Coding event June 2nd


WRAPUP: We had almost 20 MINIs show up on a cold drizzly day.. Ram enabled many options.. several people came back for additional choices after seeing how cool they looked and worked on other cars.  A BBQ lunch followed, and a fun time was had by all.  Huge thanks to Ram from for driving out from Madison and working all day setting options, and to Paul for organizing this event and doing all the cooking!!

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MINI / BMW coding interest

Update: Mark your calendars! The date for this event will be June 2! Coding will be on a first come first served schedule starting at 10am. See you there!!

We’re thinking of hosting a coding day sometime in late May or early June. Similar to our garage day last year, this event will be about coding the MINI computer rather than making mechanical modifications.

Ram from Madison will be visiting us here in Chicago to facilitate this event.

Ram has a list of BMW and MINI codes on his website (and also on NAM for 2nd generation and 1st generation MINIs). Some popular options include:

  • Turn off bulb checks (for those that want to use LED lights without resistors)
  • Removal of navigation disclaimer
  • Side mirrors auto folding on lock and unlock (BMW only)
  • Auto closing of sunroof when rain is detected
  • Enabling rear fogs

Not all codes work on all MINIs and several factors including your MINIs build date, factory options and other variables determine compatibility.

If you’re interested please reply to this post the following:

  • Your MINI/BMW year (build date if you know)
  • Your MINI/BMW model
  • What coding option(s) are you interested in?

Pricing for codes will be $10/option or $50 per car if you want more than 5 options coded.

Spring Drive 4/14


WRAPUP: The weather was cold, but the roads were hot!!  After a drizzly start, 50+ MINIs took off for some backroad adventure in the Kettle Moraine area.  The sun came out and the roads cleared up for the second half of the drive as we sampled some of lower Wisconsin’s finest twisty roads.  We had people attend from as far away as Madison amd Michigan.  Lots of first-timers and a great mix of Milwaukee and Chicago club members.  Huge thanks to Beth and Craig for planning this event!! 

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Car Control Clinic 04/20

The Windy City BMW club has offered Chicago MINI Motoring Club members the chance to participate in their 18th annual Car Control Clinic on Saturday April 20th.

This is a fantastic opportunity to safely explore and understand the limits of your car and have a bunch of fun while doing it.  A perfect class for a younger person or someone who has not yet had a chance to feel anti-lock brakes, practice skid control and correction and emergency lane change maneuvers.

The Windy City BMW club is waiving the BMWCCA membership restriction for CMMC club members.  Cost is $60.  Space is limited and fills up fast, so contact Randy at to secure your spot.  Add a comment here so we know you are attending!!

Motorbooks group buy

Our friends from Motorbooks have offered members of the Chicago MINI Motoring Club a fantastic group buy discount..

50% off list price on any MINI or Mini related title!!  Check out the list of books available HERE

Check out their catalog of MINI books and send an e-mail to with the titles you are interested in..

We will be placing an order on March 15.

This will be shipped to a single address, so we will work out details of getting the books to you after they are delivered.