Attention all PhillyMINI Members:

Nominations are now open for the position of PhillyMINI Prime MINIster!!*

With a special thanks to our existing Prime MINIster for her service to PhillyMINI from 2011 through 2016, it’s time to elect a Prime MINIster to serve for the next two-year term. Nominations are open and will close at noon on October 31st. Current paid members in good standing for 2016 may nominate another current paid member in good standing to hold the position. At the end of the nomination period, the MINIster of Membership will reach out to those nominated and will verify their interest before opening the voting.

To be considered, you must meet the following criteria for a nomination:
• MUST be a current paid member in good standing for all of 2016
• MUST be active in PhillyMINI events (as a volunteer, host, rallyemaster, minister, ambassador, etc)
• Experience in non-profit organization procedures helpful but not necessary

Job Description:
• Must respect the 13+ year legacy of PhillyMINI, to sustain and continue to develop an inclusive culture where all MINI/Mini owners are welcome and treated with respect, to keep PhillyMINI inviting and the sort of place you go to because your friends are there and never the sort of place to feel threatened.
• Appoint qualified like-minded Deputy Prime MINIsters as required, to assist the Prime MINIster in the running of PhillyMINI.
• Personally or with appointed officers, be willing to make the time and energy commitment required to lead the Club.
• Serve for a two year term, effective 12/12/2016, with the opportunity for re-election in accordance with the bylaws.
• Call for and preside over club officer meetings, including a year-in-review officers meeting and a planning meeting of club officers, the purpose of which is to assess club performance, fill officer position vacancies, and to select ambassadors and/or any other positions required.
• Formulate all other required meetings of members, to establish themes and set agendas.
• Personally or with appointed officers determine the yearly event schedule and the production of rally buttons, clings, and CDs.
• Personally or with appointed officers, maintain a process for the management of yearly club finances and non-profit status.
• Personally or with appointed officers, maintain a process for the management of the PhillyMINI “.org” page, Forum, FaceBook page and any other beneficial social media outlets.
• Personally or with appointed officers, respect, appreciate and manage relationships with all local MINI dealerships.
• Personally or with appointed officers, maintain a relationship with MINI USA.
• Maintain PhillyMINI’s status as a non-profit corporation in the State of Pennsylvania.
• Maintain PhillyMINI’s legacy of conducting charitable events, ensuring that funds are dispensed accordingly.
• Be willing to maintain PhillyMINI’s reputation as one of the most organized, friendly, and energetic MINI clubs around and to appreciate and respect the efforts of all who volunteer their time, effort and energy to make that a reality year after year.
• Be willing to smile and make sure the members are smiling more!

Please submit your nominations to**with the following information:

>>Member Number
>>Forum UserName
>>A short explanation of why you are nominating this individual for the position of Prime MINIster.

Only complete applications will be considered.

• Nominations are due no later than noon on October 31st.
• Deadline for nominees to accept the nomination: November 6th.
• Nominees will be posted on the Forums shortly thereafter.
• Voting will take place via electronic ballot beginning on or around November 12th. Only paid members in good standing are eligible to vote.
• The new Prime MINIster will be announced on December 12th.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email**or*nominations@phil



Just how weird is New Jersey? Find out on A MINI Haunting rally.

Join us on Saturday, October 29, 2016 as we tour winding roads and hear twisted tales of murder, mayhem and the bizarre that haunt the bucolic northern New Jersey countryside. We’ll take a brief break at Stephens State Park so you can collect yourself before we venture further into the unknown, ending with a late lunch at Hot Dog Johnny’s roadside stand.

Start Point: Super Stop and Shop, 334 Rte 31, Flemington, 08822 [MAP]

Driver’s Meeting: 9:30 AM

Depart: 10:00 AM

Final Resting Place: Hot Dog Johnny’s, 333 U.S. 46, Belvidere, NJ 07823 [MAP] ~ 2:45PM

Hot Dog Johnny’s is a family-owned and operated roadside stand that’s been around since 1944. Its specialty is hot dogs and french fries that are fried in peanut oil. Be forewarned if you or any members of your party have peanut allergies. We don’t want to add another ghost story to the tour.

Hot Dog Johnny’s is CASH ONLY! Be sure to bring cash or hit the ATM at the start point.

What to bring:
Two way radios
Cash for clings / buttons
Cash for Hot Dog Johnny’s
Drinks / snacks
Full tank of petrol
Your sense of humor / love of the bizarre /change of underwear.

RSVP here, if you dare.
Join the discussion here

Maximum Number of MINIs: 30

Event Organizers: Ronnie and Tony Gauker


Calling all PhillyMINI Shutterbugs!

All year, we’ve snapped great photos – now’s the time to share them! We are now accepting submissions for the PhillyMINI 2017 Calendar!

Purchasing a calendar is a great way to reminisce about past events while looking forward to new PhillyMINI events in ’17.

The PhillyMINI Calendar isn’t about professional-quality photographs. Don’t have fancy lenses and expensive equipment? It’s okay! The PhillyMINI Calendar is about local MINIacs sharing their experiences and love of our little cars. So dig out your two favorite pics from 2016.

Calendar details:

  • Standard size flip calendar
  • No pre-payment required
  • Members will vote for their favorite 10 photos. The 12 with the most votes will be featured in the final edition.

