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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 […]

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Finding wild sculptures in Borrego Springs

Last weekend, on a beautiful Saturday morning, 18 Minis – from SCMM and San Diego Minis- met up in Pala Mesa and motored out to the desert in search of wildflowers and the metal sculptures that abound around Borrego Springs. The story behind the sculptures is that a number of years ago, a wealthy landowner […]

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Johnson gets Compost Award

SCMM’s Compost Award, given annually to one member “for outstanding support, dedication, and contribution to the success of a single club event” was presented to Eric “Shadow” Johnson, by SCMM President Michael Garcia, during the First Saturday of the Month Breakfast in Malibu on March 2. Johnson received the award in recognition of his Run […]

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North meets South

It started with an email from Simon Tildesley, president of NorCal MINIs, inviting SCMM to collaborate on a joint event along the Central Coast. After weeks of discussion and planning between Tildesley and SCMM’s Nancy Homer, the two clubs got together on February 23 for two days of MINI camaraderie and fun. The gathering of […]