East Bay Backroads Run (Redwood Rd. / San Pablo Dam) - September 19, 2020

This is a PAID member run only! NOTE: This event is also a fundraiser for Hope Hospice. We usually have the fundraiser in May but that run ...

Highway 1 Coastal Run to Big Sur - March 14, 2020

Your Hosts For The Event:
Dolores and Rick Sanchez

Enjoy a beautiful casual scenic run through the south bay farmlands from Morgan Hill through Watsonville to the coast. It is an amazing drive down Highway 1 past Moss Landing, Sand City, Monterey, Carmel and on down to Big Sur. Beautiful scenery we all love and enjoy. 

If the weather gods are good to us it will be a gorgeous run. Bring your cameras to capture the wildlife and scenery along the coast.

Meet Up Location
Peet's Coffee
755 Cochrane Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Meeting Time/Departure Time
9:00 am/9:30 am

Route Google Map

Everyone, please park on far side of parking lot opposite Peet’s Coffee. We will line up against the back white fence prior to leaving the parking lot.

We will exit parking lot then turn right onto Madrone Parkway. At intersection, we will turn left onto Cochrane Road and then veer right onto Highway 101 South. We will continue on South 101 for 41 miles to Exit 347 for Highway 129 West to Watsonville. At the off ramp turn right onto Highway 129.

In approximately ½ mile, pull over on right shoulder at Lupita’s Catering to meet up with other members.

Meeting Point 2:
Highway 129/Highway 101 Turnout

2201 Chittenden Road
San Juan Bautista, CA 

Arrival Time/Departure Time
Approximately 10:00am/10:15am

We will continue on Highway 129 for 14 miles and continue through the city of Watsonville. There are 7 signal lights on Highway 129 in town. Stay in the left lane thru town and continue to the onramp for Highway 1 South to Monterey.

Re-grouping Point:

Steaming Hot Coffee and Espresso
7990-C Highway 1
Moss Landing, CA 

Upon arriving in Moss Landing city limits, we will park in front of Steaming Hot Coffee and Espresso (next to The Whole Enchilada Restaurant) to regroup. We will stay for about 15 minutes. NOTE: The coffee shop has ONE bathroom.

From here, we will then merge back onto Highway 1 and continue south for 35 miles to the famous Bixby Bridge.

Note: there are 4 signal lights going through Carmel so we may become separated but communicate via radio so we can stay as a group. Our approximate arrival time to Bixby Bridge is 11:45.

Photo opportunities at Bixby Bridge:

Option 1
We will attempt to park across Highway 1 on Old Coast Road to take photos of the bridge looking towards the ocean. More details during the drivers meeting

Option 2
Those not interested in photos can park at the large turnout near the Hurricane Point View. Again more details during the drivers meeting.

Depart Bixby Creek Bridge at approximately 12:15 and continue south on Highway 1 for 10 miles. Arrive at the Big Sur River Inn and Restaurant (park in the lot on the east side of Highway 1). The run is officially over at this point.

There is NO formal group lunch, however, feel free to bring your own food to picnic in area or check out the options below.  If you're interested in the restaurant at Big Sur River Inn you might consider making a reservation based on our proposed timeline.

Big Sur River Inn Restaurant is open lunch

FYI, River Inn Restaurant will not allow outside food eating on their patio.

You can also purchase food at the General Store & Burrito Bar.
River Inn General Store

Also, there are other places to eat as well as you motor a little further south.

Please RSVP for this event via MotorSportReg:


January 2020 Backroads Bay Area Run Recap

Your Hosts For This Event: Anita Weemaes & Christoph Fritsch

The first NorCal Minis run of 2020 was a great success! Due to popular demand, we started an hour later than usual, meeting in Woodside at 9:30am on a sunny Sunday. Despite having communicated this time change in all of the media outlets, there were still almost 10 cars there before 9am, they were so eager to get started! We had 23 cars including some new members on their first run and 2 Facebook members who joined on a day pass (we hope they had such a great time they will join the paid membership with full benefits for 2020). We also had 3 dogs join us - hope they didn’t get car sick on the twisties!

