EIM Spring Fusion Meet, Eat, & Race in Marion — April 7th


***Update*** This event has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 7th due to the forecast of inclement winter(?) weather. All other information remains valid.

Come celebrate the (unofficially delayed) first weekend of Spring with your MINI mates!

The EIM Spring Fusion Meet, Eat, & Race is planned for Saturday, April 7th in Marion. Specifically, we’ll be meeting for lunch at the Cibo Fusion Restaurant and Lounge located along 1st Avenue about halfway between Lindale Mall and Thomas Park. Plan on a ~11:00 am rendezvous and lunch at 11:30 am. Full menu and separate checks will be available.

After lunch those interested can join us for the short walk to Speedeezz Indoor Karting for some hot laps in their nifty electric karts. The cost is $6 for a set of 15 laps (less $1 for seniors).

Many thanks to Louanne & Phil N. for their efforts in organizing this event. Phil has already checked out the karts to make sure they were up to EIM standards, and he gives them a thumbs up!

A headcount is due to the restaurant by the preceding Wednesday, so please RSVP using any one of the methods listed below (click on the **Read More** button from the home page). Addresses and links are also available after the jump.

Hope to see you there!

11th EIM Border Skirmish Drive — Apr 21


The 11th EIM Border Skirmish Drive (BSD) will be held on Saturday, April 21st. It closely follows the route used during the very first BSD back in 2008, although there are a few modifications included to make the route even better. If you like expansive views from high vistas, deep river valleys, exposed limestone bluffs, trout streams, and a nice sampling of Driftless Region sweepers, twisties, and switchbacks, this drive is for you.

The detailed route description may be found below (click on the **Read More** button from the home page). Rendezvous is at 9:00 am at Siewers Spring State Park near Decorah. Lunch will be ~11:00 am in Spring Grove, MN at the Ivy Grove Cafe. Our final stop will be ~2:00 pm at the Toppling Goliath Brewing Company near Decorah.

Remember to bring your cameras and GMRS/FRS radios.

Please let us know you’ll be joining us on this drive using any of the methods listed below (click on the **Read More** button from the home page). Addresses, links, and a link to the Route Map are also available after the jump.

Hope you can join us!

River City Recap


Our thanks to everyone who withstood the sometimes wet, sometimes icy roads and managed to join us for the 2018 instantiation of the EIM Quad Cities Meet-n-Eat this past Saturday in Davenport. We were glad to have all of the great company!

Thanks to everyone for bringing along such a nice variety of treats to share. Special thanks to Steve & Juli B. for the always-appreciated Bent River libations. It was fun to have Kelly B. in the house, as well as the unexpected visit by Jay, Kristin, & Darla. Most of all, we thank Sandy & Denny B. for being such superb and gracious hosts again. Loved the special decor, hot sandwiches, and slideshow!

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

Photos from the EIM Quad Cities Meet-n-Eat in Davenport, 2-24-18

Next up is Marion on March 24th. Food and karting. Be there or be square.

Chuffed at Such a Corker of a MINI Day


It’s safe to say in our eleven years of existence we may never have had better weather for a January meet-up. The glorious skies and temperatures certainly added to the enjoyment at our EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Wig and Pen Pub held this past Saturday in Iowa City. Sincere thanks to all of the folks who came out and joined us for the good food and camaraderie.

Special thanks to Jake M. and also to Jeremiah & Britney S. and their two cute munchkins for making the trip over from Des Moines and for allowing us a close look at the F60 Countryman in both “S” and JCW livery. Congratulations to Cindy C. who blazed through the word scramble in short order and crushed the competition. For those who couldn’t attend and would like a crack at it, here’s a link:

EIM MINI Cooper Word Scramble

A few photos from this event have been added to our Photo Gallery and can be accessed directly using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Wig and Pen Pub, Iowa City, 1-27-18

Hope to see you in Davenport on February 24th!

MTTS 2018 “Rally to the Rockies”


MINI USA has published the official route for MINI Takes the States (MTTS) 2018. Separate east and west coast routes starting in Orlando, FL and Portland, OR, respectively, converge on Keystone, CO over an eight-day period from Saturday, 14 July to Sunday, 22 July.

