Bay Area Backroads Run January 12, 2020

Here are the details for the January 12, 2020 Run Please RSVP for this event via MotorSportReg: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events...

Bay Area Backroads Run January 12, 2020

Here are the details for the January 12, 2020 Run

Please RSVP for this event via MotorSportReg:

Your Hosts For The Event:

Anita Weemaes and Christoph Fritsch

Meeting Location
Pioneer Saloon back parking lot
2925 Woodside Rd, 
Woodside, CA 94062

Meeting Time/Departure Time

This run will be twisty and scenic, starting slowly through the town of Woodside, up Kings Mountain Road (beware of groups of bicyclists who dislike groups of cars!) to Skyline. 

We'll regroup in the lot as we cross over Skyline and then head south past the iconic Alice's restaurant (you can gawk at all the fancy cars and bikes, but we're not stopping) and turn right down La Honda. We'll take a right on Pescadero Creek and follow that into the town of Pescadero for a short break. 

We'll regroup by the bridge on Stage Road and follow that to the end, where we'll turn right on Hwy 1 North and make our way to Moss Beach Distillery. 

There will be a fixed menu for our group and reserved tables at noon. Please confirm whether you'll join us for lunch or not by January 10th.


Optional Lunch   
Moss Beach Distillery
140 Beach Way
Moss Beach, CA 94038

The Light Fare Menu

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November 2019 Point Reyes Stinson Beach Recap

Your Hosts: Gordon and Alison Lee

We met at the Marina Green in San Francisco, and we then proceeded to cross the Golden Gate bridge in the fog. Eight minis followed the route to the regroup point, to the backroads in Mill Valley, and finally to MINI of Marin successfully. We were greeted by the wonderful staff at the dealership and they had setup breakfast; bagels, fresh fruit, and coffee for all of our NorCal members. We distributed 30 goodie bags complimentary from MINI of Marin for all of our members and we had received positive responses in the organization of our event.

Leaving to Point Reyes, we were separated by countless traffic lights in San Anselmo. Although, everyone managed to catch up to a line of 25 cars. We drove on the twisties through the forest to Point Reyes and three NorCal members had won official MINI shirts and one from the British car show.

We had left Point Reyes towards South on Highway 1 passing through Stinson Beach to Corte Madera Town Center for our lunch at Flores. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the wonderful lunch. A great day was had by all. And all members are looking forward to attend the next event; namely our Annual Holiday party on Saturday December 7th! 

Gordon & Alison

Check out some of the pictures from the event:

Upcoming Club Events

2019 Annual Holiday Party & Run - Saturday December 7th

Remember this is a MEMBERS ONLY Event

First Event of 2020
January 12, 2020 - SF Peninsula - La Honda / Pescadero / Fish n chips
Hosted by Anita Weemaes and Christoph Fritsch
Details to be posted shortly

2019 Annual Holiday Party & Run

This is a MEMBERS ONLY Event

Your Hosts For The Run:
Christine & Michael Toibin

Come join us at East Bay MINI for another PJs & Pancakes Party.  If you missed the PJs & Pancake Party we had in 2017, don't miss this one. Michael and Christine will be flipping the pancakes as long as you want to eat them or we run out of batter.  For those who aren't interested in pancakes, I'll cook up a few gluten-free chaffles. What's a chaffle? Think waffle made with cheese and eggs. A little cream cheese on it - yummy! I'll also have vanilla yogurt, fruit and granola. East Bay MINI will provide coffee and orange juice.

We will be supporting East Bay MINI's efforts to help out Toys for Tots, so be sure to bring toys to donate.

East Bay MINI will have the parts department open if there are a few holiday gifts you need to pickup for your miniac.  During this event only NorCal MINI members can get 15% off anything - no restrictions other than you can’t combine it with other offers.   

Party Time:
8:00am to 10am

East Bay wants us to enter at 4350 Rosewood Drive (East Bay BMW’s main entrance).  From there you will take a sharp left drive forward and park in a single line so your MINIS are pointing towards the East Bay MINI driveway to exit.  Simon's son Alex will I know you’ll help direct the traffic and Rebekka will be there early to give instructions as well.  We will probably try to separate those going on run afterwards from those who are not.  

