The Arizona Mini Owners was formed by a group of young men in the Phoenix area who first met at the Mini Meet West in Carlsbad, CA. in 1986. The first official meeting was on October 8th, 1986, and the club has been going strong ever since. In 1992 the decision was made to become an Arizona non-profit corporation dedicated “to the preservation and enjoyment of the Mini.” With introduction of the MINI in the USA in 2002 the by-laws were amended to include those as well as the Classic Mini.
Now in our 28th year, we have over 80 members, several of whom own both the new and old versions and enjoy them all. Membership is not limited to those who own Minis, also those who are interested in them and other British autos. One of the many advantages of membership is our network of experienced Mini owners who are always ready to lend a helping hand to fellow members.
We endeavor to have an activity, in addition to the regular meeting, every month. Our most successful are four annual events: the car show at Mesa Marketplace Swap Meet, the "British Vintage Voyage", the "Christmas Lights Tour", and "Pancakes-in-the-Park". These events have raised over $55,000.00 for charity in recent years and are open to all vehicles not just club members. Two smaller events are the Spring-into-Summer Rally and picnic and the Landmark Rally, which sometimes becomes a Scavenger Hunt.
We have hosted four West Coast Mini Meets, the most recent being the 2012 in Prescott Valley, and one National Meet.
Ernie & Marla Pesqueira
Southern Area Coordinators