MINI Maniacs take on the Devil’s Backbone

The COVID pandemic wiped out most SCMM’s event schedule in 2020, but the Devil’s Backbone Run returned in 2021 to mark the club’s 11th edition of the popular event that spends most the time in California’s Eastern Sierra.

SCMM visits Grand Canyon National Park

After a yearlong delay due to COVID, the MINI Maniacs finally completed the run to Grand Canyon in May, the club’s first visit ever to the national park. The 452-mile route from the meet up at Ontario Mills to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was driven in two days. The first night was […]

SCMM mourns the sudden passing of Ted Lighthizer

Veteran SCMM member and true MINI Maniac, Ted Lighthizer, passed away suddenly on December 15, 2020, at the age of 73. Although Ted had not been in good health for some time, his passing was unexpected. It was not coronavirus related. Ted loved cars, motorsports and photography. His declining health made it difficult to film […]

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Mendenhall Museum highlights Memorial Run to Solvang

SCMM’s annual Memorial Run rolled through Solvang in November for a two-night excursion that included a visit to the Mendenhall Museum of Gasoline Pumps & Petroliana, in nearby Buellton. Thirty-nine members took part in the event, in memory of the 19 MINI Maniacs who have passed since the club’s founding. It began with a scenic […]

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MINIs make the Great Pacific Coast Highway Run

On September 17, after months of staying at home due to COVID-19, the MINI Maniacs made their first overnight trip of the year with a visit to California’s central coast. Called the Great Pacific Coast Highway Run, the three-night affair included a stay in Paso Robles and two nights in Cambria. The adventure began on […]


AFTER A SLIGHT DETOUR, MINI TAKES THE STATES IS BACK ON TRACK. For many of you, the MINI community is a second family offering optimism, acceptance and adventure. And if the past few months have taught us anything, it’s the importance of family and community. No wonder you miss it. We miss it too. That’s […]

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Not surprisingly, yet still disappointing, the official word came out today that MINI TAKES THE STATES is postponed until July 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by MINIUSA’s Vice President, MINI of the Americas, Mike Peyton in a video release that was emailed to the MINI community. “We know this is […]

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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 […]