More information is available on the main MTTS 2018 Website (<-link). You may also sign up for the MTTS 2018 mailing list at this site so you can remain abreast of information updates as they are released.

Looks like another adventure!

Happy Holidays!


Eastern Iowa MINIs extends its best wishes to everyone for a joyous holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Country Junction Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who joined us in Dyersville on 11/11 for our final get-together of the 2017 calendar year, the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Country Junction. It was great fun looking back at all of the memories made over this past motoring year and sharing ideas for potential new adventures in 2018.

Congratulations to all of the annual EIM awardees who were recognized during our luncheon, and thanks to those who allowed us a laugh or two at their expense…always in good fun! The set of 2017 awards can be viewed at the following link:

2017 EIM Annual Recognition Awards

Congrats also to Brian & Tracy K., our 2017 EIM Motorists of the Year. Their two MINIs covered a lot of ground in 2017!

Photos from this event may be found in our Photo Gallery, directly accessible via the following link:

Photos from the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Country Junction, Dyersville, 11-11-17

We hope all of our MINI motorists and their families have a joyful holiday season. Our next scheduled gathering is our traditional January meet-up at the Wig and Pen Pub in Iowa City, which is planned for Saturday, January 27th. See you then!

15th Annual MINI Fall Tour

EIM extends its sincere thanks to Jake M., Laura R., Jeff G., and all of the folks at the Central Iowa MINI Club for planning and leading this years 15th Annual Iowa MINI Cooper Fall Tour this past Saturday. The drive began in Pella and wound its way across south-central Iowa to a lunch in Eldon and a finish in Iowa City. The wet conditions did nothing to damper the spirits of the motorists or the fun time together.

Our Photo Gallery includes several Facebook-harvested photos of the drive. Credits are due to the motorists who shared them…thanks! They are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the 15th Annual Iowa MINI Cooper Fall Tour, 10-14-17

Our final event of 2017 is our annual Meet-in-Eat in Dyersville on November 11th, where we’ll look back on the year and reflect on all of the fun times. Hope you can make it!

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Our group of MINI folk had another fun drive up to Gays Mills, Wisconsin on 9/16 for the ’17 version of the now seemingly annual Gays Mills Apple Run. The weather was nicely cooperative and, as usual, the orchards, apples, apple slushes, apple cider doughnuts, apple pie and apple pizza a la mode–not to mention the curvy roads, fall colors, expansive views, and MINI companionship–were all superb. Several in the group made their return visit via the Potosi Brewing Company for some sampling of additional good stuff. Thanks to Sandy & Denny B. for leading us on some fine county roads and avoiding the road construction on US-61 north of Lancaster. Thanks also to the new folks who came out and joined us!

Photos may be found in our Photo Gallery, directly accessible via the following link:

Photos from the Gays Mills Apple Run, Gays Mills, 9-16-17

Hope to see you at the Fall Tour on October 14th!

Happy 10th Anniversary EIM!


On August 31, 2007 a small group of MINI Cooper fans from various eastern Iowa communities gathered together for the first time at the Sonic Drive-In in Coralville. These folks had come to know of each other through posts made in an online MINI enthusiasts community and shared an interest in establishing an avenue to get together on occasion with their fellow Iowa MINI mates. Five weeks later, a smaller subset of folks met for breakfast in Dubuque, scratched out some ideas and action items on a napkin — and Eastern Iowa MINIs was born.

The Sonic Drive-In in Coralville no longer exists. Most (save a few) of those original MINI fans have left for other locales or ventures. All of those wonderful MINIs present that evening (except LEO!) have been sold or traded in (usually for another MINI). Yet EIM continues to thrive, bolstered by a wonderful cadre of genuinely good people who comprise the core of its MINI enthusiasm and an organizational formula that seeks to minimize bureaucracy and free people up to simply have fun together with their MINIs. As of its 10th Anniversary, EIM has either organized or participated in over 150 local, regional, or national MINI events! Every single one is documented in our Photo Gallery and it’s pretty cool to go back and revisit those early gatherings.

Here are the photos from that first get-together:

Coralville Sonic MINI Gathering, 8-31-07

See if there are people and MINIs you remember or still recognize. 🙂

Thanks to all for a wonderful 10 years. Here’s to 10 more!

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