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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Order Your 2015 EIM Desk Calendar Now

Order Your 2015 EIM Desk Calendar Now

EIM is now accepting orders for the 2015 Edition of our EIM Desk Calendar. Production of these popular, spiffy calendars has become an annual tradition. Each month includes a cool photo of our MINIs taken exclusively from events held over the 2014 motoring year. It’s a great way to look back on our fun times together!

The calendars are $6.50 each, and the price includes shipping to your door. The deadline for placing orders is Friday, December 5th.

Ordering instructions are available here: 2015 EIM Desk Calendar

Enjoy!

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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!

Swamp Fox MINIs

Swamp Fox MINIs

Eastern Iowa MINIs would like to extend our sincerest thanks to long time EIMers Larry and Pam H. for their support and generosity in hosting our MINIs again this year at the 2014 Swamp Fox Festival Parade in Marion on September 6th. Our parade participants enjoyed what was probably the most perfect weather day of the year, which contributed to record crowds along the parade route. As usual, our MINIs were one of the parade highlights. The delicious soups, pies, and other food and drink at our hosts’ home after the parade were absolutely fantastic and deeply appreciated.

We enjoyed the pre-parade car wash and the staging area, where we found ourselves lined up adjacent to the local Corvette club (and you wouldn’t hear it from them, but our MINIs won the race to the reviewing stand!). It was also a pleasure meeting new EIMer Rod H. and his rare Solid Gold Metallic MINI Cooper. It was fun seeing the Chili Red MINIs awarded driveway privileges too!

Photos from the parade are available in our Photo Gallery. You can access them directly by using the following link:

Photos from the 2014 Swamp Fox Festival Parade, Marion, 9-6-14

See you at the Fall Tour…

Iowa MINI Yoopers


Yooper. (noun) A nickname for a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, derived from the initials “U.P.” And oh by the way, it happens to rhyme with “Cooper.”

And that’s what we were, during our recent, four-day adventure north for the inaugural Keweenaw MINI Rendezvous. This event was hosted from 14-17 August the Keweenaw Peninsula between the picturesque towns of Houghton and Copper Harbor, Michigan. It was yet another fantastically fun time with great MINI friends, both from EIM and new folks that we met along the way. We explored a lot of wonderful new territory, motored on some great stretches of challenging twisties, and visited many interesting and fun stops along the way. Enjoyed some spectacular weather and the view of Portage Lake and Mont Ripley from the backyard of our hotel. Had some mighty fine meals together, including some real homemade pasties. Partied in downtown Houghton with all of the MINI folk in town. Waded in Lake Superior (well, at least the ladies did). Gazed at the huge snowfall thermometer near Calumet. Heard our names and home towns on the radio station during our police escort out of Houghton on Day #1. Made the front page of the local paper — both print and web editions. By most accounts, had the best barbeque brisket ever at the group picnic on Friday. Marveled at the views in all directions from Brockway Mountain Drive. Picked and ate wild thimbleberries (with no adverse reactions). Visited shops, lighthouses, beaches, waterfalls, historic bridges, Art in the Park, a bakery run by monks, a copper mine, and the one and only “Gay Bar.” Enjoyed the superb scenery of the peninsula wherever we motored. Met some great new MINI friends. Oh, and Mike got a lump of coal as a gift (you’ll have to ask him). All in all, a most enjoyable and memorable MINI experience!

We extend our sincere thanks to Houghton locals Keith Riley and Mike Rose for their fantastic planning, organization, coordination with local businesses, media, and law enforcement, and outright leadership in putting on this event. Not one detail was overlooked. The bigger events need to pick these guys’ brains so they can learn how to do it right.

Pictures from our adventure to the Keweenaw have been added to our Photo Gallery and can be accessed directly by using the following link:

EIM at the Keweenaw MINI Rendezvous, Houghton, MI, 8-14-14 to 8-17-14

Thanks to the participating EIMers for making this trip so much fun!

Looking Back on MTTS 2014

Another successful MINI Takes the States is in the books. We want to recognize our fellow EIM folk who were able to participate in all or portions of this 5,200 mile, two-week event — including Denny and Sandy B., Peter N., Jerry and Chris S., Cindy D., Jay T., Mike and Di E., “Thelma and Louise,” and any others who we might have missed. Special kudos and salutations to Bill and Alyce S. who successfully completed the entire coast-to-coast event (and were still smiling at the end). Thanks for carrying the EIM flag for us! A quick nod to our friend Greg B. from CIMC who also made the full trip.

We’ve assembled a collection of photos from our participants in the Photo Gallery for your reminiscing and viewing enjoyment. They’re directly accessible using the following link:

EIM Photos from MINI Takes the States 2014, 7-26-14 to 8-9-14

It’s not too early to start thinking about MTTS 2016!

A MINI Hit Parade

A MINI Hit Parade

We had the pleasure of a big group of MINIs and MINI enthusiasts and nearly perfect weather at this year’s Holy Cross Festival and Parade, held this past Saturday in Holy Cross. It was great to have such a large presence in the parade this year. The assortment of food and drink after the parade was amazing, with the broasted chicken seemingly exceeding its past lofty standards. A new twist was the slot car competition, great fun despite the fact that Steve B. managed to thoroughly kick our butts on the track. A most enjoyable day from start to finish.

We just can’t thank Linda and Tom R. enough for their generosity and hospitality in hosting our group in their home after the parade. They go above and beyond expectations every year and make the event extra special for us all. You folks are the best. Once again, thanks!

It was great meeting new MINIs and new folks too: Duane and Barbara G., Dave and Angel S., and Jeff N.’s buddy Jon from Ottumwa. Glad you all could join us!

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

Photos from the Holy Cross Festival and Parade, Holy Cross, 8-9-14

Ready for the Keweenaw Rendezvous!

Pulled Park

Pulled Park

We had a great showing of EIMers and MINIs for our impromptu EIM Lunch at Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack this past Saturday in Iowa City. The combination of good barbeque and good weather seems to be a great motivator!

It was a treat to have the chance to see the new MINI Cooper S Roadster of Mike and Laura R. up close for the first time. In fact, the rag tops comprised nearly half of the MINIs in attendance (see above comment regarding great weather). We also enjoyed the chance to meet new EIMer Bev W. and her Chili Red Cabrio ROXIE. It was a great day for celebrating the start of MTTS ’14 and wishing the best for our friends making the trek.

Photos from this event can be found in our Photo Gallery. The pics are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Lunch at Jimmy Jack’s, 7-26-14

See you in Holy Cross on 8/9…

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