Coalinga/Highway 198 Run October 13, 2018

Highway 1/Bodega Bay Details November 10, 2018

Hi Everyone,

The Highway 1/ Bodega Bay run is approaching and remember we moved the date from November 3rd to November 10th.

Your hosts for the event are Anne Veen-Sitter and Dave Sitter

Meeting Time/ Departure Time

Philz Coffee - 100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA


From there will we head south down Highway101 and hop onto Highway 1. We will drive through the hills on Highway 1 until we get to the coast. We will follow the coast north on Highway 1 until we get to Bodega Bay for lunch.

Details to follow



November Run Date Change

The November Run up Highway 1 to Bodega Bay has been changed from November 3rd to November 10th. It is going to be a great day with the details coming shortly.


We are very pleased to announce to our members and our Facebook friends that NorCal MINI'S is now officially recognized by both CA State and Federal as a "not for profit social club" (501 C).


Simon - Vice President
Dolores - Treasurer

Coalinga/Highway 198 Run October 13, 2018

Hello Everyone

Here are all the details for this run hosted by Mick and Vickie.

Don't miss this amazing run through Central California.

Meeting Time/Departure Time
(There are TWO meet up points for this run.)

Location #1
7:30 AM/ 8:00 AM
125 Bernal Rd. #20
San Jose, CA

Location #2
8:30 AM/ 9:00 AM
1186 South Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901


After leaving the Salinas Starbucks we will head south through the agricultural areas of the Salinas Valley on some back roads (River Road and Metz Road in Soledad) stopping for a quick potty break at the Starbucks or McDonalds on Broadway Street in King City. We will get on Highway 101 for a short time before taking Highway 198 to Coalinga and Harris Ranch. After lunch and our drawing we will drive out to the Harris Farm Horse Division for a tour of their facility. After about a 30 minute tour members can either head back to Harris Ranch to hang by the pool or head home either on Highway 198 or Interstate 5.



Approximate arrival 12:15 PM

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant*
24505 W Dorris Ave, Coalinga, CA 93210


*Members need to pay for their own lunch, but the restaurant will do individual checks. We will have a private room but you will be able to order off of the menu.

This is not an overnight run however some people are staying at Harris Ranch. Details below.

There is a hold on a block of 10 Poolside King rooms for $155 until September 13th If interested please call 559-935-0717 and mention NorCal Minis or Group code 2T88OS.

September Annual Meeting and Santa Cruz Run Recap

September 8, 2018

Run Leaders: Tina and Steve Sandke

Early on the morning of September 8, about 50 NorCal Minis members met at a Starbucks in Saratoga. On tap: a drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains (our run leader Steve called it his “backyard”) and our Annual Meeting over lunch in Santa Cruz. Once everyone had their fill of caffeine, Simon and Steve held the drivers meeting, and shortly thereafter 26 cars set out. It was a sunny day, and we headed out onto Pierce Road. We wound our way past some beautiful homes in the Saratoga foothills, the Mountain Winery concert venue, and snuck onto Highway 9 just west of downtown Saratoga.

We drove through the trees and the twisties on Highway 9, crossing over Skyline Boulevard and down towards Big Basin State Park. Speeds were held in check by slower traffic, at least until the Big Basin junction. At that point we turned left and were able to wind things up just a bit. A hard right in Boulder Creek took us up into the backroads, and after a short but bumpy ride up Jamison Creek Road (dodging a number of single lane spots where half the road had washed out) we turned onto Empire Grade Road, which parallels a ridgeline near the sea. Empire Grade was delightfully empty until we hit Santa Cruz, and we were able to enjoy the roads. Once in Santa Cruz proper, we dodged a bit of traffic as we headed into downtown to park.

Lunch was at Woodstock’s Pizza. The club hosted the appetizers and soft-drinks, and the pizzas and salads were tasty as well. Our intrepid VP Simon gave a passionate recap of the 2018 year for NorCal Minis. He followed up by revealing the tentative runs for 2019 and then the 2019 officers. We finished lunch around 1:30, and folks scattered to explore Santa Cruz or make their way home.

Here is the link to all the photos from the Santa Cruz run!


