Wawona and Monthly Meeting Cancelled – BUT…

DSQUARED-HALSTUCH-MINIWhile the House and Senate may have avoided default on the US debt, they caused such uncertainty that we are defaulting on the proposed run to the Wawona Hotel for lunch this coming weekend, October 19th.   Given the lateness of these developments the Off Road Adventure will be pushed back a few weekends as well.  In addition the MidCal meeting this coming Friday, October 18th is being shifted too.

So here is the new proposed plan:  OPTION 1 – meeting on Friday November 1st under the normal itinerary – dinner and meeting; or OPTION 2 - meet up on Saturday November 2nd for the Off-Road Adventure and lunch.  Either day, November 1st or 2nd would be the last meeting of the year.

Please email Tina right away to let her know your preference and specify November 1st or 2nd.   Email mcm@midcalminis.org with your choice ASAP.

 

Clovis British Car Roundup

September 28th and 29th, members of MidCal MINIs participated in the annual Clovis British Car Round Up. Sponsored by the Valley British Auto Club, this group celebrates the British car hobby in the Central San Joaquin Valley.  Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, this event continued its tradition of offering car enthusiasts the opportunity to see up close and personal, British cars from around the state. Cars built in England like Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Healey, Range Rover, Austin, Morris, Sunbeam, Riley, Lotus and of course MINI/Mini Coopers were all out for a day of friendly competition. The car show was held in conjunction with the annual ClovisBritish Car Roundup Antique and Collectibles Fair and provided attendees with plenty to see and do.

 The entry fee into in the British Car Roundup is also used to help support the construction of the ‘Nature Education and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Clovis, CA. The Nature Center will provide residents and students from all over the Valley with a unique nature experience within a suburban setting.

The two-day event started on Saturday September 28th with a group tour and Run through the Sierra Foothills. At noon a catered lunch was served with a short program about the Nature Center. One hundred percent of the luncheon event proceeds benefited the Clovis Valley Nature and Education Center. At 7:00 pm there was a “meet up” no-host dinner at Yosemite Falls Cafe in Clovis.

Sunday, September 29th, the Car Show kicked off at 9 am

Check here for more pictures of the 2012 great event including pictures of the MidCal contingent and here for a Video and Slide Show of the event.

 

 

October 19th Run to the Wawona Hotel for Lunch or Off Road Adventure?

Wawona frontThe annual Tioga Pass Run to the World Famous Whoa Nellie Deli has long been a favorite of the MidCal group.  But after much discussion at the last monthly meeting it was agreed that this is a very long run and the turnout has been dwindling over the past several years.  Still wanting to take in the mountains and fall colors near Yosemite, it was agreed that a run to the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite for lunch and perhaps a visit to the Pioneer Village would be a nice trade-off.  The question however is whether or not the Park be open on October 19th?  If the Park is not open, the Off Road Adventure will take the place of the Wawona Hotel lunch.

Watch this site for more information as it develops with respect to availability of the Wawona Hotel or the Off Road Adventure Route.

The Wawona Hotel is a National Historic Landmark and rests upon verdant meadows and beside rushing streams.  The tranquility of this Wawona pioneer centerVictorian era lodge in Yosemite makes it a favorite of those who prefer a relaxed environment and the gracious charm of a bygone era.   Wawona Hotel in Yosemite is located just four miles from the Park’s south entrance, cradled between the majestic Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the bustling activity of Yosemite Valley.  Yosemite’s Badger Pass Ski Area is a short 30-minute drive for those who love to ski.

From strolling the property’s  historic grounds, golfing, enjoying a stable ride, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter or exploring the Pioneer Village Museumpu_wawonadiningrm or even simply enjoying a the view in one of the Adirondack chairs, Wawona is always lovely to visit.

The Wawona Dining Room is well-known for its culinary excellence.   Cuisine features an array of seasonal specialties as well as traditional favorites, including Pot Roast, fresh Trout and a delicious grilled Flat Iron Steak.  The Wawona Dining Room itself is traditional Victorian with a rustic flare. Hand-painted hanging lights featuring giant sequoias and strung with small sequoia cones are replicas of original hotel lamps from the 1800s and cast a warm glow throughout the room. On warm summer nights, the veranda, which is adjacent to the dining room, is a classic spot to enjoy Wawona’s sumptuous fare.