For those who are interested in a drive after breakfast, we'll take a ride out to the
San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge and the Migratory Bird Viewing Platform, from there head home or follow us back to East Bay MINI.

East Bay MINI
4340 Rosewood Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588


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Point Reyes - Stinson Beach Run - November 9, 2019

Your Hosts For The Run:
Gordon and Alison Lee

Come join us for a beautiful drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to MINI of Marin for a light breakfast of bagels and coffee and then off to the coast. Driving to Point Reyes and along Highway 1 towards Stinson Beach and Muir beach. Hopefully the day will bring us beautiful clear weather and then back to Corte Madera for lunch. We will have some door prizes as well.

Meeting Time/Departure Time:

Meet Up Location:
Marina Green parking lot, San Francisco, CA 94123
Look for the Philz coffee truck on the corner of Marina blvd. and Scott St.

San Francisco has a lot of stop signs and we may be crossing the Golden Gate bridge in 2 groups. We will regroup in Mill Valley.

Regroup in Mill Valley:
Follow the map on 101 north to Seminary Drive, turn left at end of exit to Frontage Road. On the right is a Chevron gas station, proceed straight past 2 traffic lights and look for us on the right side before the entrance to Strawberry Village in Mill Valley.

Alternative Meet Up Location:
Mini of Marin
5880 Paradise Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Meeting Time/Departure Time:

Please come in the front sales gate and park at the back exit gate ready for departure. MINI of Marin will be greeting you in the store & have bagels etc. plus swag ready for you.


Route Detail:

Directions for Marina Green, San Francisco.

From the East bay:
Take Interstate 80W to San Francisco.  Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 1B to merge onto US101 N/ Central Freeway toward Golden Gate Bridge.  Take Franklin St. to Marina Green Dr.  Turn right onto Market St.  Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left toward Franklin St. Continue onto Franklin St.  Turn left onto Bay St.  Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Laguna St.  Laguna St. turns slightly left and becomes Marina Blvd. Turn right at Cervantes Blvd./ Scott St.  Look for Philz coffee truck.  Proceed around the parking lot towards the middle.  Do not park on the reserved parking spaces when entering the parking lot.

From the South Bay:
Take 280 North to CA-1 North toward 19th Avenue/ Golden Gate Bridge.  Continue onto CA-1 N/ Junipero Serra Blvd.  Use the left 3 lanes to turn slightly left onto 19th Avenue. Entering park, 19th Avenue changes to Crossover Drive then becomes Park Presidio Blvd then to Veterans Blvd toward tunnel.  Keep right at fork, follow signs to US-101 S/ Marina Blvd S and merge onto US-101.  Use the right two lanes to exit 437 for Marina Blvd toward Presidio.  At the end of off-ramp, keep left at the fork, follow signs for Girard Rd.  Use any lane to turn left onto Girard Rd.  Continue onto Marina Blvd.  Turn left at Cervantes Blvd./ Scott St.  Look for Philz coffee truck.  Proceed around the parking lot towards the middle. Do not park on the reserved parking spaces when entering the parking lot.

Optional Lunch:
301 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Please RSVP for lunch at Flores on MotorsportReg by Saturday, November 2

Directions to Lunch at Flores:

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2019 Blackhawk All British Car Show Recap

All British Car Show – Blackhawk, Danville

This annual event was hosted by our fellow Mini friends from MOASF and it was nice to get some support from NorCal.

It was an early start on a Sunday morning after spending much of the day on Saturday getting cars prepared for the show. Our small group met Starbucks in Pleasanton. It was a misty overcast cool morning – but this did not dampen our spirits. After a short meeting we set out for the short drive up to Blackhawk.

Leaving Starbucks we headed north on 680 in a caravan being led by two classic Mini’s followed by another eight modern MINI’s. The pace was steady as it was being led by me in my 54 yr old Morris Mini Minor. ‘Bobby’ doesn’t like to drive too fast with his little 998cc 43hp engine J.

On arrival at Blackhawk, the group split between those who had registered to show their cars and those who were here for the social viewing side only. The people who were showing were sent off to park in their respective categories. NorCal had representation in Classic Mini, Gen 1 MINI, Gen2 MINI and Gen 3 MINI.

