EIM Border Patrol


After a winter that would seemingly never end, it was great to get out and motor again with our MINI mates at the 5th EIM Border Skirmish Drive, which was conducted on Saturday, April 12th. Our drive traversed many of the superb and twisty roads in the bluff country of northeast Iowa, southwest Wisconsin, and southeast Minnesota; as well as lunch at Hackberry’s Bistro in La Crosse and wrapping up with treats at Cooper’s Pub in Decorah. Despite a couple of bouts with rain showers, there were amply dry roads to be found during the drive and plenty of opportunities to put our MINIs through their best go-kart handling paces.

We enjoyed meeting and motoring with Brad and Carol B. from Des Moines and Ed and Camille V. from Rochester as first time participants. We’re glad you were able to join us!

There are a few photos from this event in our Photo Gallery. These can be accessed directly using the following link:

Photos from the 5th EIM Border Skirmish Drive, 4-12-14

Next month we stampede!

Special MINI Performance Driving School Offer to IA MINIs – Sign Up by April 23rd


Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime special offer extended exclusive to our Iowa MINI Cooper enthusiasts! This deeply discounted MINI Performance Driving School will take place in late September or early October at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, putting you behind the wheel of a specially prepared MINI Cooper JCW and with personalized instruction from professional race drivers. In order to lock in the schedule for this event, the organizers need your commitment to attend not later than Wednesday, April 23rd. As of the date of this post, we’re just a few Iowa motorists away from a full class and a confirmed event!

Information, instructions, and contact information are available below (after the “Read More” jump from the home page). Don’t miss out on this special opportunity!

EIM Elk, Buffalo, and MINI Stampede, Keystone, SD – 8-11 May


The EIM Elk, Buffalo, and MINI Stampede will represent the third time our group has visited the Black Hills of South Dakota during the month of May (the last time was back in 2011). As such, we think we’ve a pretty good handle on the best roads, stops, and sights in the area.  Our base of operations this time will be Keystone, SD — a perfect, centralized location with easy access to Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Iron Mt. Road, Needles Highway, and many other local places of interest.  This area is without a doubt the premium destination within a day’s drive of eastern IA for top-notch MINI motoring and sightseeing!

Our group plans to motor out to Keystone together on Thursday, May 8th and return ad hoc (i.e., depart as desired) on Sunday, May 11th.  In between, the possibilities for MINI fun are almost endless!

All of the additional information you need is available below (after the “Read More” jump from the home page) including sign-up instructions, route map and rendezvous times for the transit west, detailed information on lodging, what to bring along, etc.

Get ready for an amazing MINI adventure!

MTTS 2014 Registration Now Open


The registration page for MINI Takes the States 2014 is now functional. Just click on the image above to be redirected to the official MINI USA site!


An Iowa MINI Spring Fling

An Iowa MINI Spring Fling

A full compliment of 29 MINIs and their owners from Eastern Iowa MINIs (EIM) and our good friends from the Central Iowa MINI Club (CIMC) all motored to Grinnell this past weekend to enjoy each others’ company and cars. For EIM, this gathering represented a continuation of our annual Spring has Sprung Meet-n-Eat held on the weekend following the first day of Spring. Although a bit chilly, we were certainly blessed with beautiful blue skies and dry roads as a welcome change!

Thanks to Jeremy M. from CIMC for setting up the logistics with our venue for the day, the Grinnell Steakhouse. This location was superbly suited to accommodate our sizable group of motorists. Special thanks to Rob Melick, the Central-West MINI USA Regional Manager for joining us and for his informative presentation on the new F56 Hardtop, plans for this year’s MINI Takes the States (MTTS) 2014, ideas for a 2015 version of the MINIs on the Mack record attempt in the Midwest region, for the lively Q&A session, and for the special discounted rate offer to EIM and CIMC for participation later this year in the MINI Performance Driving School located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All in attendance were greatly appreciative!

Congratulations to Jeff and Sue N. on their new MINI (see it in the EIM Member Roster). It was a neat surprise to see them roll up in their new wheels!

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

Photos from the EIM Spring has Spring Meet-n-Eat with CIMC in Grinnell, 3-23-14

We’ll be looking for you at Pikes Peak State Park on April 12th!



After our December sabbatical and our cancellation in January due to snow, it was certainly a special day to finally** get together again at our EIM Meet-n-Eat in the Quad Cities this past Saturday. The blue skies and (almost) seasonable temperatures were a welcome change!

Our group extends its sincere thanks to Denny and Sandy B. for hosting our group and to Steve B. for the superb libations. Thanks to all who brought goodies and to everyone who came out and joined us. It was a pleasure meeting Chris C. and his brand new Clubman too!

Congratulations to Jeff N. and Steve B. for their perfect scores on the MINI parts quiz!

Pictures of this event can be found in our Photo Gallery. You can access them directly using this link:

Photos from the EIM Meet-n-Eat in the Quad Cities, Davenport, 2-22-14

Hope to see you next month in Grinnell!


**(pun intended Denny!)

MINI of Des Moines Detail Day – Mar 1st

MINI of Des Moines Detail Day - Mar 1st

The good folks at MINI of Des Moines (MoDM), located at the Willis Auto Campus, are hosting their inaugural MINI of Des Moines Detail Day on Saturday, March 1st. The event will run from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. All MINI owners are being welcomed to use their facilities to get rid of the winter grime from your MINIs!

All you need to bring is your MINI and your appetite. MoDM will be providing detailing supplies, music, food, and fun. Our MINIs will be taking over the indoor MINI service area so weather will not be a factor. A photo shoot is being planned for the conclusion of the event (after all participants are finished detailing and well fed).

I hope many of you are able to take advantage of this generous offer from our favorite local MINI dealer!

MINI USA Publishes the Official MTTS 2014 Website


For those planning to take full advantage of the opportunity to join in the MINI Takes the States 2014 the official MINI USA website is now up and running. Additional details will be added to this site as they become available. Just click on the image above to be redirected to the site. Consider it your one-stop shop for all things MTTS 2014!


Season’s Greetings!


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!


World Debut: The New F56 MINI

Photo Credit: MotoringFile.com


The all new generation “F56″ MINI Cooper made its world premiere early today, the culmination of 18 months of anticipation and occasional spy photos. The F56 version of the MINI is expected to start hitting dealership lots in the USA in March 2014.

Make sure you visit MotoringFile.com for a comprehensive description of the F56 including specifications, new technology features, new engine, transmission, and suspension options, color choices, and lots of photos.

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