March Madness Meeting

Sunday March 10, 12:30 PM, The Tavern II, 1755 50th, West Des Moines

Our final indoor meeting of the season will be at a new location, the Tavern II in West Des Moines which should give us more elbow and conversation room as we’ve obviously outgrown the Wig & Pen. Come and join your fellow MINI owners for some food and fun and to find out some of the things we have planned for the upcoming driving season. It’s also a great chance to update your membership for 2019.

Please RSVP with the number in your party, by midnight, Wednesday, March 6th on our Facebook page or by email to Laura at Weather shouldn’t be a factor because by now everyone’s Winter driving skills have been refreshed!

Bowling Bash Rescheduled!

Join us on Sunday March 3 at The Great Escape, 655 NE 56th Street in Pleasant Hill from 1:30 – 3:30PM. This is a block south of East University, just west of the Highway 65 East University exit. For those that went to our final Ice Cream Drive last year it’s right next to Over the Top.

Who’s ready? Skills or not, everyone can join in the fun. If bowling isn’t your thing come anyway and hang out with your fellow club members! $10 per person gets you 2 hours of bowling and shoe rental. RSVP on our Facebook page or email to Laura at with the number of bowlers by midnight Feb 27th so we can plan on how many lanes to reserve.

January Get-together and 2019 Board Nominations

Please join us on Saturday, January 5, 1:00 PM at the Wig and Pen Pizza Pub, 2005 S Ankeny Blvd in Ankeny, Iowa to eat, be merry, and conduct a little club business.
It’s time to elect the board of six members to guide our club for the upcoming year. There are two vacancies we need to fill so be thinking of yourself or someone you know to join in helping to keep our club active.
Club merchandise will be available for purchase: short & long sleeve T’s, polos, window clings & grille badges.
Please be sure and RSVP via Facebook or email to Laura by midnight, Wednesday, Jan 2. Motor safely through the Holidays and don’t forget to WAVE!

Fourth Annual Kari’s Night at the Drive-in – September 29

We finally have a suitable main feature so Saturday September 29 will be the date for our annual night of movies under the stars. We’ll start our adventure with a drive to a feast at Moo’s Blues BBQ in Newton (the location just off the Interstate, not the downtown) around 4:30 pm. We’ll convoy to Moo’s leaving the Hy-Vee on 8th St SW in Altoona, departing at 4:00 pm. Charge up your FRS/GMRS 2 ways and bring ‘em along.

Then we’ll head to the Valle Drive-In, arriving by 6 pm so we can hopefully get in the front row. The Feature Movies are Crazy Rich Asians and The Nun.

The synopses are:

Crazy Rich Asians: This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.
Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and language.

The Nun: A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Rated R for terror, violence, and disturbing/bloody images.

Admission is still $8 for adults, $5 for ages 5-11 (0-4 are free).

Oh and don’t forget your goodies for the drive-in, a chair and perhaps a battery operated radio for sound if you choose to sit outside (thank you Ric & Pam).

An accurate body count is needed so we can let Moos know how many MINIacs to expect. RSVP via Facebook or email to Laura by Midnight, Wednesday, September 26. Shall we overtake the drive-in?

MINIs Take The Chili King!

This Drive In Run isn’t for movies; it’s for FOOD as we take over the iconic George the Chili King on August 29.The Chili King has been a Des Moines staple since 1952 and is the last remaining classic car hop drive-in in the metro. In the 50’s and 60’s it was the epicenter of the hot rod scene in Des Moines and more recently was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with host Guy Fieri getting one on one with George himself.  You can view the episode at . We’ll gather at 6:00 PM and plan on filling the drive in slots with MINIs! Last year we had 38 MINIs, including some that just stopped in because they saw us having fun. This should be a fun evening for socializing and basking in the vintage vibe. We won’t need the radios, just drop in, but please RSVP via Facebook or email to Laura no later than Midnight, Saturday, August 25th so we can give George a “heads up”.

