October 29, 2011 – The 9th Annual Fall Colors Drive

Drivers meeting Pella (1) Drivers meeting Pella (2) Greg and MINI Mouse address the crowd Imes Bridge St Charles (1) Imes Bridge St Charles (2) John Wayne House (2) MINI Mouse Beachy Parked in Pella (1) Parked in Pella (2) Rest stop Indianola (1) Starting for Pella (1) Starting for Pella (2)

A little History:

Beginning in 2003, MINI owners state-wide have been invited to join the annual Fall Colors Drive – this year was the ninth consecutive year MINI owners have taken our cars out for some exercise amidst the glories of an Iowa fall.

This year’s route started in Pella, where everyone assembled for lunch. Following lunch, we meandered by way of several twisty and curvy back roads west to St. Charles to view the Imes Covered Bridge, then we headed over to Winterset to visit the John Wayne home (those who elected not to tour the home visited the Cutler-Donohoe Covered Bridge instead), and finally we ended our drive at MINI of Des Moines where the dealership will provided us with refreshments and some entertaining MINI-related challenges – as part of M of DSM’s participation in the national MINI “Motor-tober” promotion. The total distance covered between Pella and M of DSM was about 150 miles.

As this was a statewide event, we were also lucky enough to meet a number of Eastern Iowa MINI owners who came to enjoy the drive.

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