PS To all members.. Don't forget about the October run Coalinga Highway 198 on October 13th! 


MotorSportReg (MSR) is our new membership & event management software provider.

Hi Everyone,

In an effort to help manage club business more efficiently, we are moving our registration and communication tool to
MotorSportReg (MSR).  MotorSportReg (MSR) is our new membership & event management software provider.

NorCal MINIs will use MSR software to process new and renewing memberships, to register & confirm members for club events and to collect any event fees, if needed. We will also use MSR to communicate club news with all of our members.

Everyone will need to create a Free MotorSportReg account.

As Simon announced during our Annual Meeting, we are moving to a tiered membership with 2 levels.  If a gap of 1 year or more occurs in your membership, you will need to sign up as a new member at the new member rate of $35. No exceptions to this rule. 

Membership continues to include the main registrant plus your significant other. However, if your +1 person wants to receive NorCal MINIs club information via email – they will also need to create a free MotorSportReg account.

Renewing Member(s) - $25
New Member(s) - $35

Everyone will be receiving a new credit card style membership badges for 2019.  New badges will be given out to those who join and/or renew between now and our Drive around the Bay run on December 9th. If you are not able to attend the December 9th run, your new badge will be sent out to you in the mail before the end of the year.

Instructions for joining MotorSportReg and joining NorCal MINIs can be found in the following document: Instructions. Please note, if you have a second person on your NorCal MINIs membership account, they will also need a free MotorSportReg account.

It’s a pretty easy process, but a bit time consuming at the beginning.  Any question with a red asterisk is mandatory and you must answer it before the system will let you move to the next item. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to info@norcalminis.com and someone will get back to you. 

You can use this link to renew or join at this time:

Or click on "NorCal MINIs Membership" link in right-hand side of Website under "Welcome".


2019 Elected Officers & Directors

Hi Everyone,
Your votes have been tabulated and here are your NorCal MINIs 2019 Officers & Directors

  • President: Simon Tildesley 
  • Vice President: Steve Sandke
  • Treasurer: Dolores Quintero-Sanchez
  • Membership Secretary: Anita Weemaes
  • Social Media Officer: Michael Toibin

  • Vickie Casacca & Mick Brown
  • Nikki Tildesley
  • Tina Sandke
  • Brian Dotterer & Crystal Tucker
  • Christoph Fritsch
  • Rick Sanchez
  • Christine Toibin
  • Anne Sitter & David Sitter
  • Gordon Lee & Allison Lee
  • Larry Anderson

The club would like to congratulate everyone on the results. 2019 promises to be an even more exciting year for NorCal MINI's - Northern California's Premier Mini club.

2019 runs will be published when the Officers and Directors have reviewed and proposed dates available.

Motor On!!! 🚗

2018 Annual Report

Hi Everyone - Below is Simon's recap of 2018 presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Run in Santa Cruz.

First of all thanks to Steve and Tina Sandke for hosting the run today after Tara could not attend.

Well, what a year the club has had! A great year so far - with some exciting stuff yet to come.

When I was voted in as Vice President at last year’s meeting – I was honored to be taking up the position knowing I was joining a fabulous team. Little did I know at the time that I would be heading up the group after Rick Sherman, who was the voted in President stepped down from his position before his term even started. This left the officials of the club with a decision on how to proceed for 2018. It was unanimously voted by the Officers and the Directors to operate without a President for this fiscal year. I am very happy to say that this has not affected how the club has run and developed. At first – the thought of me heading the group was quite daunting – but I have really enjoyed it. I could not do it alone and would like to thank the wonderful team who has supported me so far to date:

Dolores Quintero-Sanchez – Treasurer

Bayley Mah – Social Media

Anita Weemaes – Membership secretary who stepped in at a moment’s notice when our secretary also had to step down from the role due to personal reasons.

And the other directors of the club: Christine and Michael Toibin, Tara Hunter, Brian Dotterer, Crystal Tucker, Steve & Tina Sandke, Christoph Fritsch, Rick Sanchez, Vickie Casacca, Mick Brown, Anne & David Sitter and Gordon & Allison Lee, Sharon & Richard Stevens & John and Carolyn Mifsud.

