Mini Maniacs: California Meetup

SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
Because of new Safety and Emissions Regulations, the Mini was withdrawn from the US market in 1968. (photo credit: Brenda Plevyak)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
The Southern California MINI Maniacs (SCMM) celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year with a meetup to benefit the Semper Fi Fund in Tustin, CA. (photo credit: Brenda Plevyak)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
With about 1,800 members, SCMM is one of the largest organizations dedicated to Mini Coopers in the world. (photo credit: Brenda Plevyak)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
The 1967 Riley Elf was built and marketed as a more luxurious version of the Mini. (photo credit: Brenda Plevyak)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
Between 1960 and 1967, U.S. Mini sales was only about 10,000. (photo credit: Brenda Plevyak)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
MINI, spelled in all caps, either refers to MINI as a brand or the new model which was first shown at the Mondial De L'Automobile show in Paris in September 1999. (photo credit: Brenda Plevyak)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
To make more room in the cockpit in the first Minis, the wheels were pushed out to the corners and the engine was turned sideways. (photo credit: Brenda Plevyak)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
The Southern California MINI Maniacs (SCMM) celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year with a meetup to benefit the Semper Fi Fund in Tustin, CA. (photo credit: George Marsh)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
The Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. (photo credit: George Marsh)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
Mini owners love to express their spirit and personality by customizing their vehicles. (photo credit: George Marsh)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
Built to combat the 1959 Suez Canal Crisis fuel increases, Minis averaged 50 miles per gallon. (photo credit: George Marsh)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
Over 500,000 Minis were built from 1959 to 1962. (photo credit: George Marsh)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
In 1960, the cost of a new Mini sold in the USA was $1,295 (about $9,440 in 2012 dollars). (photo credit: George Marsh)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
British racing legend John Cooper got his hands on the Mini in 1959 and two years later unveiled the Mini Cooper, a street legal performance racing vehicle. (photo credit: George Marsh)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
"Basil" is a 2008. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
This Mini was fitted with cold air induction, a new free flow exhaust system, painted calipers, a strut bar and sport springs. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
BMW bought Mini in 1994. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
The Classic Mini's roof looked like a lid on the rest of the car's body. This effect was maintained with new Mini hardtop models by concealing the pillars behind the glass. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
"Casper" is a 2011 Clubman S. The Clubman has an extra side door and split rear barn doors for trunk access. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
"Freebird" sports the club license plate. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
"Blue Demon" is a 2006 John Cooper Works GP made in Italy. Only 400 exist in the U.S. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
With over 300 horsepower, a different engine head with large valves, bigger injections, free flowing headers and a larger catalytic converter, Blue Demon is the fastest Mini in the organization. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
"Miss Molly" is a 2012 convertible with sports package. The first Mini convertibles were introduced in 2004. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
"The Villain" is a 2005. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
"Bad MINI" is a 2003 fitted with a new intake, exhaust, shocks, springs, front and back sway bars, and a supercharger. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
Grille badges are common accessories. Mini also sponsors a Carfun Offset program where car owners can donate to a project that supports sustainability and renewable energies. Mini matches your donation and sends you a Carfun grille badge representing your support for that particular project. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
The 2012 Countryman S is the first four-door Mini Cooper. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
In 2002, a bigger, stronger and faster Mini made its U.S. debut. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
In 2002, a bigger, stronger and faster Mini made its U.S. debut. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
For those who can't make it to Malibu, the meetups are in Long Beach on the second Saturday and in the Inland Empire on the third Saturday of every month. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
On the first Saturday of every month, SCMM has a meetup at Coogie's in Malibu. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
Most Minis are built at the BMW Group Plant near Oxford in the U.K. The Countryman is built in Austria. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
On the first Saturday of every month, SCMM has a meetup at Coogie's in Malibu. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
On the first Saturday of every month, SCMM has a meetup at Coogie's in Malibu. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) - Tustin, CA - Summer 2012
The Mini Cooper S is turbocharged and has 181 horsepower in comparison to 121 horsepower in the Mini Cooper. The S also has an air-intake bonnet scoop, larger wheels and a unique sport rear spoiler. (photo credit: Michael Shen)
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