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Nevada City Overnight Run - Saturday & Sunday June 11th & 12th, 2022

Your Hosts For This Event: Simon & Nikki Tildesley Route Designed by Paige Lane Run Details Join us as we hit the open roads through Cal...

Recap - Hike For Hope - Saturday May 14th, 2022

 


Your Hosts For The Event:

Simon & Nikki Tildesley

As President of the club, I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who either donated or hiked for the team on the 2022 Hike for Hope on Saturday. The team total on the day was an impressive $3,866 ( our club goal was $1500.00 ) which is AMAZING. 

We had 8 cars and 11 hikers participate!

This money will support the hospice greatly to continue their great work with the terminally ill and dementia patients. 

I am very proud that NorCal MINI's and its members can support such a worthy organization. 

THANK YOU

Simon and Nikki

Check out some pictures from this great day. THANKS PAT LEWIS!!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/bcDW7AxbzZ16Cyci8


Recap - East Bay Backroads - Sunday May 1st, 2022



Your Hosts For This Event

Pat and Michelle Lewis

31 NorCal members enjoyed the club’s May 1st East Bay Backroads run led by Michelle and Pat Lewis. Larry Anderson (former club Vice President) painstakingly choreographed this route which starts at the Castro Valley BART station and snakes through a twisty maze of Eastbay Hill back roads frequented for its hiking trials, the Chabot and Science Center and striking views of San Francisco.

By 8:45am the first freshly waxed MINIs began to collect at the morning start-point. Additional drivers continued to arrive until shortly before the 10:00 am departure time. Drivers who arrived early enriched the social experience by sharing their passions with other waiting drivers. A beautifully maintained 1964 Mk 1 Morris Mini Minor named “Bobby”, became the new focal point once it arrived.

For more information about “BOBBY”, please see the Norcalminis.com Member Profile webpage for Simon Tildesley, our club President.

                                                                                                                                                                                            

The driver’s meeting was held shortly before 10:00am where Simon reminded members of the coming “Hike for Hope” charity fundraiser event. Turning the megaphone over to the run’s leaders, Pat Lewis attempted to remind drivers to remain watchful for bicyclist and shared known route pitfalls which lay ahead. Then drivers eagerly returned to their 31 MINIs to merge to form a lengthy single-column of MINIs which took up every inch of the sizable parking lot.

Waves, smiles and camera phones greeted the departing MINIs as they left the BART Station to turn North onto Redwood Road. Once on Redwood, the lead slowed to permit the group to regroup. A series of stop lights and interlopers needed to be sorted out. The slow pace that followed was maintained by all drivers in order to respect the twisty corners, and occasional bicyclist ahead. The advertised views of San Francisco from Grizzly Peak road disappointed none.

With good route instructions, a leader pre-brief and good fortune, nearly all the MINI’s who set out in the morning made it through the many twisty corners, the residential mouse maze and ample opportunities to get hopelessly lost. Even the Mk1 Morris made it to the end without mechanical mishap.

Drivers who made it to the end celebrated their experience before setting off the head home.

Thanks to all!

Pat and Michelle Lewis





PS: Check out the files below for lots of GREAT PICTURES - Thanks Gordon and Duane

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qXQ39zsgvmWs354eA

https://photos.app.goo.gl/fG6LntrgMJ4ZRzqj7

PPS: Don't forget about the Hike For Hope on May 14th - If you cannot attend please consider donating to this amazing cause. Link below

http://www.norcalminis.com/2022/03/hike-for-hope-hike-and-run-saturday-may.html

And our FIRST OVERNIGHT of the year to Nevada City on June 11th and 12th - Details below

http://www.norcalminis.com/2022/04/nevada-city-overnight-run-saturday.html

MOTOR ON

Mike Toibin - Social Media Director














Nevada City Overnight Run - Saturday & Sunday June 11th & 12th, 2022


Your Hosts For This Event:

Simon & Nikki Tildesley

Route Designed by Paige Lane

Run Details

Join us as we hit the open roads through California's lush farmland on our way to windier roads in the foothills. We will traverse 6 counties (Solano, Yolo, Sutter, Placer, Yuba, Nevada), cross 3 rivers (Sacramento, Feather and South Yuba), whiz past 2 lakes (Camp Far West Reservoir and Lake Wildwood), and drive the fence line of Beale Air Force Base as we start to wind our way up to the historic mining town of Nevada City.