People parked their cars and then got out their detailing cloths and products to get the cars ready for the judging part of the day. Whilst we were preparing the cars – we were joined by three more NorCal members who had made their own way to the show.

Later in the morning, the sun decided to come out and this made the rest of the day most enjoyable. Each of the entrants to the show were given a voting form to judge each of the categories. There were some amazing cars on display and the judging was very difficult.

After lunch the results of the raffle and the judging was passed out. NorCal members did well with Alex Tildesley winning best Gen 1 MINI for the second year on the trot with his 2004 R53 MC40. Christoph Fritsch with his R61 Paceman and a new member Tae Hyun Noh with his R56 Cooper both won best Gen 2 with equal scores. Well done to all three of you J.

Overall – this was a fun day for all and it was really good to be able to show off our cars at an event such as this.

Simon Tildesley (President)

Check out the link below for some great pictures from this terrific event!

Recap: 2019 Annual Meeting Run - Monterey / Carmel / 17 Mile Drive / Point Lobos

Hosted by Vickie Casacca and Mick Brown

On Sunday, September 8th, 30 cars and almost 50 members and guests met at the Starbucks parking lot in Salinas. Everyone was on time which made the whole day run smooth. Simon passed out wristbands for our lunch and Vickie made the announcements regarding the run. Originally, we were going to pay a $10.50 entrance fee into Pebble Beach to take 17 Mile Drive, but because Leanna Sassman Goulart has a friend who lives in Pebble Beach, we were able to have our entrance fee waived. It was Leanna’s suggestion to use the money that would have been paid at the gate as a donation to the SPCA for Monterey County. Thanks to our very generous members, we were able to donate $328.50 to this very worthwhile organization and Milo and Dirk send their thanks as well.

We departed at 10am with Mick and Vickie in the lead car, David and Anne Sitter in the middle and Gordon and Allison Lee keeping everyone in line at the caboose. We made quite the entrance entering the Pebble Beach Gate off Highway 1 to begin our tour of 17 Mile Drive. We marveled at the ocean front properties that we dreamed we could purchase for future club outings. We followed the dotted red line that designates 17 Mile Drive and drove past the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course.

Our first stop was the Lone Cypress Outlook and we took over the entire parking lot. It turned out to be a beautiful day on the coast and we were able to take several great shots of the ocean and our family of cars. The next stop was Bird Rock where you could see and hear the sea lions sunning on a large rock not far from the beach. A couple of adventurous members even made it out to the rocks and down to the water for more photo ops. We then finished our drive around the storied 17 Mile Drive and headed back to Highway 1 and Highway 68 towards our lunch venue.

We took the Spreckels Boulevard exit and down the tree lined road to the sleepy little town of Spreckels, famed for their once productive sugar beet factory, now closed for many years. We were able to get a few pictures with the Santa Lucia mountains and fields in the background, then it was off to lunch at the T & A Café and the delicious food prepared by Don and Cheryl Ferch.

Simon presided over the Annual Meeting and gave the results of the officers and directors election and the top day and overnight runs for 2020. The officers and directors presented Simon with a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant as a token of our appreciation for his outstanding leadership as President. We had several door prize giveaways, which were won by some very happy recipients. All in all, a great day for NorCal Minis!

Vickie & Mick and of course Dirk 

Check out some of the great pictures from the day at the link below.

Upcoming Club Events

Over the Hills and Far Away Run - October 11/12/13, 2019

British Car Show at Blackhawk with MOASF - October 20, 2019

To show your car at the show, there is a $30 fee. British Car Show at Blackhawk Plaza Danville on Sunday October 20th.

Register your car for the show using this link:

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2019 Annual President's Report

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Well, I can’t believe that it has been 12 months since I was stood here reporting in 2018. And as my first year as President - what a year it has been. The club we see today in 2019 seems stronger than ever. We are seeing a good engagement on all our events as well as through our social media on FB and the web page.

