River City Recap

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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

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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”

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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!

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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!

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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!

EIM Catches its Breath After Two Amazing Weeks of MINI Fun

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The first half of August 2017 has been an incredible, historic, and enjoyable time for our MINI enthusiasts in EIM, with active participation in four separate motoring events spread out over 1,500 miles!

MINI on the Mack 2017 was the third iteration of this massive gathering in St. Ignace, MI. The event held on August 5th set a record for the largest gathering of MINIs on U.S. soil (1,328) and helped raised thousands of dollars for local charities. Our EIM motorists in attendance thoroughly enjoyed representing us in this event and exploring the Upper Peninsula.

The annual Heartland British Autofest, hosted by the Quad Cities British Auto Club on August 5th in Le Claire, included multiple EIM entries. Our club managed to walk away with top honors in the Mini class. Lots of other EIMers came out to support the participants, including several who were actually starting their transits to Colorado for the following week’s MINI activities!

That Colorado event was in fact MINIs in the Mountains 2017, hosted by the Denver-based MINI5280 Club from August 9th – 15th and held this year in beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO. After a five-year hiatus, no less than 12 MINIs and 22 motorists from EIM made the trip out west in order to enjoy the wonderful mountain scenery and superb motoring roads. Several folks enjoyed extended vacations and traveled to points of interest all across the area. It was another fun and memorable adventure for our group with a great bunch of MINI friends.

Last but certainly not least, EIM honored its annual commitment to the Holy Cross Parade and Festival in Holy Cross, taking place this year on August 12th. Our parade participants enjoyed fabulous weather, another phenomenal post-parade meal, and the other Festival amenities (not to mention all of the great roads getting to and from the area). Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this event!

Special thanks to Linda and Tom R. for their gracious hosting of our group in Holy Cross (as they do each year), including the coordination and the always appreciated broasted chicken and home brew. Their generosity is deeply appreciated by all.

Thanks also to EIMers Peggy J., Steve M., and Alyce and Bill S. for the group’s use of Wyndham time shares in Steamboat Springs. It’s always fun when our motorists are able to colocate and have a base of operations to plan, socialize, and reminisce. Thanks also to everyone who brought and purchased food and drink and helped prepare meals at the lodge (Alyce, those breakfast sandwiches were the best!).

Thanks to Jeff and Sue N. for all of the fantastic drone footage out in Colorado. The drone logistics are no small feat and our group greatly appreciates the fruits of your labor. We’ll continue to features these videos on our homepage over the coming months.

A special nod to Brian and Tracy K., who participated in both MINI on the Mack and MINIs in the Mountains. Over 4K miles of motoring fun in their Roadster in less than two weeks (and a lot of it top-down)!

Lastly, thanks to all of the EIM folk who came out and supported these events. Your MINI enthusiasm is infectious and we are always grateful for your friendship and camaraderie.

Photos from all of these events are posted in our Photo Gallery. Use the following links to go directly to the event-specific galleries:

Photos from EIM at MINI on the Mack 2017, St. Ignace, MI, 8-5-17

Photos from EIM at the Heartland British Autofest, Le Claire, 8-5-17

Photos from EIM at MINIs in the Mountains 2017, Steamboat Springs, CO, 8-9-17 to 8-13-17

Photos from the Holy Cross Parade and Festival, Holy Cross, 8-12-17

See you soon!

Some Joe and Some Suds

The weather could not have been more perfect last Saturday for our EIM Joe & Suds Meet-n-Eat in the Quad Cities. We had a great, early morning showing of MINIs at the Cars & Coffee in LeClaire and enjoyed seeing all of the other fine vehicles that came out for the event. The highlight clearly belonged to Tom & Linda R. who surprised us with their brand new MINI Countryman! (Don’t worry faithful EIMers, the Black Eye Purple GOZER is still in their now two-MINI stable.) Following this gathering, we savored the short, scenic drive along the river to downtown Davenport to rendezvous with several other EIMers and check out the Freight House Farmers Market that, due to the beautiful weather, was overflowing with shoppers. Thanks to Steve B.‘s recommendation we made a last-minute shift for lunch to Sippi’s American Grill & Craft Beer, a one-block walk from the Freight House. We had a great lunch and sampled some nice brews on the outdoor patio. Following lunch, several of us made the three-block walk over to the River Center and the Davenport MakeFest, where we were entertained and educated by our very own technology wonk Jay T. who was demonstrating his custom-made 3-D printer. It was fun seeing Kristin and Darla too!

You can check out the photos from our day of fun over in our Photo Gallery, and access them directly using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Joe & Suds Meet-n-Eat in LeClaire and Davenport, 7-15-17

August is a massively busy MINI motoring month! Please see the event listings on the home page!

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