Speedway Children’s Charities’ Laps for Charity at Las Vegas Motor Speedway


January 31 What Happens in Vegas DOES NOT STAY in Vegas
DMC Portion being organized by Ralph Choate
Join us on the road to Las Vegas and an opportunity to run your Mini (Pedal to the Metal) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

As a special incentive the DMC Board has approved a plan to contribute the registration fee of $35 for the first 15 club members who sign-up for the event. In order to be most equitable, we will only extend the courtesy of one reimbursement per family. Please respond to this note with your COMMITMENT to attend so the club has a record of its paid participants.

Ralph Choate is awaiting instructions from the organizers on how we register everyone planning to attend so we can run the track as a club. See you there!

Closing date for the club to fund your track fee is 1/15/2016. Please let me know so I can finalize the club’s attendance with the sponsors. thanks.

Back by popular demand is SCC’s Laps for Charity at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and we have a surprise for you!!!!

We are going to extend our hours once again, so that you may experience the thrill of driving on the superspeedway AND enjoy a bonus fourth lap under the lights! No need to imagine what it would be like to drive on the track at night, because now you can!

NASCAR fans and car enthusiasts can drive their personal vehicle around the 1.5-mile superspeedway at speeds up to 75 miles per hour (behind a pace car), all to raise funds for Speedway Children’s Charity. Last year, we had more than 800 street legal vehicles including tow trucks, RVs, limos, even an ice-cream truck experience the thrill of driving on our superspeedway!

It’s simple to take your Laps for Charity.

  • Drivers must be 18 years of age and older
  • All occupants of the car must be at least 6 years of age or older
  • The vehicle must be street legal
  • Drivers must have a valid license
  • You MUST have seatbelts in your vehicle and wear them!
  • Calling all Car Clubs – you must call to make a reservation for your club to participate between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Capture your Laps for Charity moment in Victory Lane for a small donation. Photographers from Cashman Photo will be site to photograph your special moment!

Those weblinks again:

Speedway Children’s Charities

Dynamic MiNi Collective


Up Coming Desert Rat Pack and Dynamic Mini Collective (AZ) Events

dmc_logoShared with Miniology – Up Coming DRP and DMC Events (Arizona/Vegas area)

Hi Gang, If you have a Mini club and would like to share your events, pics, or videos here, just send us an email or use the contact form on the site. We’ve been on a bit of hiatus lately though always welcome your input!

These are from our local mini club’s calendar.

Saturday January 9th at 10am
Flagg Gem and Mineral Show @ Mesa Community College: 1453 S. Dobson Rd. Mesa

Free admission. . . Free parking

100-plus dealers of minerals, fossils, gems and lapidary materials. In addition, local organizations and clubs will exhibit and distribute educational information.

It’s an informal tailgate format offering a low cost venue for field collectors and local mineral/lapidary clubs to share their latest finds with children, teachers, rockhounds, and the general public.

Several groups will have free samples for children and for teachers and there are free activities as well.

Meet near the entrance, If you can’t find us, call George Rocheleau on his cell at 480-241-4038. Later we will decide where we want to go for lunch.

Saturday January 16, at 4:30 pm
Pavillions Car Show at McDonalds in Scottsdale Pavillions
9140 E Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale AZ

Let’s go to the Pavilions – usual time, usual place. Bring a chair and a tall cold drink and mingle with your MINI companions while checking out some other pretty rad cars as well.

“Our club meets up at the Rock and Roll Car Show on the 3rd Saturday of every month and sometimes unofficially on other Saturdays. We are usually in the first and second row in the parking lot on your right as you come in the main entrance off Indian Bend.

We try to save as many spaces as possible, but if you do show up later, we will definitely try to find some room for you!”

Sunday January 17, at 7pm
Sunday Sweets at Gelato 64
Gelate 64, 2095 N. Dobson Rd. Chandler AZ

At Gelato 64 we feature 48 flavors at all times. Of these 48, 42 are are our most popular and requested, staple flavors, that we feel must be kept out at all times. But the other 6 are featured or rotating flavors from our current list of over 240 flavors. That means every time you come into Gelato 64 you will have the ability to sample 6 new flavors, four of which are gelatos and two of which are all fruit, dairy and virtually fat free sorbettos!

Our current featured gelatos are:
Pralines & Cream, White chocolate raspberry cheesecake, Root-beer float, Lemon cookie crunch, Snickers

Saturday January 23, at 8:00 am
Road Trip to The Big House
Meet at Fry’s Electronics, 2300 W. Baseline Rd Tempe AZ

We are going to the Big House ( Casa Grande National Monument). We will leave from the Fry’s electronics parking lot at 8:15 and head to Maricopa, on the way to The Big House Cafe in Casa Grande for breakfast. After Breakfast we will go to Casa Grande National Monument in Coolidge. When we leave the Monument, we will Head home by way of Florence.


Upcoming Events : Southern California MINI Maniacs (SCMM)

George and Dan from SCMM recently shared with us a few upcoming events for the SoCal peeps (and those who like to drive from places further off). We’ve been member supporters since 2006, meeting up with the fine folks at Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca, which was also the launch of the first MINI GP and Mini Takes The States rally!

