Sonora Run - Sunday June 9, 2024

Your Host(s) for the Event: Paige Lane Route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/tGNYaz7VcvVDeXPLA Download the map for off-line use  - in case we lose...

George Hamma - Member Profile

My experience has been in rallying, starting in 1967 when I won the first time-and-distance rally I entered. Over the years I rallied in my BMW 1602 and, occasionally, in a 1st generation MINI. The faster, more challenging events on back dirt roads became the preferred events, making weekend trips to Portland and Seattle to find competition.

We were enthused about how well we did, leading up to competing in WRC competition. As a small team we ran the Trans Canada event and Press On Regardless in Michigan. It became clear that we'd never beat the factory teams (we were lacking the semi machine shop), and we dropped out of that competition. I remembered the fun I had in the MINI, however, and got an '11 R60 Countryman (with skid plate and mods). We love doing it in the dirt.

We've participated in three Mini Takes The States events, including All The Way in 2016 and 2018. More recent events have been more social with NorCal MINIs. Janet and I enjoy the social pleasure of the NorCal events.

George and Janet Hamma

Pumpkin Farm Halloween Run Sunday October 25, 2020


This is a PAID member run only!

Your hosts for the event:
Simon & Nikki Tildesley

Meet Up Location
Parking lot McDonalds, 6800 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, 94588
Santa Rita Road Exit of I-580

Meet Up Time/Departure Time

Run Details
As we get closer to Halloween - join us to drive to a pumpkin patch farm. We will meet in Pleasanton at the McDonalds on Santa Rote Road located just off Interstate 580. We will drive north towards Tassajara and then head through the hills east towards the back end of Livermore coming out on Vasco Road. Taking a short drive through the Altamont district we will hit Altamont Pass Road and drive towards Mountain House. From there we will head south towards Patterson Pass Rd where we will get some great twisties to enjoy in our cars. Our final destination will be Joan's Farm and Pumpkin patch. If you want to shop for pumpkins - then you are free to do this here.

To see what the farm has to offer this year please follow the link. Note: The Pumpkin Patch is cash or check only.

Also, their snack shop will be open and they have food such as nachos, hot dogs, pumpkin pie and sodas etc.


Additional Run Details

The driver's meeting will be happening over the radio; please bring your radio, have them turned on and tuned to Channel 7, Subchannel 21 before you arrive at the start. When you arrive at the starting point, *please remain in your cars*

Route: https://goo.gl/maps/jAetQhbNyf1dSugp7

You must RSVP via MotorSportReg:

Social distancing and facemasks are required.
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will NOT be provided by the club
Registration is by MSR ONLY.
Bathrooms are not guaranteed.
No lunch is being arranged.
No radios will be lent out.


NorCal MINIs is committed to providing events that place participant safety as the number one priority. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, every attempt will be made to minimize risk of exposure to the virus. Therefore, the club is following new processes and procedures for events going forward.

  • Be for paid members ONLY at this time
  • Not offer day passes whilst under restrictions
  • Follow state and local guidelines in relation to COVID-19
  • Require all participants to wear masks, for not only their own safety but for the safety of everyone on-site when not in your own car
  • Ask participants to stay at home if they are at higher risk for severe illness, or if they are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath
  • Conduct drivers meeting in open air with face masks with social distancing and might be conducted via our radios on channel 7/21, if need be for everyone to hear

The following guidelines are our best attempt to secure your safety given what is known at this time. They are by no means comprehensive, and we cannot predict every circumstance. Therefore, we are counting on you to exercise your best judgment throughout the event. Please have an awareness and understanding of the following COVID-19 safety protocols:
  • NorCal MINIS asks that anyone who is at higher risk for severe illness, feeling unwell, or who has been in contact with anyone that is sick in the last two weeks to STAY HOME
  • ALL participants are required to wear cloth face coverings or masks when outside their car
  • NorCal MINIs will encourage everyone to wash hands regularly (with soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • NorCal Minis will NOT share Club Radios during this time; we suggest purchasing your own radios and can provide you with recommendations on compatible makes/models
  • Physical contact is discouraged. Please refrain from shaking hands, high-fives and hugs, except with family or those you have been quarantined with
  • Participants are required to bring their own personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant. NorCal MINIs will NOT have any PPE items available
  • Participants will be required to Sign Waivers Electronically
  • Be cautious when sharing/posting event photos. Even photos of groups maintaining proper social distancing can be mistaken for an inappropriate gathering.
  • If necessary, remind each other gently and respectfully to observe these guidelines

Anyone who continually or willfully violates these guidelines will be asked to leave by a club officer or director.


  • Any participant that falls ill within 2 weeks after the event MUST contact NorCal MINIs and share a description of their symptoms, related test results and movements during the event
  • NorCal MINIs will make every effort to alert affected participants privately of the situation

Ultimately, it is your responsibility to assess the risk to you and make a responsible decision on whether or not to participate. You assume all risks and agree the Club holds no liability if you or anyone in your party should develop any Covid-19 symptoms afterwards by attending a NorCal MINIs event. Participants are required to follow these guidelines; any participant may be asked to leave the event for non-compliance.

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