SCMC Reminder

A little reminder about our meeting this week.

Do you want SCMC to host AMVIV in 2012? Well, speak up! here’s your chance! The meeting is Thursday, July 14 at 6:30pm, at Connie and Ladd’s Clubhouse. Just three items on the agenda, folks -

1) If the Club will host AMVIV9 in 2012
2) When will AMVIV9 be held?
3) Who will be the principal organizers?

If you can make it, great! We’ll see you there. If you can’t make it, please let us know your opinions.

We’re not asking you to commit to any organizing at this time. We just want to know whether or not you want the Club to sponsor this event in 2012.

If we don’t hear anything at all from you, we will have to assume that you no longer support the event, and would prefer the Club NOT host it. So please, if you can’t make it, let us know your thoughts on the matter.

We also have a small update for you – We’re moving the Mt Charleston Picnic to Sunday, July 17. Club members will meet at Santa Fe Station at 11:00AM in the northeast side of the parking lot just to the right from the main entrance on Rancho. Santa Fe’s address is 4949 N. Rancho Dr. LV, NV 89130. We will motor up the mountain (leaving the Santa Fe at 11:30AM) for a short drive and have a picnic. This will be a potluck as it has been in years past; the club will provide burgers and hot dogs. If you could e-mail Chris and let him know what you are bringing to share as a side, he will inform the rest of the club with a list of what everyone is bringing. Chris will be sending out an email a little later to let us know the rest of the details, so be sure to keep an eye on your Inbox.

Posted in AMVIV,Club News,MINI Run — by Julie on 07/09/11 (0) Comments

AMVIV9 in 2012?

We’re holding a Club meeting on Thursday July 14 at 6:30pm where we will collectively determine AMVIV’s future.

Participation is IMPERATIVE!

We have only three topics to discuss at this meeting:

1) If the Club will be hosting AMVIV9 in 2012
2) When it will be held
3) Who will be the principal organizers

So - if you want the Club to move forward with AMVIV9 in 2012, please make room in your schedule and come meet with us. Thursday, July 14, 6:30pm at Connie & Ladd’s Clubhouse.

Hope to see you there!

Posted in AMVIV,Club News — by Julie on 06/18/11 (0) Comments

MINI Happenings On The Horizon

** Cars & Coffee – Our Monthly Visit is this Saturday, June 4, 9500 S Eastern Ave, Henderson: 8am-11am

** AMVIV Thank You Party – As a special THANK YOU to all the volunteers that helped make AMVIV a success, the Club will be hosting a cookout Saturday, June 4, 2:00pm at John and Pedro’s - let us know if you need the address.

** Wuste 2011 is this weekend at Boulder Station Hotel/Casino. Originally called “Wustefest” (German for “Desert Gathering”), Wuste has quickly become one of the largest gathering of Volkswagen, Audi, and other European enthusiasts in the United States. Wuste2011, the fifth year of the event, is on pace to have more than 3,000 attendees with over 1,000 cars registered for the People’s Choice Show & Shine… where all eligible, everyone can vote, and anyone can win!

Friday evening, June 3, 7pm-11pm: WusteFiesta Pool Party (Boulder Station Pool)

Cost: None! You MUST be wearing a wrist band to enter so Check-In ASAP. If you missed event check-in, we’ll have a table at the entrance to the pool party to get you your wristband.

Saturday, June 4 – 1030am: Mt Charleston Cruise Departs
Saturday 5pm-10pm: Show and Shine Car Show

More details at:

Again, I am thinking about heading over to check it out either Friday night or Saturday early evening – if you’re wanting to go over as a group, let me know. Yes, there’s a lot going on on Saturday - that’s what weekend’s are for.

** Savage Automotive Group – which is Savage BMW and MINI of Ontario – is having a ‘Battle of the Brands’ car this Sunday, June 5. It will be a BMW vs MINI showdown at MINI of Ontario, 1251 Auto Center Drive, Ontario, CA 8am-2:30pm. The car show is free to enter as long as everyone pre-registers - contact [email protected] for details.

I am planning on heading down there, either late on Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning, if anyone is interested in going down there together.

** If you’re not headed to Ontario for the Battle of the Brands, Brunch at Shakespeare’s might be a good alternative. 790 Coronado Center Dr, Henderson: 930am-2pm. Don’t forget, Shakespeare’s has an excellent brunch special every Sunday!

