What we're about

Carlisle MINI Motoring Club was formed in Carlisle Pennsylvania by Santiago Gabela and his wife Lois in 2006. Their first attempt to set up the club and develop an active membership was a slow process. Over the years our little (MINI) club has grown. We now have more than 450 members. One imperative is a love of MINIs. What is a Carlisle MINI Motoring Club member? Whatever YOU want it to be! Our passion for our MINIs is the singular common ground that we all share, aside from that we are all individuals with many other varied interests. We are a loose knit bunch of MINIacs and that's the way we like it! Join us at one of our events...some large...some small, but all with a focus on MINIs and having fun. Now MOTOR ON!

Upcoming events (4+)

Music on the Mountain at Kings Gap - Today!

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

If you have no plans for today (or if you do, change them!), come join us for a pleasont afternoon in the country for some hoppin' bluegrass. Bring a blanket or your lawn chairs, weather looks great. We will meet at the Rutters near Boiling Springs at the intersection of Routes 74 and 174 for a beautiful half-hour drive to the Kings Gap Environmental Educational Center. The event is 2:00 to 6:00 and is free but they do "pass the hat". Food and drink is available, you can bring your own but alcohol is supposed to be prohibited but hasn't been enforced as long as you're not obvious, it is a family event.

If you can't make it to Rutters by 1:00, just meet us at Kings Gap.


MINI Racing at VIRginia International Raceway

Virginia International Raceway

For years a small (MINI) contingent of Carlisle MINI has motored to great racetracks on the east coast. We have been following the new generation of MINIs starting with the R53 that was campaigned by Randy Smalley's team RSR racing. Steve Dellinger traveled with this team for years serving as a crew member. Fast forward to the newer generation MINI and enter Luis Perocarpi and his LAP Motorsports Racing team. LAP will again be at VIR in mid-June - with two TC cars and one or more TCA cars. Join us as we celebrate the return of enthusiasts to some great racing venues.

Tickets are now available - including the Patriot Corral with the Operation Motorsports Crew. ticket info

We'll meet at the Sheetz on Rt 15 south of Gettysburg on Friday Morning, June 16th, and motor either to the track or to lodging in the South Boston, VA area - depending on how much of a "scenic" route we take.

Heading home Sunday after the 2nd Race (Steve) or Monday AM.

Southbound route TBD! More details to follow.

Race 1 is 11:15 AM on Saturday
Race 2 is 9:50 AM on Sunday


Fort Hunter Mansion and Park


The Big Day is Saturday, July 15th!


The plan is to drive up Friday (starting from Fort Hunter).

Main Event is Saturday.

There is normally a drive scheduled on Sunday. (open to options!)

Drive home Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.


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The Great Ice Cream Run 8 to MINI on the Mack

Please note: Bob with Carlisle MINI has an alternate feeder route to MINI on the Mack. This is posted as an alternate for anyone where the different dates / itinerary have an appeal.

By popular demand, Jak and Dusdee Yaemsiri, who have organized and led 7 prior ice cream runs to Bar Harbor and Mackinaw, have agree to co-ordinate Event # 8 this summer.

The ice cream run begins at Staunton VA on July 29th.
Group hotels have been reserved with overnight stops at Charleston WV, Cincinnati OH, Dearborn MI, South Haven MI and St Ignace MI.
In addition to 2-3 ice cream and donut stops daily, we will visit the US Air Force Museum Dayton OH and Henry Ford Museum.

After the end of our run, we will join up with MINI on the Mack on Aug 4-5. If you plan to participate please be sure to register @ MINI On The Mack as we will try again to break the world record of 1450 MINIs in a parade!

There are 20 hotel rooms reserved for each stop.
There are already 9 claimed by prior year participants.

For more information regarding the Ice Cream Run itinerary, hotels, stops, contact / registration information for this event, please see the Facebook page at:


Registration for MINI on the Mack is separate and can be completed here: https://www.minionthemack.com

Past events (237)

Beers and Gears (It's five o'clock somewhere!)

Carlisle Fairgrounds Gate 3