We'll stop twice, once for lunch in Woodland and again in Lincoln for a generous stretch of the legs

Saturday Night Dinner:

We don’t have formal group meals planned for the evening. Feel free to use the event page on Facebook to coordinate plans or find out where folks are hanging out.

Anticipate approximately 4 1/2 hours of driving, broken into four segments.

Meet Up Time/Departure Time
9:00am/9:45am

Meet Up Location
Solano Community College
400 Student Services
Fairfield, CA 94534
(South Parking lot near Admissions & Records)

Note: No services at this location. Please arrive with a full tank of gas, morning coffee and have been to the restroom (no restrooms for the next 90 minutes.)

Lunch Details
Early Lunch @ Woodland Gateway Shopping Mall
We're planning a 1 hour stop here and there are many
restaurant options for individual food choices:
In-n-Out, MOD Pizza, Panda Express, to name a few or bring you own picnic.

Route:
Please note that the route to Nevada City is broken into 4 segments for simplicity.

9:45 - 11:15am Solano Community College to Woodland Gateway Shopping Mall
Segment Timing 1 hr 22 mins / 59.8 mi

11:15 - 12:15 Lunch & Bio Break


12:15 - 1:15 Woodland to Lincoln
https://goo.gl/maps/TmcEh958Hom5wy4z7
Segment Timing 1 h 5 mins / 52.5 mi

1:15 - 1:45 Bio Break

1:45 - 3:00 Lincoln to Dollar General
https://goo.gl/maps/LJxtFhYY626wCXTE7
Segment Timing 1 hr 10 mins / 49.5

3:00 - 4:00 Dollar General to Rood Center, Nevada City
https://goo.gl/maps/oCHAvFkHDesCfQHs8
Segment timing 54 mins / 29.9 mi

Total Route Time:
6 hr 15 mins / 191.7

Arriving in Nevada City:
You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations in the Nevada City area. Emails were sent out to remind everyone to do so early. We have no formal dinner plans but check out the link below. Lots of great places to eat in town! Get together with others and have a great time exploring Nevada City. A very cool old mining town with lots of great shops as well.


Sunday plans:
No formal plans but perhaps meet up and get a group picture!!

You must RSVP via MotorSportReg:


Check out 2022 Run Calendar for complete list of events for this year.

Current EVENT PROTOCOLS:
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
• In line with State guidelines – people who are fully vaccinated may attend without a face mask. If you are not fully vaccinated – we kindly request that you maintain a face covering.
• NorCal MINIs will encourage everyone to maintain personal hygiene in regards to washing hands
• Club loaner radios will be available at the run. These will be sanitized prior to be handed and out will be sanitized again upon return.
• Any PPE you wish to use must be supplied by yourself. This includes any face coverings or hand sanitizing products
• Participants will be required to Sign Waivers Electronically
• Please be courteous with people who wish to maintain PPE and social distancing. It is their choice to do this and we cannot question their vaccine status
Anyone who continually or willfully violates these guidelines will be asked to leave by a club officer or director.
POST-EVENT PROTOCOLS:
• 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.

Join Today! Create your MotorSportReg Account to become a PAID Club Member, use the link below:
NorCal MINIs Membership

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

Recap - Napa /Sonoma - Twisty Back Roads - Saturday April 16, 2022


Your Hosts: Pat and Michelle Lewis

The Napa/Sonoma Run combines wide twisty roads and stunning scenery, making this run a club favorite. Michelle and Pat Lewis hosted the 34 cars that showed up for the April 2022 run. Members of the NorCal Leadership team consisting of Simon, Rick, Gordon, and Paige proved a benefit to all by breaking the large 34 car group into smaller groups.