If you are interested in taking part in either of these Runs, Wawona or Off Road, email MidCal at mcm@midcalminis.org with your preference.

 

Clovis British Car Round Up September 28th and 29th

Don’t forget this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th is the annual Clovis British Car Round Up. Sponsored by the Valley British Auto Club, this group celebrates the British car hobby in the Central San Joaquin Valley. This is the only official car show entered into by the MidCal group.  The car show is held in conjunction with the annual Clovis Antique and Collectibles Fair and provides attendees with plenty to see and do.  Restaurants, coffee houses, live music and exceptional antiques and collectibles are all within walking distance of the car show.

The two-day event starts on Saturday September 28th at 9:00 am in front of the Clovis Cole Hotel for a group tour and Run through the Sierra Foothills. At noon a cateredMINIs at Car Show lunch is served with a short program about the Nature Center. One hundred percent of the luncheon event proceeds benefits the Clovis Valley Nature and Education Center. At 7:00 pm there is a “meet up” no-host dinner at Yosemite Falls Cafe in Clovis for old and new friends to enjoy time together.

Sunday, September 29th, the Car Show kicks off from 9 am to 10 am for registration. The arrival location is new this year and is at Bullard and Woodworth so be sure to click on the registration link below for an entry form and check-in map. Drivers are instructed to park their cars in assigned areas by marquis and model. From 10 am Garage 001to 2 pm, British car viewing and treasure hunting at the Clovis Antique and Collectables Faire is held.

You don’t want to miss this fun event, so click here to find the registration form and more information. All registrations are due no later than September 26th but to be safe, get them in by September 20th.

Check here for more pictures of the 2012 great event including pictures of the MidCal contingent and here for a Video and Slide Show of the event.

 

 

MTTS – 2014 Route Map

Hot off the MINIUSA website, the MINI Takes the State 2014 motoring route.   Beginning on July 26, 2014 in the City by the Bay, beautiful San Francisco and ending in Bean Town, USA Boston Massachusetts on August 10th it is time to UNLEASH YOUR MINI.  Fifteen different cities in fifteen days with loads of fun along the way.  To stay up to date with the latest MTTS 2014 news, sign up for the mailing list by clicking hereCheck out pictures from MTTS 2012Check out the blog from 2012.  All blogs from MTTS 2012 may be found under the MINIisms tab.MTTS Route Map

MidCal Monthly Meeting – September 20th.

Calend1It is the third Friday in September and you know what that means; MidCal MINIs monthly meeting!   We will be meeting again this month at MOTHER MARY’S ITALIAN KITCHEN.  We are trying new places and welcome your suggestions, but on September 20th, the place is Mother Mary’s.

When: September 20th at 6:00 pm sharp.

Where: Mother Mary’s Italian Kitchen, 1345 N Willow Ave Clovis, CA 93611 mini-cooper-parking-only

Directions: Take 41 to Nees and then head east to North Willow. Make a left turn onto North Willow, turning right into the parking lot.

Parking: Just look for all of the MINIs in the center of the parking lot just in front of Mother Mary’s.

RSVP: Don’t forget to let us know you are coming, we need an accurate head count to ensure you have a place to sit with the group. Remember to bring your chairs for the after dinner parking lot meeting. Folding chairs are encouraged!

