Motor In - The Grand Cafe at Red Rock Casino

We will be having a Motor-In at The Grand Cafe at Red Rock Casino at 11011 W Charleston Blvd - 6:30pm, Tuesday, September 20. Our Motor-Ins are just a reason to go out with the club - we go out to get some food at a restaurant and socialize. Come out and meet with the Club - hang out with old friends and make new ones! We hope to see you out there!

Posted in Club News,Motor In — by Julie on 09/18/11 (0) Comments

Scenes From A Picnic

Wow! What a great day!! We escaped the summer heat for a bit, and spent some time up on Mt. Charleston today.

We had a great turn-out today - somewhere between 32 and 40 MINIs. Peppermint Patty made an appearance and gave us a proper send off.

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been working pretty hard at putting the “Sin” back in the SCMC. Here’s Club Show Girl, Lisa striking a pose.

Love that long line of cars, regrouping before the big climb.

Here’s a peek at some of those in attendance today.

Finally - by late afternoon it was starting to get a little warm up there. Chris and Donovan showed us how to cool off.

Thanks again to everyone that came out today and to Chris, Karen and everyone who helped make this such a great day! For more photos follow this link or check out our page on Facebook.

Posted in Club News,Motor In — by Julie on 07/17/11 (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

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

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

Motor-In: Queen Victoria Pub

Just a reminder about this week’s Motor-In Thursday, April 14 at 6:30pm at the Queen Victoria Pub at The Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Come visit with your fellow members and maybe meet some new ones; catch up on the latest news about AMVIV. See you there!

Posted in Club News,Motor In — by Julie on 04/13/11 (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

SCMC Motor-In Friday, March 25

Have a slight change in plans for this week. We had planned to have a Motor-In (aka SCMC Dinner and Socializing Adventure) at The Hofbrauhaus this Friday at 6:30. Unfortunately, when we called to confirm, they told us they had scheduled a private party that night and are unavailable to us. We’ll plan on going to Hofbrauhaus another time.


Friday’s Motor-In will be at Republic Kitchen & Bar, 9470 S Eastern Avenue at 6:30pm We’ve got a space reserved upstairs.

Click the weblink to their home page, if you’d like to look at their menu:

Hope to see you there.

Posted in Club News,Motor In — by Julie on 03/21/11 (0) Comments

SCMC Motor-In: Crown & Anchor Pub

This month’s Motor-In will be Monday February 28 at 6:30pm at the Crown & Anchor British Pub on Tropicana. Come visit with your fellow members and maybe meet some new ones; catch up on the latest news about AMVIV and enjoy the Monday special - All You Can Eat Fish and Chips. Not too shabby. See you there!

Posted in Club News,Motor In — by Julie on 02/24/11 (0) Comments

January Events

Happy 2011 Everyone!!! Here are the events currently planned for this month.

Our monthly trip to Cars and Coffee, will be Saturday morning, January 8. Cars are generally on display from 8am to 11am. If you need a boost before you go, I’d suggest a quick stop at It’s a Grind, a coffee shop owned by a SCMC member at Eastern and Pebble before going over to 9500 S Eastern to ogle all the cars.

Our monthly Motor-In will be Thursday, January 13 at the old favorite, Metro Pizza – 1395 E Tropicana. Great pizza, great MINI friends – what more could you ask for?

Here’s a heads up for the Desert MINI Bootgate Event. Unfortunately - it’s been cancelled

Our monthly Club Run will be to Pahrump, Nevada on Sunday, January 23 (weather permitting). We’re hoping for a 10am departure from the Target shopping center parking lot on Blue Diamond Rd, and plan to arrive in Pahrump in time to have a nice lunch at the Pahrump Valley Winery.

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

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