Unexpected wet weather delayed the run's 9:30 advertised start time. Early morning rain departed in time for morning pre-run conversations and assembly at the driver's meeting. At the start of the run, attendees equipped with draw-tickets, route maps, and enthusiasm quickly split into four smaller +++groups.




With convertible top down, Michelle lead the first group out and set the group's initial pace. Initially driving slower than usual to accommodate rain-slicked roads, the speed soon increased.


Ten minutes down the road, the Lewis families MINI slowed to a crawl to permit raising the convertible top to keep out what Californians call "Rain." This slight decrease in pace gave groups two, three, and four ample opportunities to merge into a single group.

Beginning in Napa, the sun-filled skies warmed drivers at the mid-point comfort stop. A day that started with rain turned gorgeous. Six lucky members won draw prizes themed to celebrate tomorrow's Easter.

In the end, fun, sun, and laughter made this another fun-tactic NorCal MINIS run.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the East Bay Backroads May 1st run and for the fun Hike for Hope on May 14th.


Pat & Michelle

Check out this link for more pictures:

East Bay Backroads Run - Sunday May 1st, 2022

 



Your Hosts For The Run:

Michelle and Pat Lewis

Meet Up Location:

Castro Valley BART Station (3301 Norbridge Drive, Castro Valley, CA 94546)

Meeting Time/Departure Time

9:30am/10:00am

Run Details

Join us for a quick trip through some of the East Bay's hidden back roads. We'll be meeting up in Castro Valley, heading north on Redwood Road and cruising through the hills along Redwood Road and Skyline Boulevard.

We'll then head up Grizzly Peak Boulevard for some killer views of the San Francisco Bay, then head down Wildcat Canyon Road. to San Pablo Dam Road. to finish things out.




Additional Run Details

Make a pit stop before the meetup. We do not have any rest breaks planned, nor will there be anywhere along the route suitable for pulling over, so plan ahead.

We'd classify this run as "advanced". There *will* be twisty roads along most of the route (the views of the Bay from Skyline and Grizzly Peak make it worth it). The lead car will be keeping a safe pace throughout.

Bay area backroads can be rough. There are no major hazards that would take out a car, but some of the hill sections are definitely bumpier than others.

The area on Skyline near the Chabot Science Center has a few popular parks; expect a lot of parked cars and bike traffic, so we'll be taking it easy through here.



A couple sections of Skyline Boulevard and Grizzly Peak Boulevard are residential-ish, so we will be taking it slow through these areas.

Though the final stop on the route is listed as the Safeway in Orinda, *we will not be pulling in there as a group*. This is a good waypoint to end the route, from where you'll be very close to either Eastbound or Westbound Highway 24 to head home.

Route:

https://goo.gl/maps/2R4r6bLHaGkZM16N8

You must RSVP via MotorSportReg:

Check out 2022 Run Calendar for complete list of events for this year.

Current EVENT PROTOCOLS:
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
• In line with State guidelines – people who are fully vaccinated may attend without a face mask. If you are not fully vaccinated – we kindly request that you maintain a face covering.
• NorCal MINIs will encourage everyone to maintain personal hygiene in regards to washing hands
• Club loaner radios will be available at the run. These will be sanitized prior to be handed and out will be sanitized again upon return.
• Any PPE you wish to use must be supplied by yourself. This includes any face coverings or hand sanitizing products
• Participants will be required to Sign Waivers Electronically
• Please be courteous with people who wish to maintain PPE and social distancing. It is their choice to do this and we cannot question their vaccine status
Anyone who continually or willfully violates these guidelines will be asked to leave by a club officer or director.
POST-EVENT PROTOCOLS:
• 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.

Join Today! Create your MotorSportReg Account to become a PAID Club Member, use the link below:
NorCal MINIs Membership

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


Napa /Sonoma - Twisty BackRoads - Saturday April 16, 2022

 


Your Hosts For The Run:

Michelle and Pat Lewis

Rejoice twisty road enthusiasts!