Send your RSVP via email mcm@midcalminis.org and be sure to account for each individual that will be in attendance. Reservations are by person, not by car or by couple. See you at the meeting. ;)

Clovis British Car Roundup – September 28th and 29th

It is time once again to put some spit and polish on your MINI and join in on an annual MidCal tradition, participation in the annual Clovis British Car Round Up.  Sponsored by the Valley British Auto Club, this group celebrates the British car hobby in the Central San Joaquin Valley. This is the only official car show entered into by the MidCal group and the Car Roundup is held once a year on the last weekend in September. Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, this event continues its tradition of offering car enthusiasts the opportunity to see up close and personal, British cars from around the state. Cars built in England like Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Healey, Range Rover, Austin, Morris, Sunbeam, Riley, Lotus and of course MINI/Mini Coopers all out for a day of friendly competition. The car show held in conjunction with the annual ClovisBritish Car Roundup Antique and Collectibles Fair provides attendees with plenty to see and do and is enhanced by the number of restaurants, coffee houses, live music and exceptional antiques and collectibles all within walking distance of the car show.

Like last year, MidCal encourages participation in the Foothill Run on Saturday September 28th in addition to the Car Show on September 29th. The entry fee into in the British Car Roundup is not only a ticket to a great weekend of British Car fun but is also used to help support the construction of the ‘Nature Education and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Clovis, CA. The Nature Center will provide residents and students from all over the Valley with a unique nature experience within a suburban setting. We live in an area rich in natural beauty but the travel distance to participate in or observe nature excludes many from these experiences. When this project reaches full development, individuals and families may observe the beauties of this region in a natural state without lengthy travel and large expense.

The two-day event starts on Saturday September 28th at 9:00 am in front of the Clovis Cole Hotel for a group tour and Run through the Sierra Foothills. At noon a catered lunch is served with a short program about the Nature Center. One hundred percent of the luncheon event proceeds benefits the Clovis Valley Nature and Education Center. At 7:00 pm there is a “meet up” no-host dinner at Yosemite Falls Cafe in Clovis for old and new friends to enjoy time together.

Sunday, September 29th,  the Car Show kicks off from 9 am to 10 am for registration.  The arrival location is new this year and is at Bullard and Woodworth so be sure to click on the registration link below for an entry form and check-in map.  Drivers are instructed to park their cars in assigned areas by marquis and model. From 10 am to 2 pm, British car viewing and treasure hunting at the Clovis Antique and Collectables Faire is held.

A favorite event, Oil Spot Judging also takes place during this time.  New MINIs fortunately simply cannot win this event as they refuse to leak oil!  MidCal MINIs didReggie at Car show however have several event winner’s last year, one was even a repeat winner.  A third place Oil Spot winner in 2011, Reggie, a 1995 Classic Mini took first place in 2012 for best display of oil drips. Ordinarily this would not be a good thing. Reggie however had a temperamental oil filter and even though his gasket had been changed and tightened several times, he appeared to have saved up so as to make a “big splash” for this event.  Looks like he could use some depends too!  This year however, Reggie is out of the running as he has mastered holding his oil!

In July of 2011, Reggie went from a seldom driven little hobby car sold on eBay to a very much-loved member of a MINI family. He made his brother and sister, Coopster and MINImowse very proud indeed. Thanks of course went to the MidCal cheering section that ensured Reggie’s Oil Drip victory. First place by the way garnered two gallons of engine oil; obviously something that Reggie accepted proudly and most definitely used! An added and unexpected treat was Reggie taking Second Place in the Winner’s Circle in 2012. Not too bad for a little British car who spent his formative years in Japan and his first few years in the USA seeking a true Mini lover.

Jon Brother’s and his Classic Mini, also members of MidCal, took First in Class. Jon and his Mini were fairly newly acquainted in 2012. After a lengthy search and “an endless obsession” according to Jon, to read everything there was to find out about the Classic Minis, Jon found a Mini to make his own. It is a very brilliantly done Cooper S replicaJon and his Mini. His car was fully restored, and Vintage Race prepared, by a known racer in Northern California in 1995/1996. The car had approximately 3,500 miles on it since it’s rebuild. It has a CSRG log book, with the last entry having been made in 2001. Races were logged at Thunderhill, Sears Point and Laguna Seca. Jons MiniCongratulations, Jon, Joanie and their special Mini.

You don’t want to miss this fun event, so click here to find the registration form and more information. All registrations are due no later than September 26th but to be safe, get them in by September 20th.

Let’s have another great turnout this year MidCal and let’s kick some boot! See you there.

