DATE CHANGE! We’re meeting on Sunday, SEPTEMBER 8th, instead of the 1st. It’s Megan’s 50th birthday, and we’ll all celebrate with her! Megan has been the heart of SD Minis for a very long time, she was a long time President and is a beloved friend. So, join us on Sept 8th at Charlie’s, and let’s sing a good loud rendition of Happy Birthday to Megan!
All MINIs and Classic Minis are invited to register for the All MINI Car Show, on JULY 6th, 2019 at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA. Entry fee is $15 cash at check in. Check in is 9 am, show starts at 10 am. Awards will be presented at noon. Show car registration is limited. and will close on or before July 1st.
There will be coffee and donuts in the morning, and our favorite Hot dog vendor, Delish Dogs, will be making hot dogs, Polish sausage, and pretzels for us at lunch time!
The show will be judged by an impartial two judge panel, giving out engraved awards, and there will be a popular vote for the BEST BMW MINI and BEST CLASSIC MINI.
You can register your car for the show, by filling out this form:
You will receive an email with further information.
If you just want to come and enjoy the day, you are welcome. The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum is a wonderful display of working miniature engines; model airplanes; boats; cars; miniature working guns; and a doll house miniature display. They will run multiple guided tours through their machine show, not to be missed!
For questions, you can use this link:
The San Diego British Car Club Council presents Rolling British Car Day, this event has been held for decades. This year, you can start in Rancho Bernardo or El Cajon, each location will end up driving on great, twisty roads, and end up together at a Winery for a picnic.
This is a Classic focused event, but new MINIs are welcome, as well as new Land Rovers, Jaguars, Lotus, and all other British marques. (we’ve also had a few non Brits come, no one really minds!)
Information and registration is open HERE
April feels like Spring, so let’s get together for some pancakes and coffee, and talk about things to do! Next up is Rolling British Car Day, on April 28th, run by the San Diego British Car Club Council. If you haven’t driven with a hundred and more old British cars, here’s your chance! New MINIs, as well as Jaguars, Rolls Royces, Lotus, and Land Rovers, are welcome to participate. We’ll announce start and finish spots soon, and the routes are being worked on.
Not a very fast paced run, for new MINIs, but a whole lot of fun, ending in a picnic at a Winery with all the MGs, Triumphs, and other fabulous cars.
Registration is open HERE
For April, we meet at the Corner Bakery Cafe, at 1025 Camino de la Reina, in Mission Valley. If you’re running late, we’ll be in the back patio. Join us early and let’s look under bonnets!
We’ll gather at the 76/15 Park and Ride, at 8:30 am, and roll out after a Driver’s Meeting. We will run to Borrego Springs, including that lovely drive down the long, twisty road into the desert, and then we will tour the many metal sculptures scattered around the town, with photo opportunities at some of them. It is possible that the wildflowers will still be blooming, though perhaps after their peak. We will enjoy our own picnic lunches, either parked around Christmas Circle, or somewhere that we can all park together. (if the wildflowers are still spectacular, the middle of town gets really busy)
Bring water, sunscreen, hats, chairs, your picnic, and radios if you have them. Even in March, it can get hot! Have your tank and tummy full when we meet in the morning.
It’s a great run, organized by Andy Russell, and we may have multiple clubs attending.
Our annual Egg, Bread, and Pie Run, organized by Dan Roslund, is a club favorite. We will gather in front of the Starbucks on the NW corner of Centre City Pkwy and El Norte Pkwy in Escondido (address is 302 W El Norte Pkwy) before 9 am. We will roll out promptly at 9 am.
This run is a joint event for SD Minis and So Cal MINI Maniacs, and is well attended. Please bring radios if you have them, set to Channel 7, subchannel 21. If you have a spare, bring it, but do put your name on it in case it gets lost in the after run chaos!
We will run the back country roads, and then head for the Egg Ranch, where there will be a fifteen minute stop to buy fresh eggs. We will then stop at Dudley Bread in Santa Ysabel, for bread purchases, and at Julian Pie Shop for pie (and apple everything!). We will then run through Julian, as a MINI parade, and end up at Wynola Pizza for lunch.
Hope to see you there!
We’re back down at the Corner Bakery Cafe in February, so come by and have a meal with us! We meet in the parking lot before 9 am, and we eat on the back patio. All are welcome to come and join us!
The Corner Bakery Cafe is at 1025 Camino De La Reina, in Mission Valley, near the Target.
Join us at Charlie’s Family Restaurant, 210 N. Ivy St, Escondido, for our first meeting of 2019!
Come before 9 am, and we’ll talk Minis and MINIs. All are welcome. We go in to Charlie’s at 9 am, and eat in the back room. Delicious, home style food, and lots of friends to chat with.