** June 18th is our monthly run – we’re headed to the North Shore Road. We’ll meet up at The Cannery, 2121 E Craig Rd, North Las Vegas and head out at 11am. We should make it to Sugar’s Home Plate Restaurant in time for a nice lunch. If you plan to go, please RSVP, so we can have an idea how many are up for lunch.

** On June 19th is the 4th Annual Father’s Day Anthem Country Club Car Show. The Show will be held at Anthem Country Club on the grass at One Club Side Drive, Henderson. Set-up Time is 7:30am - 9:00am. Show Time is 10:00am - 3:00pm. There is No Charge to Displaying Car Owners and Guests. There is a New Ramp for Low Cars Entering the Show Area. There will be Live Music. Food, Beer, and Cocktails will be available. The cars are staged on the lawn between the clubhouse and the golf course. The first cars to arrive at 7:30 can choose spots in the shade. For more information please contact Howard Ickes at 702-429-2386 or [email protected].

This sounds like an excellent event, and should be a great showcase for our MINIs!

** Here’s a Mini festival you might want to check out, if you’re up for a road trip. Mini Meet West is the longest continuously running Mini happening in North America, dating back to 1973. More details: Traditionally, a classic Mini event, but there’s a little bit for everyone. The event runs June 22 – June 24 at Beautiful Lake Tahoe.

** Finally… our Monthly Motor-In - This time we’re headed to Deli Den, 6640 North Durango Drive, Las Vegas – Monday, June 27, 6:30pm. Their website boasts “If you are looking for a real New York style deli, we are the place to be!” Are you a skeptic? Me too. Let’s check them out. For more details -

Posted in AMVIV,Club News,MINI Run,Motor In — by Julie on 06/01/11 (0) Comments

AMVIV Volunteer Dinner

AMVIV isn’t done until we have our dinner and thank everyone for helping out. According to EVERY attendee I spoke to, this AMVIV was spectacularly successful, and a very large part of that is do to the hard work of everyone in the club who stepped up and stuffed bags, worked a booth, or led a run. From myself and the rest of the AMVIV planning committee, we want to say a hearty THANK YOU and WELL DONE!

Now on to the party. As is tradition, the club is hosting a party for the volunteers. If you worked at the event or at the bag stuffing or were a member of the planning committee, this party is for you and a guest.

We recognize this is short notice, but the Club will be hosting a cookout next Saturday, June 4, 2:00pm at Pedro’s house. The address is: 287 Hampton Ridge Ct, Henderson NV 89002.

All we ask is that you RSVP as soon as possible so we can get a head count so we know how much food to buy.

Please RSVP to Julie ([email protected])

Posted in AMVIV,Club News — by Julie on 05/30/11 (0) Comments

AMVIV8 Event Wrap Up

Well, AMVIV has been and gone. A great time with great friends, both old and new. My deepest thanks to all the planners and volunteers that helped out this year. If the comments are to be believed - you helped make this year’s AMVIV the best yet. I know there were times over the past few months where some of us were trying very hard not to pull our hair out - but the end result was more than any of us expected.

A special thanks to Karen for her tireless work for the Vendor Setup and Mixer - and the Party at The Palace. She took my ideas and ran with them and WOW! what a great time! Also to Lisa for the great awards… and to Chris and Lisa for making sure my special treasures from Victoria’s Secret were presented to the MINI community with such panache. ;) Also to Mike and Manny - the car show went great and all told we raised roughly $1050 for S.A.F.E. House. Not too shabby. More thanks to Agro, Conny, Pedro and Ross: none of it would have happened without you!

I’ve posted a final wrap on the AMVIV page, if you’d like to read more about this year’s event - please follow this link.

Normal Club activities will return, as soon as the ‘platoon’ catches up on their sleep. Thanks again everyone!!!

Posted in AMVIV — by Julie on 05/27/11 (0) Comments

A MINI Vacation In Vegas 8 Is Here

After months of meetings and preparation, the time has finally come. The festivities start today at 3pm when Registration for AMVIV8 opens.