To start the meeting – I have to thank all the Officers and Directors for their support over the last 12 months:

Steve Sandke – our club VP

Anita Weemaes – for membership

Dolores Quintero-Sanchez – the lady with the money

Michael Toibin – who took on Social Media for the first time last year

And the remainder of the directors:

Nikki Tildesley

Tina Sandke

Christoph Fritsch

Rick Sanchez

Christine Toibin

Gordon & Alison Lee

Mick Brown

Vickie Casacca

Anne & David Sitter

Crystal Tucker

Brian Dotterer

Larry Anderson

We are lucky as a club to have such a strong team behind us who are all willing to step up to the mark and take some responsibility for the running of the club. This could be in the form of owning a run to organizing a venue for a club meal such as today to sorting out ordering things for the club. I would like it acknowledged by the club members that all of the Officers (me included) and the Directors do this on a voluntary basis purely based on their passion for the MINI and the club itself. None of us gets paid for our work and I think we should all give them a round of applause as a mark of thanks for their hard work and commitment. And for 2020 – thanks to the en-bloc voting – all the Officers and Directors will remain the same with the addition of Sarah McGlashan who will also become a director.

So what happened since our last annual meeting? The answer is a lot!! The biggest change in the club was the decision we took to drop the Gmail based membership and migrate over towards Motorsportreg.com. This was something that although had a few teething problems – now seems to have settled down and is working well. I thank all of you for supporting the Officers and Directors in the migration. My particular thanks also go to Anita and Christine for getting the whole thing set up and being the gurus for my silly questions with me not being IT savvy. Over the coming year we will continue to iron out issues – refine the use and look at how to expand its usability more.

Financially the club is fine. If you want more information on finance please contact Dolores Quintero Sanchez at info@norcalminis.com  The club donated $500 towards the Mini’s for a Cause charity supporting the victims of the Butte County fires as well as the $328.50 raised from today's annual meeting given to the SPCA animal rescue in honor of all the fur babies that NorCal members have taken on as rescues. This raise our charitable donations this year to over $2000 between the club and the members.

Membership has also done well this year. We streamlined the process by handing out credit card type memberships cards. This required the club to invest in the machine and has made things much more efficient for the future. Whilst the membership number is down slightly from 2018 – we have still continued to see new memberships sign up. For those who didn’t renew – I personally followed up on some to find out why. There was nothing towards the club and how its run – main reasons were: my lease ended / no longer owns a MINI, moved away or don’t have time to come on the club events

Runs and events this last year have been plentiful and very well supported.

Oct 2018 – we drove to Coalinga along Hwy 198 to Harris Ranch. This saw a group of the members deciding to stay overnight at the ranch and have some good fun around the pool and enjoy dinner together in the evening. Also, in October a few of the members supported the All British Car Show hosted by our friends at MOASF at Blackhawk museum in Danville. This is a fun event and gives you the chance to show and shine our cherished cars. One of NorCal, Alex Tildesley, actually won the best in class for his 2004 Gen1 MC40.

November took in a fun drive up Hwy 1 to Bodega Bay. Due to the fires burning in Butte Country though much of the run was shrouded in smoke preventing us from having clear view towards the ocean. It didn’t spoil the fun though for the group though. Our lunch was followed by a drive out to the Peninsula and we even had a “Welcome NorCal MINI’s” sign hanging outside the visitor center in Bodega Bay.

December was our annual holiday run. This started in San Jose and then drove up the peninsula to San Francisco. A drive by of Mini of San Francisco had been arranged but sadly, due to the traffic situation in the city – the group did get split up. We managed to get together again on the Marin headland national park before heading to Tiburon for a yummy lunch.

And so onto 2019

January gave a great run up to Jack London state park. The weather was kind to us – with quite a warm day. Many of the members had not visited the park before and seen the ruins of the house that Jack London never actually lived in. After the park – the group headed to Napa for a meal at the famous Gotts restaurant.

February was an experiment run – which we tried and succeeded!!! This was our first overnight trip of 2019 and involved NorCal meeting up with SoCal in Morro Bay before the wider group all driving to Pismo Beach. This was attended very well by both groups with the number of MINI’s reaching 39 cars. The drive on the beach was fun followed by a group dinner and some drinks at the bar in the town.