Enjoy your day zipping over twisty two-lane freeway connecting Fairfield to Napa, then for part two, climb out of Napa Valley's famous Wine Country along narrow, twisty mountain passes to reach Santa Rosa (Sonoma County).

Anticipate 3 hours of concentrated driving, broken into two segments. Two re-groups are also planned, but are not anticipated to be formal stops.

Our first half, from Fairfield leading to Napa, is on smooth, single lane freeway. Though our departure is timed to miss morning lake boat traffic, if we encounter trucks pulling trailers, we will collectively enjoy the scenery at their pace - there are few passing lanes. Spirited drivers will wish to revisit this loop again, and again.

Comfort stop at the Park N Ride (2000 Redwood Road, Napa). We’ll break hear for 45 minutes. There are restrooms in the gas stations and restaurants. This is your last chance for restrooms for the next hour.



Our second half, from Napa, over the mountain passes take use to Santa Rosa. Drivers from last year will recall the roads narrow and at times are BUMPY, perhaps annoying for MINI's with competition suspensions. Stock suspensions will fare better.

PRO TIP: 
MINI's who wish to avoid the super twisty fun, or bumpy sections, may wish to break off in Napa, to use smoother/direct freeway routes that most GPS units natively recommend. Just break-off, and meet us at the End point (Highway 29 South to Highway 12 North).

Wine Enthusiasts: 
Don't forget to book reservations at your favorite wineries. No point in rushing home.

Meet Up Time/ Departure Time:
9:00am/9:30am, sharp

Meet Up Location:
Solano Community College
400 Student Services
Fairfield, CA 94534
(South Parking lot near Admissions & Records)

Note: No services at this location. Arrive with a full tank of gas, morning coffee and have been to the restroom (no restrooms for the next two hours.)

Route:

Register Via Motorsport Reg:

Any other Pertinent Event/run details:

Following GPS addresses permit you to force our route (the fun, but least efficient route).

SEGMENT 1 – Collage to Moskowite Lodge

Start: 400 Student Services, Fairfield, CA 94534 (Solano College)

Regroup: 6003 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA 94558

SEGMENT 2 – Moskowite Lodge to Trancas Park & Ride (NOT STOP – JUST FOR GPS REFERENCE)

Start: 6003 Monticello Road, Napa, CA 94558

Regroup: 2000 Redwood Road, Napa, CA 94558

WE STOP HERE (2000 Redwood) FOR 45 minutes.

Last chance for Gas/Toilets (in area)

Drivers Meeting before we leave.

SEGMENT 3 – Napa Park and Ride, over the twisty Hills

Start: 2000 Redwood Road, Napa

(Leader Optional Regroup) (Drivers – for safety please remain in cars): 12099 Sonoma Hwy, Glenn Ellen

RUN END: 
Safeway, 100 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

To get to the 101, head North on Hwy 12. 

Check out 2022 Run Calendar for complete list of events for this year.

Current EVENT PROTOCOLS:
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
• In line with State guidelines – people who are fully vaccinated may attend without a face mask. If you are not fully vaccinated – we kindly request that you maintain a face covering.
• NorCal MINIs will encourage everyone to maintain personal hygiene in regards to washing hands
• Club loaner radios will be available at the run. These will be sanitized prior to be handed and out will be sanitized again upon return.
• Any PPE you wish to use must be supplied by yourself. This includes any face coverings or hand sanitizing products
• Participants will be required to Sign Waivers Electronically
• Please be courteous with people who wish to maintain PPE and social distancing. It is their choice to do this and we cannot question their vaccine status
Anyone who continually or willfully violates these guidelines will be asked to leave by a club officer or director.
POST-EVENT PROTOCOLS:
• 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.

