Starved Rock 11/02


WRAPUP: It was a beautiful but chilly day.  Over 50 MINIs attended our last driving event of the season.   Bill Jacobs MINI graciously opened up on a Sunday and even brought us a tasty breakfast and some nice give-aways.  After a fun drive thru some nice twisty roads we ended the day at MJ’s Pub & Grill.. some people went on to visit Starved Rock state park. Thanks again to the staff at Bill Jacobs, and MJ’s Pub, plus Chris B. for helping with arrangements and morning check-in, and Lee E. with route planning assistance!!

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Photos by: Steve | Sylvia |

Video by: Simon |

REMINDER: Set your clock back on November 2nd to make sure you show up at the right time!!


CONSTRUCTION:  There is construction on I59 between I88 and Rt 34..  Best to take the route HERE


It is late fall, and time for our annual club drive out to Starved Rock State park!!

This year, we will be starting at Bill Jacobs MINI in Naperville,  and we will be heading past the State park entrance for anyone who wants to stop there, but our ending destination will be a late lunch at MJ’s pub in Olgsby Ill.

WHAT: An all day drive on some fun twisty back roads heading towards Starved Rock state park, and a little past.

Our friends at Bill Jacobs MINI and MINIUSA will be providing a light b-fast to help us get started in the morning!!

WHEN: Sunday November 2nd  Morning departure time 9:30 am.

WHERE: Start is at Bill Jacobs MINI 2491 Aurora Ave, Naperville, IL 60540


End location is MJ’s Pub & grill   139 E Walnut St, Oglesby, IL 61348


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, a camera, and a smile!!

It is important to let us know you will be attending by adding a comment below so we can plan for the correct number of route sheets and for food.


56 thoughts on “Starved Rock 11/02

  1. rats…so bummed this drive is planned for this weekend and not next weekend when we’ll be in naperville. Our friend Sue T. told us about this & thought we could participate. We have a MINI club here in NW Ohio…NOMO, as well. happy motoring!!!!

  2. Have FUN without us 🙁 Dave & I have to get caught up around the farm and house after attending MITO last weekend 🙂 Maxiimus performed beautifully on all the twisty, rolling hills of AR! Hugs to all my MINI friends 🙂

  3. Just a heads up to all…

    My brother lives in Utica (The Gateway to Starved Rock) and when I talked to him today he informed told me that the annual Utica Veterans Day Parade kicks off at 1:00 on Sunday. It is supposedly one of the largest in Illinois…

    parade will have over 150 units to include american legion vfw amvets state commanders military units Chicago police bag pipe band legion riders there will also be four flyovers to include the Lima

    Wonder if it’s too late to get 20+ MINIs entered!

    • Thanks for the heads up.. We’ll be coming in from the south side of the river, so I think we will be ok on the parade.. and we’ll probably be closer to 50 MINIs 😉

  4. It’ll be four of us in our True Blue Countryman, probably two plus two friends we’ve told about the club. They don’t have a Mini, but are intrigued with the drive. Do we arrive earlier than 9:30 to have time for breakfast?

      • So, slight change in logistics. We’ll still have four in the Countryman. Now the friends will join us in their own car (a Prius. Sorry about that.) Likely they will not stay for lunch, but will need their own route sheet. We’re all looking forward to the drive.

  5. Thanks again Steve for another great drive . Also thanks to Bill Jacobs for their early morning hospitality . What other car dealer would do that on a Sunday ?

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