Check here for more pictures of the 2012 great event including pictures of the MidCal contingent and here for a Video and Slide Show of the event.

 

 

September 14th – MidCal MINIs Winery Run

mouse_drinking_wine_lg_whtThe date has been set in stone for the annual MidCal MINIs Morro Bay / Paso Robles / Winery Run. As in years past, the group of MINIs will head over to the coast by taking Highway 41 to the twisties on Highway 46 with a stop at Rotta Winery for some wine tasting. The date has been set for September 14th with the band of merry MINIs departing the Starbucks at 41 and Shaw at 8:00 a.m. The group will begin assembling at about 7:45 a.m. to coordinate and set walkie talkies on the same frequency. (These are important when traveling in a large group as it helps to keep us together, so don’t forget yours!)

The MINIs will arrive at the Winery at approximately 11:00 a.m.  Upon arrival there is a $5.00 wine tasting fee which will be credited toward any purchase you make in the winery store.  This year lunch will be a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch).  RSVPs will be needed no later than September 9th.

ROTTA WINERY

Rotta Winery, in Templeton California is located west of Hwy 101, just south of Hwy 46, at 250 Winery Road. The group spends several hours at the winery and then it is Rotta Winery Mapevery MINI for itself. Several of the MINIs in the past have headed over to Cambria, Morro Bay, Hearst Castle and other nearby locations for the night and to take in some local sites and events, while others have headed back home.

Rotta Winery, founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Mike Giubbini, grandson to the Rotta Family and Mark Caporale of Napa, combined their talents to “bring back to life” the historic and rustic winery. Today, Rotta Winery, just as in days of old, specializes in premium red and white wines along with flavorful and distinct dessert wines. The 20-acre Rotta estate vineyard has 15 acres in Zinfandel and five in Cabernet Sauvignon. For now the Rotta label is focusing on red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Black Monukka– a dessert wine and Zinfandel Port. All of the fruit for the label is being sourced from local vineyards, especially those from the Westside.

For those traveling to the coastal area for the first time, below is just a bit of history related to the area.

MORRO BAY

Morro Bay, a favorite of the MINI group, generally provides the much needed cooler weather for those from Fresno who have endured enough  days of temps over 100 degrees. Now predominately a tourist town, Morro Bay was founded by Franklin Riley in 1870 as a port for the export of dairy and ranch products. He was instrumental in the building of a wharf which has now become the Embarcadero. During the 1870s, schooners could often be seen at the Embarcadero picking up wool, potatoes, barley, and dairy products. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the town has been a center for beach holidays. Tourism is the city’s largest industry. The most popular beach is on the north side of Morro Rock, north of the harbor. There are also excellent beaches north and south of the town which are now owned by the State of California.

In the 1940s, Morro Bay developed an abalone fishing industry. Having peaked in 1957, stocks of abalone have now declined significantly due to overfishing, it remains a fishing port for halibut, sole, rockfish, albacore, and many other species for both commercial and sport vessels. The town now combines the fishing industry with coastal tourism. In addition, oysters are farmed artificially in the shallow back bay.

CAMBRIA

Another coastal area popular with folks living inland is Cambria. Early settlers were drawn to the area by its fertile lands, streams, and lumber. Additionally, miners were attracted to the area by the 1862 discovery of cinnabar, the mineral in which quicksilver is found. For awhile, Cambria was a boomtown, with $280,000 worth of quicksilver shipped out of San Simeon between 1867-70.

Originally an American settlement called Slab Town, it was centered at Leffingwell cove of today’s north Moonstone Beach, which also housed a wharf. As lumber, ranching and Quicksilver (mercury) mining increased in the area, the village adopted the more dignified name of Cambria, influence by a local transplant surveyor from Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

Other notable locations in the town include the historical Old Santa Rosa Chapel which was built in 1870, and as one of the oldest churches in the county of San Luis Obispo, held Catholic mass until May 26, 1963. The church fell into neglect until 1978, when the chapel and cemetery were restored.

