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Recap - March 10th Run MINIS For A Cause - Chico



MINI’s for A Cause (MFAC) March 10th 2019

Well the day started a little strange!!! Sat at the meeting point, I was confused why there were only 3 cars there – and all were from my own family. I knew more people were coming!!! I had informed that departure was 8am sharp – but nobody else was to be seen. Oh no I thought – this isn’t going to be well supported. A short time later I got a call from Lucila to tell me that she along with 4 other MINI’s were waiting at a different Starbucks in Pleasanton. My family and I hastily jumped in our cars, headed over to the other side of town, and met up. We now had 8 cars heading out from Pleasanton – but we were 20 minutes behind schedule. It turns out that the event details had been sent out with the wrong meet up location. My bad – will be more diligent next time.

Anyway, at 8.20am we were on our way. Our route was going to be the most direct as the distance was quite long and we had a time deadline to meet. The sun was shining for us – but sadly the roads will still wet from the rain the night before. So much for spending hours detailing the car. But hey – it was for a good cause and they could be cleaned again at the venue.

After 1.5 hours of driving north we were heading towards Yuba City where another 4 cars were waiting to join the caravan. We pulled in (a little behind schedule) to have a short bathroom break and our newly formed caravan of 12 cars hit the road again.

We continued north heading to the Butte County Golf Club picking up 1 last member about 20 minutes outside the venue. This was our lovely Joy Edwards who is our most northern member of NorCal MINIS living just south of the Oregon border. I called ahead to the event to inform them that we now had 13 cars on their way and would be arriving around 11am.

We arrived at the golf course in glorious sunshine where many cars had already been parked up ready for the show and shine. Our group was directed to our relevant parking spots and we all jumped out and started to detail the cars. Once the preparation was finished we picked up our welcome packs and voting forms and started to wander around looking at other MINI’s and judging the cars by category. 



Once this was completed – it was time to get some lunch and join in the raffle / silent auction. Some of our members were lucky to win raffle prizes. Sadly, nobody from NorCal won anything in the Show and Shine. Shortly afterwards, people started to split off and head their way home having had a great time.

The show was organized by Lew Allison from Chico MINI’s to raise funds for the children who were victims of the Camp and Car fires last fall. As we all know this devastating situation destroyed everything that people owned. I would like to thank Lew for pulling this together and allowing NorCal MINI’s to be part of the event. My thanks also go to the NorCal members who both turned up on the day and to those who could not make it to the event but made a cash donation. Our members raised $1,240 between entrance fees and donations. This was topped up with another $500 from club funds to bring our total contribution to $1,740. Well done!!!

Simon Tildesley (President)

PS. Check out all the great photos from the event!




February Overnight Run to Pismo Beach Recap



Your Hosts: Simon and Nikki Tildesley

It was a cold February morning when the first part of the group met. After getting the obligatory coffee 18 cars headed off as a group south on Highway 101 towards Salinas to meet up with the southern NorCal members. Once we arrived in Salinas, we were joined by 5 more cars making our total to head towards Pismo beach of 23 MINI’s.

Driving south on 101 until Exit 252 we then took Jolon Road to head over towards the coast. Our route took us on some wonderful roads heading past Lake Nacemiento and some local wineries. The roads were relatively clear and gave the chance to open the cars up a little.

The group stuck together and we headed west on Highway 46 towards Highway 1 stopping for a group photo on the way with the mountains and ocean as a backdrop. After the photo – it was time to head to Morro bay for our lunch driving south on Highway 1. Lunch was held at the Bayside CafĂ© where we were we joined up with the group who had travelled north from Southern California. Their 16 cars lead by Nancy Homer joined our 23 cars to make a total of 39 cars heading south on Highway 1 towards Pismo Beach.

Once in Pismo Beach, some people decided to split off to their hotels, but a core group of us headed to Oceano State Vehicle Recreation Area so that our MINI’s can drive on the beach. This sure made a great sight to see and we had lots of people waving and taking photos. Sadly, one of our NorCal members got stuck in the soft sand – but in true NorCal fashion, we pulled together to help him out. After this, everyone went to their own hotels to rest up and prepare for the evening.

Prior to dinner our friends for SCMM hosted drinks at their hotel which some NorCal members joined. Then, it was on to dinner, which we held at Rosa’s in Pismo Beach. 46 people sat down to a wonderful banquet dinner where many new friendships were made and stories exchanged. After dinner, a few people headed off to Harry’s bar for some drinks, pool and music.

Sunday morning started with wonderful clear blue skies. Meeting at the Cliff’s Hotel and Spa – a smaller group headed down to the Monarch Butterfly Grove. Listening to the presentation about the grove and seeing the butterflies was a truly wonderful experience.

Following the butterfly grove, this smaller group then headed back up Highway 1 & Highway 46 towards the Denner winery. We spent an enjoyable couple of hours here tasting the delicious wines and enjoying the warm southern California sunshine. After this, everyone headed their own way home having had a fabulous fun weekend.

My thanks to Nancy Homer for helping make this joint event between NorCal and SCMM happen. We have both agreed that this is something we should do again in the future.


