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MINI Maniacs explore Joshua Tree National Park

It’s our nearest national park, yet it wasn’t until this past Sunday that the MINI Maniacs paid a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Kudos to SCMM Event Director Craig Williams for planning a fun day of exploring this desert wonderland. Located north of Palm Springs, the Park’s 800,000 acres encompass two desert ecosystems, the […]

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2020 MINI GP featured at L.A. Auto Show

  I had time to visit the L.A. Auto Show last week and see the latest offering from MINI. While this year’s spotlight was divided between the MINI Electric (yawn) and the new John Cooper Works GP, it was clear from the attention the GP was receiving that it was this year’s star on the […]

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Adam’s Polishes opens Orange County store

Adam’s Polishes car care products have an almost cult-like following, so it’s not surprising that hundreds of loyal customers lined up for the grand opening of Adam’s newest retail store on September 21, in Anaheim, California. The driving force behind the company’s success is owner and founder, Adam Pitale, who eagerly greeted every customer as […]

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Devil’s Backbone

The Devil’s Backbone Run took place the first weekend in September, marking the tenth running of SCMM’s annual trek through the Sierras. This year’s event was a three-day adventure, with both nights spent in Mammoth Lakes at the Alpenhof Lodge. Making the trip all the way from Massachusetts was past president Dan Skorcz, who hosted […]

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Dan ‘Wolfman’ Skorcz receives Lifetime Compost Award

Former SCMM President Dan “Wolfman” Skorcz was honored with the club’s first-ever Lifetime Compost Award in recognition for his efforts in organizing last year’s Southwest MINI Fest, creating the Wolf’s Lair, and generally promoting motoring fun. The award was presented to Skorcz by current club President Michael Garcia in the Wolf’s Lair during this year’s […]

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Electric MINI nothing to get charged up over

The long-awaited all-electric MINI Cooper SE is expected to hit dealer showrooms in March 2020, but critics already say it’s nothing to get too charged up about. Based on the BMW i3 power plant, the MINI’s electric motor delivers 135kW/184 hp and maximum torque of 270 Nm. According to BMW, the front-wheel drive SE can […]

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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 […]