Join Today! Create your MotorSportReg Account to become a PAID Club Member, use the link below:
NorCal MINIs Membership

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

Recap - Highway 1 Tomales & Bodega Bay Run - Saturday March 12th, 2022

 


Your Hosts For This Event:
Gordon Lee and Tasha Hudick

Thank you MINI of Marin for the bagels, coffee, and the swag for our NorCal minis members. Thank you, Tasha, Pat, Michelle, Paige, Eddie, Duane, and Michael for helping to make this event successful.




On a gorgeous day, we had 37 minis, we had a blast on those twisty turns. My favorite is a 340 degree turn near the park. At MINI of Marin and at the Marin French Cheese Co, we had taken over the parking lots. Lots of smiles, and acknowledgements from past and new members.







 
Some folks went out of their way to give us a job well done at the Tides restaurant for lunch.

We enjoyed our rally as much as good company on the lunch table.

Gordon and Tasha

PS: Don’t forget to register for these upcoming events!
Sonoma/Napa Run on Saturday April 16
HIKE FOR HOPE (Hospice) event on Saturday May 14th

You will find the links to register on our NorCal MINIS website!

MOTOR ON

PS: MORE PICTURES - See the links below!!


This link is NOT a gallery. It is simply a file of all the pictures Duane took. Scroll through and check them out.
Thank you Duane!

And more:



Recap - Delta (Highway 160)/ Sacramento Auto Museum - February 19th





Your Host: Mike Zampiceni

This was my debut hosting a run for NorCal MINIS, but I’ve had prior experience leading car groups, particularly for the BMW club in which I was the Golden Gate Chapter driving tours organizer for several years. I figured it had been about a decade since I last led a group, however, so had to put on my thinking cap to recall how I handled previous events. Since I figured I was a bit rusty, I was intent on getting all of the details in order for a successful event. Part of that was driving the route twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything the first time.
 
I first drove the route in early January, and I was already very familiar with it over the years. It was like déjà vu for me driving on Highway 160 over the levees on the way to the auto museum adjacent to Old Town Sacramento. I hosted the identical tour for the Porsche club Loma Prieta region about 20 years ago when our destination was the California State Railroad Museum at Old Town.
 
I was really elated with the high water level of the Sacramento River while meandering over the levee road in January, having been replenished with the record Sierra snowfall. Predictably, the level had receded somewhat when I ran the route a month later, and it appeared back to normal the day of the run. With the lack of rain for the past couple of months, it’s just a matter of time before the water level will be subpar.

One of the reasons I ran the route a second time was to secure a spot for a social and bio break about midway, and the village of Isleton seemed to be a likely candidate. I scoured the town to no avail, but didn’t realize the first time that I had passed by a perfect respite area until I subsequently looked at the map and saw Ramos park right off the roadway in town alongside the river. Better yet, the park had public restrooms. The parking was limited, but there was also an adjacent lot next to an abandoned building, so I figured we could park the overflow on the side of the road.

The day of the run, I turned into the Ashley Furniture parking lot from a side street and didn’t see any Minis, so was somewhat concerned because it was already 8:30, but as I drove toward the far end of the parking lot, I saw that a few early birds had parked on the side closest to the shopping center, which conveniently had an open Trader Joe’s and Starbucks.
 
At 9:15, Simon called the assemblage together for a short pre-drive meeting. Several new members were acknowledged, and then I went through my pre-drive instructions, such as being wary of the sharp drop-off on a significant portion of the narrow levee roads. Since there were more than 40 cars to herd, we split up into three groups. I led the first group, followed by the Lewis’s group about five minutes later, and then Simon led the last group about five minutes after that.
 
This turned out to be an ideal staging area, considering that there was a spacious parking lot in front of a store closed for the morning and adjacent to businesses with food and bathrooms. Furthermore, there was easy freeway access on and off Highways 680 and 242. I will definitely keep this location in mind as an assembly point for future northerly destinations.
 
The weather was seasonable when we left, but unfortunately, the visibility was occluded from a high-pressure ridge that trapped haze. Nevertheless, our cheerful procession of multi-colored Minis added some zest to the roadway for us and others driving mundane vehicles.