WHEN: Wednesday August 29, 6:00PM 
WHERE: 5722 Hickman Road (SE Corner of Hickman, Merle Hay and Merklin Way)

August 16 Ice Cream Drive

304 W 2nd St, Prairie City, IA 50228

Goldie’s…it’s tradition, right? We’ll let you all know the flavor of the week as we near the date. Southeast Polk High School is a good place to meet. No city congestion to get through. We’ll head out at 6:30 pm.

Bring your 2 ways and please RSVP via Facebook or email to Laura no later than Midnight, Monday, August 13th. Don’t forget our rain date (jump to the following Thursday)  as although Goldie’s does have indoor seating room I’m not sure they could accommodate all of us.

7th Annual Iowa/Missouri Drive – June 2

For the seventh year the Central Iowa MINI Club will join with the Kansas City MINI Enthusiasts on Saturday June 2nd for an extended drive on some scenic, hilly and twisty two lane roads in Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa.
Our group will meet at the Norwalk High School parking lot, 1201 North Avenue, for an 8:30 a.m. departure.

The convoy will be heading out from Norwalk to meet up with our route master James Flowers and the Kansas City MINI Enthusiasts (KCME) at 11 AM in the parking lot of the historic Toot-Toot restaurant, 2905 Miller St (North side), Bethany MO ( If the Toot-Toot is crowded with no room for us we’ll meet at bank just east of Toot-Toot on Miller St (also on north side).

After intros, map disbursements and a little chit chat, we’ll head for lunch. There’s the Toot-Toot, Sonic, Dairy Queen, KFC, McDonald’s & Subway all on Miller St.

Around noon we’ll line up in on the east side of the Wal-Mart parking lot ( There’s a FAST and a SLOW group so join the appropriate line – fast on the left, slow on the right. We’ll start the drive from Wal-Mart around 12:15 and end up somewhere for ice cream. If you need to bug out early don’t forget the MINI behind is following you so please make your intentions known, then pull over, let everyone pass, and go on your merry way.

Two important things…RSVP via Facebook or email to Laura, and bring your fully charged FRS/GMRS 2 way radios. We’ll disclose the channel in Bethany to remain in stealth mode. It’s a fun fun drive you won’t want to miss!

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Laura Rettig. Zach and I will
Be there can’t wait !! ????

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Derek Tingström Count me in for 2…me + copilot.



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Chris Monaghan Hope so always a fun time



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Laura Rettig I’ll bring your t-shirts Miss V. Will be great to see you two. ?



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Veronica Girard replied1 Reply
Please post lots of pics!
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Motoring Adventure Through The Iowa Countryside

On Saturday May 5th Jeff Geist is going to lead us on an exciting run through the Iowa countryside. The latest plan is that we’ll gather at the Norwalk High School (1201 North Ave. in Norwalk) in time for an 8:15 am departure before setting off on an all day drive. We’ll be stopping for lunch in Eldon and finishing around 2-3 pm at Danes Dairy in Iowa City. Those who came out in miserable weather for last year’s Fall Color Tour may recognize some of the roads but it should be a lot more fun with better weather! Jeff also promises some interesting two lane roads for the drive back to the Metro for those who don’t want to just beeline on the Interstate. Details are still being worked out but get it on your calendar, dig out your FRS/GMRS radios, and plan on a full day of motoring fun.

Don’t forget to RSVP via our Facebook group or by email to Laura!

Fifth Annual Detail Day

Ready to get your MINI spruced up for Spring? No worries about the weather because we’ll be taking over the MINI of Des Moines service area indoors on Saturday April 7th starting at 9:00 am!

You can have your MINI run thru the car wash and then spruce it up, inside and out, inside a warm, dry place. There will be vacuums available for use but bring your own cleaning supplies, rags, and whatever you use.

Already clean? Think it’s still too early? Come out anyway and hang out with your Central Iowa MINI Club friends!

RSVP’s are always appreciated. Hope you can join us!

Blue Moon Meet & Eat

We’ll gather indoors one last time before starting our motoring adventures for 2018. Hope you can join us on March 31, at 1 PM, at Wig & Pen Pizza Pub at 2005 S Ankeny Blvd, Suite 300 in Ankeny (Highway 69 across from DMACC). CIMC merchandise will be available AND our shirts are in (Laura will be contacting each of you who pre-ordered).