mini-thunder-viiHello Everyone,

MINI Thunder VII is just around the corner, we wanted to make a few announcements.

First of all we have extended the use of SA 2005 rated helmets through 2016, of if you have a SA 2005 or newer you are good to go.
There will be helmet rentals available at the Thunderhill Souvenier Shop at the track.

PS: Chris @ Miniology has a white Arai profile (M size, full face, oval head shape) helmet for sale $300 obo, message me if interested and I will send you pics or info about it. It’s in very good almost new condition!

If you plan to join us for our Pre-Registration dinner and Casino Night Party at the Willows Roadhouse please RSVP via return email with the number in your party. We plan to close the Roadhouse for MINI Thunder participants only and need a head count to plan for food.

ATM Machine is located inside the clubhouse at Thunderhill.

If you have not yet registered, you need to do that ASAP.  go to

Please be sure to clean out your car COMPLETELY. We don’t want any foreign objects like cell phones, garage door openers, old beer cans, etc. rolling around in your Mini while you are out on track.

NO Hand-held cameras in any of the cars. All cameras must be securely mounted. This includes passengers.

Keep your hands and arms inside your car at all times, unless you are doing a wave/point by.

When you register you will be given your Goody Bag which will include your wrist band, lunch ticket, T-Shirt, group sticker, and event window sticker. You will need to put on your wrist band before you leave registration. Please have your Pre-Tech Inspection Forms filled out and signed as you get to registration. Do loose your lunch ticket as you will need it to get lunch!

Looking forward to a fun and safe day.

Norm & Eric
MINI Thunder

MINI Thunder VII Updates

mini-thunder-viiMINI Thunder VII Updates.

First off it is now 2016 and MINI Thunder VII is just around the corner.

We ask all coaches to please register at We need to have valid numbers for coaching duties, t-shirts & sizes, lunches, and
scheduling. It only takes a minute or two

Secondly for those that are already registered as participants, you need to
start thinking about getting your Mini pre-teched. We have set up several
safety-tech inspection stations. These are FREE for the inspection. We ask
that you call first and make an appointment. This year we are asking that
you make sure your Mini is fitted with a tow hook. You should have one in
your MINI but if not, please get one and make sure it is installed before
you go out on track. This will save precious time and make it easy and
painless to get you Mini back to the paddock should you run into any

One change we have made for this year is holding the pre-registration dinner and Casino Night Party into town. We will be holding this activity at the Willows Roadhouse 610 South Tehama, Willows, CA 530-361-9180. The party is free to all participants and coaches. Dinner is $20 ea. and you will need to pay at the door. We will be posting the menu shortly. Having these
festivities at the Roadhouse will help eliminate the rush and crowding at
the clubhouse at Thunderhill. We will be able to set up much earlier in the
day and open registration about 4:00PM.

We will gain have the vendor tables with donated prizes for the Casino

For those of you that plan to come, please be sure to register now.

Also we welcome guests and MINI owner spectators for both the Casino Night and Sunday’s trackday. Its free to the fans and they will get to take
demo-hot laps with coaches, parade laps at lunch, and be included in the
group photo at the start/finish line on the main straight. So bring your

We have several extras planned for the weekend and we will keep you posted (also check the facebook group).

Our Prime Presenting Sponsor is Niello MINI of Sacramento. A big thanks goes out for their ongoing support of MINI Thunder and the Mini community. Niello has supported us from the very first day and we could not have done this without their help.

Norman Nelson

Eric Diamond

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


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 😉


MINI On The Mack: 1,451+ Mini cars needed to break world record

mini_on_the_mackVia press release from MINIUSA,

Although we didn’t break the record for the Largest Parade of MINI Cars in 2013, we had such a great time attempting, that MINI of Grand Rapids along with MINI USA is putting you to the challenge once again!

Join MINI motorists from all over the country as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record at MINI on the Mack 2015.

MINI on the Mack will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The current record is 1,450 MINIs set by the London & Surrey MINI Owners Club on May 17, 2009. Yes folks, we need 1,451 + MINIs to break the record!

The official count for the parade will be based on each MINI to cross one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan!

Join us for a full day of events starting with the staging of our parade in Mackinaw City, MI and ending with a day of celebrating in St. Ignace, MI with fireworks at dusk over the Moran Bay.

Please register with your information and any guests who will be joining in on the fun
(drivers and adult passengers are $25, youth 12 and under $15, adult t-shirts $20, youth sizes $15)

We hope to see you and your MINI there! (Miniology staff may or may not be in attendance, so please feel free to take pics and videos and share with us so we can post it to the world!)

Secure your spot for the event and purchase T-shirts (paypal is preferred) using this link!


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)