EIM Lunch at Jimmy Jack’s in Iowa City – July 26th

EIM Lunch at Jimmy Jack's in Iowa City - July 26th

With several of our Iowa MINI friends headed west for the start of MTTS 2014 and an open space in our event schedule, we needed to do something. Some good BBQ with our local MINI friends staying behind just seemed like the right thing to do.

Thenceforth sprang the idea for the EIM Lunch at Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack – to be held on Saturday, July 26th in Iowa City. We’ll eat at 11:00 am when they open and beat the rush.

Nothing formal; no RSVPs needed. New MINI Cooper enthusiasts are welcome!


Holy Cross Parade and Festival – August 9th

Holy Cross Parade and Festival - August 9th

The Holy Cross Parade and Festival is a fun small-town event held in conjunction with Holy Cross Days. The festival activities include the parade, a charity auction, a street dance with a live band, bouncy houses for the kids, a barbecue, and more. The heart of the festival is right across the street from the home of EIM faithful Linda and Tom R.

The Festival is on Saturday, August 9th in Holy Cross. We’ll have some MINI primping and decorating time in advance of the expected parade staging time of 10:30 am. The parade starts at noon.

As in past years, Linda and Tom are graciously inviting their extended MINI family into their home after the parade for a grand feast, beverages, and jovial MINI fellowship. There will be drink (many in number and variety) and the best broasted chicken in the Midwest from the local bar & grill. A side dish or snack to share with the group is always appreciated but there’s no expectations — bringing something to share is not required or expected.

We’d like to offer Linda and Tom the courtesy of a head-count, so please let us know if you’re joining us using the links below (click on the **Read More** button from the home page).

Hope you can join us for this fun and relaxing time!

EIM “Mini-MINI Meet” Recap


The early July weather in the Milwaukee area couldn’t have been better for our very own EIM “Mini-MINI Meet” that was held on 3-5 July in conjunction with the quinquennial Mini Meet East Meets West, this year conducted on the grounds of Mt. Mary University. The final tally was about 120 Minis and MINIs, about evenly split between the classics and the “new” models.

It was great fun meeting up with our Iowa MINI mates and meeting some new friends. Our Friday morning drive took us through portions of the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest. On the way we stopped at Holy Hill and climbed almost 200 ft up the dizzying steel steps to the top of the Basilica’s Scenic Tower for the breathtaking view. We enjoyed the car show on Friday afternoon and managed to crash and squeeze into the group photo later that afternoon. Several of us managed to visit Spectacular Sculptures for some nifty photo ops with our MINIs. The Saturday morning highlight had to be watching Jeff and Sue N. competing in the Funkana! It was a great three days of MINI motoring fun!

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

Photos from the EIM “Mini-MINI Meet” at Mini Meet East Meets West, Milwaukee, WI, 7-3-14 to 7-5-14

Lots coming up in the next six weeks…stay tuned!

Buggies, Quilts, Starships, Ice Cream, and MINIs

Buggies, Quilts, Starships, Ice Cream, and MINIs

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us for the Wilton Candy Kitchen Ice Cream Drive that was held on Saturday, June 28th in partnership with our motoring mates from the Central Iowa MINI Club. What a great showing of Iowa MINIs!

We thank Linda and Tom R. for getting un-lost in superb fashion and leading the EIM caravan from the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area near the Coralville Reservoir to the lunch rendezvous in Kalona. It was good to see the horses on those Amish buggies firmly attached to their harnesses (isn’t that right Steve and Bobbie?). We now also know that Miata owners are secretly envious of MINI owners, and we’re glad that the Trekkies didn’t fire any phasers at us as the MINIs passed through Kalona. It was fun meeting Phil and Louanne N. and their sweet Spice Orange Roadster for the first time, and we’re very appreciative of their jumper cables too (isn’t that right Denny and Sandy?).

We extend our thanks to Roger S. from CIMC for making the arrangements at the Tuscan Moon Grill in Kalona and at the Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton. We’re glad that George and Thelma didn’t forget us! Thanks also to Laura R. for pitching in with her ice cream serving skills.

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

Photos from the Wilton Candy Kitchen Ice Cream Drive, 6-28-14

Thanks again to all!

Where the Deer and the Antelope (and our MINIs) Played…


We enjoyed another superb springtime MINI adventure this year as we headed out west to the Badlands and Black Hills region of South Dakota for our EIM Elk, Buffalo, and MINI Stampede held from 8-11 May. The marginal weather during our Thursday transit gave way and gifted us with two back-to-back days of beautiful high country motoring and sightseeing. Highlights included Mt. Rushmore, the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop, the Badlands Loop, stops in Hill City, Custer City, Lead, Sturgis, Rapid City, and Wall; local restaurants and winery visits; plenty of wildlife…and oh by the way, what MINI trip to the area would be complete without some spirited motoring on the Iron Mountain Road, Needles Highway, through Spearfish Canyon, and the twisty back roads around Nemo? Great fun!

The K-Bar-S Lodge in Keystone turned out to be an absolute gem. Great accommodations and a breathtaking setting in the pine-forested mountains with awesome views of Mt. Rushmore, and a great place to congregate and plan our next move. The local staff even set up a dedicated car wash station, complete with all the supplies, just for us — a gesture that was deeply appreciated by the obsessive compulsive MINI owners among us! We thank them for their hospitality and highly recommend you consider them if you’re in the area.

Thanks to all of the EIMers who participated in this event and made it such a fun and memorable experience!

This event is well documented in photos that are available in our Photo Gallery. You can access them directly using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Elk, Buffalo, and MINI Stampede to Keystone, SD, 5-8-14 to 5-11-14

See you at our next event!

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 Iowa MINIs


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!

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!)

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