File Requirements:

  • 25MB or smaller, please
  • Must be of high quality – suitable for printing at 8″x10″ or larger
  • (For example, a photo taken at the highest setting from a 4-megapixel camera would be acceptable)
  • JPG or TIF file format (no RAW image format, please)
  • Landscape or Portrait format accepted

Photo Content Requirements:

  • Must include one or more MINI/Minis; we’re looking for creativity and originality
  • Keep your photos “G” rated, please!
  • No portraits of driver/passenger with/near/in MINI/Mini
  • Preferred to be shot in 2016, but not required
  • Winning photos from previous years will not be accepted

Submitting Your Photos:

  • Please limit your submissions to no more than two photos.
  • Either you or a family member must have taken the photos. You are responsible for the authenticity of the submitted photos. Suspicious photos will not be included in the contest or the calendar.
  • Email your 2 best photos to

All photos for the calendar must be submitted before 8 a.m. on 10/31/2016. Photos received after 8 a.m. on 10/31 will not be accepted.
A new thread with the submissions will be posted so that members can vote for the final 12 shots! Voting will begin on or around 11/2.

Don’t forget to email your photos directly to!


It’s a MINIcopia of Fall Harvest events!

Join us on Saturday, October 22nd for a PhillyMINIcopia Harvest Run to the Milburn Orchards for some pumpkin picking and then a late lunch at the Ugly Mutt. We’ll be visiting the Millburn Bakery shop while we are at the orchard, so if you have a special request, be sure to get your order in early! (Milburn Orchards’ phone number: 410-398-1349).

We’ll be taking the scenic route to the Orchard and enjoying some amazing twisties and great 2-lane roads that were made for MINI driving! This run is approximately 100 miles roundtrip (although the third leg after lunch is self-guided, returning to the start point).

When: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: Driver’s meeting at 8:30 – Depart at 9:00 PROMPTLY!
Location: Meet at the Wawa at Johnson’s Corner on 202 (don’t get confused with the Wawa in Chaddsford on Route 1! We won’t be at that one!) – [MAP]

Destination One: Milburn Orchards 1495 Appleton Road Elkton, MD 21921 [WEB]
Lunch Destination: The Ugly Mutt, 562 Lincoln Street, Oxford, PA 19363 [MAP]

What to bring:

  • Two Way radios
  • Snacks
  • Money for lunch
  • Money to buy harvest goodness at Milburn Orchards
  • Plan ahead! Are you buying your pumpkins? Consider a way to secure your pumpkin for the rest of the rally.

Note: A Navigator is highly recommended. There are frequent quick turns and having someone to follow the route sheet will help to ensure “No MINI is left behind.”

Be sure to dress comfortably with sensible shoes for walking through the orchard. There is no fee to pick your own apples or pumpkins, however the cost of your picked items will depend on the weight of the fruit. We’ll be spending approximately 45 to 60 minutes at the orchard.


Join the discussion thread here

RSVP for rally here

Host: Sharon Davis
Co-Host: Laura Grablutz
Maximum Number of MINIs: 30

PhillyMINI MINI Club Membership

The 2016 PhillyMINI motoring season is here, and there’s so much fun to be had at PhillyMINI, but first you will want to join!

CLICK HERE to purchase a 2016 Motoring &/or Navigator Membership. (You’ll be taken to the PhillyMINI Forums to register first, if you are not already a Forum Member)

Note: The online membership requests are input one at a time. If you have multiple memberships (i.e. Motoring Member and Navigator), you will go through the process steps for each one individually.

Within 48 hours, you will receive an email with a link to the waiver/registration form for you to electronically fill out. Then our MINIsters of Membership will get your packet to you in the mail!


MINI USA has added a fundraising challenge to MINI TAKES THE STATES. They are inviting MINI Owners to join the rallying cry and help #DefyHunger.

Visit the PhillyMINI Team #DefyHunger fundraising page today to donate. You can share it with your family, friends and fellow Motorers to help support this worthwhile cause, too.

On the fundraising site, you’ll find tools and tips on how to spread the word. Every $1 you raise will help provide 11 meals to Americans in need.

While raising funds, you can earn exclusive badge decals for your MINI. The more money you raise, the more decals you’ll earn and the more meals you will provide. Let’s work together to show Feeding America that MINI Owners are capable of big things!

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PhillyMINI Calendar

Schedule of Upcoming Events

Oct 22: MINIcopia!
Oct 29: A MINI Haunting
Nov 13: Fall Cooper Cup
Nov 19: Night Owl
Dec 3: Deck The MINIs

To RSVP for any of these events and view events after this date, please visit the calendar on the forum here.

PhillyMINI Members also create unique events, which you can find in the U-Plan-It section of our forums.

Monthly Dinners

Want to host a dinner that fits any of these themes? Click the region below to message your ambassador! (Click here for more details.)

Message Your Ambassador!

New JerseyBucks County, PAChester County and the Mainline, PAMontgomery County, PABethlehem, PA

Upcoming Dinner Themes

May 18: Pizza
June 8: Mexican
Aug 24: Burgers
Sept 14: Exotic International
Oct 12: Italian
Nov 16: GastroPub
Dec 14: Mediterranean

PhillyMINI Community Calendar

From car shows to cars and coffee, the communities we live in are supercharged with events.  We can’t possibly get to them all but below will be some community event highlights that might interest the MINI minded when a PhillyMINI event isn’t the best show in town.

If you know of an event or place that might be of interest, email me at  Make sure to provide a link to the event so I can check it out and add it to the calendar.

Make sure to check back often to see what is happening.

Many of the links are to the event Facebook page.

  • Friday-Sunday, October 14-16, 2016:  20th Annual 600 Micro Sprint National Open, Jonestown, Pa.  Info here.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016:  Strauss Mansion Ghost Tours.  Atlantic Highlands, NJ, 6P-11P.  Info here.
  • Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2016:  Lehigh Valley  Cider and Wine Festival, Allentown, PA.  Info here.
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016:  Minis Take Bucks County, hosted by Elmer Bean, Washington Crossing, PA.  9:30A-2P.  Info here.

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