Starved Rock (10/26)

  WRAPUP:  Almost 40 cars and over 70 people participated in the best Starved Rock event yet.  We had participants from as far away as Wisconsin and Peoria including many new people, and lots of old MINI friends.  The day started out sunny and warm-ish but got much colder and more blustery as the day progressed.  A mid-point lunch spot provided a nice break and a chance to socialize.  The second leg backroad route took us past cornfields and more than a few twisty bits.  There was a bit of dodging and weaving around fallen branches from the high winds that passed through.  Several people braved the weather at the park and took the trek up to the summit of Starved Rock.

Huge thanks to Dustin Krause from Bill Jacobs MINI for opening up on a Sunday, and providing the Donuts and meeting spot.  Thanks also to the many people who helped to make this another home run caliber event including Cathy and Gary, Conrad, Kevin and Arnie!!

Please send links to pictures (but not actual pictures) to and I will post them here to share.

Photos by: Arnie and Lena | Francis | DanC | Ellis | Cathy & Gary |

 This year marks our 5th trip out to Starved Rock.  This has always been a great fall drive to a fun destination.   Bill Jacobs MINI has offered to open up on a Sunday, and let us start from there.

Here are the details so far, with some updates coming soon.

WHEN: Sunday October 26th.  Meet at 11:15, and depart at about Noon.

WHERE: Start is Bill Jacobs MINI 1564 W Ogden Ave, Naperville [Map Link]  ending at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois.  We will be stopping along the way for a late lunch at RPlace Eatery in Morris, Illinois.

WHAT TO BRING: A full tank of gas, camera, optional FRS radio, your favorite MINI clothing, money for lunch, and a smile

WHO:  This event is open to all Chicago MINI Motoring Club members and friends.  Please add a comment below so we know you will be there.

  • Nick

    Hi all, I plan on attending this event. It will be my first! Pretty excited, so add me to the list.

  • cathy

    Gary and I will be there of course. Hope we can convince some MINI friends to join us.

  • Adam

    I’ll be there!

  • Is there a space limit? I’m thinking I’d like to go in my 1er and have a couple of friends that are interested – all non-MINI folks. Don’t want to intrude…. Let me know please.

  • Is there a space limit?

    No there isn’t and please do come along.. If I remember right, Starved Rock was your first club drive back in 2004..

  • Great memory Steve. I think that’s correct actually now that you mention it. 🙂

  • DanielM

    On my calendar!

  • The Seeker

    I’m in.

  • Rich

    As long as Old Man Winter doesn’t peak out too soon, I’m in.

  • Looking forward to it..

    Starved Rock is always a fun destination!!!

  • Schwinn

    First event for me as well…we look forward to it.

  • mike&sharon

    plan on attending, will hook up with everyone out towards the Joliet area. Great time at Cub gm! see ya’s the 26th

  • Rose

    Always a great Fall Drive, hopefully I’ll be able to make it!

  • Kevin

    I’ll be there!

  • Just wanted to drop by and say I miss you guys… and Chicago. I hope everyone is well.

  • Emma

    Count me in…I love Starved Rock!


    I should be there.


  • Count me in.

  • Borys

    I’m in.

  • Count us in, We will be joining Cathy and Gary.

  • Cecilia

    George and I will be there! Can’t wait!

  • ejkd

    Not yet a member of CMMC; have a MINI and just wondering if I can join your drive. Thanks.

  • Not yet a member of CMMC; have a MINI and just wondering if I can join your drive

    Please do come out.. This is a really fun drive!!

    When you get a chance, stop by and introduce yourself to me

  • ejkd

    Will do Steve and thank you for letting me join.

  • Not a member of CMMC, have a MINI and just wondering if I can join your drive. Thanks.

  • Not a member of CMMC, have a MINI and just wondering if I can join your drive

    It would be great to have you along!!

    See you there

  • Jenny

    I’ll be there for sure!!

  • I’ll try to tag along. I hope it won’t be cold.

  • Borys


    My son and his wife want to tag along in their 3 series.

  • My son and his wife want to tag along in their 3 series.

    Cool. Starved Rock is a great place for families..

  • ed and teresa

    ed and i will be there…….

  • marlena

    hello! i’m a new MINI owner who lives in chicago, not a member of CMMC yet but would love to join you for the drive to starved rock. thanks and looking forward to it! ~marlena

  • Norm

    Perfect timing……Both Bears and Packers have a bye week. See you in Naperville.

  • Michael

    I’ve long been welcomed in the MINI family due to my prior car. I currently have a BMW Z4….ok if I come along?

  • Wayne

    I’m the proud owner of a new Hot Chocolate Mini Clubman, took delivery on 10/11. I plan on attending and becoming a member of the CMMC.

  • I currently have a BMW Z4….ok if I come along?

    Please do come along Michael.. Sounds like we will have a quite a few Bimmmers with us on the drive.

  • Larry Wysocki

    Elaine and I will be there!

  • So I’m in, with the 1er – wife will ride shotgun. Pretty sure I’ve got at least two others. One will come, probably in a Vette, but if it’s nice enough, maybe Cobra. Other one, never know what car he’ll drive. Looking forward to it. 🙂



    Congrats on your new purchase and the addtion of another HC Clubman to the CMMC! See you on Sunday.


    08 HC/S Clubman
    02 DS/W MCS

  • Tom G.

    My wife Paula and I have been looking forward to this drive for awhile. See ya all there!

  • Tamara

    I’ll be there. Looking forward to the drive and seeing everyone.

  • Mark

    I’m in!

  • Warren

    My wife and I are in. Looking forward to doing this drive again.

  • Marco

    i might come out…with a different car as the mini is being repaired.

  • I need to check the site more often. not sure if it will be one or both cars but there will be a black mini there for sure

  • Thanks everyone!!!

    I had a fantastic time.

  • Arnie

    Hey everyone, I tossed up a few hundred pictures from today that Lena and I took… (click here)

    We had an awesome time!!!

    Special thanks to Dustin Krause @ Jacobs Mini. Our pre-run team Gary & Kathy. Route specialists Conrad, Kevin, Steve and forgive me if I spaced anyone else.

    A really huge thanks to all our club members and guests for making this event such a special day. YOU ROCK! Today was the largest ever “Rock Run” for CMMC.

    There are a few pictures of MINI’s as far as you can see. Pretty cool! Great to see such an amazing turnout. I really hope everyone had as much fun as we did.

  • Rose

    Thanks, CMMC for a great drive, hugging those curves, and dodging branches. The cars looked great all lined up on the country roads. Nice to see eveyone and meet new MINI folks.