The portal to the delta on our route was crossing the Antioch bridge, which is a narrow two-lane affair. I don’t think planners were thinking strategically when they opted for this restrictive roadway, especially considering that there’s no room to pull over in an emergency, thereby potentially backing up traffic for an interminable distance.


 
The run up to our stopover in Isleton was uneventful, and nobody plunged over the edge of the levee and into the abyss. As we approached Isleton and Ramos park, I had a sinking feeling when I saw a Harley group occupying all of the parking spaces, and the vacant parking lot next door had two pylons blocking it. I had to go to plan B, but I didn’t have a plan B, so figured I’d drive straight ahead into “town” and hope for the best. Ironically, I couldn’t have come up with a better outcome if I had planned it in advance. Ahead just a block on the right was a vacant water tower parking lot with ample parking. I’m sure all of you thought this was planned in advance, but nope, it was just dumb luck maybe assisted by automotive angels sending their beams of goodness upon us. The overflow parked on the street, and all of us managed to filter in fully off Highway 160. Additionally, the bathrooms were located a short distance across the street.
 
After about a half hour’s worth of socializing and checking out the latest Mini mods by various owners, we continued north on 160. Within a mile, Highway 160 (River Road.) actually continues on the west side of the river, so one of the groups decided to take that route instead of continuing straight ahead on Isleton Road. Another bridge in Walnut Grove enabled the group to cross over and join the rest of us, and it’s probably just as well they used the official 160, because Isleton Road. isn’t well maintained and was pretty choppy. Walnut Grove, by the way, is the town where you can see tall transmission towers for the Sacramento TV stations close up. These towers are visible for many miles around.

Beyond Walnut Grove there were far fewer cars on the road, so we were reliably able to average 60 mph on the stretch to our delta terminus point on River Road. at the little hamlet of Freeport. From there it’s a short distance to Highway 5, which we turned onto and continued into the back approach to downtown Sacramento and the museum, which sits adjacent to the Sacramento River and less than a mile from Old Town. As we pulled into the museum grounds, we were relegated to the overflow dirt lot. We weren’t the only group that decided this would be a good venue to visit on this particular day, because the area Dodge Challenger car club was already there with a large turnout of cars gracing the perimeter of the lot. This worked out well for us, because we were able to fill in the infield, creating a view of two very different types of cars.



 
Most everyone went into the museum if only to use the bathrooms, but not many stayed to view the collection, which is unfortunate. On the other hand, a lot of the stock had been shuffled over into the back edges for ongoing construction, making it difficult to see much of the machinery. I toured through and had a pleasant conversation with a couple from our group, then subsequently walked with them to Old Town for lunch at an Asian restaurant. I’m bad with remembering names of people initially, but I remember that the gentleman had a blue Clubman that I really liked and lived at Clear Lake. We were joined by the original owner of a first series yellow Mini whom I had seen and spoken with at other runs, and once again, I neglected to record her name on my internal read-write drive.
 
When we returned to the museum lot later in the afternoon, everyone else had left, but they hopefully had pleasant memories of the day to accompany them home. I enjoyed hosting my debut run, and am scheduled to lead another one on May 1st in the east bay.

I think it would be delightful to do this event again, perhaps on a more direct route that would afford extra time to visit the train museum in Old Town along with the auto museum.

MOTOR ON!

Mike Z

PS More pictures - see the link below




Hike For Hope - Hike and Run - Saturday May 14, 2022


Your Hosts For This Event:

Simon and Nikki Tildesley

Join the club for a drive from Pleasanton to Lake Del Valle outside Livermore to support the Hike for Hope. This is an annual event that the club has supported in the past but had to be put on hold due to the pandemic. 

Now it's time for getting out there to walk again. There are two hikes offered - a shorter one and a longer more challenging one. Whichever you choose will still give you the opportunity to support Hope Hospice in the same way whilst taking in the gorgeous scenery of Lake Del Valle. Entrance fee for the Hike is $35 per person will all money going to the hospice. 