The primary economic activity of Cambria is tourism. Located on the Pacific Ocean the area has rocky cliffs and beaches. There are many hotels and bed & breakfasts, especially along Moonstone Beach Drive. Cambria is home to the Cambria Historical Museum in the historic East Village and Hearst Castle is located approximately six miles north of Cambria with the Northern Elephant Seal rookery at Piedras Blancas just fifteen miles north.

A favorite spot for visitors to Cambria is the J. Patrick House. J. Patrick House Bed & Breakfast Inn is an authentic Early American-style log home decorated in country decor and features a garden tucked in the forest, and a charming carriage house with eight guest rooms with fireplaces and private baths offered. A full breakfast and evening wine and hors d’ouvres are included, and if you are lucky enough, you might even have the Stuffed French toast with Pure Maple syrup!

So if you are looking for cooler weather, an easy drive with twisties thrown in and perhaps a night out of town, this is your run.

Birthday Celebrations in Oxford

The new MINI will be presented on Sir Alec Issigonis’ 107th birthday:  Oxford.

MINI 54 yearsA new era of driving excitement, in-car-infotainment and premium quality in the small car segment is drawing ever closer. The new MINI will be unveiled on 18 November 2013, 107 years to the day since the birth of the man who started an automobile revolution, Sir Alec Issigonis. MINI Plant Oxford will host the world premiere, with a party in London that same evening.

The new MINI will also have its exhibition premiere in front of international audiences that same week, with an almost simultaneous unveiling in Los Angele2014 MINI Cooper Hardtops and Tokyo. On 20 November 2013, the limelight will shine on the new star of the premium small car segment, first at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan, followed just hours later by the Los Angeles Motor Show in California, USA. The new MINI will go on sale in the first quarter of 2014.

Born in Great Britain, built in the best tradition.

Just like its predecessor, the new MINI will be produced in Oxford. The start of production and the world premiere will mark additional highlights in a jubilee year for the MINI Plant, where automobiles have been built for more than 100 years at the historic Oxford location.

Mini and Big BenThe world premiere will pay tribute to MINI’s origins and the creator of the original icon. With the introduction of the Mini in 1959, Alec Issigonis revolutionised the automobile industry. A transversely mounted engine, front wheel drive, wheels set in all four corners and an advanced undercarriage not only delivered unparalleled cabin space for passengers and luggage on a small footprint, but also exceptional driving agility.

The concepts Issigonis introduced in the Mini became the foundation for many generations of small and compact cars. In their most modern form, those principals will continue to live on in the new MINI. Completely new engines and chassis technologies, MINI Connected innovations and refined premium quality will make it the new benchmark for driving enjoyment in its class.

MidCal MINIs Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetingMidCal MINIs monthly meetings are held on the third Friday of each month unless otherwise announced.  We are trying new locations and most recently we met at MOTHER MARY’S ITALIAN KITCHEN and prior to that we were at YOSEMITE FALLS CAFE at Granite Park.  We are always open to suggestions, so if you know of places that can accommodate up to 30 people or so and do not require deposits, let us know.  Obtain contact information for us so that we may inquire as to specifics as they relate to large groups.  We would like to find locations that have easy access to Freeways since we have members coming from various parts of the Valley.

When: Third Friday of each month at 6:30 pm – Next Meeting will be on September 20th.

Where: Mother Mary’s Italian Kitchen, 1345 N Willow Ave Clovis, CA 93611 – unless revisedmini-cooper-parking-only

Directions: Take 41 to Nees and then head east to North Willow.  Make a left turn onto North Willow, turning right into the parking lot.

Parking:  Just look for all of the MINIs in the center of the parking lot just in front of Mother Mary’s.

RSVP: Don’t forget to let us know you are coming, we need an accurate head count to ensure you have a place to sit with the group. Remember to bring your chairs for the after dinner parking lot meeting. Folding chairs are encouraged!

Send your RSVP via email mcm@midcalminis.org and be sure to account for each individual that will be in attendance. Reservations are by person, not by car or by couple. See you at the meeting. ;)

For more information contact us at mcm@midcalminis.org
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