As a sister event to the PhillyMINI In The Mountains Run on Saturday October 9th, we will be giving you a reason to stay till Sunday by planning the sixth running of the PhillyMINI to Harvey’s Lake Run!
If you wish to attend all events for the weekend, you must RSVP in four places. You are RSVPing for each rally and each dining event.
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Meet: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Our meetup location is just off the Bear Creek / Wilkes-Barre exit ramp, exit #105 of PA 476 North or “the Northeast Extension”. The same meeting spot as Saturday’s PMITM Run.
About The Rally:
This will be an easy and relaxed 2-3 hour run up to the lake for lunch at Joe’s Grotto Pizza (yes DE/MD folks, it started here!)
About Harvey’s Lake (from Wikipedia):
“Harveys Lake is a borough in Luzerne County and is the largest ‘natural lake’ contained entirely in Pennsylvania. Harveys Lake Road is the famous nine mile road that encricles the lake and is named after Benjamin Harvey, who founded the borough in 1781 and was a member of the Sons of Liberty, an eminent colonial-era group that eventually defeated the notion of Great Britain’s Stamp Act. The population was 2,888 at the 2000 census.”
About Grotto’s Pizza:
“In 1952 the Pagliante family opened its first pizza parlor in Plymouth and opened its second restaurant known as the Grotto at Sunset at the Lake in 1956. Thirty-two years later, on September 7, 1988, Joe’s Grotto Pizza, which had expanded in previous years, was destroyed by fire. However, the Grotto was rebuilt in spectacular style and is now managed by the Grotto Development Corporation.”
What to Bring:
• A FULL tank of petrol. There are NO scheduled petrol purchase stops along the route.
• Your camera equipment. There will be abundant scenery to photograph.
• Sunscreen
• Bug spray
• Two Way Radio
• A respect for Mother Nature, the local residents and the changing roadways.
$2.00 for the official PhillyMINI To Harvey’s Lake button.
$4.00 for the official PhillyMINI To Harvey’s Lake cling.
$5.00 rally fee for non-members
Cash for lunch and incidentals
Please note: There is a separate rsvp for the rally and for the lunch. If you want to join PM for both the rally and lunch, be sure to rsvp for both.
RSVP for rally here.
RSVP for the lunch here.
Max number of MINIs: 60
Host: Joe Montante, o4 EB/w MCS (w/Union Jacks)


Let’s motor to the mountains! It’s time for the 12th Annual PhillyMINI in the Mountains Rally! Twelve years… And we are doing the Classic Route again!

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Meet: 8:00am to 9:00am
Location: Our meetup point is just off the Bear Creek / Wilkes-Barre exit ramp, exit #105 of PA 476 North or “the Northeast Extension”. [MAP]

This run takes place in five stages. Keep reading…

Stage One (45 miles):
Tackle the humbling Giant’s Despair Hill Climb, over Laurel Mountain, across the Susquehanna River, up the very twisty Bunker Hill Road, and through the Back Mountain to a rest stop at the Tunkhannock Burger King.

Stage Two (45 miles):
Motor up winding Sugar Hollow Road to the sweeping Route 87 and stop for lunch at World’s End State Park. Relax, eat lunch on the rocks of a mountain stream, and maybe even cool off with a quick dip in the stream’s swimming area.

Stage Three T.B.D.(10 miles):
Motor up some very tight mountain roads to the High Knob Overlook for an outstanding view, where you can see the Fall colors on the mountaintops of seven counties.

Stage Four (40 miles):
Enjoy a leisurely lap around Eaglesmere Lake, view the Victorian lake houses, stop to visit the Eaglesmere Air & Car Museums and then proceed to Rickett’s Glen State Park to explore Adams Falls, the 37-foot-high waterfall at the base of Rickett’s Glen, or have a late afternoon snack streamside!

Stage Five:
Motor down mountain roads towards Wilkes-Barre where a few more twisties will finish off the run with a resounding “WooHoo”.

The Final Stage (BBQ dinner):
We will have a BBQ dinner at a new location VERY close to the Hotels..

What to bring:
A FULL tank of petrol. The total run is about 185 miles long and there are NO scheduled petrol purchase stops along the route.
Packed lunch, late afternoon snacks and drinks for the day. There are NO scheduled food purchase stops along the route.
Your camera equipment. There will be abundant scenery to photograph.
Swimming gear if you plan to take a chilly dip. Keep in mind that it will be Autumn, so you may want to bring your nerve.
Proper footwear is recommended. You can easily take the short hike at the bottom of Ricketts Glen to see the 36 foot high Adams Falls, but it is much better with that “right pair of shoes”.
Bug spray
Two Way Radio
A respect for Mother Nature, the local residents, and the changing roadways.

$2 for a button
$5 for a cling
$5 entrance fee (non-members only)
Cash for lunch, dinner and incidentals

NOTE: This rally is free for PhillyMINI members who show their Membercard/lanyard at the rally check in. Non-members pay a $5 rally fee..

If you wish to attend all events for the weekend, you must RSVP in four places. You are RSVPing for each rally and each dining event.

RSVP for Saturday Rally here

RSVP for Saturday Dinner here

Maximum Number of Cars: 60
Host: Joe Montante, o6 MCS TB/S with JCW GP Kit, GP0411


2016 marks *their* turn to host, so The Lehigh Valley Miata Owners’ Club is pleased to invite us on a Lehigh Valley Rally!

The drive is 87.5 miles long with two breaks at the 31.5 and 54.4 mile posts. The day will include lots of nice, windy roads with a few sections where you can enjoy the scenery.

Lunch is a little later (around 1:30 p.m.) so LVMOC will be providing some snacks for the route (water, granola bars, etc.). If you have something you’d prefer to hold you over, bring a snack! The 1760 Grille ‘n Pub in Trexlertown serves typical pub fair, such as burgers and wings, alongside grilled salmon, and 20 beers on tap. You can see their menu here.

WHERE: Key Bank (formerly First Niagra) – 201 W Main St., Macungie, PA 18062 – [MAP]

1760 Grille n Pub – 1176 Trexlertown Road, Trexlertown, PA 18087

You can see a map of the route here.
Route Sheets and GPX File are available in the forum thread.

What to Bring

  • Snacks for the drive
  • Water or other source of hydration
  • Cash for lunch

Maximum Number of MINIs: 30
Hosted by: LVMOC


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 1: MINIs and Miatas Rally
Oct 8-9: PhillyMINI in The Mountains
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.)

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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 birdiebrainz@yahoo.com.  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.

  • Saturday, September 24, 2016:  Coatesville Invitational Vintage Automobile Grand Prix, Coatesville, PA.  7A-5P.  Info here.
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016:  Tapped Philadelphia at Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown, PA.  11A-9P.  Info here.
  • Sunday, September 25, 2016:  5th Annual Bear Mountain Cruze.  8A.  Info here.
  • 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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