Many of you volunteered to help during the weekend, for which we are grateful. The Club booth will be located in the Motoring Midway, on the 5th floor of the parking garage - with all of the vendors. If you are new to the MINI community or have some free time on your hands this weekend, feel free to drop by anytime. This is perfect time to see what sorts of products and services are available to you. And if you wanted to help with the booth - there could be an opportunity for that as well. As with anything, people’s schedules can change at the last minute and sometimes folks can’t be there as scheduled. Also, if you want to slip in and give someone a break to catch a bite to eat, I am sure they would welcome the respite.

For those of you looking to go on some runs, there are four scheduled during the weekend all leaving from the roof of the parking garage at Palace Station: Oatman/Kingman on Thursday leaving at 8am, Death Valley on Friday leaving at 8:30am and the infamous Strip Cruise leaves at 7:30pm, Charleston on Saturday leaving at 1pm, and Amboy on Sunday leaving at 9am.

There is an early bird Slots Tournament for attendees tonite starting at 7:30pm, and on Friday there is a Poker Tournament for attendees starting at 3:00pm.

Saturday morning from 8am-11am Cars and Coffee, 9500 S Eastern Ave., is hosting the annual all MINI Show and Shine Benefit Car Show for S.A.F.E. House. Saturday evening will bring the Main Event - The Party At The Palace.

Finally, on Sunday there will be an SCCA Autocross starting at 7am, held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Dirt Track Paddock, also known as the U-Drift location. Sunday brunch at Shakespeare’s Grille & Bar at 9:30 is also on the agenda.

I know the weather looks a little wonky, but I think that wind is blowing the cold and nastiness away. I read that the weekend is supposed to be FINE!

We’ve got folks coming to town from all over the country in their shiny MINIs - Alaska, Kansas, Florida, Connecticut, Mississippi, Illinois, Minnesota, North and South Carolina, Washington, Oregon, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Wyoming, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona; even a few from Canada. Come on down and say Hi!

Posted in AMVIV,Club News,MINI Run,Motor In — by Julie on 05/18/11 (0) Comments

SCMC News for 5/6

** A MINI Vacation In Vegas 8 (AMVIV8 for short) is almost here! Our bag stuffing event is next weekend, Saturday, May 14, starting at 9:00am at The Clubhouse, 4803 Mojave Drive. This is where we stuff the attendee registration and vendor goodie bags. If you have the time, we could really use all hands for this one. The more Club members come in to help, the faster the morning goes. We’ll be having bagels and coffee for breakfast, and pizza for lunch. For those of you curious about the schedule of events for the weekend – here’s the link:

** French Classic Mini Visitors – World Mini Raid are almost here! There is a group of French travelers, who brought their Minis over from Europe to drive Route 66 from coast to coast. They are set to arrive in Vegas on this Sunday May 8th at about 6pm. Their schedule indicates they will be leaving needles at 8am and here is the rest of their day:
- 9:45-10:15 : Kelso Dunes
- 12:00-1:30 : Pic-nic at Hole in the Wall
- 4:15-4:45 : Gas station at Statelin Service (near the Nothern exit of Mojave National Preserve)
- 5:30 : arrival at Las Vegas Blvd
- 6:00 : arrival at our hotel (Stratosphere)
I am thinking about meeting them at Needles at 8am… or maybe Kelso at 9:45am and was curious if anyone was available and interested in joining me. Looks like they’ll be having dinner at Roxy’s Diner (Stratosphere) on Sunday night but wanting some BBQ on Monday night. In considering budget (I imagine this has been an expensive trip for them), I would like to setup dinner on Monday evening at Famous Dave’s on Blue Diamond. We could meet them at the Stratosphere and perhaps take a ride up The Strip with all of our Minis and MINIs to get to Blue Diamond and Famous Dave’s . Let me know if you are interested, as I will need to call the restaurant ahead of time to let them how many people are coming.

** Toni let me know that Nellis Air Force is hosting a F-22 Raptor public visit this weekend, if folks are interested in checking it out, we can go from Cars and Coffee. Just let me know if this sounds interesting to you, so I can pass along a number of interested folks to Toni.

** This weekend we have our regular activities on the schedule: Our monthly Cars and Coffee stop on Saturday morning, and brunch on Sunday at Shakespeare’s (if you’re not into the French traveler meetup).

** Next week Thursday, May 12th we’ll be having our last AMVIV meeting, 6:30pm at The Clubhouse – to cover all of the last minute plans.

