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SCMM’s Memo Santoyo completes S.F to L.A. AIDS Ride

An estimated 2,500 cyclists in the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride wrapped up an eight-day journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles on June 8. Their goal, to raise awareness and money in the fight against AIDS. Their efforts raised more than $16.7 million to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which […]

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MINI Maniacs experience Beach Blanket Babylon, for the last time?

Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s famous musical revue and highlight of SCMM’s Babylon Run, will hold its final two shows this New Year’s Eve. “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity see the show before it ends,” say SCMM member Kit Walsh. “The icing for me was seeing it with the MINI gang. Oh my […]

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MINI Maniacs slay the Dragon

When it comes to a bucket list of MINI events, one annual round-up of enthusiasts has remained near the top of the list for 17 years — it’s called MINIs on the Dragon. Held each May in Robbinsville, North Carolina, the centerpiece of the four-day event is an 11-mile section of Highway 129, known as […]

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An adventure in Death Valley and Las Vegas

“I don’t think we could’ve have packed anything more into this event,” says SCMM President Michael Garcia, referring to the Death Valley/Las Vegas Run that the MINI Maniacs held March 21-24. Forty-eight members took part in the four-day adventure in the desert. “This was the first SCMM event that included an overnight in Death Valley […]

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Finding wild sculptures in Borrego Springs

Last weekend, on a beautiful Saturday morning, 18 Minis – from SCMM and San Diego Minis- met up in Pala Mesa and motored out to the desert in search of wildflowers and the metal sculptures that abound around Borrego Springs. The story behind the sculptures is that a number of years ago, a wealthy landowner […]

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Johnson gets Compost Award

SCMM’s Compost Award, given annually to one member “for outstanding support, dedication, and contribution to the success of a single club event” was presented to Eric “Shadow” Johnson, by SCMM President Michael Garcia, during the First Saturday of the Month Breakfast in Malibu on March 2. Johnson received the award in recognition of his Run […]

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North meets South

It started with an email from Simon Tildesley, president of NorCal MINIs, inviting SCMM to collaborate on a joint event along the Central Coast. After weeks of discussion and planning between Tildesley and SCMM’s Nancy Homer, the two clubs got together on February 23 for two days of MINI camaraderie and fun. The gathering of […]

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(Jan. 25, 2019) A last-minute change in the event calendar turned January’s Fourth Saturday of the Month Breakfast into the Pancakes to Pistachios Run. Organized by SCMM President Michael Garcia, the run was in lieu of the Marston’s Breakfast in Valencia. The group met at the Ranch House Restaurant in Gorman for breakfast before starting […]

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SCMM celebrates 16th anniversary with party at Santa Anita Park

SCMM members celebrated the club’s 16th anniversary on January 20, with a day of thoroughbred horse racing action. The gathering at Santa Anita Park, an annual tradition since the beginning days of the club, included a delicious buffet lunch, the always popular raffle drawing and the debut of one extraordinary filly. Each year SCMM gets […]

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L. A. Auto Show opens today, runs through Dec. 9th

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show opened today and runs through December 9. This year’s show is all about the technology that carmakers are packing inside, basically turning vehicles into smartphones on wheels. Electrics and hybrids continue to pick up market share, and while Tesla dominates the electrics, newcomers like Rivian and Byton are ready […]