Also – special thanks to Sharon Stevens for her support in handing over the financials to Dolores and Christine for being my go-to person when I needed advice from a former President.

So why has 2018 being a great year so far…….
  • Our subscription membership has grown from 101 in 2017 to 166 in 2018. This growth continues to prove that we are Northern California’s Premier MINI club.
  • Successful runs throughout 2018:
    • January gave us our run to the Auto museum in Sacramento which was jointly supported by Silicon Valley Minis and MOASF. We were also joined by some members of Capital City and Shasta Minis at the museum. Overall we had over 50 Mini’s there from some of the oldest classics all the way to the latest F series cars.
    • February was a charity run to the Napa Valley to raise money for the victims from the Oct 2017 fire.
    • March was due to host our annual Absent Friends run to Mt Hamilton. This had to be postponed on a number of occasions due to the bad weather and actually took place in early April. Future runs for this will be set at a better time of year to reduce the risk of bad weather.
    • April brought us to Solvang as our first overnight run of the year. It was great fun visiting this unique place. Thanks to Christine for arranging the A-MINI-zing race which was super fun. Don’t think Solvang has seen as many MINI’s racing around the town at such an early hour on a Sunday before.
    • May was the Hike for Hope. Sadly – this was not supported as well as I would have liked. But the small team we had still raised a good amount for Hope Hospice.
    • June took us up to Gold Country where we managed to have some real fun on the twisties getting there whilst seeing some of the history of this great state.
    • July was our annual picnic (well not quite – a BBQ for this year). Hosted for us by East Bay MINI – a great time was had by all. We started with pastries and coffee followed by a run and then back to East Bay for our BBQ lunch. July also saw a group of our members out on MTTS – some doing the East route and some doing the West route. We even got noted in a report for our attendance. 
    • August took us our second overnight run to Tahoe. This was a beautiful drive into a fabulous part of the country. The roads were super to drive on and the scenery was amazing.
We still have 3 more exciting official club runs to go:
  • Oct 13th takes in Highway 198 to Coalinga. This has the option to be an overnight for those interested. The Harris Ranch has some rooms held at a preferential rate for NorCal members.
  • Nov 3rd will be a drive up north on Highway 1 to Bodega Bay. 
  • Holiday Run on Dec 9th – details of this are being finalized. 
  • Also, there is a non-official club event on Oct 21st being organized by our friends at MOASF. This is the All British Car Show at Blackhawk Museum. Viewing is free. There is a charge if you wish to display your car.
Thank you to all the Officers and Directors who have all taken their role in organizing and hosting the club runs. They would not have happened without their support. Please remember that all the runs have write ups about them on the web page.
  • 2018 was a fabulous year for the club supporting charities.
    • Napa run raised $452 from members
    • Absent Friends $253 from members
    • Hike for Hope $1775 between NorCal and SVM from members
    • MTTS Feeding America $2648 of which $1000 was donated from the club funds
    • This gives total donations from the NorCal club and its members at $5128
  • 2019 is also looking to be an exciting year for the club.
    • New membership database using Motorsportreg.com. Currently we use Google – but this has now reached a point where a purge would be such a big job that it isn’t worth it. The new system will provide new member numbers to everyone. Subscription payments will now be via Motorsportreg rather than PayPal. FB and the web pages will still be maintained though for communication. This will be rolled out over Q4 leading towards the 2019 renewals.
    • New credit card style membership badges will be issued to all paid members.
    • We are purchasing a club sail flag which can be used on events when we park up to highlight who we are and where to find us.
    • We will be introducing a tiered membership pricing. Good news is Renewals for existing / consistent members will not be raised and remain at $25. New or delinquent memberships from 1/1 will pay $35 in their first year. 
    • We have approval from CA for our 501c3 “Not for Profit” status and are awaiting federal approval. Once fully approved – we will cascade to the membership.
I would like to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support, help and guidance I have received in my first year as leading this wonderful group. You aren’t just people I know – you are like an extended family and all brought together by one interest – the MINI!! I am sure that in 2019 – the club will continue to grow and get even stronger. Motor On my friends!!