Posted in AMVIV,Club News — by Julie on 05/06/11 (0) Comments

Club Update for 4/15

First off – we have a bit of a conflict with our planned Route 66 Fun Run for April 30th. For those of you that don’t know, The Laughlin River Run is one of the biggest annual motorcycle rallies in Nevada. Our scheduled run and the Laughlin River Run are the same weekend. Oatman will probably be overrun with bikers on that Saturday. We might be rescheduling our April 30th run to just go to Kingman for the car show, or may put in a stop in Chloride, and avoid the Laughlin areas. Or we might just pick a different weekend entirely, so that the run would still be a test run for the AMVIV run. We will keep you posted on this. Of course, we can still go the planned route, and just deal with all the motorcycles when we stop. After all, its a Saturday - what else do we have to do? It would make the drive interesting. If any of you have any thoughts on this, we’d be happy to hear them.

Next up, one of our members sent me an email this week about the Shakespeare’s Grille and Pub in Henderson, 790 Coronado Center Dr. #130. On their schedule of events, they include Mini Cooper Sundays. This is a weekly invite to Mini Coopers in the valley (new and classic) to come and hang out for the day. They’ll be open for brunch, with special brunch prices and drink specials. I’ll be headed over this Sunday to see what it’s all about, if you’ve got some time, let’s do brunch.

Our next Motor In will be Wednesday, April 20, 6:30pm, at Grind Burger, 360 E Tropicana. Here’s a link to their menu:

Our next AMVIV Planning Meeting is Thursday, April 21, 6:30pm at The Clubhouse, 4803 Mojave Road.

Remember that group of French Classic Mini Coopers heading to the US to cruise Route 66? This trip is planned for 3 weeks. Thursday, April 21 to Sunday, May 15, 2011. I have the Western portion of their itinerary - if you’d like it, let me know. I thought it might be fun if the Club met up with them during their trip, either to ride along for a while along their route or just around Vegas – or maybe just to have a meal or something.

For those of you interested in special edition MINIs, MINI is producing the MINI Clubman Hampton Design. See the MINI Clubman Hampton later this month at Desert MINI of Las Vegas, or get a sneak peak in The Desert MINI Lounge on Facebook.

Have you heard about the new Fiat 500, and their marketing efforts attempt to compare it to the MINI Cooper? If you don’t follow them as regularly as you might like, White Roof Radio talked about this on their show this week. If you’d like to catch both sides of this argument, check out their podcast on iTunes, or follow this weblink for Woofcast #375:

Interested in a custom license plate frame? Please check out this web site Several of the designs fit and look great on the Mini Coopers. He said he’d be glad to design a custom frame for our group and forgo a design fee with a minimum order of 10 (shipping will be less that way too). They would also make great gifts or awards, if we were so inclined. Let me know if any of you are interested.

Posted in AMVIV,Club News,MINI Run,Motor In — by Julie on 04/15/11 (0) Comments

SCMC Events On The Horizon

Just wanted to give you a heads up for some upcoming Club events:

AMVIV Planning Meeting, Thursday March 31, 6:30pm at The Clubhouse, 4803 Mojave Road.
AMVIV = A MINI Vacation in Vegas. More details at

Monthly visit to Cars and Coffee is scheduled for Saturday April 2, 8am - 11am. Cars and Coffee™ Las Vegas details at Stop by The Madhouse for coffee ahead of time at Eastern and Pebble, and support a SCMC Member business

Motor-In - The Queen Victoria Pub at The Riviera Hotel and Casino. Thursday, April 14 at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there.

Motor-In - Grind Burger, 360 East Tropicana Avenue, Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30pm.

Club Run, Saturday, April 30, we’ll be headed on the twisties to Oatman and Kingman. More details about this run will be released later.

There’s lots happening this month, but if you’ve got an idea for a quick trip somewhere, we’re always open for suggestions. Just drop us a line and let us know what you have in mind.

Hope to see you sometime soon!

Posted in AMVIV,Club News,MINI Run,Motor In — by Julie on 03/26/11 (0) Comments

AMVIV8 Update

We’ve got Vendor Registration opened up for AMVIV8, and made some progress on the schedule. Check out the AMVIV8 website for more details.

Posted in AMVIV — by Julie on 02/26/11 1 comment

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