Anyway, back to events:

Chili Cook-Off & Salsa competition set for Oct. 31st
This club favorite moves to Halloween this year. Join us, in costume or not, at the Chili Cook-Off & Salsa competition. Bring a side dish or dessert if you like, or enter your best chili or salsa (or both). Winners get cash and ribbons! More details in this issue of SCMM News.

Memorial Run to Solvang set for Nov. 13-15
Have you reserved your motel room yet? This year’s Memorial Run to Solvang is just about a month away. A room block has been established at the Royal Copenhagen Inn and a group dinner on Saturday night will be at Root 246. Be sure to RSVP in the Club Events Forum and send in your dinner payment.

For further information, news, calendar, and other goodies hit up their website at  http://www.scmm.org/


Upcoming Desert Rat Pack (DRP) and Dynamic Mini Collective (DMC) Events

DRP_logoSaturday September 19th, 5pm 
Pavillions Car Show 9140 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85250

Let’s go to the Pavilions – usual time, usual place. Bring a chair and a tall cold drink and mingle with your MINI companions while checking out some other pretty rad cars as well.

“Our club meets up at the Rock and Roll Car Show on the 3rd Saturday of every month and sometimes unofficially on other Saturdays. We are usually in the first and second row in the parking lot on your right as you come in the main entrance off Indian Bend.

We try to save as many spaces as possible, but if you do show up later, we will definitely try to find some room for you!”

It will be hot and many people will be showing up later.

Sunday September 20th,  7pm
Sunday Sweets
Joe’s Italian Ice, Tempe
2019 S. McClintock Dr. Tempe AZ
It’s still hot, come and join your fellow DRP members for some Ice Cream and sweet treats!
Wednesday September 23rd, 7pm
International Food Night at Baby Kay’s Cajun Kitchen
2051 S. Dobson Rd. Mesa AZ 85202
We can also join the MADMEN in Tucson for the Last Saturday Breakfast  please email the MADMEN so they know to expect you.madmenoftucson@gmail.com
September 26, 8 am
 is Last Saturday of the Month Breakfast. We are making a return visit to Seis Kitchen which is at 130 S. Avenida del Convento in the Mercado San Agustin for yummy breakfast burritos and tacos.
That’s between the I-10 freeway and “A” Mountain, just south of Congress.
RSVP to get a seat at the table.
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After we eat we can take in the views from “A” Mountain then head downtown for a little walking tour and see all the new hip places. If you haven’t been downtown lately you’ll be surprised.

All of these events and more are on our Facebook group page and the club calendar at www.dynamicminicollective.org.


Miniology TV : Cruisin’ To Jerome AZ

Cruisin’ To Jerome AZ with a bunch of Mini Coopers!

An eye candy reel (meaning lovely video but no dialog) produced by Rob “Califzeph” Saunders, gratuitous MINI driving footage twisting through Arizona roads (ending up in the historic Jerome Arizona ghost town) with a soundtrack behind it.

Video: Rob & Alice Saunders

Music: As credited

Miniology TV : Dynamic Mini Collective – Kitt Peak Run 13jun2015

Miniology team Rob, Alice, and Christopher attend the Dynamic Mini Collective run to Kitt Peak National Observatory, in Arizona 13 June 2015.

Background music tracks courtesy of Free Music Archive.

Alialujah Choir – Kings And Queens
Alialujah Choir – Tell Me
Chenard Walcker – Rock n Roll Boy

Mini Coopers driving and what not, fun 😉


IMM 2015: MINI Fans meet in Lithuania for the first time. (Day 1 report from BMW Press Group)

IMM2014(from BMW Press, Munich)

Small car, big party: For more than five decades, enthusiasts from all over the world have been sharing their passion for the classic Mini. And once a year they celebrate the iconic British car at a very special event: the International Mini Meeting (IMM).

From 21 to 25 May 2015, classic Mini drivers and enthusiasts will meet in Lithuania for the first time. The picturesque lakeside scenery around Zarasia in the north-east of the Baltic state will be the setting for the IMM 2015 where visitors from all over Europe are expected.

The MiniPeople Club Lithuania, founded in 2008 with more than 250 members, will be hosting the visitors from all corners of the European continent. The club’s organisation team had successfully bid for the 2015 IMM event in 2013 and has put a lot of dedication and creativity into preparing the event since then.

The event grounds are located on an island which can be reached by road and offers overnight accommodation on large camping sites close at hand. Live music, fun and sports competitions, an orientation rally as well as car and club presentations are the framework for this social gathering, all typical characteristics for the IMM. There will also be a parts and accessories market, slalom races and awards for the most beautiful, extraordinary and fastest versions of the classic Mini. The program also includes a classic Mini convoy on the roads surrounding the festival grounds. The guest of honour at the IMM 2015 is the Finnish “Rally Professor” Rauno Aaltonen who won the Monte Carlo Rally in a classic Mini in 1967.

The International Mini Meeting has been one of the highlights on the calender of the Mini Club scene since 1978. In the meantime the meeting has become a generation-spanning event in several respects. Many visitors see the IMM as an opportunity for going on a family outing. For this reason the Lithuanian hosts have put together a varied children’s program. What is more modern MINIs have long been accepted into the crowd of lovingly cared for classic Minis. Starting with the first MINI, which was put on the road after the relaunch of the brand to the latest model generation, it has a lot of fun and driving history to show.

(Image from IMM2014, BTW)