RIP Albert Eugene Gordon (1930-2017)

Albert Eugene Gordon

Al was a long time member and many of you may remember him and may want to participate in his life celebration.

Long time NorCal MINIs member and motorer Albert Eugene Gordon, of San Carlos, born July 27, 1930, died Feb. 11, 2017, with his family by his side.

He was 86.

Al grew up in San Francisco, where he attended Polytechnic High School. It was there that he met his wife, Dorothy, of nearly 65 years. Al was proud to be a U.S. Marine, serving in the Korean War. His Shasta Lake home was his “heaven on earth.”

He is survived by his two daughters, Cheryl (Gary) Barrango and Diane (Tony) Demattei as well as his four grandchildren: Janelle, Ryan, Kristin (Staci) and Kaitlin and great-grandson Vincent.

“Of great importance and comfort to Al as well as his family, is our love and gratitude to the two most incredible caretakers life could send our way, Robert and Emeline, who will be a part of our family forever.”

At Al’s request for a “going-away party” his family will host a Celebration of Life Saturday, Feb. 25. For details please email his family at CelebrateAlGordon@gmail.com with your name and association with Al and/or his family for details and location of the celebration.

Mt. Hamilton Run for Absent Friends 2017

We had a great time with our run up to Castello di Amorosa. I hope you're ready to join us March 12, 2017 as we go to Mt. Hamilton.

** This is MEMBERS ONLY event **

This is NorCal MINIs annual run to remember loved ones who have passed. This charity run benefits the American Cancer Society and the Valley Humane Society. For each $5 donated to either or both charities you will receive 1 drawing ticket for several items we will have to give away during lunch.

Donate to your charity of choice or both of them today!

American Cancer Society
Valley Humane Society

Run Details:
Meeting time: 10 AM
Departure time: 10:30

Meeting Location: 
Dr. Roberto Cruz - Alum Rock Branch Library (Parking\Lot)
3090 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, CA

There's a Starbucks on the opposite corner at the cross section of Alum Rock Ave and S. White Road but very little parking over there. It would be easy enough to park at library then walk over to Starbucks.

We will turn right out of parking lot at Library, then left Rose Ave, then left at Miller Ave before turning right onto Hwy 130.

We will re-group at Joseph D Grant County Park, before continuing the climb to the Lick Observatory. Depending on the number of cars we might break up in smaller segments of cars. More on this at the driver's meeting.

Be cautious on Mt. Hamilton Road. The drive is scenic, but the road is narrow in some areas and also has many sharp curves. Fill up BEFORE meeting in the morning. There are no gasoline or automotive services at Mt. Hamilton or anywhere along the road outside of San Jose. Food services are limited at the observatory. Light snacks, coffee, and refreshments will be available for purchase at Lick Observatory.

Directions from Library to Lick Observatory:

We should arrive to the observatory between 11:30 & 12:15 depending on the number of cars making the run and other bike/car traffic encountered on our way up.

The observatory opens at noon with a free talk​ for us.​ ​

As soon as the talk is over, we're back on the road for another 30-40 minute drive to have lunch at The Junction Bar & Grill.

Directions from Lick Observatory to The Junction Bar & Grill:

From The Junction we head down Mines Road to Livermore. From Livermore
you're on your own to make your way home.

Directions from the The Junction to the Telsa Road & Mines Road intersection in Livermore:

Please RSVP to your email invitation so that we have a count for how many cars to expect at Mt. Hamilton and lunch.

If you haven't renewed your membership, please do so before this run. This is a *MEMBERS ONLY event.

Join or Renew today!

Bodega Bay Run - January 29, 2017

After having to reschedule this event from January 22nd to the 29th, the sun finally came out and the rain stop.  The run to Bodega Bay was on!!!!

We met up at Starbucks at 127 San Marin Road in Novato.  I was amazed at the number of cars and people we had at the morning driver's meeting.  Thirty-two cars!

Photos by: Phil Rotheram

It's always great to see one our fur babies and kids with us.

Photo by: Phil Rotheram

From Starbucks we headed towards Novato Blvd. then turned right on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, followed by a left onto Hicks Valley Road, then left onto Marshall Petaluma Road to complete our fun little twisty drive towards Marshall, California. Once in Marshall, we turn North on Hwy 1 headed towards Bodega Bay.

Here we are all lined up before making the left turn at Valley Ford Road in Tomales, CA to keep on Hwy 1.

Photo by: Phil Rotheram

Once we all got past a couple bicyclists, it was clear for all the MINIs to stay together.

Photo by: Phil Rotheram

One last turn to the right for the side trip along Bay Hill Road which brings you into a great view above Bodega Bay.  Bay Hill road is where the scenes of Tippi Hedren driving her Aston Martin into Bodega Bay were filmed for "The Birds". 

Photo by: Phil Rotheram
Joining us for lunch at The Tides Wharf
Restaurant & Bar was ...

Thank you to Phil Rotheram for all of the great photos shared on this post.

Thanks everyone who joined us for the day.  There were quite a few of our new members who joined us.  Hank Miller, great job on the caboose job!
Photo by: Phil Rotheram
Photo by: Phil Rotheram

MINI Gatherings

Don't be sad there's no MINI Takes the States this year.  We have a few choices this year to participate in a MINI gathering.  Check out the list!

AMVIV (A MINI Vacation in Vegas)
May 18 - 21, 2017

NorCal MINI Facebook Event:

MINI Meets West 2017
June 26 - 29,  2017

NorCal MINI Facebook Event: 

Official Website & FB Page:

MITM (MINIs in the Mountains)
August 9 - 13, 2017

NorCal MINI Facebook Event:

Bodega Bay Run Changed to January 29th

Hi Everyone,

Bodega Bay run changed to January 29, 2017

I have changed the Bodega Bay Run to January 29th due to 100% chance of rain along with flood and wind advisories across the area.  Safety comes first and I hope everyone who was coming on the 22nd decide to join us on the following Sunday.

All other details of the run will remain the same.  See the calendar for all the details, plus I have already sent out new email invites for the new date.

Don't forget to purchase your  Castello di Amorosa tickets for our February 11th run.

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Christine Toibin