Simon & Nikki Tildesley


And check out all the great pictures from the weekend.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ocmvxnEQDkDzCCMs5

By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:

Create your MotorSportReg Account and Join Today! Use the NorCal MINIs Membership link below:

NorCal MINIs Membership

Instructions for joining MotorSportReg and joining NorCal MINIs can be found in the following document: Instructions


Don't forget to RSVP for the March Mystery Run. It is going to be a GOOD ONE!


MINIs for a Cause Show & Shine

Hi Everyone, 

We have added a new Official NorCal MINIs event to our 2019 Run Calendar.

MINIs for A Cause Show & Shine Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 11am - 3pm at the Butte Creek Country Club. The purpose of the event is to help raise money for the victims of the Camp & Carr Fires, most specifically the youth of both of these fires.  

Butte Creek Country Club

175 Estates Dr
Chico, CA 95928

Meeting Time/Departure Time
7:40am/8:00am

Location
Starbucks 
3040 Bernal Ave 

Pleasanton, CA 

Second Re-Group Meeting Time/Departure Time
9:15am/9:30am

Location
Starbucks
1340 Franklin Rd.
Yuba City, CA


Details

Meet Simon at the Starbucks for the ride up to Butte Creek Country Club. The ride will be straight up 680 to Sacramento, then up 99 to Butte County or you can just meet up with Simon at the event in Chico. 

MFAC has partnered with Golden Valley Community Foundation to collet and distribute the funds raised from this event. There will be a DJ announcing raffle winners throughout the day. Food and drinks available for purchase during the show.

Making a Donation or Registering for Event

If you are unable to attend, monetary donations can be made at:
https://www.goldenvalley.bank/

Select “Donate Now” button besides COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CAMP FIRE RELIEF EFFORTS on their home page.

Then Under “GENERAL FUNDS” - SELECT “Mini's for a Cause”. This will then take you to PayPal to process your donation.

To Register for event, pay your entry fee and purchase t-shirts, hats etc as explained above. Then with your confirmation number fill out the "ENTRY & LIABILITY FORMS" (link below) and include your confirmation number on the forms.

ENTRY & LIABILITY FORMS

Then email entry & liability forms to chicominicooper@gmail.com or send forms in the mail to: 

Chico Mini Cooper
3 Glenoak Court
Chico, CA 95926


Car Show & Shine

Entry fee: $25 per car, $20 each if you enter 2 or more cars per family. 

There are also t-Shirts available for $20 and/or $25 for sizes 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

Hats $20

JUDGING:

  • Cars will be judged on general appearance, care and presentation
  • We will have 5 classes of cars:
    • Classic
    • Gen1
    • Gen2
    • Gen3
    • Themed MINIs
  • Awards will be given for each class & BEST of SHOW
  • Ballots will be in your goodie bags

All profits from donations, raffle ticket sales, entree fee’s, silent auction and t-shirt sales will go to the Golden Valley Bank Community Fund.


A few donated items include:

  • New car cover for a MINI/Mini with cable lock
  • TOYO Tire hats
  • Dash plate signed by Mini legend Paddy Hopkirk
  • Luis A Perocarpi, owner of LAP Motorsports has generously donated a ticket package for the upcoming race weekend at Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point).


Please join NorCal MINIs and other area MINI clubs for the car show, raffles and silent auction.

Watch the FACEBOOK Event page for more updates.


By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:


Create your MotorSportReg Account and Join Today! Use the NorCal MINIs Membership link below:


NorCal MINIs Membership

Instructions for joining MotorSportReg and joining NorCal MINIs can be found in the following document: Instructions


Mystery Run Details - March 24, 2019



Hi Everyone, 

Sunday, March 24th is our Mystery Run.

We'll be driving North, South, East & West.  Get your Sunday projects completed & prepare for Monday early, as we'll be leaving later in the day than our regular runs.  Sleep in you non-early risers!


Your Hosts For The Event:
Christine & Michael Toibin


Meeting Time/Departure Time:
1:00pm/1:30pm

Location:
Starbucks
1502 N Vasco Rd
Livermore, CA

For those in Sacramento area, you could join us at the restroom break location around 2:15pm.  Once we have a quick 15 minutes break, we'll be back on the road.

Break Location:
Starbucks
12821 Stockton Blvd
Galt, CA 

Details: 
Have your lunch before you meet us in Livermore. Lunch is not part of the run. We should be done around 5:00/5:30. 

To estimate travel time from end location:

  • Hollister - 2 hours
  • Modesto - 46 minutes
  • Sacramento - 40 minutes
  • San Francisco - 1 hour/22 minutes
  • San Jose - 1 hour/38 minutes
  • Mill Valley - 1 hour/35 minutes
  • Santa Cruz - 2 hours/12 minutes

You will need: 
  • $10 per car (can't tell you what for)
  • Have yourself and your MINI picture-perfect ready
  • Have your radios and big smiles!
  • Might want to bring your camera 
You don't want to miss sunset. 

That's it - those are all the detail you will be given.  

If you are bringing a dog(s) or other animal with you, I MUST know ahead of time and they MUST be very well behaved.  Please email me (Christine Toibin) at: catoibin@gmail.com if you are bring a dog or other animal. 

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By the way, if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:


Create your MotorSportReg Account and Join Today! Use the NorCal MINIs Membership link below:

NorCal MINIs Membership

Instructions for joining MotorSportReg and joining NorCal MINIs can be found in the following document: Instructions

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