recent Great River Region SCCA Autocross #4 held in Mt. Joy on May 28th. Both he and the MINI were looking good! Enjoyed seeing the great 360 degree panoramas and video clips circulating in his Facebook circles.

A few more photos have been added to our Photo Gallery and can be found at this link:

Jay T. photos from the GRR SCCA Auto-X #4, Mt. Joy, 5-28-18

Well done Jay!

Buffalo River Reflections


Our annual out-of-area May drive took place last Thursday thru Sunday (May 17-20) and this year’s event took us to the Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas. The EIM MINIs in a Mountain Home managed to meet and often exceed our own lofty standards for fun times and great memories. As you can see from the photos from our trip (link provided below) it was a superb time filled with unique experiences and adventures.

Our base of operations at the Buffalo River Lodge provided our group with exclusive access to the resort and all of its amenities, located ~14 miles south of Yellville, AR smack in the middle of a plethora of great mountain motoring roads and just a stone’s throw from the scenic Buffalo River. The proximity to the river allowed several folk in our group to take advantage of the Lodge offering of an amazing Friday kayak trip (with beautiful, clear, cool waters and current sufficient to result in two capsizings (Cindy C. and Peggy J., both documented on Steve B.‘s GoPro) and participation in an ad hoc rescue of a stranded canoe and rounding up their lost belongings, complete with Steve B. pearl-diving to the river bottom to recover a sunken treasure. Except for Cindy’s lost shoe and sunglasses, none were the worse for wear.) The remainder of the group (the “dry” ones) enjoyed some thrilling motoring through the rocky bluffs to the south and west, with a nice lunch stop in Clinton, AR. The end of the day Friday was much like Thursday and Saturday — encamped around the fire pit on the grounds, taking on food and beverage, and having a fun time sharing all of our experiences from the day’s activities.

Saturday’s drive headed east through the Buffalo National River area south of Mountain Home, AR with an unexpected but fun entry in the Pioneer Days Parade in Norfolk, AR (We just happened to arrive at the right time and hooked up at the tail end of the parade. Most of the locals thought our ad hoc entry was pretty cool!). That was followed by a trip over the historic swinging bridge (!) in Allison, AR; lunch at a neat local BBQ joint just north of Mountain View, AR, and then some spirited motoring back to the northwest to a mid-afternoon refreshment stop at Gravity BrewWorks, a thriving craft brewery seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The warm temperatures supported a swim call at the river after our return, followed by a cookout at the Lodge, more time around the fire pit, and disbelief that we had to head home the following day.

Our thanks to all of the participating EIMers who made this such a fun and memorable event!

Photos (including those from the kayak trip) may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM MINIs in a Mountain Home, Yellville, AR, 5-17-18 to 5-20-18

The Central Iowa British and European Auto Fest happens next in Des Moines on Sunday, June 3rd. See the Event Calendar for the entry form. We’ll also be announcing soon a local lunch gathering for our MINIs that will happen later in June. Hope to see you there!

On the Road Again — Our 2018 BSD

Photo Credit: Jeff Noe

With Spring finally showing some evidence of arrival and despite the cool temps and remnants of snow in the shade and on the north-facing slopes, it was a great joy to get out on the road in our MINIs for the 11th EIM Border Skirmish Drive (BSD) this past Saturday. Our rendezvous in Decorah at the trout hatchery offered some nice social time as well as fish feeding and Decorah Eagles watching (even live on our smart phones while standing under the nest). Even though northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota had received a foot of snow three days earlier, the Driftless Region roads were amazingly clear, dry, and as twisty as ever. We enjoyed our lunch stop in Spring Grove, MN at the Ivy Grove Cafe followed by some of the best roads of the day. MN-76 north of Caledonia, County Road 13 west of Houston, and MN-43 south of Bratsberg are always among our local favorites.

Our final stop back in Decorah at the world famous Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. was a real treat, both in terms of the experience and the libations. Our group extends its sincere thanks to Director of Hospitality Josh White for the cheerful gift of his energy and time in providing us a special, dedicated tour of the TG Brewery operations. It’s truly an amazing place.

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

Photos from the 11th EIM Border Skirmish Drive, Decorah and vicinity, 4-21-18

Our next events include the Quad City Gearheads Spring 61 Kartway Cruise Night from Davenport to Delmar on May 5th followed by the EIM MINIs in a Mountain Home down in Yellville, Arkansas on May 17th-20th.

Fun MINI times ahead!

Fusion Resolution


After a two-week delay due to Mother Nature’s poor sense of humor (i.e., Springtime snow) it was nice to have blue skies for our EIM Spring Fusion Meet, Eat, and Race this past Saturday in Marion. It was great to enjoy the company of such a large number of MINIs and MINI folk. Our lunch at the Cibo Fusion Restaurant was superb, and the follow-on kart racing at nearby Speedeez Karting was an absolute blast.

EIM extends sincere thanks to Louanne & Phil N. for all of their planning and organization of this event, not to mention their accommodation of the revised date. It was an excellent choice of venue and much appreciated by everyone!

Photos from this event are in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Spring Fusion Meet, Eat, and Race, Marion, 4-7-18

Hope to see many of you on 4/21 for our first drive of the year, the traditional April Border Skirmish Drive. Can’t beat those Driftless Region motoring roads!

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