What Makes Us So Dynamic?
Welcome to the Dynamic MiNi Collective, or “the DMC” if you like things little (and obviously, you do), Arizona’s MINI Motoring Club. The DMC was formed in 2004 by diverse group of MINI owners who came together from around the state to establish a social club aimed at the common pursuit of all things motoring good. We speak a common language around here, one of ‘boots and bonnets’, R53s vs. R56s, fun-runs, twisties, mods, autoX, MiTMs and AMViVs, and we look forward to sharing this language with you, fellow motorer. Our membership includes several classic MINI owners who tie us to our roots and remind of us MINI’s rallying heritage, as well as multiple-MINI families, those sporty, unique GP owners who like to keep the miles low, those free-wheeling topless drivers (whoa!… we mean convertibles… this is a family club, after all), and every MINI in between.
What is this Board and Chapter Business All About?
The DMC is a geographically diverse car club so that no matter where you motor about our great state, there is a chapter nearby. You can find us in Phoenix and Tucson, and each chapter coordinates its own fun and unique fun runs and social events. However, no matter which chapter you belong to, you can participate in any DMC event coordinated by any chapter. The DMC Board of Directors consists of three Co-Chairs, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Board handles club business and membership matters. Each of the chapters is helmed by a local team of Co-Chairs who coordinate local events and welcome new members.
What Exactly Does a Mini Motoring Club Do?
First things first… we motor! Nearly every month, we do a fun run to somewhere. These events may be local, like our Mini-to-Mini event that stops for a picnic lunch under the towering fountain in Fountain Hills, or a day trip up the twisty back road to Prescott and Jerome, or an overnighter like the biennial Twist & Shout / Devil’s Highway trek or our newest event to the Four Corners and beyond. As a DMC member, you’ll also learn about national events sponsored by clubs from surrounding states, like A MINI Vacation in Vegas (AMVIV), MINIs in the Mountains (MiTM), and The Dragon.
And when we’re not motoring, we certainly are a friendly bunch, that’s for sure. Think of us like that big, weird, funny family (with the crazy uncle… you know the kind… I know who gets my vote). We enjoy ice cream socials, international food nights, go-karting, auto-cross, and a host of other spontaneous events.
In keeping with the MINI’s cheerful disposition, we like to be do-gooders whenever we can. Member Suzanne Lipke set up our annual ADOT Adopt-a-Highway event and laid the groundwork for the DMC to give back to the State of Arizona for all the many happy miles we motor around this beautiful state each year. The DMC is proud of our Adopt-a-Highway sign, located on AZ-87, at mile marker 289, north of Payson. Once a year, we motor up the mountain to tidy up our mile, soak up the cooler weather, and enjoy the hospitality of our friends at Long Valley Café. During the holiday season, the DMC and MINI of Tempe have partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to promote the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. By bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Cars & Coffee event in December, we help the U.S. Marines in their mission to distribute holiday gifts to needy children in our community.
What is the DMC’s Relationship with MINI?
The DMC is not affiliated with MINI USA, Penske, or BMW. However, we do enjoy a very good relationship with MINI USA, as well as with our friends at MINI North Scottsdale, MINI of Tempe and MINI of Tucson. As a DMC member, you will also receive a discount on parts, service, and accessories at these dealerships and other vendors we have relationships with.
Unless you are wanting to Join us as a member, here is our contact information.
Dynamic MiNi Collective
PO Box 26482
Tucson, AZ 85726
About the Chapters
Desert Rat Pack (DRP) – Phoenix chapter
Although not named the Desert Rat Pack at the time, the Phoenix chapter was actually formed before the DMC came into existence. A group of local motorers with a common interest in both classic and newer MINIs came together to form the initial team. Many of these members are still around today, welcoming new enthusiasts every month to the DMC’s largest and most diverse chapter. Our members have many different interests, yet we all have one thing in common… we love our MINIs. Email the Desert Rat Pack Chapter
M.A.D.M.E.N. – Tucson chapter
There is no requirement for you to be mad, nor male, to be a member of Tucson’s M.A.D.M.E.N. chapter, only that you want to be associated with the Motoring And Dining MiNi Enthusiasts Network. Our Tucson chapter is always looking to welcome new members and, as their name indicates, they live to motor and dine, though not simultaneously, to be clear. Some claim that the M.A.D.M.E.N. have a reputation of being ‘older’ or ‘more sedate’ than their friends in the big city, but we all know that’s just a rumor. Our Tucson chapter has been responsible for many of our newest events, including tours of ghostly haunts and wine-country tours (with designated motorers, of course). MiNi enthusiasts in Benson, Sierra Vista and all over South Eastern Arizona are also part of the Tucson chapter. Email the M.A.D.M.E.N of Tucson Chapter