Instead of our regular breakfast meeting in December, we will be meeting for a lunch party at Steve Alexander’s in Ramona. We’ll meet there at about 11 am, and will eat lunch, play on his dirt track (Classic Minis or smaller vehicles only) and have a gift exchange.
Each person will pay $5 toward the supplied lunch, and bring their own drink of choice. (except for water, we’ll have water) If you bring an inexpensive, wrapped gift, you can participate in the gift exchange. Gifts can be ‘stolen’, which makes it fun and lively! You can even bring more than one gift, and take more than one if you do.
For more information, and for Steve’s address and directions, please email email@example.com. We appreciate your RSVP also, so that we know how much food to order!
We’ve held parties at Steve’s in the past, and it’s always a good place to relax and enjoy our Mini friendships.
Join us at Charlie’s Family Restaurant, 210 N. Ivy St, Escondido, for our regular breakfast. After breakfast, all who want to go on the Casino Run will gather in the parking lot. Here is how it works:
Every car puts $20 into the pot, which goes directly to the charity. We then drive to the first casino. We hand out route sheets, but mostly we all drive together at a quick but reasonable pace. We hit one casino at a time, and if you decide to gamble, you do so with your own money. If you lose… oh well. If you win, you put your winnings in the pot, and tell us how much you won or lost. If you would rather not gamble, you can hang out in front, or go and watch your friends. We visit four casinos, and spend twenty minutes at each one. After the last casino, we tally up the Biggest Winner, Biggest Loser, and another surprise award. Those winners get trophies. Then we have a benefit drawing, with prizes that are MINI and Mini related. Every penny goes to this year’s charity. (see below)
This year, we have an additional way to donate… if you cannot come, then you can pledge $20 (payable at the next meeting that you attend, or you can send it through Paypal) There will be a special drawing for people who pledge, and you will have the satisfaction of supporting our cause this year.
Debbie Jones, our dear member and friend, is battling a rare abdominal cancer, and our charity this year is the Cancer Research Institute. It is a top rated charity, which means that a high percentage of their donations are spent on research. Every penny collected for this Charity Run will be sent to the Cancer Research Institute, as we have always done in the past with the chosen charity.
We hope that you can join us on Sunday, November 4th for our Casino Run, and once again make a difference!
San Diego British Car Day is held in Spanish Landing Park East, this year it will be on a Saturday. It is a judged event, and we enjoy showing off our cars, next to the Harbor. Join us for this major event, and hang out with the club as we greet the public and show off our cars.
When registration is open, the link will be here:
ATTENTION: Our August breakfast will be held in Carlsbad, and everyone is invited after breakfast to come to the Berkwitz home, for a Detailing Clinic/ Party. Free gift bags of detailing goodies to everyone who attends, and food! Hang out by the beach, just visit and enjoy the company of your friends.
BREAKFAST and LUNCH will be provided, as well as coffee, orange juice, and cold waters. Bring your own drinks and chairs, too. There will be plenty of food all day.
A representative from Adam's Polishes will be here to teach us the basics of detailing our cars, and we will have enough samples for everyone to have a little kit of them to take home. Even if you don't want to work on your car, just come and eat and enjoy a Summer day with your Mini friends.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Facebook page of SD Minis, so that we have enough food and goody bags. You will receive the address when you RSVP. Our home is a block from the beach, so bring your beach gear if you like.
July is the time for flags and fireworks, but first we get to meet and break bread with our Mini friends! We'll be back at Charlie's, and we are putting out the call for more Classics to come if possible. Respecting and paying tribute to our roots!
We go in to eat at 9 am, so come early to the parking lot next to Charlie's, on Pennsylvania Ave, where we have lots of room for our cars.
See you there!
Mini Meet West is the largest Classic Mini meet in the Western United States. It is held in Hood River, Oregon, this year. A caravan from SD Minis usually coordinates traveling to Mini Meet West, as a group. Events include a Car Show, Hill Climb, Rally, and Banquet, as well as many opportunities to enjoy the company and cars of Classic and new Mini owners. Registration is here:
Rolling British Car day will begin at two locations, one in Carlsbad, and one in La Mesa. You are welcome to join either one. Everyone will end up at Bates Nut Farm, where you can enjoy your own picnic lunch, or your group might arrange to bring potluck to share amongst themselves! Rolling British Car Day has a long tradition of being a blast, we take back roads, and there is nothing like seeing a long line of gleaming British cars snaking ahead of you on one of our tree lined rural roads! Cost is minimal, and includes a window sticker the preserve the memory.
Register at: www.sandiegobritishcarday.com
The Los Angeles Classic Car Show, held in the LA Convention Center, is attended by MOALA members, and some SD Mini members attend, show, and docent. MOALA coordinates a display of Classic Minis and variants, which is seen by a crowd of thousands.
Tickets are required, unless you are showing a car or working at the display.
To show a car or work at the display, contact MOALA