We have set up a team called NorCal MINIs which can be found following the link below. If you cannot actually join the hike - then please consider donating to the club's team.

NorCal MINIs Hike for Hope:

The club has donated $500.00 to support the cause!

Meet Up Time/Departure Time
8:00am/8:30am

Meet Up Location
Safeway Parking Lot
6790 Bernal Ave
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Route:

Lunch:
BBQ Lunch provided at the hike

Register Via Motorsport Reg:

Check out 2022 Run Calendar for complete list of events for this year.

Current EVENT PROTOCOLS:
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
• In line with State guidelines – people who are fully vaccinated may attend without a face mask. If you are not fully vaccinated – we kindly request that you maintain a face covering.
• NorCal MINIs will encourage everyone to maintain personal hygiene in regards to washing hands
• Club loaner radios will be available at the run. These will be sanitized prior to be handed and out will be sanitized again upon return.
• Any PPE you wish to use must be supplied by yourself. This includes any face coverings or hand sanitizing products
• Participants will be required to Sign Waivers Electronically
• Please be courteous with people who wish to maintain PPE and social distancing. It is their choice to do this and we cannot question their vaccine status
Anyone who continually or willfully violates these guidelines will be asked to leave by a club officer or director.
POST-EVENT PROTOCOLS:
• 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.

Join Today! Create your MotorSportReg Account to become a PAID Club Member, use the link below:
NorCal MINIs Membership

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





Highway 1 Tomales & Bodega Bay Run - Saturday March 12th, 2022

 



Your Hosts For The Run

Gordon Lee & Tasha Hudick

Living for the Twisties… Highway 1 !

We’re going to start from MINI of Marin and have bagels and hot coffee! Courtesy of MINI of Marin!

Drive on Sir Francis Drake Blvd., backroads to see farmlands, cows, and sheep towards Tomales Bay and our endpoint is at The Tides Wharf & Restaurant for lunch in Bodega Bay. Once we arrive at the parking lot of the Tides restaurant we will have drawings for a few giveaways. 






Meet Up Time/ Departure Time
9:00am/ 10:00am

Meet Up Location
MINI of Marin
5880 Paradise Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925


Route:
Note: If you are concerned about the route and getting separated from the group go ahead and print a copy of the route just in case. To consider: sometimes you may lose cell coverage in some areas. Always be prepared to make you own way.

Restroom break: 40 min.
Marin French Cheese Co.
7510 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94952
The restroom break is 40 minutes which will allow our members time to visit the Marin Cheese store! Lots of things to buy! 




Lunch 1.5 hours
The Tides Wharf & Restaurant
835 Bay Hwy.
Bodega Bay, CA. 94923
innatthetides.com

(Note: The Tides snack bar is closed)



Other restaurants in the area:
Fishetarian Fish Market
Lucas Wharf Restaurant

Or if you wish bring food along to have a picnic!

Discovery in Bodega Bay:
Captain Davey’s ice cream

Optional Return Caravan:

Return to Corte Madera Town and Country Center:

Following lunch, we will drive on highway 1, pass through Bear Valley visitor center for a restroom break, Stinson beach, and finally arrive at the Corte Madera Town and Country Center.



Return Route:

https://goo.gl/maps/3p4JrzRAzMTpQdya7


Option Restroom: 20 min.
Bear Valley Visitor Center
1 Bear Valley Visitor Access Rd.
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


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Current EVENT PROTOCOLS:
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
• In line with State guidelines – people who are fully vaccinated may attend without a face mask. If you are not fully vaccinated – we kindly request that you maintain a face covering.
• NorCal MINIs will encourage everyone to maintain personal hygiene in regards to washing hands
• Club loaner radios will be available at the run. These will be sanitized prior to be handed and out will be sanitized again upon return.
• Any PPE you wish to use must be supplied by yourself. This includes any face coverings or hand sanitizing products
• Participants will be required to Sign Waivers Electronically
• Please be courteous with people who wish to maintain PPE and social distancing. It is their choice to do this and we cannot question their vaccine status
Anyone who continually or willfully violates these guidelines will be asked to leave by a club officer or director.
POST-EVENT PROTOCOLS:
• 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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We Must Save Them All! NorCal MINIS Supporting The Cause