We started the run with a slow jaunt through the town of Woodside, avoiding most of the car clubs and big groups of bicyclists with our late-morning start. The climb up Kings Mountain Road was scenic, and the few bicyclists we encountered were courteous and waved us on to pass when it was safe. When we reached Skyline, the lot across the road was NOT a mudpit, so we gathered there and waited to regroup. It turns out we had too many cars to fit, so we had to move out. We were fortunate to keep the group together with not many non-Minis in the mix.

As we turned on Highway 84 and passed Alice’s restaurant, we gawked at all the motorbikes and other fancy sports cars, and I’m sure we turned a few heads too! The drive down to Pescadero was twisty and fun, except for when we were slowed down by an SUV or Prius (yes, really).

We spent about an hour in the sleepy town of Pescadero, and it ALMOST felt like a mini version of MINI TAKES THE STATES 2016 when we swarmed into a small town, wandered their shops buying local crafts, and freshly-baked pastries (and garlic artichoke sourdough bread).

Instead of heading straight out to Hwy 1 from there, we took the long way around on Stage road, which was a beautiful drive through the hills, albeit with some loose gravel to keep the speed reasonable to avoid rock chips.

We arrived at Moss Beach Distillery, which has its own ghost (too bad we didn’t see her though) https://mossbeachdistillery.com/history-ghost/.

The parties with dogs went out to the patio, which got quite crowded until it started raining, and then they braved the cold and the rain to move into the GOOD seats by the fire when everyone else moved inside.

Our big group of 35 were seated after a short wait, and the service was excellent for such a large group. We even celebrated Vanessa’s 14th birthday!

Thanks to everyone who came out to kick off the new year, and we look forward to seeing you on the next run!

Dunsmuir Railroad Resort - November 6th to November 8th, 2020


Hi Members,

Yes, we know it's still January and November is a long time from now, but the Dunsmuir Railroad Park is unique in that it has a limited number of Cabooses, cabins or camping spots to stay in, so it's better to plan ahead.

Your Hosts For The Event:
Christine & Michael Toibin

Full details on this run will come at a later time, but here are the details on reserving your caboose.  They also have cabins and offers camping.

Dunsmuir Railroad Park is a very unique place where you can sleep in a caboose. If you'd like more information on the Dunsmuir, check out their website: https://rrpark.com//

Reservation Details:
You're reservation can be made online. If you want to, they also have camping options. Your credit card won't be charged until you arrive. It is Pet Friendly.

As of the initial writing of this post there are 18 cabooses & 4 cabins available. 5 Cabooses have already been reserved.

To Reserve your caboose, cabin or camping spot:
  • Click on the "Check Availability" button at: https://rrpark.com//
  • Set the dates for arrival Friday, November 6th to Sunday, November 8th
  • Click "Search" this will then set the results to show you what's still available
If you decide not to come up on Friday, you will most likely miss most of Saturday's daytime activities if you arrive on later in day on Saturday.

MUST cancel 48 HOURS prior to arrival or you credit card will be charged for 1 night.

· Base rates include 2 people, each additinal person is $10 plus tax.
· NO SMOKING Smoking in lodging units will incur a $250 cleaning fee added to credit card.


· Base Rates Include 2 people and 1 vehicle per site
· Each additional person is $3.00 plus tax
· Extra vehicles may park in overflow parking area for a $5.00 fee
· Max of 2 Tents per Tent site
· Maximum of 6 people may occupy an RV or Tent site

By registering with Dunsmuir Railroad Park you, agree to the rules and polices .

Friday - November 6th

Simon plans to leave Bay Area around noon on this day.  We will share more details on this close the event date, otherwise just get to resort when you can on Friday. Friday night dinner will be on your own.

Saturday - November 7th
On this day, there will be planned activities that will probably start around 9:30 am.  We're also working on a group dinner in the Diner Car.

Sunday - November 8th
Maybe a short drive before everyone makes their way home.

A few other notes we can share now.
  • Wear sensible shoes for hiking during the day. 
  • Bring your own food, drinks, snack etc. for Friday & Saturday (except for Saturday lunch & dinner as we hope to plan for us to dine together).
  • Bring a chair to sit by the campfire at night.
  • Radios - Channel 7/21
  • Blankets - it will be cold - it's November.

No Need to RSVP for this event yet, the key is making your reservation.  When details are finalized we will send you an email with the RSVP link.