March saw two runs in the month. The first was a charity event which was organized by Lew Allison from Capital City Mini’s. NorCal supported this event with 13 cars each contributing towards the fundraiser. The club supported by adding $500 towards the $1,240 raised by the membership. The second was also a new experiment for the club – a mystery run. Our group met later in the than we would normally in Livermore at which point nobody had a clue where we were going. We drove north up Hwy 116 following the levy. Our final destination was a super cool farm called West 12 Ranch where a photo shoot for each car and owner had been arranged.

April was our second overnight run driving down the Sequoia National park. This was a bizarre drive with temps in the 80’s on the valley dropping to below freezing in the mountains with several feet of snow still lying around.

Our annual Absent friends run to Mount Hamilton moved from March to May owing to the previous year’s suffering from cancellations and postponements due to inclement weather. This was well supported as always due to fun roads on offer. This run will be in May again for 2020.

June gave us Hwy 1 drive south to Big Sur. Lunch was enjoyed by all in the warm sunshine in Carmel Valley before the group drove down to Bixby bridge stopping for an Oceanside photo shoot on the way.

For July – we had another two events. Our first was supporting the July 4th parade in Speckles. Whilst only 8 cars attended – it still gave a good show of MINI’s amongst all the other cars being driven through the town. The second – an overnight drive – was heading north on Hwy 1 to Fort Bragg and the Avenue of the Giants. This has been a run done on several occasions but never fails to appeal to those who go.

Our final run before today’s annual meeting was the club’s annual BBQ picnic. A rather large group of 35 cars met in Woodside before taking in many of the more familiar back roads that many us of us are fond of around the peninsula and Half Moon Bay before heading back to Anita and Christoph’s Cabana club for an amazing picnic. Thanks to all of those who contributed towards the food pool and a great time. A special NorCal MINIS thanks to Christoph for doing the cooking.

So, what about the rest of the year and looking towards 2020. Well we have 4 more events for the remainder of 2019. The first is the Over the Hills and Far Away drive to the Mammoth Lakes region takes place on 11th thru 13th of October. This is recommended as a two-night trip – but can be done on one night as long as you don’t mind a long drive on the Saturday. The second October event is returning to the All British Car show at the Blackhawk in Danville on October 20th. Please sign up to show your car at this event. Be good to have a great NorCal Mini’s turnout. November will see a run to Point Reyes and Stinson beach via the Golden Gate Bridge. This should avoid the summer fog on the coast. Our final run of 2019 will be the annual holiday season run. Details on this are still being worked on.

Moving on to 2020, it is now time to reveal the results on the online voting. We received 48 individual votes. For the Officers and Directors – there 100% agreement for the en-bloc vote as the current 2019 board with the addition of Sarah McGlashan also now being a director for 2020. As for the run ideas, some of the selection are new and some are ones we have done before. As yet we don’t have set dates– but here are the results. So in order of popularity:

1. Columbia / Jamestown / Sonora / Twain Harte

2. Highway 1 Coastal Run – Big Sur

3. Highway 1 Coastal Run - Mt Tamalpais / Point Reyes.

4. a-MINI-zing Race / Mystery Tour

5. Carmel Valley and River Road Wine Trail

6. Disney Museum (San Francisco)

7. Safari West (Santa Rosa)

8. Ironstone Vineyard Concours d'Elegance (Murphys)

9. Lavender Farm (Napa)

10. SF Peninsula - La Honda / Pescadero / Fish n chips

In addition to the above – we will still hold our annual Absent friends run to Mt Hamilton sometime in May.

And our choice for overnight runs are:

1. Apple Hill / Placerville

2. Dunsmuir Railroad Resort (Mt. Shasta)

3. Solvang - Santa Ines Valley

4. Lake Tahoe

5. Santa Barbara via Foxen Canyon / San Marco Pass

6. Glamping

There are currently more runs than months in the year. The Officers and Board of Directors will meet now and see which best fit and if we can support more than one run per month and if any can be merged. This info will be available around Oct time – but it sure looks like an exciting year ahead for us.

We will also slot in additional runs as the Officers and Directors see suitable.

So as we close another annual meeting – my sincere thanks to all my officers and directors for your ongoing support. 2020 is going to see the club continue to get stronger. And my thanks to all the paid members of the club. Without the membership there would be no NorCal MINI’s. Through your passion and enjoyment of this car – we have made friendships and created an extended family.

Simon Tildesley

President – NorCal MINI’s