Starved Rock (11/05)

WRAPUP: Fantastic fall weather, lots of MINIs and a great drive.. what could be better!!  Almost 40 MINIs of all kinds and colors.. Countryman, Clubman, Coupes, Convertibles,  Coopers and Cooper S, Gen 1, Gen2.. we had them all.  Lots of new people on their first club drive, and many who have been on all the prior Starved Rock drives. Huge thanks to Paul and Barbara who planned a great route on some beautiful roads. 

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Photos by: Steve, Cesar & Geri | Bob and Joy | Francis |

Movie by: Eric

Garman route details by: Eric

It’s fall and once again it is time to take our annual MINI drive out to Starved Rock State park.   This event has been a club favorite since 2004..  The route is a little different every year, but always fun.

Info update 10/23/2011..

People can break for lunch at the park itself.. There are a couple dining areas at the lodge.  Some people have been kicking around the idea of having a BYO BBQ on the grounds.  Let us know if you would be interested!!

WHAT: An all day drive on some fun twisty back roads ending with a visit to a beautiful state park

WHEN: Saturday November 5th  Morning departure time 10am.

WHERE:  Start in the south parking lot of the Jewel in Sugar Grove IL (Corner of Rt. 47 & E. Galena Blvd.).  Departure is at 10am. Ending destination is Starved Rock State park in Utica Ill.

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LUNCH:  This year we will just do lunch on your own at the park

WHO: Chicago MINI Motoring Club members, other area MINI (and Mini) clubs,  and anyone potentially interested in the club

WHY: Just for fun!!

WHAT TO BRING: A full tank of gas, optional FRS radio tuned to channel 1, sub Channel 1, appropriate clothing for being outside at the park, money for lunch at the park (or possibly cookout food/equipment), a camera, and a smile!!

Let us know you will be attending by adding a comment below.

  • Alex Rydzewski

    Both myself and Jenny will be there for sure, this was our first event last year, and we had a great time!

  • Adam

    I’ll be there.

  • I’ll be there also..
    Always a fun drive


    I’ll be motoring along!

  • Nat & Jennifer

    We’ll be there.

  • John and Kathy

    We will be there

  • Eric T.

    I will be there.

  • Dan P.

    We will be there

  • Dan Peters.

    All three of us will be there.

  • I’ll be there… Need a bit of Corner-curving relief… missed the dragon this year..

  • The Seeker

    In for two.

  • Lori & Dave Landwehr

    We are hoping to make our first event with the club to this! Looking forward to it and meeting all the members!
    Cant wait…hope we get a beautiful day ;0)

  • Jerry, Laurel & Sarah Trostle

    We will not be able to make this favorite event. We will be out of town that weekend but we are planning on the holiday party in December!!!

  • Anna & Joe Barrios

    We are planning on this being our first introduction to the club 🙂

  • Anna & Joe Barrios

    Ummm meant to remove the word ‘first’ as in We are planning on this being our introduction to the club 🙂 Sorry!

  • We are planning on this being our introduction to the club

    Glad you will be able to attend!!

  • Cherissa Loire

    I’ll be there

  • Chris Menzimer

    Looking forward to it. I’ll be there.

  • Clarence

    I wanted to make it but I am currently waiting on my Mini to cross the pond! You all have a nice time! See you next time!

  • I wanted to make it but I am currently waiting on my Mini to cross the pond!

    You can come along in your other vehicle as long as you promise not to drive over he top of us with it 😉

  • Craig Nuccio

    We’ll be there, after MITO we need more bends! We love the lodge at SR.

  • Roberto, Rebecca and Pablo Castro

    We will be there; this will be our first event with the club 🙂

  • DASH

    Count me in for two! (praying for nice weather)

  • Route is tested and complete! See everyone next Saturday.

    +2 for the drive.

  • Diane & Joe Sabers

    Another newbie! Looking forward to meeting everyone Saturday.

  • Tanara

    I am planning to go.

  • Bob and Joy Barrell

    See you all Saturday!

  • Jerry Fikar

    Jerry plus one. Looking forward to it.

  • pat & kathy

    pat & i plan on being there. put us down for 2

  • rose

    Aw schucks won’t be able to make it this year, have a MINI fun time everyone.


    Lillian and I will be there.

  • Should be somewhat sunny and 60!!

  • Carrie L.

    I’m in, looking forward to it. Anyone else driving down from WI, let me know!

  • Looking forward to it.

  • Paul & Kim

    Have fun, can’t make this one.

  • Mark


  • Phyllis E.

    Depending on if I feel ok in the morning ( I have a bad cold and I am the only driver), I will be coming with my two kids, Eric and Allie. Eric will bring his friend Damian along for the ride, so that makes 4 of us. We hope to BBQ as well. Sure hope I’m feeling good and we all see you there. Looking forward to it!

  • Julius

    Sorry for the late notice but wasn’t sure if I could make it. I motored with you last year and had a blast.
    I’ve been disabled since then but on a come back so I would love to to motor with you today, See you there. x1. Jul

  • Arnie

    Hey everyone, THANKS for coming out. It was awesome seeing everyone.

    A really special Thank You to Paul and Barbara for yet another flawless, fun, fantastic route. Wow, what a great day.

    Awesome turnout. My last count was 36 Mini’s,could be more.
    Great to see all the new faces too. Hope you all had as good of a time as Lena and myself. Pics coming soon, probably to facebook.

  • Road Warrior

    Thanks Paul, great drive. Good turn out, many new and old faces. Nicely done.

  • I’m an old face, and I had a great time!!

    Huge thanks to Paul and Barbara for putting together a fantastic drive. It was nice to see so many new people out for their first club drive. I wish I had more time to hang out and visit with everyone.

  • It. Was. Awesome. –And we couldn’t have asked for more delightful weather. ;-D

    Thanks for putting together such a great event!

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