                                                    


DONATIONS IN HONOR OF BETTY WHITE

As many of you may know Betty White was a huge supporter of animals and animal rescue organizations. And with her passing at almost 100 years old NorCal MINIS made two donations in honor of her. We donated $500 each to Valley Humane in Pleasanton and the Heading Home Animal Rescue in the South Bay. Both are amazing organizations that do amazing work. Our own Anne Sitter works with HHAR as a foster mommy. A very special person and thank you Anne for your very special commitment to save them all.

And thank you to our paid members, remember a portion of your registration fees are used for local charity donations throughout the year.

Donating to local organizations is what we do as a club as we are a 501c7 non-profit group.

MOTOR ON!

For more information and to donate even more:

Heading Home Animal Rescue

https://www.headinghomerescue.org/

And

Valley Humane Society

https://valleyhumane.org/

MOTOR ON!

Mike Toibin

Social Media Director
NorCal MINIS


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Recap - Mount Umunhum/Uvas Meadow Run - Sunday January 16, 2022



Your Host For The Event: Eddie Vergara

Wow, what a run! Our first run of 2022 was not only a history-themed event, but also a history-making run! A total of 57 cars registered and attended by over 100 members! Our LARGEST IN CLUB HISTORY! Many new members attended for the first time which is great to see.

Hosting a run for the first time, it was very exciting to see so much interest!

The fun began even before we started driving. The parking lot quickly turned into an impromptu MINI car show once 57 MINIs showed up to the starting point. Cameras were out as folks got treated to MINIs from all generations and trims, including a healthy number of the rare GPs. As drivers mingled, you could sense that energy in the air that results when several people get together to share a common passion. It was clear that folks wanted to start their new year right by going on an awesome drive!

After a tiny sprinkle from an odd morning rain cloud, the sky cleared up and offered us a great South Bay weather for driving (some convertibles even had their top down!). Due to the number of participants, drivers were broken up into three groups of ~20 cars. Group 1 led by yours truly, Eddie Vergara, with the Lewis's leading group 2 and our president, Simon Tildesley, leading group 3. Following the drivers debrief, group 1 lined up and began the run.




Soon after the start, we were treated to the twisty roads of Shannon and Hicks Road. Bikers along the road didn't subtract from the fun of taking our MINIs through these fun turns. Drivers and passengers alike were treated to lush green foliage throughout the run, all thanks to the healthy downpour from the December rains.

After 40 minutes, the 1st group reached our first scheduled stop, the summit of Mt. Umunhum where the decommissioned "Cube" military radar stands. No more than 15 minutes passed before the 2nd group caught up with group 1 and began to cause a traffic jam at the summit's parking lot! However, instead of seeing frowning or disapproving faces from others at the summit, we were received by many smiling faces (including the park ranger!) wondering what were a bunch of cool-looking MINIs doing up there!






 
After making it clear that we were MINI owners, members of the *prestigious* NorCal MINIs club (known for making trouble for the establishment...), groups began to head out from the summit and onto an hour drive to our final stop at Uvas Reservoir. Drivers and passengers were presented with more beautiful sights, from the glittering waters of the Almaden Reservoir, to the lovely classic architecture of the homes and mansions in New Almaden, to the lush green woods and meadows in the Uvas Valley. We reached the end of our run at the Uvas Reservoir parking lot, where drivers posed for a final photoshoot by our talented members. It was a fantastic way to finish a run that took us through historical sites and made history for the club.






I was very glad to see so many smiling drivers at both the start and end of the run. I look forward to see everyone again for the Delta – California Auto Museum in Sacramento Run on February 19th, hosted by Mike Zampiceni.

Please drive safely and Motor ON!

Eddie Vergara

Check out the link below for other great pictures from the event:
Thanks to those who posted tons of pictures on our FB page. 


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